Borrowing shapes from their ultralight MCD E100 carbon bar, the new AX drop bars bring a much wider flare to their new “Adventure Cross” series.

Two models will be offered, the aluminum EA70 AX and the carbon fiber EC70 AX. They use the same top shape and 80mm reach of the MCD, but push the drops’ flare from 4º to a whopping 16º. That puts them wide enough to all but eliminate any wrist contact with the upper part of the bar when you’re trying to go aero on the rough stuff. That figure, says Easton, is the widest they could go and still give you full control of brake and shift levers.

easton ea70 ax adventure cross alloy wide flare drop handlebar for gravel and cyclocross

easton ea70 ax adventure cross alloy wide flare drop handlebar for gravel and cyclocross

Both bars have a 120mm drop and 80mm reach and come in 40, 42 and 44 cm widths measured center to center at the hoods. The drops’ flare adds 68mm to the overall width. The $283 EC70 AX comes in at a claimed 220g (42cm), and the $120 EA70 adds 70g to come in at 290g.



  1. These aren’t just ‘borrowed’ shapes, it seems like they are flared LESS than other options. A welcome option, the extreme flare bars are a bit much and make reaching the levers hard. Plus they’re ugly.

  2. Salsa bar are 12 degrees. or 24 degrees. These have 16 which rides very well on the hoods, (same as the GT bar). If you go back to the early 1900 there were bars like this, I don’t think you can pin this idea to Salsa.

  3. Add 68MM to the bar size and you have the width at the drops. Per Easton web site:

    WIDTH (C to C) 40- 42 -44cm at hoods (at drops +68mm)
    FLARE 16 degrees
    WEIGHT 42cm 290g
    REACH 80mm
    DROP 120mm

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