Frequently Asked Questions
- Q:What are the details of Easton EXP limited lifetime warranty?
- Q:What does Easton’s EXP stand for?
- Q:Why 35mm?
- Q:Why no crossbar?
- Q:Doesn’t a crossbar style bar offer better stiffness and control?
- Q:How do the Easton EXP bar bends compare to other popular bends?
- Q:Why the unique pad shape?
- Q:How is EA70 aluminum different than other aluminums?
- Q:Will I be able to cut an Easton EXP bar down for woods work?
- Q:Can I attach accessories to this bar just like other size bars?
- Q:Does this bar weigh more than other 1 1/8" bars or cross bar bars?
- Q:How can I tell which bend is right for me?
- Q:What do the bar dimension terms refer to?
- Q:Do I have to use Easton clamps to hold an Easton EXP bar?
- Q:Why use an eight bolt clamping system instead of traditional four bolt clamp?
Q: What are the details of Easton EXP limited lifetime warranty?
A: LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY
Any EXP bar, clamp, or hardware kit determined by Easton Sports, Inc. (ESI) to be defective in materials or workmanship when used by the original owner will be repaired or replaced, at ESI’s option, free of charge when received at the below ESI address freight prepaid, together with proof of purchase and a description of the claimed defect.
This warranty is expressly in lieu of all other warranties. Any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose are limited to the same duration as this express warranty.
ESI shall not be liable for any incidental or consequential damages. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitations of implied warranties, incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitations and exclusions may not apply to you.
This warranty does not cover anything resulting from misuse, abuse, neglect, alteration, failure to perform maintenance as instructed or unauthorized repair or service. Bars, clamps (perches), and hardware will only be considered for coverage when used together as a system. ESI does not cover applications not recommended nor mixing of EXP bars or hardware with other brands of bars or hardware.
Easton Sports, Inc.
This warranty does not cover any representation or warranty made by Dealers beyond the provisions of this warranty.
You must establish proof of purchase to obtain warranty service or replacement.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you also have other rights, which vary from state to state.
If you have any questions about your Easton EXP / ESI product, please call us toll free at:
Q: What does Easton’s EXP stand for?
A: Engineering times Performance - the perfect blend of right brain thought and checkered flag focus.
Q: Why 35mm?
A: Our testing and development over the last two decades has determined that it’s the ideal size for a motorcycle bar made from aluminum. 7/8 is just too small for performance or durability, and must be supported by a crossbar. 1 1/8 works well in many conditions, but is not as durable as the sport now demands. Other bars with blended 1 1/8" and 7/8" (Renthal® Twinwall™) sizes are inconsistent in feel due to relative stiffness and weakness depending on direction of force - they’re also not nearly as durable.
Q: Why no crossbar?
A: Crossbars work by restricting movement, and stiffening the structure. These limitations reduce the bar’s ability to flex gently. The rigidity of a crossbar focuses all the stress and bending in one point. This is not good for feel or longevity of the bar. The 35mm bar, with its open design is free to use it’s seamless geometry for limited, consistent and gentle movement while distributing potential bending stresses along the entire length of the bar. Adding a crossbar would actually weaken our bar.
Q: Doesn’t a crossbar style bar offer better stiffness and control?
A: No. Crossbars were designed to support 7/8 inch bars. Without a crossbar 7/8 bars would be too weak and flexible to safely use. Our 35mm(1 3/8) bar uses it’s unique geometry to provide nearly the same vertical stiffness as a 7/8 bar - without a crossbar. Because a crossbar only adds stiffness in the vertical plane no steering control is gained. Our bar provides more stiffness in all directions providing more precise control, especially in rough situation where the front wheel is being pushed around - like braking bumps entering a corner or fast choppy straits.
Q: How do the Easton EXP bar bends compare to other popular bends?
A: We carefully aligned out bend line with comparable popular bends. We also offer additional bends allowing you to fine tune the comfort and handling of your bike – you'll find these suggested bends on our Build My System section. More than one bend match may be met by using our 5mm offset clamps (if applicable on your bike). To find the best set up for you, chose an EXP bend match for your familiar bar then use our Bar Positioning Showcase to compare to other options within our line. Also, keep in mind that our clamp height will affect your final hand position once your bar is mounted. Our Technical Overview section can help you with the details you'll need to compare clamp dimensions.
Q: Why the unique pad shape?
A: We looked at the other existing pad shapes and construction and immediately saw room for improvement. Our pad protects like others, yet provides even more performance. Our oval shape clears cables well - especially hydraulic lines. Because it’s molded we were able to punch a recess into the rear for gas tank vent hose clearance. It wraps around our bar and fits our clamps like a glove, eliminating the need for Velcro® attachment straps. We recommend you always use tie wraps for safety reasons, and there are two outer flats to accommodate zip ties - included.
Q: How is EA70 aluminum different than other aluminums?
A: EA70 is Easton’s special blend of proprietary aluminum and has been a staple of our performance component manufacturing for decades. We have formulated EA70 to be a high strength material with exceptional toughness. In fact, our EA70 was one of the main reasons we were the primary supplier of the popular 1 1/8" bars for over a decade. EA70 offers almost twice the yield strength as popular 6061 alloy. Because of EA70’s high yield strength & toughness it can take far more abuse than standard “off the shelf” aluminums and that makes it perfect for applications that are moving and twisting all the time - like handlebars.
Q: Will I be able to cut an Easton EXP bar down for woods work?
A: Many of the new off road bikes now pack hydraulic controls and some are even street legal with horns, starters and switchgear, so we’ve provided 200mm of flat on each end of our seven mx/sx/ax bends. Initially we also will offer a woods bend with 210mm of flat on each end that can be trimmed very aggressively if needed yet still carry all controls. The ends of the bar have precision markings to assist with even cuts.
Q: Can I attach accessories to this bar just like other size bars?
A: Since Easton’s EXP bar center and clamps are 35mm and have a unique taper profile, many current hand guard clamps won’t yet attach as is. Just like many of you, several of us here ride with full hand guards, flag guards, stabilizers, trip computers etc… we are working to address accessory compatibility. Please check back here to our site at the end of January for updates regarding solutions for clamp-based accessories. Flags: To our knowledge, all popular models work with our bars. Full Hand Guards: After evaluating the current solutions available we can only recommend full hand guards that attach at the bar clamp or triple clamp. Several popular options of these solutions exist. Stabilizers: We’ve begun to work with all the popular stabilizer makers to ensure we’ll have several solutions available this year. Check here for updates on specifics or contact our customer service team to find out the latest on a favorite model you’re attempting to use. We’ll provide the latest recommendations. Trip computers: Two bolt clamp mounts and most bar clamps won’t fit our EXP system yet. We’re investigating solutions now, so again check in with us for the latest. For the enterprising among you please check out our technology overview pages.
Q: Does this bar weigh more than other 1 1/8" bars or cross bar bars?
A: Weight is on par with other handlebars. The Easton EXP handlebar is engineered to be the perfect blend of weight durability and performance.
How can I tell which bend is right for me?
A: We’ll offer a pretty wide range of bends and have some tools here on our site to help guide you to improved fit, comfort and performance from your bar system. Stop back by here at the end of January to check it out and set yourself up for a better ride.
Q: What do the bar dimension terms refer to?
A: Although somewhat commonly referenced, we’ve found that the dimensions can often be misunderstood. There are several key measurements that matter when fitting a bar to you. Here’s how we measure our bars.
- Height - the distance from the bottom center of the bar to the center of the bar tip in the vertical plane. Measured in millimeters.
- Pullback - the distance from the center of the bar center to the center of the bar end measured in the horizontal plane. Measured in millimeters.
- Tip - the angle the bar comes up to meet your hand in the vertical plane. Measured in degrees.
- Sweep - the angle the bar comes back to meet your hand in the horizontal plane. Measured in degrees.
- End length - the usable flat section of bar at each end. Measured in millimeters.
Q: Do I have to use Easton clamps to hold an Easton EXP bar?
A: As of today, yes, we’re the only maker of 35mm bars and clamps we know of. Since we invented the size, and designed the clamps and bars to complement and support each other, our warranty requires the use of our bars, clamps, and hardware together.
Q: Why use an eight bolt clamping system instead of traditional four bolt clamp?
A: More support for the bar and less stress on the bolts. Clamps rarely fail in testing, but bolts often do. This is directly related to bolt size and depth. Our 6mm 8 bolt configuration requires less torque for more grip giving you a more reliable, more supportive clamp for your bar. The DST “wing” shape to the clamps provides additional surface area and support in the most heavily cycled direction.
Using our Top Lock™ design you can set 4 of the bolts’ torque spec and have just the right friction to fine tune your bar position prior to setting the torque on the last four - it’s actually easier, quicker, and much more effective than chasing around the bolts to try and gain equal clamp spacing on four bolt systems.