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Easton EC90 bars - Different bend ??(8 posts)

Easton EC90 bars - Different bend ??JBF
Nov 25, 2003 10:02 AM
I am concidering Easton EC90 carbon handlebars. The bend looks a little different and I think I remember someone once telling me that a different stem length might be in order due to their unique bend.

I'd like to hear from any users and their experiences. Thanks
the top is different...C-40
Nov 25, 2003 10:21 AM
The top section has two sharp bends with a 45 degree straight section instead of one large radius bend. I used them for two seasons. I see no particular advantage to this shape.

These bars should not require a different length stem than most popular bars.

To be sure about the reach, measure from the saddle tip to an easily identified spot on the brake hoods. Measure both sides to be sure that the dimension is the same on each side, indicating that the wheel is straight. After installing the new bars and adjusting the brake hoods to the desired position, take the measurement again to see if there is a significant difference.
re: Easton EC90 bars - Different bend ??lyleseven
Nov 25, 2003 6:38 PM
It has a deeper drop. Not as tight of a bend as some bars, like Deda, etc. Some find this disconcerting if they have small hands. Also, they have an "ergononomic" bend at the corners, so that your hands are a little further forward on the corner of the hoods and gives you a more relaxed angle to ride the hoods.
Check the reachfallzboater
Nov 25, 2003 9:22 PM
I switched from and old Cinelli (mod 66) bar to the EC90, and the reach felt somewhat longer. If the reach is longer than your present bars, you may want a shorter stem. I don't think you'll be able to tell by the manufacturers' specs (unless the same mfg.), so you'll have to compare them directly.

re: Easton EC90 bars - Different bend ??Juanmoretime
Nov 26, 2003 1:57 AM
The drops are deeper, I had a set of them. I didn't use a shorter stem but I would have if I kept them. Also the Eastons are measured center to center and my 44's felt to wide.

I'm currently riding 3T Prima 199's and the drops are shallower and they are measured end to end, I like much better than the Eastons, plus they are double grooved for Campy Ergo cable routing.
Yes and nopmf1
Nov 26, 2003 9:10 AM
Yes, the bend is a little different and no, you don't need a different stem size.

There is a flat portion near the hoods. That's basically the only difference.

These bars are really great. They're comfortable, light and very stiff. You'll really like them. I can't recommend them enough. I wish I had the money to put them on my other two bikes.
re: Easton EC90 bars - Different bend ??PMC
Nov 26, 2003 1:01 PM
I've had a set for two years. They've been used on a couple of different bikes and I still don't know what I really think of them. I do know that I don't care for the angle bends on the tops but I do like the drops. I just don't see a need for that bend and I lose a hand position I like in the process.

The reach is also very different than the other bars I currently run, Ritchey's WCS Classic. The hood position is an additional 1.5 - 2 cm further out with the Easton EC90s. No big deal as I run a 130mm stem with the Ritcheys.

No cable groves is another drawback, more so with Campy, but not a huge one as I've not only gotten used to it but run both cables down the front anyway.
I noticed a longer reach to the hoods..theweasonator
Nov 27, 2003 8:30 PM
when I switched to a the EC90 from a Modollo X-Tenos. I felt much more stretched out and I DID switch to a shorter stem (-10 cm) which seemed to put me back in the earlier position.

Seems like it is 50/50 that is changes your hood reach. You won't know until you make the swap. I can say I do like the dampening. It did make a difference on my 2.8 C'dale boneshaker....