Easton Monkeylite XC Handlebar

4.38/5 (8 Reviews)
Weight : 150 grams MSRP : $130.00


Product Description

  • Material: Proprietary Easton CNT composite
  • Length: 660 mm
  • Sweep: 8° sweep | 4° upsweep
  • Heights: Hi-Rise 1.5", Low-Rise 3/4"


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Danfin a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver, BC

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2011

Strengths:    Light! As in hardly believable light.

Weaknesses:    Very smooth surface

Bottom Line:   
Super light and strong. Great width for control. Crashed hard a couple times without any damageto the bars.

Only issue is the super slick surface on the bars. It forced me to tighten the stem bolts past what Easton specifies for these barsto stop them from slipping. Also meant i couldnt run lock-on grips without doing the same resulting in the 4 chili rating.

Great bars for an XC/light AM bike.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   Cheap Aluminum

Bike Setup:   RMB Elevation, XT drivetrain/brakes, Fox Float

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by CamShaft a Weekend Warrior from Cairns, QLD, Australia

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2011

Strengths:    Light, colour scheme

Weaknesses:    Cracks when used with Easton carbon bar ends

Bottom Line:   
Loved the bars, light, vibration reducing, nice rise and sweep plus they look great. That is until used with matching Easton carbon bar ends. Wound up with a nasty crack on one of the ends of my handlebars on installation. Easton recommend a torque of 5nm, mine didn't even make it to 3nm before the end of the bars cracked! New torque wrench too, no probs with tensioning any other items on my rig. Bugger! By themselves, the bars are great but the weak ends and poor recommendations by Easton has resulted in a few less chilis.

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Favorite Trail:   Cairns MTB Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem x2, Easton Monkey Lite carbon bars, Easton carbon bar ends, Easton stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AndrewTucker23 a Weekend Warrior from Frankfort

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2010

Strengths:    Great looking, stiff, light

Weaknesses:    scratches easily

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bar! I was concerned about it being fragile because it was so light, but boy was i wrong! I never feel it flex! I did notice the amount of vibration it eliminated from the trail though. I'll never go back to an aluminum bar.

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Favorite Trail:   USA

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Friend


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by CDA MTBer a Weekend Warrior from CDA, ID USA

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2009

Strengths:    weight, width of bar 27 inches wide is good!

Weaknesses:    Manufacturers instruction on use with bar ends. yeah I know....bar ends on a riser bar...what was I thinking. They should just say not recommend for bar ends or offer one that won't crush the bar. When the bar was 27 inches wide I could really feel it flex on steep climbs.

Bottom Line:   
I like the bar but wish I would have never put bar ends on them. Now they are cut down to 25.5 from 27. May upgrade to the DH version next year. Price is painful so I am only giving it 3 flamers.

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Favorite Trail:   Many...hmmm

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $68.00

Purchased At:   LBS in Vacaville, CA

Similar Products Used:   my first carbon fiber bar

Bike Setup:   stumpjumper pro fsr custom

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by historeeteacher a Cross Country Rider from Modesto, CA

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I don't have a bunch of technical mumbo-jumbo...just the facts. I'm 200 lbs. and ride some rough stuff from time to time. I wanted to try a carbon bar (31.8 diameter), but was afraid it would snap when the trail got tough. Well, it just recently survived 2 brutal days in Downieville (northern CA). If you know Downieville (along with my 200+ lbs. of geared up weight) then you know how impressive that is for a carbon bar...and my bar is the "XC" version!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   BlueSky

Bike Setup:   2007 Santa Cruz Heckler

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joel a Weekend Warrior from uk

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2008

Strengths:    Strong, light as air, good looks

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
These bars are very strong, very light, and look good.

I was surprised when I got them just how light they were. My bike has been over a couple of times (unfortunately) on hard surfaces and they have stood up to the abuse. A real fit and forget item and highly recommended

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   whyte 46

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by robert a Cross Country Rider from austin texas

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2007

Strengths:    Very light weight, strength, low rise, and width.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
The best bars for the money, perfect for any racer or serious rider. They even look better then the monkey bar SLs, what more could you want?

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Favorite Trail:   St. Stephens

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Sport Shop

Similar Products Used:   Stock Bontrage Bars

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Tassajara with mavic monkey lite XC BB7s and XTR cabels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bob from Florida

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2007

Strengths:    Strong, reliable

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Great investment for almost anyone, not the casual rider. But if you hit the trails once a week these bars will pay for themselves. On apples to apples comparisons these bars are the best.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   Bicycles Etc

Similar Products Used:   various Bontrager bars


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