By this point, most performance downhillers understand the virtues of wide handlebars. Often they must trade strength and stiffness for the increase in width. The Havoc 35 Aluminum handlebar is a full 800mm wide and is second only to its carbon counterpart in terms of strength and stiffness. The added strength can be partly attributed to their 35mm bar clamp diameter and partly to the Taperwall technology used throughout the bar.
We won’t make any lame ‘raising the bar’ puns. We’re just to cool for that. The Easton Havoc 35 Carbon has, however, set a new standard with these three numbers: 35, 225, and 800. These are numbers that we knew could be achieved separately, but not all together in one lovely piece of carbon fiber.
Firstly and most importantly—35. As in 35mm clamp. This new, larger clamp size adds strength and stiffness to compensate for the added leverage of a wide DH handlebar. In other words, wider is weaker unless the clamp is beefed up. Can you imagine snapping a handlebar on a gnarly section of DH singletrack? Not pretty.
Secondly—225. As in grams. That’s not a typo. Careful manipulation of the carbon fiber makes it possible for Easton to make a wide, oversized DH bar weigh, incredibly, less than half a pound. Easton claims that this is the strongest, stiffest bar in the business, and we have no reason to doubt that.
Thirdly—800. That’s 800mm wide. That’s really wide. For years now, DH riders have known that wide bars add stability and steering leverage. The payoff is huge, especially in technical sections where the bike has to be punched around in a hurry.
So, lighter, stronger, stiffer … you’re probably wondering about the drawback. It’s $1,000,000. No, not really. The Easton Havoc 35 Carbon has a 9 degree bend, 5 degree upsweep, and 20mm rise. The clamp diameter is 35mm, and it comes in any color you want, as long as you want black.