Easton EA70 XC Wide flat handlebar review

More control, not a lot more weight

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £45.00 RRP | USD $55.00
Easton EA70 Wide XC bar

Our review

Understated and very competent, Easton’s EA70 is still very much a benchmark bar
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Easton were pioneers of lightweight butted aluminium tubing for bikes – both frames and bars. The EA70 is their flagship aluminium bar. It’s available in a bunch of sizes, but we tested the XC Wide variant.

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As forks get longer and 29in wheels gain momentum, flat bars are making a comeback. The EA70’s 685mm (27in) width is generous for a flat bar although longer ones do exist, and it’s shorter than most risers. If it’s too wide you’ll have to do your own measuring to cut it down – there are no cut marks. 

Angle marks in the centre help get your riding position spot on. A shot-peened finish ensures good grip for stem and controls. The 250g weight may not look spectacular on paper, but given that the EA70 is a relatively inexpensive bar it’s not shabby.

Out on the trails, the 9° sweep and decent width make it comfortable for the long haul. It’s great value, too – considering the EA70’s quality and reputation, the low price is a pleasant surprise.

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This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Product Specifications

Product

Name EA70 Wide XC Bar (12)
Brand Easton

Description Limited five year warranty
Weight (g) 250
Width (mm) 685
Clamp/Bar Size 31.8
Material Aluminium
Bend 9