- Easton Havoc carbon bars – opinions and experiences?
I’ve got a set on the dh bike, not really a lot to say about them, they replaced a set of Answers which I bent, these ones haven’t done anything interesting. Supposedly the Havens are as strong as the old Monkeylite DHs, which were strong like ox, and the Havocs are stronger still. So presumably we need a new scale with more oxen.
(my old Monkeylite DHs- bike fell off the gondola at fort william, up near the top, and fell about the height of my house to the ground below, onto the bars… Knocked chunks out of the clearcoat but they didn’t even wince. Still going strong on the hardtail now)Posted 4 years agorichmtbSubscriber
No experience of the tougher Easton bars but the XC ones are pretty bullet proof.
I’ve got a set of Monkeylites that are getting on for 10 years old and have taken loads of punishment. Also got a set of EC70 31.8mm bars and they are rock solid.
I would imagine Havens are bombproof and Havocs are indestructiblePosted 4 years agoandylMember
ian – cancel them and go for the carbon 😉
I have the carbon Havocs on my C456 after the Havens were a bit too narrow and I kept finding myself with my pinky fingers off the side of the grips when riding.
There isn’t really much to say as they just do what you want. There is no flex that I can feel – there is more flex in my front wheel and forks than them things. The angles suit me perfect and they are definitely not as harsh as my previous EA70 bars, it’s more a case of you don’t notice them as there is no flex and no buzz. My only gripe is they are heavy compared to the haven for the extra 39mm but the havens did feel silly light for what you can do with them and 230g is still not really heavy and is more reassuring.
100% recommended from me.Posted 4 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
Absolutely love them, have them on two bikes, possibly a third soon.
Did four days of uplift DH on them, no sore hands. Did three days on the same forks & trials with Sunline alloy bars and my hands were in bits. There’s definitely something to this carbon lark.Posted 4 years agoj40ajaMember
I ordered a set of carbon Havens yesterday from Merlin and they arrived today, great service. Only bought them because I fancy trying a wider bar than my 685mm wide Easton Monkeylites.
Unfortunately I had to return them as there was a flaw in the carbon which resulted in an indentation which would probably have been fine but would always have wondered if there was a weak point!
They’re sending me another set and refunding the return postage (if they agree that it’s a warranty claim).Posted 4 years ago
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