Easton EA70 XC Wide flat handlebar review
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.
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.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.