Easton's new Havoc DH Handlebar is going to be a good choice for budget minded gravity riders as it won't break the bank, so you're free to spend precious pennies on the stuff that fails more often (say, on broken chains and bent derailleur hangers). And that it's lighter than most DH bars is a nice treat when you're pulling on the bars to lob the front tire through rock gardens.
One of the best virtues of the Havoc DH Handlebar is its mega, 750mm width. You'll get arm-wrestler sized leverage. This is important for steering through vicious braking bumps at the end of a day of racing. Easton's 7050 aluminum is cold-worked (allowing greater strength retention), and as it's forged, Easton engineers use their proprietary TaperWall system for carefully allocating the alloy. With more material reinforcing the high stress areas, the lower stress areas allowed some flex to keep you from fatigue on long DH runs. TaperWall also lets Easton create one of the lightest-ever bars at this width, without any compromise to durability or performance.
b>Easton's Havoc Handlebar is made of Easton 7050 aluminum. It comes in either a low (20mm) or mid (30mm) rise and features a 9-degree backsweep and 5-degree upsweep. The clamp diameter is 31.8mm. Low rise models of the Havoc Handlebar come in Black, Gray, and Orange; only the Black bar is available in mid-rise.
Easton's new Havoc Carbon DH Handlebar is a lot like its alloy sibling, the Havoc Aluminum. Both are monster-wide, at 750mm, and both are built to be scary strong. The scarier thing is that the carbon edition is a whopping 80 grams lighter. While that may not seem like a lot of weight, each gram counts as you start to fatigue on your 10th run down Garbanzo. And if you follow DH racing, you know that every racer on every level is now trying to get his or her bike as light as possible -- all without sacrificing strength.
Don't ignore the latter point on your way to lightening up your DH machine. Your very survival depends on a tough handlebar that can withstand hundreds of thousands of feet of rugged descending. The fact that a brand as legendary as Easton is building carbon bars tough enough for DH tells you something about how far carbon has come, but all carbon isn't identical. Easton's in this game because their TaperWall system lets them build exceptionally smooth layups without any flaws or stress risers that you might find in other methods of construction. Translation: A stress riser is a wrinkle in the fabric of a layup, a single point that can soak up more load than was intended. By contrast, Easton's TaperWall is designed to work as an entire system, not only eliminating stress risers but allowing the whole bar to work as a single unit, passing all loads across its entire length.
So while the Havoc Carbon DH Handlebar is exceptionally light, Easton's internal testing shows that it's actually far stronger than many alloy bars that also happen to be considerably heavier.
Easton's Havoc Carbon DH Handlebar is 750mm wide. It comes in a 20mm rise with a 9 degree backsweep and 5 degree upsweep, and the clamp diameter is 31.8mm. It has a Matte Black uni-directional carbon finish.
The Havoc Carbon handlebar is one of the strongest handlebars on the market, second only to Easton’s Havoc 35 Carbon handlebar. Although not quite as stiff and strong as the Havoc 35 Carbon, this Havoc Carbon is still the strongest 31.8mm carbon downhill bar out there. Made from Easton’s legendary unidirectional carbon fiber and measuring a full 750mm, the Havoc Carbon bar is made to handle the abuse of downhill racing and freeride. Easton used extensive lab and real world testing of their Taperwall technology in order to create a handlebar that was not only lighter, but also stronger than other alloy bars on the market.
I replaced the stock bars on my Rockhopper with these wide bars. I'm not a tall guy but have pretty broad shoulders and the 540mm wide set just wasn't doing it. Not to mention that with the addition of a Garmin 800 and the Command Post lever for my seat, things were pretty crowded in the cockpt area. These bars cured all issues. I thought I would cut them down a little but like them just the way they are!
I love the angles on Easton bars, they have just the right amount of backsweep and upsweep. The 750mm width is great and gives you a ton of control and leverage. I run these on both my XC and downhill bike. If you are looking for a set of wider bars these are a great option.