Easton MonkeyLite DH Composite Bar Handlebar

4.5/5 (10 Reviews)
Weight : 225 grams


Product Description

  • Length: 710mm (28")
  • Hi-Rise (1.25")
  • Proprietary Composite TaperWall Technology


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    Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Graham from Peak District a Cross Country Rider from Peak District in UK

    Date Reviewed: September 19, 2010

    Strengths:    Strength, quality, feel basically they are the handlebar equiverlant of a Thompson seatpost

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Performs better than any other bar, it's a default product and all others need to make the grade...which they don't! Feel, strength, quality etc etc - get some.

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    Favorite Trail:   Steep and technical up or down

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $150.00

    Purchased At:   Merlin Cycles

    Similar Products Used:   Easton EA 70 carbon - good but no cigar!

    Bike Setup:   Rockshox Lyric coil u-turn, formula mega, hope hoops on dt 4.2, maxxis ardent, thompson layback (i'm 6'4"), SRAM XO/X9, DMR flats, monkeylight DH bars - stuff that survives the muck and grit and UK winters in the peaks!

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by William Fold a Downhiller from Rock City, USA

    Date Reviewed: May 21, 2009

    Strengths:    light weight, dampens trail vibration, good angles

    Weaknesses:    flimsy, finicky, fails easily

    Bottom Line:   
    great bar for anyone who rides very gently and values bling over durability. a minor brush with a small sapling pushed my left (front) brake lever enough to make it rotate on the bar. when I got home there was a huge blister under the brake lever clamp. I phoned Easton and was told that the bar had failed and needed to be replaced.

    on other alu bars I've had the same thing happen and all I had to do was re-orient the brake lever or shifter pod. apparently this "DH" bar can't handle a minor low-grade bit of lever rotation.

    seems more like a leg-shaving weight weenie part to me. I'm going back to aluminum bars.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   PricePoint

    Similar Products Used:   Answer ProTaper alu, Sunline V-One alu, Truvativ Hussefelt alu

    Bike Setup:   singlespeed 29er w/ suspension fork

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Martin from Fernie, BC

    Date Reviewed: September 4, 2007

    Strengths:    Had it for ages and basically forgot about it, kind of like a King headset or Thompson post. It has outlasted 2 frames and some hard crashes and it's still going! Got them cheap at a shop that panics when their stock lasts into August and drops their pants.

    Weaknesses:    No indicator of the life left in it, at least (some) aluminium bars start to bend before they fail. I've seen people beat the crap out of these bars and they are still going and I've yet to hear of a failure with the DH version, but it's got to fail at some point, right?

    Bottom Line:   
    Great Bars!! I'm over 200lbs and they have lasted. I am getting a bit wary due to their age and use but they still look good, no major scratches or dings, but at what point is it time to swap them out for a new set?

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $75.00

    Purchased At:   United Cycle, one of their 'panic' sales

    Similar Products Used:   Kona DH, Easton aluminium, Azonic.

    Bike Setup:   Nomad, 66 SL ATA, I9 enduro wheels, Saint stuff, Thompson post/stem, King Headset

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Matt a Racer from Burley, Idaho

    Date Reviewed: October 10, 2005

    Strengths:    Crazy strong and ridiculously light for the strength.

    Weaknesses:    If you don't like scratches, they will show some wear. Mine have earned every one. I chalk it up to battle scars
    They are pricey, I got special pricing from where I worked at the time so I got a screamin deal but for the regular joe w/out conections they're a kick in the pocket book.


    Bottom Line:   
    I have abused these for three years. I weigh about 185 and ride agressively including a north shore style park on our land with many drops, jumps, and trials ranging from 1' to 5+ feet tall most with flat landings that the bar is subjected to almost daily. Never a whimper or a whine. Easton makes the best carbon products in the world...I only wish they weren't priced as such. I could not fathom breaking these bars. Four chillis if you have to pay retail if you get a bargain five, quality a resounding 6 chillis

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    Favorite Trail:   Amassa Back, Moab

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $60.00

    Purchased At:   Easton

    Similar Products Used:   titec, thompson, other easton, specialized, kalloy, etc

    Bike Setup:   FSR with MRP 6" FR kit, Z1, Sram, truvativ, rynos, factory DH's

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jeremy a Downhiller from Mountain View, CA

    Date Reviewed: July 15, 2005

    Strengths:    Light, strong. Used on a trials bike for over two years, and still going strong.

    Weaknesses:    Expensive.

    Bottom Line:   
    Sweet bar. Couldn't recommend it more highly. It's lighter than anything nearing its strength, and it's still stiff as balls. In normal trials use, I've dropped the thing on all kinds of rocks and things, and the bar is holding up perfectly. Carbon is prone to impacts, but the outer resin layer on this bar is so hard/thick that it protects the weave really well. If you've got the money, and are looking for a wide, stiff, light, bling bar for your trials/DJ/DH rig, look no further.

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    Favorite Trail:   Skeggs/local trials spots

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria maybe?

    Similar Products Used:   Monkey bar, Azonic DH bars of some kind, hellbents, Tryall trials bar.

    Bike Setup:   BT trials bike, 26" SS. Thomson stem.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Thomas Colson a Cross Country Rider from Raleigh

    Date Reviewed: June 20, 2005

    Strengths:    This bar is orgasmic. I've been riding flatties for ever, this is my first riser bar. Put it on one hour before a 30 mile enduro...felt extremely comfortable. The resonance from washboard trail vibrations is gone at the bar ends, no longer are my wrists and hand numb at the end of 4 hours.

    Weaknesses:    need to have lobs cut and install bar to keep the warranty. If you cut this bar your self, or torque it wrong.....

    Bottom Line:   
    Well worth the extra loot.

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    Favorite Trail:   Regency

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   Clean Machine, Chapel Thrill

    Bike Setup:   04 Scalpel

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brian a Weekend Warrior from Clarksville, TN, USA

    Date Reviewed: January 2, 2004

    Strengths:    It has enough flex to smooth out the small bumps but stiff enough that you don't really notice it that much. It also looks cool. It is about 2 inches wider than my old bars but I could tell much difference.

    Weaknesses:    It is a little expensive. You have to be really careful when mounting it. Don't overtighten the screws.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great Product.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $150.00

    Purchased At:   PricePoint

    Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Race Lite

    Bike Setup:   2003 Trek Liquid 30, Full XTR, Shimano 959 pedals, Easton EA70 stem.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Adam a Weekend Warrior from Encino,ca

    Date Reviewed: December 24, 2003

    Strengths:    strong, wide, stiff

    Weaknesses:    could use a little more rise

    Bottom Line:   
    At 230 pounds I tend to be hard on stuff. I thought about trying this product for months but didn't want to spend the money thinking what a waste if I break it. I then saw my friend do a 20 foot drop in PV. He crashed and bent his Manitou Dorado upper crown but his handlebar survived. I don't do stuff like that. So far so good. It also smooths out the smaller bumps.

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    Favorite Trail:   Cookies

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   got it as a gift

    Similar Products Used:   monkey bar 2.5

    Bike Setup:   5 Spot, Hayes 8", crossmax xl, sram triggers, chris king headset, 03 XTR crankset, odi lock on's

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Alex a Weekend Warrior from AB, Canada

    Date Reviewed: February 13, 2003

    Strengths:    lite, flyin the easton logo, stiff, carbon fiber, loox mighty cool... did i mention lite?

    Weaknesses:    there goes my rent, decals peel off like nobody's business

    Bottom Line:   
    If you hav the green, get this bar! It'll last you a lifetime, n keep on truckin. If u can survive all the impacts of trials, n some dirt jumpin, the bar is for u. It kinda reminds me of all chris king products w/ the lifetime guarantee against failure! it'll prolly loast longer than me n my bike.
    I haven't tried the Scandium DH, but i've heard that's just as good n a wee bit cheaper. it's i think a smiggin heavier, but saves about 50 bux.

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    Favorite Trail:   urban trials

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $180.00

    Purchased At:   Ridley's Cycle and Sports

    Similar Products Used:   Amoeba, stock specialized, gt, n crappy icon stuff, Race Face, F.U.N.N., Azonic, Kore,

    Bike Setup:   Brisa B26D: Magura HS33 front n rear w/ boosters, Ultegra rear cogs, Ultegra read derailleur, Race Face NS XS, chris king no-threadset, Brisa Elite stem, Brisa disc fork, Soyo grips

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by mike simpson a Downhiller from San Francisco, CA

    Date Reviewed: April 25, 2002

    Strengths:    Light weight and good looks.

    Weaknesses:    I've heard that they are not really all that hard to break. Price. Shop around, I found on online after I bought mine for $95.00

    Bottom Line:   
    awesome

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    Favorite Trail:   All of em

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $159.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria

    Similar Products Used:   Race Face

    Bike Setup:   Intense Uzzi SL. Loaded

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