Like the EA70 XC flat bar, Easton's Riser Handlebar employs its aluminum knowhow to produce a feathery bar with excellent strength and stiffness. It's plenty wide, at 685mm (27in), for single speed use, and provides plenty of room for cockpit controls.
Each of Easton's designs pass rigorous testing developed through more than two decades of refinement for sports as widely varied as baseball, hockey, and lacrosse. And to ensure the utmost quality, the testing is done at Easton's in-house quality lab. A result of this testing, Easton increased this bar's wall thickness in the clamping areas to make sure they're plenty strong.
The Easton EA70 XC Riser Handlebar features an ergonomic, wrist-pleasing nine-degree bend and has a 31.8mm clamp diameter. Its durable anodized black finish will look great for many miles.
Better suspension technology is allowing longer travel full-suspension bikes to go faster than ever, but you need a bar that can keep up. Easton's EC70 Carbon Handlebar is wide, at 720mm, so it allows greater cornering leverage. There are two rise options; 20mm and 40mm, so you can custom-fit your riding position to be more neutral for all-mountain or more aggressive for cross-country.
Obviously, the other benefit of the EC70 Carbon Handlebar has to do with the material. Nothing damps vibration as well as carbon, and no manufacturer is more experienced with the stuff than Easton. They've been working with carbon fiber for two decades. Here they use TaperWall shaping to pare away all extraneous material and to keep the bar as light as possible, all while reinforcing high stress joints, such as where the riser bar bends.
All models of the EC70 Carbon Handlebar are made with Easton's EC70 Carbon. Both the 20mm and 40mm rise models feature a 9° backsweep and a 5° upsweep and are available in Matte Carbon.
I've used the 20mm rise model on my last 2 builds, its stiff, light, and reasonably priced if you catch it on sale. The sweep and rise make the grip position very natural and comfortable even for longer rides lasting a couple hours. I have mine paired with some very light and thin foam XC grips and love it.