Interesting Question & Reply - CARBON
Easton EC90 Carbon Handlebar
HEY UNC: Has anyone at RBR had experience with the Easton EC90 195-gram carbon road bar? I'm thinking of buying one and any feedback is appreciated. Thanx! -- Tom C.
UNCLE AL FIRES BACK: I've got a buddy who has used this bar since it first became available. He loves it for its light weight, shock-absorbing qualities, nice bend and super strength. In fact, he loves it so much that he bought a second one for his backup bike, which is a Merlin.
Can you imagine having a Merlin as a backup bike? I'd like to imagine having a Merlin at all. His primary bike is an all-carbon Calfee.
My friend believes that carbon eventually turns into diamonds. I believe he's nuts, but we gotta love the guy, anyway. We call him "Carbon Man."
The red EC90 bar is a work of art. It's incredible to hold in your hands. I've never seen anything quite like it. It's a shame to cover it with bar tape.
FROM WILL V.: I've had an EC90 on my Trek 5500 for almost a year. It's super light, super stiff, excellent for damping road shock, and all-day comfortable. I've used it for racing as well as extended climbing in the Alps. The EC90 is a steal at $160 when you compare it to the European carbon bars. The Deda Spectrum and TTT More are listed at $350, and the Cinelli Ram is a whopping $470!
FROM RICK T.: Uncle Al, I'm surprised at your review of the Easton EC90 carbon bar. You neglected to mention the most important "feature" -- it snaps like a twig if you go down in a crash. I've seen three of them do it at races this year.
UNCLE AL FIRES BACK: So do collarbones, Rick. There are trade-offs whenever we push the technology edges. I don't think I could pedal a bike that was built to be crashproof, because it would certainly be heavy.
You might only bend an alloy handlebar in a crash, but you wouldn't still use it, would you? You should never try to bend back a bent bar. It would be a time bomb waiting to go off.
WARNING FROM EASTON: Do not use clip-on aero bars on Easton's carbon road bar -- or on any lightweight road bar in aluminum or carbon, for that matter. The clamp design on aero bars is generally of poor design. Most of these clamps are not round and therefore force the bar into an oval shape when torqued to the proper values. This is not good for a handlebar and can lead to breakage. If you want to use aero bars, you need a heavier handlebar closer to 300 grams.
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