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A little disappointed with EA70 Bars...

Old 03-05-09, 02:00 AM
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A little disappointed with EA70 Bars...

I got my REI dividend today and it was just enough with the 20% coupon to get a pair of Easton EA70 bars. I had cheap Bontrager Select bars on my bike now with a bit too deep of a drop and far to relaxed ergo bend. I decided to get the EA70's which are a bit more aggressive and have a nice flat spot on the top. I also hoped I'd get some increased stiffness in the bars for sprints.

Well I put them on and am overall happy with the feel and fit but I have to say they're quite flexy, even more so than my stock Bonty bars, I'm almost considering taking them back. Anyone else have these bars and have this problem?
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I considered getting these a while back. The LBS manager I talked to quickly talked me out of it. He said exactly what you've said. They flex and are quite overpriced. Even worse, when coupled with an EA70 stem, apparently, they have a habit of coming loose in the handlebar clamp.
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I think carbon bars are kind of a marketing gimmick. Alloy bars are cheaper, stiffer, and only weigh a tiny bit more.

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I think carbon bars are kind of a marketing gimmick. Alloy bars are cheaper, lighter, and only weigh a tiny bit more.
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EA70 are aluminum, not carbon.
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Yah they're aluminum. Well it's REI so I'm going to take out them out today and race twice on them this weekend and if I don't like them I can take them back and get my dividend back. They fit alright but I can't stand the flex. I guess those 'cheap' Bonty bars aren't so bad after all...

Oh well that's $64.00 REI credit that can go towards gel's, tubes, and such which essentially is $64.00 towards my new bike which comes with awesome bars lol.
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You're probably going to have to spend a lot more to get bars that are significantly stiffer or lighter than your stock bars. That is why piece-by-piece component upgrades for performance rarely make sense. Buy new handlebars that are more comfortable (different size or shape), but don't expect any performance difference.
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Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
You're probably going to have to spend a lot more to get bars that are significantly stiffer or lighter than your stock bars. That is why piece-by-piece component upgrades for performance rarely make sense. Buy new handlebars that are more comfortable (different size or shape), but don't expect any performance difference.
Makes a lot of sense... well I'm about to go out and put 30-50 miles on them right now so we'll see if the shape and feel is worth the slight addition of flex.
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Ritchey Bars on being clearanced at Performance........With a coupon, I think I paid $48

225 gr http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5255
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Originally Posted by fauxto nick View Post
I got my REI dividend today and it was just enough with the 20% coupon to get a pair of Easton EA70 bars. I had cheap Bontrager Select bars on my bike now with a bit too deep of a drop and far to relaxed ergo bend. I decided to get the EA70's which are a bit more aggressive and have a nice flat spot on the top. I also hoped I'd get some increased stiffness in the bars for sprints.

Well I put them on and am overall happy with the feel and fit but I have to say they're quite flexy, even more so than my stock Bonty bars, I'm almost considering taking them back. Anyone else have these bars and have this problem?
You can fill them with sand to stiffen them up. Also...filling them with sand will allow bending them to a more favorable shape without creating kinks.
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they are handlebars.


not "make everything in your life exquisitely happy" bars.


sounds more like a case of buyers remorse.
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Originally Posted by sleazy View Post
they are handlebars.


not "make everything in your life exquisitely happy" bars.


sounds more like a case of buyers remorse.
Yes buyers remorse when I paid nothing for them. Sorry but a handle bar NOT bending upwards when I'm sprinting in a race makes me exquisitely happy.

On another note I just took them out for a hard training ride and am so impressed by how much more comfortable they are I don't care that they're slightly more flexible. Definitely keeping them.
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