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Easton has a well-earned reputation for making high-quality stems, seat posts, handlebars and more across a wide range of price points. With its alloy gravel/adventure focused EA70 AX handlebar, Easton once again knocks it out of the park. This off-road-focused bar is based around the same MCD (Maximum Contact Drop) shape found across Easton’s road bars, which allows for maximum contact between the palms and the drops. The AX model has the same top shape, reach and ergonomic drop shape as the traditional EA70 road bar, but the flare has been cranked up from 4 degrees to 16 degrees for better control over rough surfaces. Coming in at $100 and under 300 grams for a size 42 bar, the EA70 AX is an easy choice for its combination of value, durability and performance.
$100; 290g (size 42); eastoncycling.com