Easton Monkeylite CNT Riser XC review

With so many similar, often identical, carbon composite bars emerging from Far Eastern factories, it's hard to fi nd a marketing advantage, but Easton has been establishing its market-leader reputation for longer than most.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £95.00 RRP
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Our review

Possibly the best tough-but-light trail bar on the market
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With so many similar, often identical, carbon composite bars emerging from Far Eastern factories, it’s hard to find a marketing advantage, but Easton has been establishing its market-leader reputation for longer than most.

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Their carbon nanotubes (CNT) are, apparently, “an array of carbon atoms arranged in a pattern of hexagons and pentagons”, then “manufactured in tubular shapes a few billionths of a metre in diameter.” All impressive stuff, and they’re said to be the strongest fibres around. We’ve had Easton CNT bars and seat posts fitted to well-abused bikes for over a year now, so we’ve grown to trust them. We don’t have room to list all the options here, but the Riser XC is easily one of our favourite all-rounders. It’s available in standard or oversized, and there’s a 100g fl at bar for the weight fetishists.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Monkeylite CNT Riser XC
Brand Easton

Weight (g) 175
Width (mm) 660
Handlebar Rise 50
Width (ins) 26
Available Colours Black
Handlebar Type Riser
Clamp/Bar Size 25.4 31.8
Material Carbon
Handlebar Sweep Available 8 degrees