Easton CT2 Carbon Bar Handlebar

4.53/5 (66 Reviews)
MSRP : $70.00


Product Description

CT2 Carbon Bar


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard Dort a Cross Country Rider from Plymouth, ME

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2007

Strengths:    Light, trick looking, STRONG!

Weaknesses:    People constantly coming up to you saying that they will break on you because they are carbon. Not because they are eastons.

Bottom Line:   
They work, are light, and bullet proof. I am 220lbs and ride very technical trails here in ME. I have buried the end of the bars over and inch into the ground twice and they still work with no signs of anything being wrong.

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Favorite Trail:   UMaine Forest

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Titec AL bars.

Bike Setup:   K2 5500c with stock stem (no markings), Full SRAM drivetrain w/ twist shifters, Magura 33s, Rolf Dolimites, upgraded shocks to Fox Float RLs.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Kyle a Racer from Ho-Ho-Kus NJ USA

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2005

Strengths:    light, proper width and sweep - just the way a flat bat should feel. very rigid for a CF bar.

Weaknesses:    early carbon bars like these required reinforced bar-end plugs, but i dont use em so who cares!

Bottom Line:   
compared to other carbon products like from LP these easton bars are fantastic, they fit just right with the correct measurements from the factory. strongest/stiffest CF bar ive seen!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   bought used from a friend


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from Mountain View CA

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2004

Strengths:    4 years and 5K miles with no marks

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
These bars have been fabulous. I just took them off to put on some Monkey Lites and there isn't a mark on them from the Thomson stem or the Ritchey Shorty bar ends. They look as good as the day I bought them. These carbon fiber bars are the only way to go.

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Favorite Trail:   Henry Coe

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   oem

Similar Products Used:   Aluminum bars

Bike Setup:   Ritchey Shorty Bar Ends
Thomson Stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel VanDurmen a Cross Country Rider from Tulsa, OK. USA

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2003

Strengths:    Perfect width and sweep, absorbs vibration, light, strong, and looks killer!

Weaknesses:    None so far! Other peoples coments about Thompson stem compatability has me a little concerned.

Bottom Line:   
Well worth the money. Safe for use with bar ends as long as you pick a model with a wide smooth clamp. I've had bar ends on mine since new with no problems. Odi's new clamp-on grips are good with this bar since you don't have to use adhesive or solvents to get them on and off.

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Favorite Trail:   Turkey Mountain Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $79.00

Purchased At:   Bicycles of Tulsa

Similar Products Used:   Scott AT-3, Qranck, Zoom 170.

Bike Setup:   Castellano Fango, XTR, Thompson, Crossmax XL, IRC Notos, etc.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Seeker a Cross Country Rider from SC

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2003

Strengths:    Super lightweight. Absorbs big shocks like a spring.

Weaknesses:    Maybe too light. Springiness can be a little disconcerting when switching from AL bar bike to CF bar bike. Easy to crush these bars with the wrong stem and minimal clamp force.

Bottom Line:   
These things would be perfect if the center stem mount area was solid carbon fiber. Maybe the bar end mount are too - say a friction fit carbon plug (are you listening Veltec?).

These bars are real easy to damage with Thomson stems. And the damage is completely concealed until you tear your front end down for a fork change (or the bar shears in half while you're riding!). Easton knows about the Thomson compatibility issue but doesn't offer any info at their website or in handlebar documentation.

On the other hand, their warranty and CS is excellent.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   geez lots of AL bars


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ming Lee a Cross Country Rider from Central

Date Reviewed: January 3, 2003

Strengths:    Looks high tech, light and very durable.

Weaknesses:    None right now

Bottom Line:   
Thought I'd give some feedback on the CT2 since the bar has been very good to me so far (knock on wood). Keep hearing stories of bar's breaking in mid air etc. which scares the bejeezus out of me but I've had no issues at all with CT2. Would recommend this to anyone who lives by the moto "light is right". When I get my new full suspension rig I won't hesitate to put on another Easton carbon bar, probably give the monkey light XC a shot.

Safe riding ....

Ming

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Favorite Trail:   Chi Ma Wan

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Flying Ball

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F4000SL hardtail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Best a Racer from Lake Ann, MI, USA

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2002

Strengths:    Super light and it looks great.

Weaknesses:    It has dented on the ends where I have my bar ends, which causes my barends to twist when I pull back on them super hard. Not a huge deal though.

Bottom Line:   
Great handlebar. Carbon fiber is super strong. Plus it looks fabulous.

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Favorite Trail:   North Country Trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $75.00

Bike Setup:   K2 Zed Team, XTR everything, Crossmax wheels, Manitou Mars CL fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sarah a Racer from Pittsburg, KS

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2002

Strengths:    Lightweight, some flex, snob appeal :)

Weaknesses:    the unshakable fear they might snap

Bottom Line:   
Had one for almost a year. Carefully tightened my stem/shifter/brake clamps and check these areas every 2 weeks for signs of scratching or abrasion, etc. If you tend to be slightly OCD like this, then these are the things you'll love about this bar: SO light and oh-so sexy, eases the metallic chatter you once knew on rocks, has a definite flex you learn to love, proven safe when used responsibly (read the manufacturer's directions.)
For those big, studly downhiller types, you too can love this bar! It's all about following the tech specs and respecting the properties of the material. And yep, it will break if you scratch it enough. I give it full flaming lumps for value and overall rating, because in my opinion, this is the best thing on the market in it's category.

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Favorite Trail:   Devil's Den, AR

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Easton Scandium


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Terri a Racer from Orlando, FL USA

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2002

Strengths:    Great absorbing shock - no more carpel tunnel symptoms after long rides and races. Lightweight. Looks great.

Weaknesses:    Dangerous. They break and don't bend. Don't have faith if using on rough terrain.

Bottom Line:   
My handlebar broke as I was decending a very steep drop off. All I remember was loosing control and grabbing onto the air - while holding my handlebars. When I came to, I had a concussion, broken scapula, and damage to the AC joint - I go for the MRI tomorrow. The bars broke clean at the stem clamp. They were not overtightened and I have never used bar-ends on them. I have put these bars through a lot of races for the past year of use and they have over 2500 miles on them with all the urban assaults. I really liked them but have lost faith in carbon now. Back to aluminum for me.

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Favorite Trail:   Razorback, Reddick FL

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Aluminum

Bike Setup:   Schwinn Homegrown Pro Enlightened - XT/XTR derailers, cranks. Thompson seatpost & stem, Cane Creek Pro Wheelset w/ ti spokes and hubs, Avid shifters. No barends - quit using those a long time ago - no need in Florida.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Grand Rapids, MI

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2002

Strengths:    Durability, Lightweight, Appearance, Shock Absorption

Weaknesses:    Some flex (but absorbs the shock!), Short length.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent Handlebar. Why would anyone use anything else? I was somewhat concerned when I bought it back in 99 about breakage at a 185lbs, but after 2+ years heavy use, several crashes and using long bar ends I have not had any problems. Excellent price considering its competition and overall value.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Colorado Cyclist

Similar Products Used:   Answer, Profile, Stock Icon bar.

Bike Setup:   Trek 8500

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brian a Cross Country Rider from No-CAL

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2002

Strengths:    Durable, light, looks

Weaknesses:    Price

Bottom Line:   
I've used this bar for a while now. It is on bike number 2.
I have crashed at least a dozen times with this bar. A few times very hard.(I.E. broken helmet) It still looks great and will probably keep going for a while longer.

I think back to before I had the CT2 and how many times I would have to buy a new bar after a hard crash. Alloy bars are cheap, but in the long run the CT2 is a better value.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   SC Superlight

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fish a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta, GA

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2002

Strengths:    Weight, absorption quallity & looks

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
Awesome bars. Bought originally to help take some of the punishment out of riding an aluminum hardtail, it worked great. Now have on my new full suspension rig and they are as good as ever. I have had my share of great recks and these things are still in mint condition. Be carefull with bare ends as some will crack the gel coat on the carbon and ruin them. I use som little light plastic bar ends that Easton recomended and they work great. Light, strong and lasted 2+ years, double thumbs up. Great bars, worth every penny.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything up in Pisgah + Bull Mt. & Chicoppee

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Outback Bikes - ATL


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mad Rider a Racer from Columbus

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2002

Strengths:    SUPER LIGHT AND REALLY STRONG

Weaknesses:    NONE

Bottom Line:   
BUY THIS IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT IT IS WORTH IT

THIS DISERVES 7 STARS OUTTA 5

THEY ROCK

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Favorite Trail:   North Shore

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   bike surpluss

Similar Products Used:   THERE IS NOTHING THAT COMPARES TO THIS!

Bike Setup:   C-DALE EAVEN 2000 FR, FULL XTR DRIVETRAIN, FOX FLOAT R, SUPER-FATTY D, HOPE DH DISC, MAVIC WHEELSET W/ XT HUBS, EASTON BARS AND POST

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by lo_dee a Cross Country Rider from Alberta,Canada

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2002

Strengths:    Light, vibration dampening, sexy

Weaknesses:    Expensive

Bottom Line:   
Beautiful looking bar that has held up fine (even after my original front fork didn't). Lightweight isn't a problem even if you like to take the odd jump during your riding routine. Lifetime warranty sounds good on paper...we'll see....haven't had problems yet. Too bad they don't make one in a 0 degree bend.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Timothy Norejko a Racer from Lancaster, PA USA

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2002

Strengths:    light, shock absorbing

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I would highly recommend this handlebar to anyone who has problems with hand and wrist pain when ride. I just finished a 6 hour endurance race with mostly rock and root terrain with no hand fatigue, that I usually suffer from when riding the same conditions with an aluminum bar. This bike makes a significan difference in weight as well. The fromt end of my bike feels much lighter with these bars. Buy em.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Marsh, PA

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   Answer aluminum bars

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Superlight with XT, XTR parts

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