Easton Launching 35mm OD Havoc DH Handlebar, Stem & Havoc Carbon Wheels with 150mm Rear Hub

2012 Easton Havoc DH 35mm diameter handlebar and direct mount stem

Easton’s using Crankworx to launch a few major new DH parts in their Havoc line.

First up is the new Havoc DH 35 handlebar and stem that, yes, introduces a new standard. The handlebar comes in at a whopping 35mm outside diameter in the center, and a wide center that is. To accommodate that girth, they developed a new direct mount stem that clamps fairly far out from center a good 1/2″ wider on either side than normal.

Of course, the official launch of all this is Friday, so we’ll post some actual specs as soon as we get them. In the meantime, we’ll float the rumors of the new 150mm wide Havoc DH hub (true) and carbon Havoc DH rims (pretty likely but apparently delayed) with some teaser images after the break…

2012 Easton Havoc DH 35mm diameter handlebar and direct mount stem

The stem looks like you’ll have to remove one side of the bar’s grips/shifters/levers to slide it into the single bolt design, but that should keep things very strong. The curved/pointed face of the clamp area is likely done to spread forces over a broader area and prevent stress risers.

2012 Easton Havoc DH 35mm diameter handlebar and direct mount stem

The stem has two mount points for either 45mm or 50mm of reach.

2012 Easton Havoc DH 35mm diameter handlebar and direct mount stem

800mm wide and, yep, 35mm ’round.

2012 Easton Havoc DH 35mm diameter handlebar and direct mount stem

The color of the bar is the normal Havoc pewter-ish gray, and this one looks like it has a bead blasted finish. Unfortunately, the tent we shot the photos under was reddish-orange, which wreaks, uh, havoc on the colors in the photos.

The other new product rumored to be announced is a 12×150 hub option for the standard Havoc wheelset and a carbon fiber rim option. The hub spotted above was on pro racer Steve Smith’s Devinci Wilson downhill bike, and it’s certainly not the current Havoc DH hub, which lends credence to the rumor that the 2012 models will look more like this:

2012 Easton Havoc DH hubs should look very similar to the current Havoc’s oversized front hubs.

2012 Easton Havoc DH wheels with 150mm rear hub and carbon fiber rims

They’re rumored to have a full carbon rim option, and both alloy and carbon rims will be UST Tubeless. More as we get it.

Comments

fanboy - 07/22/11 - 3:09am

oh cool!!!!

another “standard”.

Just what I wanted. I’m sure that people all over the world were begging for a new XOS handlebar std. What with everyone bending their DH bars and such…

*insert sarcasm*

mateo - 07/22/11 - 9:01am

35mm isn’t new. Deda is already using it on the road.

Kovas - 07/22/11 - 10:23am

If all these new standards are making frames and parts lighter, stronger, stiffer, better – then I’m all for it.

It’s advancing the sport.

But if a new ‘standard’ is just marketing BS to get riders to swap out perfectly good parts for new ones, then it’s just shameful greed on the part of manufacturers. Fail.

Tests and reviews will tell…

joe - 07/22/11 - 2:18pm

cool

Steve - 07/22/11 - 2:20pm

I don’t think Easton would change the standard unless it provided benifits in performance over the older 31.8 bars. I think it looks super Moto

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