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.Application: Gravity
Strengths: Strength! Super strong, super stiff, light like an XC bar. Width is great too; you can really crank on these out of the saddle
I really love this bar. XC-like weight, but incredible strength and stiffness. Not the kind of bar that'll absorb a lot of vibration or flex to reduce fatigue; this thing is made to be stiff, and it is. But this is also really confidence inspiring in drops and rough downhills; with the width and stiffness, you really feel braced and able to point your bike where you want it. Love it.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 19, 2011
Strengths: Weight, Strength, Width
It's a good bar, Light, Strong & Wide. A little spendy though
I'm looking for a new set of handlebars. My current bars (ODI Flight Control 750) feel really rigid and harsh over longer rides. I want to get something that will take a bit of the beating out of my wrists/hands. I know that people are going to post about looking into different grips, changing ba ... Read More »
Anyone that was NW Cup 2/Pro GRT can confirm if the Graves Havoc 35 Bar was Carbon or Alu? it looks Alu to me in this picture...
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Is there any difference other than length (which obviously has some effect on weight) and graphics?
I don't exactly know which length I want my bars, and if I go with the Havoc I can start out long and trim down, but the Haven's are limited to 711.
Price is the same . . . .Read More »