As 29ers have evolved and gained mainstream acceptance, we've witnessed riders drift from flat bars sporting ubiquitous barends to trendy moto-esque riser bars. However, after thousands of miles and countless forum flame wars, flat bars are now becoming the bars of choice for 29ers. And, Easton's aluminum flat bar, the EA70 XC Wide Handlebar, has quickly become one of the more popular handlebars for both the 29er and single-speed sects.
This is because they deliver the width and sweep of a riser bar, without raising the front end even higher than it already is. Another reason for this bar's popularity is its 720mm (28in) width, and Easton's reputation for making quality components.
Each design has to 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 Wide 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.
Running the Easton EA70 Flat/Wide bars on my single-speed 29er. I dig them. They are wide, but not too wide which is nice. Didn't have to cut them down to fit my needs as a 5'9ish dude. They are a little stiff for my rigid setup but if you are running a suspension fork up front you have no reason to go avoid this bar. They look great with the stealthy grey graphics and match the EA70 stem perfectly. They are light, and a great vale as well. It will probably last forever...literally.
I was torn between carbon and aluminum this time around. I went this route. Still unsure if I should have gone carbon. But these make it close.