Easton MonkeyLite® Carbon Fiber Riser Bar Handlebar

4.52/5 (176 Reviews)
Weight : 150 g MSRP : $110.00


Product Description

  • Length: 610 mm (24") / 660 mm (25")
  • Sizes: 8° sweep | 4° upsweep
  • Heights: lo- and mid-rise
  • Color: 0°/90° carbon weave
  • Proprietary Easton Composite TaperWall technology
  • Highest impact strength of any ATB riser bar
  • Reinforced stem and brake lever clamping zones


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by b3rnard a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: January 10, 2009

    Strengths:    Very light-weight composite material. Very sturdy, gives you a really positive steering feel. In my opinion the composite material absorbs most of the vibration, or could a combination of that and the grips itself.

    Weaknesses:    In about a month-ish I found a stress fracture on the bar - the part where it tapers, the rise. It started off a few mm long and gradually became about 1/2 long.

    Bottom Line:   
    It's definitely a very light piece and sturdy HB. Overall I am happy with it, EASTON replaced the defective bar immediately. It has a 10 year warranty, and that gives me some peace of mind in-case it breaks again :)

    I am giving it a value of 4 Chilis, for its 10 year warranty. 3 Chilis overall because it broke within a month of use.

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    Favorite Trail:   too many to list

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $110.00

    Purchased At:   refuse to advertise

    Similar Products Used:   None, this is my first Carbon/composite handle-bar

    Bike Setup:   2007 Specialized SJ FSR.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Core_Shot from Boulder, CO

    Date Reviewed: August 2, 2007

    Strengths:    Kinda light (j/k), strong

    Weaknesses:    a wee bit flexy

    Bottom Line:   
    Damn that thing is light. I'd like something a little stiffer, though. That being the case, I probably should have gotten the 31.8 version, instead of the 25.4. Can't blame the bar for that!

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Shop Employee Purchase

    Similar Products Used:   Race Face Deus, stock bar

    Bike Setup:   Stumpy, full XT, easton and thomson

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Stefan Aichele a Cross Country Rider from Waterloo, ON, CANADA

    Date Reviewed: February 19, 2007

    Strengths:    Strong design, cool look, light!

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Can't beat Easton!

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    Favorite Trail:   Frankenstein

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $85.00

    Purchased At:   web cyclery

    Similar Products Used:   The flight bar

    Bike Setup:   Norco full suspension with Bomber MCR1, Race Face crank and XTR drive train, Tune custom wheels with Hutchinson tires.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from Petaluma, CA USA

    Date Reviewed: October 22, 2006

    Strengths:    nice, light, sexy lookin.

    Weaknesses:    I heard rumors of them breaking, but it would seem you would have to be really using these bars for DH or serious freeriding and land bad to break em. I use em right so I would say none.

    Bottom Line:   
    Be good to them and they be great to you.

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    Favorite Trail:   Annadel

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $70.00

    Purchased At:   eBay

    Similar Products Used:   FSA DH200

    Bike Setup:   '04 Marin Attack Trail, '07 Vanilla RLC, '04 Float RL, Hayes HFX9's, xt front Sram x9 Rear.

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by Phill a Cross Country Rider from New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: October 3, 2006

    Strengths:    Well made,nice length,strong,light weight.

    Weaknesses:    Uncomfortable bend!

    Bottom Line:   
    My comments pertain to the 06 lo rise 31.8 dia EC70 carbon monkeylite bar.
    As stated in "strengths"most of what I have to say is positive. However (for reasons best known to Easton)on this particular bar(The 31.8) they have changed the upward bend to about double the standard 4 degrees making for a much less comfotable bend.The standard bend for their 1 inch monkeylite is 8 degrees rearward and 4degrees upward bend.
    The most annoying thing I find (apart from less comfort)is that no where on their website do they allude to this fact.Great bar shame about the bend!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Similar Products Used:   About four or five other Easton bars of various rises.

    Bike Setup:   Motolite,Hugi/Mavic 717,Thomson,XT/X9.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mike from pa

    Date Reviewed: August 22, 2006

    Strengths:    Stiff. Nice bend-angle. Light. Perfect width. Very tough, beat the snot out of these pups on the rigid SS. If they can takes hits from a rigid fork, they'll take anything a suspesion fork can throw at it.

    Weaknesses:    None. Well, it ain't cheap.

    Bottom Line:   
    I liked this bar so much I got another for my 2nd SS. At first I didn't like the up sweep-bend. After a few rides I grew to love it. I have a hard time riding another bar. With a fat pair of OURYs these are the ticket for rigid SS riding.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Similar Products Used:   EA70

    Bike Setup:   Rigid SS

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ralphie a Weekend Warrior from Yakima WA

    Date Reviewed: August 21, 2006

    Strengths:    light and strong, vibration damping the real deal.

    Weaknesses:    was expensive, now cheap. Flexy compared to DH bars, stiffer than most XC bars.

    Bottom Line:   
    Finally cracked these a few weeks ago. I had converted to a 5"/6" FS singlespeed. I used to have very powerful legs (800+ lb sled was workout wieght), and even though my muscle is nicely marbled now ;p I can still crakn like hell. Basically, I was pushing a 36/15 (yup 15! I was using my 9sp cog) singlespeed uphill. Ended up cracking both sides of the bar at the brake mount, underneath the bar. Otherwise, awesome bar. I believe this bar should be changed every 2-3 years, like most bars. I liked the fact that it cracked without snapping, I have seen aluminum bars snap along grain failure weak spots in the metal. Jagged metal to thoat= bad idea. 5 Chilis for an excellent product. (5 for value since you can buy them dirt cheap now)

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $110.00

    Purchased At:   local shop

    Similar Products Used:   alu and steel bars

    Bike Setup:   Titus Supermoto, FOX, Thompson

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Basil Chua a Cross Country Rider from Singapore

    Date Reviewed: June 28, 2006

    Strengths:    Lightweight and balanced weighted feel.

    Bottom Line:   
    Myth: It reduces trail vibrations and makes your XC ride enjoyable.
    Fact: True.

    Myth: The balanced feel offers you improved control.
    Fact: True.

    Myth: It's pricey.
    Fact: True.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Similar Products Used:   Alu stock bars

    Bike Setup:   Giant XTC Team

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jeffs888 a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta, GA, USA

    Date Reviewed: March 26, 2006

    Strengths:    vibration dampening properties, light weight

    Weaknesses:    I wish there was an option for a slightly narrower version

    Bottom Line:   
    These have been a great upgrade. Wasn't sure how much vibration and impact reduction I would really feel on a ride... but WOW, these things work. Your hands are always in contact with the handlebars and I found with my stock handlebar my shoulders and back were taking quite a beating. Reading the reviews it seemed that the jury was still out on exactly how much this handlebar would help... but boy have I felt the difference.

    Makes my riding a whole lot less painful and a whole lot more fun. Have had no issue with swapping out grips or bar ends (Cane Creek locking and Ergo Control II), but I've let my LBS do those installs to make sure the tension is just right.

    All in all these handlebars are fantastic and I would definitely recomned them.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $49.00

    Purchased At:   Pricepoint

    Similar Products Used:   NA

    Bike Setup:   Specialized Rockhopper '05

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Fred Sled a Weekend Warrior from Spawn Ranch, CA

    Date Reviewed: July 14, 2005

    Strengths:    Super light, stiff, cool factor

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    This bar right out of the box is just cool, the look and feel of it. Then when you mount it up and ride, the stiffness and control are perfection. The fact that they look bad ass clamped in a polished stem, doesn't hurt either. I have these on both of my bikes. The retail price on these is kind of extreme.

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    Favorite Trail:   Your Mom

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $65.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Typical aluminum bars, riser and flat

    Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar, XC/Trail setup

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Some_Dude a Weekend Warrior from Santa Rosa CA

    Date Reviewed: June 3, 2005

    Strengths:    Light
    Strong
    Flexes enough on little stuff


    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    Great bar. This thing has taken a few crashes into trees at 15+ MPH and keeps on ticking. It is a great bar.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   CBO

    Similar Products Used:   Titec Hellbent

    Bike Setup:   2003 SC bullit, Pike Team Air, Hayes 8", XTR, 5th Ele, Race Face Northshore

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Peter from Houston, TX

    Date Reviewed: May 14, 2005

    Strengths:    Weight, durabilty

    Weaknesses:    N/A

    Bottom Line:   
    Bought these 4/22/99 and they have been a set and forget part ever since. I'm over 200lbs. and ride fairly aggro. These have survived 3 cracked frames (not the Bullit), North Star, Moab, Durango ect. and more crashes than I can recall. I'm replaceing these 24s w some 26s :)

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Similar Products Used:   aluminum

    Bike Setup:   Bullit

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tony Grace a Cross Country Rider from Perth, WA,Australia

    Date Reviewed: April 29, 2005

    Strengths:    Strong and light, some give to take some shock out when needed . Looks good on the bike.

    Weaknesses:    None yet

    Bottom Line:   
    I purchased the bars as a combo with the Easton MG60 stem for US$55 a really good deal. When I got them I was worried about the strength of them and all that + the possible corrosion problems with MG60. I also weigh 100kgs or 220lbs.
    After reading all the comments I did not make one scratch on the bars fitting them and I have punished these bars over all sorts of XC terrain and some drops I never saw coming. They have been great highly recommend them.I run profiles bar ends on them and these have saved my hands and taken some knocks with no ill effects on the bars.

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    Favorite Trail:   Goat Track

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $55.00

    Purchased At:   PricePoint

    Similar Products Used:   Other Easton, Titec & Giant

    Bike Setup:   Giant NRS 3 frame, Easton bars, stem & post, SRAM Rockets with XT Derailuers, MAG+, 04 Zoke Marathon SL 120's & CC Headset.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Clay a Cross Country Rider from Austin, Tx, USA

    Date Reviewed: February 13, 2005

    Strengths:    Unbelievably light handlebar. Perfect width and rise. It hasn't broken.

    Weaknesses:    It cost alot of money even on sale. Shows scratch marks pretty easy.


    Bottom Line:   
    As the weight on my bike rose due to adding disc brakes and tubeless tires I swapped the OEM bar with the EC70 riser to see if I could lighten it up a little. The bar itself is very light but the part is so small I really couldn't see any difference. I like the bar more than the alum. because of the lack of flex. The LBS said that the EC90 was quite a bit wider and the rise was greater so I went with the EC70. I got a huge scratch on it trying to mount handlebar lights but it has survived some hits to trees and crashes. I recommend the bars. They just feel a little different under your hands.

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    Favorite Trail:   Rocky Hill Ranch

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $70.00

    Purchased At:   Price Point

    Similar Products Used:   Titec Alum riser bar.

    Bike Setup:   Haro werx

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Clem Hobbs a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Ontario Canada

    Date Reviewed: December 14, 2004

    Strengths:    Lightweight

    Weaknesses:    cracks easily

    Bottom Line:   
    Nice lightweight bar with perfect sweep and feel to it, holds up well to crashes. For strictly, and I mean NO drops, xc type riding I would recommend it.

    Unfortunately I've cracked two of them using different stems (two & four bolt designs). I received my second bar after getting the first replaced under warranty. Fast & efficient customer service. I've also seen other people experience the same problem, look up a thread in the Turner forum quite a while ago, includes pics.

    Both bars started showing cracks along the top of the bar, to the inside of the first upsweep. At the time I was doing some drops & jumps but nothing more than 3-4ft or so. Rather than have the bar fail, the cracks spooked me enough to bail on it and I replaced it with an Easton aluminumn bar as I like the feel of their design.

    If you're into any form of riding that involves drops or jumps I'd pass on these bars.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   various aluminum bars

    Bike Setup:   Turner RFX Z1fr -Shimano Hydros, XT shifting, RF rings & cranks, Singletrack wheels

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