A downhill focussed bar that proves it's a bit of a chameleon
Even though the Easton Havoc Carbon is a dedicated 800mm-wide downhill bar, which isn’t normally our bag, but we’ve decided to put it to the test because it’s light enough for trail use.
To build sufficient stiffness into such a wide handlebar, Easton has increased the clamp diameter to 35mm.
It has also widened the central bulge compared to the 31.8mm standard Havoc bar, so cosmetically it is a bit ugly. It does work though; the bar is bomber-solid.
The smooth carbon finish is ultra hardwearing but we did have issues getting the brake levers tight; with such a hard surface there’s very little for them to grip to.
The Easton Havoc Carbon is slightly heavier than a pure trail bar might be, but the reason it still bags a nine out of ten, and remains one of our favourite bars, is simply down to the quality of the ride-feel.