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Drop & Reach specs for Easton EC-90?(2 posts)

Drop & Reach specs for Easton EC-90?tazzie2
Aug 24, 2001 4:37 PM
Cannot find them anywhere,grrr! Thanks!
Similar to....C-40
Aug 25, 2001 10:56 AM
many of the other top bars on the market today. I replaced my ITM Pro 225 bars with the EC-90's a few weeks ago. I had some difficulty getting the ergo levers positioned to suit, but now have everything set for comfort.

Here's my complete review:

The Easton EC90 bars are adequately stiff. After riding on gravel sealed roads, I couldn't determine if they absorb road vibration any better than aluminum, but I'm using them on a C-40 that's all carbon, so road vibration isn't a big issue in the first place.

The bars weigh in as advertised at about 185 grams in the 40cm size (c-c).

The bend of the EC90 bars isn't perfectly suited to Campy Ergo levers. It's dificult to get the hoods positioned with any upward angle (which improves comfort). The levers have to be mounted as high as possible on the curve, just to get the hoods level. The bars can be rotated up slightly, but not much or it fouls up the angle of the ergonomic drop section (becomes too vertical). I found the drop section to be most comfortable with the ends of the bar horizontal.

Reach to the brake levers, in the drops, is a bit longer than ITM or DEDA bars, which isn't good for those with short fingers. The drop section is longer than DEDA, which is good if you've got big hands. The overall reach to the hoods is about the same as ITM or DEDA bars, perhaps a few millimeters shorter if anything. A shorter stem is not required with these bars.

The lack of cable grooves is not a problem if you route both cables along the front of the bar. I always use fiberglass reinforced strapping tape to tape the cable housing firmly in place. If placed correctly, the cables will fall into the middle joint of the finger, when using the top position. You should barely notice the cables.

The bars are advertised to be 26.0mm diameter. Mine measured between 25.8 and 25.9mm, depending on where the measurement was taken. Like all bars, you'll find that they aren't perfectly round. They worked fine with an ITM millenium stem, which is advertised as 25.8mm diameter. It never hurts to check the fit before bolting down the faceplate of the stem. You could get bars that measure on the large side, and a stem on the small side of the allowable manufacturing tolerances. Place the bars into the stem by hand and note any tendency to pinch the bars at the parting face. If the bar is being pinched, filing a small chamfer along the edge of the parting face will cure the problem.