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.
Strengths: Great bar, perfect ergonomics for serious riding, sweep and rise are just right.
Weaknesses: Too narrow for some.
Personally I feel like a heretic when I say that for me a 710-730 bar is my personal sweet spot and that anything over 750 is just in my view too wide, unless you are some kind of gibbon. I also like a high rise in the city and DJ 4X. For me this bar is just right for riding steep technical trails. It's also tough, the white paint does rub off, but it doesn't happen easily.
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2012
Strengths: Strength, shape, durability
Weaknesses: color choices, price
This review is for the mid rise version.
I love the shape of these bars! The rise and sweep feels at home for all types of riding. Some riders are going to 780 mm or wider bars, but I feel the Havoc bar at 750 mm still hits the sweet spot for width.
You can be confident in the strength of these bars too. I crashed on the Kamikaze downhill last year at 30 mph plus and flipped the bike a couple of times into big rocks. The bar took a big beating but only has cosmetic scratches.
There are prettier bars out there, but I doubt there are more durable, stronger and better shaped bars than the Easton Havoc. I recommend this bar to freeriders and downhillers.
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