How do you make a single block of aluminum into arevolution' With a CNC machine and a ton of innovation. That was Easton'sapproach, anyway, when it set out to build the first over oversized stem, theHavoc 35. The friendly folks at Easton noted that handlebars,especially DH bars, were getting wider and wider and nothing was being done toalleviate the added stress caused by the increasing leverage ratios. 26. 8mmclamps were fine when handlebars were 550mm wide. As most bars crept up to 650and 700mm, the standard became a 31. 8mm clamp. These days, however, it seemslike everyone on the trail has a 750mm bar with the same 31. 8mm clamp, and it'sbeing overwhelmed. So, leave it to the designers at Easton to introduce the35mm clamp along with their new 800mm bars. At nearly 10 inches wider than someXC bars in the early '90s, these super wide bars give the rider buckets ofstability and steering leverage, thus the new clamp size.The Havoc also boasts Easton's Distributed StressTechnology. Clamping forces are distributed over a wider area of the handlebar.This makes the bars less likely to fail and creates a stiffer barsteminterface. It also works really well with carbon and lightweight bars. Anotherinnovation is Easton's Top Lock Technology. The stem body and faceplate havecorresponding shapes that lock together to add grip and increase stiffness.More than just a pretty faceplate, the Easton Havoc 35Stem presents innovative and exciting solutions to some problems that date backto the dawn of mountain biking. While the 35mm clamp has a long way to gobefore it's considered the industry standard, we feel that it has a pretty goodshot because it's one of the few ideas that we've seen that appears to have allbenefits with no real drawbacks. The havoc 35 weighs 190 grams. It's 50mm andis available in Black or Orange Anodized.