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RCUK100 - Easton EC90 Aero handlebar, stem, seatpost, cockpit

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Easton EC90 Aero

Anatomically-sculpted bars built to cheat the wind

Easton have forged quite a reputation for their ability to work with carbon fibre, to the point that plenty of other companies like Giro and Rapha use Easton soles for their bike shoes.

In fact, if you have a cycling-shaped problem that needs a lightweight drop of the black stuff to solve it, Easton are your go-to guys.

But it’s not just other brands benefiting from their carbon fibre expertise, in fact they have plenty of good-looking kit of their own such as the EC90 Aero handlebars.

Since its foundation in 1984, Easton has operated with the simple goal to make bikes better – the ingredients for which they say are two parts science, one part passion.

RCUK100 - Easton EC90 Aero handlebar
RCUK100 - Easton EC90 Aero, stem, clamp
RCUK100 - Easton EC90 seatpost

The highly-contoured, ergonomic shape is built to provide the perfect racing position and the EC90 carbon, makes for a lightweight but very, very stiff bar

And their EC90 bars are among the flagship wares which have helped propel the California-based company to the top of the sport – quite literally, in fact, given Philippe Gilbert was using a set as he stormed into the rainbow bands at the 2012 UCI Road World Championships.

The version featured here is the long-standing EC90 Aero CNT handlebar, built – as the name suggests – to help cheat the wind, but also packed with a host of other cool features. The bar launched as a revision of the EC90 SLX3 and was built to sit alongside it at the top end of Easton’s range.

Its highly-contoured, ergonomic shape is built to provide the perfect racing position and the EC90 carbon, mixed with TaperWall technology, makes for a lightweight but very, very stiff bar indeed.

The striking red colour comes from the special finish designed to protect the carbon from bar tape adhesives, and fine-tuning of the bar’s angles ensures it’s compatible with Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo without any noticeable difference in the transition from bar to hoods.

The tops are anatomically sculpted wing-shapes, while there are further finger-shaped grips on the aero sections of the drops which Easton say improve comfort. Of course, when wrapped these are much-less defined, but in testing we found you could still feel them when gripping tightly.

Compared to the round-tube profile of the EC90 SLX3, the aero-profiled tubes add a barely noticeable 17g to the weight, at 216g. But in exchange for that you get a light, super-stiff bar – you really can’t shift it whether you’re pulling on a steep incline or sprinting at full gas – with a smattering of wind-cheating properties. The latter also includes indents underneath the flats of the bars for the neat tucking away of cable housing, allowing for a clean look.

Available in four sizes (40cm, 42cm, 44cm and 46cm), such high-performing bars do come at a price, but shop around and you can bag yourself a relative bargain.

And if you like your components to match, then the stem and seatpost also featured here come highly recommended. Easton’s EC90 Offset carbon seatpost features 20mm of setback to help riders optimise their bike fit and costs £159.99. The Easton EC90 SL stem, meanwhile, tips the scales at just 115g. Yours for a further £199.99.

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