Easton CT2 Bar Handlebar

4.24/5 (21 Reviews)
MSRP : $70.00


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Easton CT2 Bar


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Vladimir Molina a Cross Country Rider from Mexico City

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2005

Strengths:    Ligth, good looks

Weaknesses:    you can't use bar ends

Bottom Line:   
I'm still using the same bar since 2001 because it works as it suposed to be.

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Favorite Trail:   Valle de Bravo

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $68.00

Purchased At:   Bike Source

Similar Products Used:   Pazzas carbon, Monkey Lite, Ritchey WCS,

Bike Setup:   In 2001 and for the First Time in a GT iDrive Team,then in a Scott G Zero Pro, now I have a Scott Racing Team issue and is the same bar.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from Chico, Ca

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2005

Strengths:    Looks cool, dampens well.

Weaknesses:    THEY BREAK AT INOPPURTUNE MOMENTS!!!

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking for a safe reliable bar, LOOK ELSEWHERE. Easton claims that under the right settings on the stem, the bars will not break. I might have believed that until the left handlebar broke off on a really mild decent in a race after four months of use (gratefully no injuries).

Carbon may look cool, but IT BREAKS. If you want safety and reliablity go aluminum, that's where I am headed next.

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Favorite Trail:   B - trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC, Race Face, SRAM drivetrain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Racer from Keller, Tx.

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2001

Strengths:    Looks sweet, cool graphics, incredibly strong.. flex..? what flex i had more flex in my Easton Aluminum bar

Weaknesses:    none so far, cuz I don't wine about me being stupid and playing he-man when i attach my brake levers.. and bar ends.. use some that go INSIDE the bar instead of clamp on the outside, maybe that'll keep you winers happy.

Bottom Line:   
Ok Guys, I dunno what your doing wrong.. or what I'm doing right or something liek that, but I have NO problems with my bar.. I free ride, I race, I trial... and I LOVE these bars, and I weigh 165 lbs. Flex is not an issue.. atleast I'm not anal enough to notice 1/2 a millimeter of flex. These bars look cool, with their striking carbon weave and easton graphics, this bar is great for all.. if you have the dough. and remember.. DON'T tighten your brakes and shifters too tight Or bar ends... cuz I'm tired of reading your sorry wining stories of why YOU messed up your own damn bar.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   Supergo..... i think

Similar Products Used:   basinc bars and Easton Aluminum bar

Bike Setup:   custom Gary Fisher Sugar 1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Grant a Cross Country Rider from OC, CA

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2001

Strengths:    Strong, light and stiff. Customer service is OUTSTANDING.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I emailed Easton and asked if I, as a larger rider of 220 lbs, should own this bar. The response with back up data was swift. I went out and purchased the bar but was told not to put bar ends on it. Again, I emailed the brand manager at Easton and his reply was swift and even told me to call him if I had any further questions. Damn GREAT service. (BTW, YES you can put bar ends on but the must be of a certain type. See website for details.)

I have used the product and love the bar. Quick, responsive handling and no hint of it being flimsy. The best bar you can buy!

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Favorite Trail:   Chutes

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Bike Setup:   Trek SLR with XTR, FSA, CT2 and Selle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alfonso a Cross Country Rider from Oakland, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2000

Strengths:    Light as air; rigid, yet absorbs hard bumps well; choices of sweep

Weaknesses:    expensive (but I paid the full price, now didn't I?)

Bottom Line:   
Outrageously wonderful bar and perhaps the last I'll ever own. After messing around with various riser bars (all recommended by dealers and riding buddies) for about a year, I finally figured out that a flat bar offered me a much better fit and ride...

Enter the CT2 bar because it offered the squat lenth that I wanted. This is the first flat bar I've owned. This is also the first carbon bar I've owned. Perhaps a testament to Easton quality, but I believe the carbon fiber material in general is head and shoulders above other materials for bar rigidity, bump absorption and finesse. Flat versus riser is a dumb argument that I leave to your own prudent judgement and riding stance.

All said, I gotta admit, though: it seems quite ridiculous to have to pay $70 on a handlebar. I'm the fool that paid the price but never looked back.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Speedgoat

Similar Products Used:   various Al bars from Specialized, Bontrager, Syncros

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight, full custom build

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from mcDonough,Ga

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2000

Strengths:    Great bars!!!Though I don't use bar ends,these bars climb well and offer just enough flex to help dampen the bumps on fast downhill sections.I weigh 180 and can't see any signs of failure with these bars.I like them much better than aluminum.

Weaknesses:    None yet.

Bottom Line:   
Good set of bars for the money.They have a good warranty if you save your receipt.Like everything else though personal preferances may vary.I like the little bit of flex that the bars offer while still maintaining a great degree of rigidness when you need it.I have had no problems with cracking or scratching of the surface while installing brake levers or shifters.These bars so far are tough as nails!!!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Coda,Bontrager

Bike Setup:   Cannondale with some upgrades

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by MikeD ??? a Cross Country Rider from Victoria

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2000

Strengths:    super light
cool looking
Warranty


Weaknesses:    price

Bottom Line:   
this thing is strong, I tried braking it for a while then I gave up because this super light piece of carbon fibre wouldn't snap. But it had to break sometime. I was clipping along realy in some super rough simgletrack with a pair of tioga 1.85 slicks on my bike then I lost control and wracked out hardcore, big over the endo, smashing my upper leg and arm on a tree and my handlebar and shifter were both ruined the bar had cracked and freighed where as the shifter just looked screwed ( 99 XT rapid fire ) shimano didn't replace my shifter and easton did replace my handleebar no questions asked. It's a good product to have, I couldn't break it trying wheelie drops and bombing some sick descents at a high speed but it took a super hard smack with a tree to finally break it.

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Favorite Trail:   Milstream

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   race-face low rise riser
control tech flat bar
profile stiffy


Bike Setup:   M2-Pro with race-face stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Howard a Cross Country Rider from Los Gatos, CA USA

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2000

Strengths:    Light weight
good warranty
good looks


Bottom Line:   
I've been using the Easton Carbon bar for nearly 2 years, and I ride trails 5 to 6 days a week. I have never had any crushing problems at the stem or bar ends (Titec). I have broken the bar twice, in both cases I also broke my helmet and my collar bone. Both times it broke at a bar end, and was still ridable. Both times, Easton was very responsive and replaced the bar promptly. I think that when you are using a product who's main advantage is weight, then you should expect it to be more prone to damage in a crash situation. The CT2 is an excellent product.

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Favorite Trail:   Wilder Ranch

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   Titus Moto Lite, WB DC120

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by pooter a Cross Country Rider from san antonio

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2000

Strengths:    light weight
coolness factor of carbon parts


Weaknesses:    it will break if you use bar ends

Bottom Line:   
if you look at how long the people below have used their bars, none of them have used them for any real amount of time.
i've had mine for almost a year and they broke at the bar-end junction (i use icon bar ends, which easton says is ok). they were subjected to the same kind of (ab)use as my other bars. yes, i've had a couple of crashes, but not any worse than the ones i've had with my other bars (the answers lasted over two years!)
bottom line, if you use bar ends and don't ride like a wuss, they will eventually break on you.
HOWEVER, eastons FREE crash-replacement warranty rocks! I got my replacement bar two weeks after i sent it out (be sure to have a temporary bar if you want to ride while awaiting the replacement).
one chili for the bar itself, five chilis for the warranty = 3 Overall.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   answer hyperlites (best i've had)
codas
ritcheys


Bike Setup:   '96 c-dale sv1000

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Blake a Weekend Warrior from Lubbock, TX

Date Reviewed: July 19, 1999

Strengths:    
Light
Looks Great
Vibration Dampening


Weaknesses:    
Scratches Easily


Bottom Line:   
This handlebar is great! It hasen't given me any problems with my bar ends on there. It hasn't cracked either anywhere.

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Aluminum other


Bike Setup:   
Raleigh M-400

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Lee J a Cross-Country Rider from Mass

Date Reviewed: May 18, 1999

Strengths:    
Strong, light, good looking, awesome warrantee


Weaknesses:    
Easily scratched


Bottom Line:   
This is a great bar- dare I say the best one out there? I ride XC, which is what this was made for, and have had no problems. I've crashed a few more times than I'd like to admit, and it's never cracked or failed on me. The fact a) you don't need inserts for bar ends, b) Easton uses this bar to beat up their aluminum bars, and c) they offer a lifetime, no questions asked replacement program, that really shows how confident Easton is about this product. People whining that they over-tightened the bar and it broke, or used it downhilling and it broke are not that bright- would you use a Ferrari to race across Baja (the desert)??? I don't think so- use the product for what it's intended to be used for and you won't have any problems. I'd easily buy bar this over and over and over again. I'd give it 4.5 stars, 'cause there's always someone who's going to improve something like this... but for now, I think this is #1!!! (5 stars to round it up)

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Favorite Trail:   
Trail of Tears

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Aluminum bars


Bike Setup:   
Aluminum HT w/ Z2 Bam fork

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Robert a Cross-Country Rider from Tallahassee, FL

Date Reviewed: May 4, 1999

Strengths:    
Light Wieght
Durable
Its a Bar


Weaknesses:    
None


Bottom Line:   
The best bar you can buy. Unless you want really flexy then try a ti.

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Favorite Trail:   
red bug

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Bontrager 6061


Bike Setup:   
Gary Fisher

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Justin a Cross-Country Rider from Colorado

Date Reviewed: March 18, 1999

Strengths:    
Strong, light, good looks


Weaknesses:    
epoxy scratches easily, crushes with tightening bolts


Bottom Line:   
Good looks, decent price, light, purty, but it's a littel fragile and the decals scratch easily.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Answer Hyperlite, Zoom 170g, a few others.


Bike Setup:   
Santa Cruz Heckler X.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by lychee a weekend warrior from singapore

Date Reviewed: March 13, 1999

Bottom Line:   


i have to say those guys below me are scaring me tremendously with their reviews. i juz bought one and it aint cheap so i hope it will last.
durability aside, the bar so so damn cool with the graphics i could drool. the weaving is gorgeous and it goes so well with my real brake levers and plasma gripshifts. lets hope i have more luck with the replacement program!

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Trigger a cross-country rider from Boston, MA

Date Reviewed: February 17, 1999

Bottom Line:   


The epoxy resin coating around the carbon weave is prone to cracking if one tightens barends, brake handles, or shifters around it with too high a clamp force. My bar easily formed longitudinal cracks when I had to readjust my brake lever positions, and I didn't even apply excessive force to the bolt on the clamp at all. This bar lasted me a few months. It stood up to trail riding, but it proves to be brittle and fragile when a clamping force is exerted on it. I'm using Shimano XT brake levers, and the clamp down is round, so I didn't expect this bar to crack. Also, the epoxy resin gouges and scratches easily. I'm going to avoid this bar in the future.

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