The Easton Havoc 35 Direct Mount Stem is truly a three-trick pony. Boasting ridiculous strength (yes, that’s EA90 aluminum), unheard-of light weight (just a hair over 100 grams), and Easton’s new, innovative 35mm clamp, the Havoc 35 is going to be showing up on gravity-fed badasses’ bikes everywhere.
So, the insane strength and light weight are pretty self-explanatory. Here’s the story behind the clamp. The friendly folks at Easton noted that handlebars, especially DH bars, were getting wider and wider and nothing was being done to alleviate the added stress caused by the increasing leverage ratios. 26.8mm clamps were fine when handlebars were 550mm wide. As most bars crept up to 650 and 700mm, the standard became a 31.8mm clamp. These days, however, it seems like everyone on the trail has a 750mm bar with the same 31.8mm clamp, and it’s being overwhelmed. So, leave it to the designers at Easton to introduce the 35mm clamp along with their new 800mm bars. At nearly 10 inches wider than some XC bars in the early ‘90s, these super-wide bars give the rider buckets of stability and steering leverage, thus the new clamp size.
More than just a pretty face(plate), the Easton Havoc 35 Direct Mount Stem presents innovative and exciting solutions to some problems that date back to the dawn of mountain biking. While the 35mm clamp has a long way to go before it’s considered the industry standard, we feel that it has a pretty good shot because it’s one of the few ideas that we’ve seen that appears to have all benefits with no real drawbacks. The havoc 35 Direct Mount weighs 110 grams. It’s 2-position adjustable (45mm and 50mm) and is available in Black or Orange Anodized.