Easton Monkey Bar EA70 riser bar review£57.00

Benchmark trail pipe

BikeRadar score4/5

Easton’s Monkey Bar has been the benchmark trail pipe for years and this updated version is still a deservedly popular tight-handling option. The 690mm wide span adds useful leverage over the 660mm bars you find on a lot of bikes, without making you unduly wary of trees and other trailside obstacles.

Central angle marks and trim guides on the tip make fitting easy. It’s also one of the few bars to come in low (tested) and mid-rise options plus an upswept high-rise version (although from experience that’s a bit of a Marmite bar). The fact Easton specialise in hand-held alloy pipes puts them in a strong position, and the Taperwall progressive butted alloy does the same for you as a rider.

While it’s super-accurate in terms of trail feel and showed only a small amount of deflection during lab testing, it never feels too harsh on the trail. It’s not particularly light but the rig results back up Easton’s reputation for long-term strength and reliability, keeping the EA70 as the benchmark bar for cross-country riders who value a proven reputation. Given what Easton could charge for a product with such a premium reputation, it's surprisingly well priced.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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