Easton Wheels: What's Wrong With Them? A Review.

Easton Wheels: What's Wrong With Them?

To be frank, absolutely nothing.

If anything, they’re a cut above any other wheel types i’ve used before.

I’ve used them on a ride across Europe on my hybrid-mongrel touring/mountain bike, and they’ve stood up well.

Easton wheels are a boutique company specialising in solid research and development resulting a reliable, performance based product. It’s paid off for them – they enjoy a good reputation – particularly amongst competitive road cyclists, and they’ve even got their own cycle team they sponsor. The feel I get from my Easton wheels is that the company is less about “mass production” and more about “mass performance.”

Although Easton specialise in bars, stems, posts and forks as well, for me it’s the wheels that stand out the most.

There’s Two Reasons Why I Like my Easton Wheels

Firstly, they’re hand built. And it shows, from the time I first installed them to the (rare) occasions I need to work on them. My wheels arrived with perfect tension on the spokes, and were perfectly trued. More interestingly though, the spokes have retained their tension well, even with the amount of force I put on them and the load I carry on my bike.

Secondly, they’re covered with a 2 year warranty. I don’t treat my gear badly, but knowing that my wheels are backed up by a repair/replace guarantee does give me peace of mind.

With my Easton wheels I get the advantage of quality (both of assembly and materials) of a boutique wheel, while still being very price accessible (for the purposes I need them for).

Easton’s Road Wheels

Easton divide their road wheel range into two categories: Race & Performance.

If you race competitively (or would like to), then unsurprisingly the race category is for you. If you enjoy quality wheels but aren’t quite committed enough to fork out the money for a race set, then the performance range is right up your alley.

Race ($525 to $1,800)

Characterised by futuristic composite materials, deep rims for additional rigidity and minimal amount of spokes, Easton’s race range features a mix of carbon and alloy wheels

This range includes the EC90SL Carbon Clincher, EC90 Aero, EC90 SL, EC90 SLX, EC90 TKO, EC70 SL Carbon, EA90 SLX, EA90 Aero, EA90 SL, EA70 X, EC90 TT 90mm Set, EC90 Aero, EA90 TT, and the EA90 Aero.  

Performance ($350 to $500)

Similar in styling to the race range of Easton wheels, the performance range is just a little less manic on weight and material composition – as a concession to affordability more than anything else – though are still a good wheel in their own right.

This range includes the EA70, EA50 SL 700C, EA50 SL 650, EA50, and the EA70 X.

Easton’s Mountain Bike Wheels

Easton divide their mountain bike wheel range into the XC, the All-Mountain, and the Gravity. It spreads easton's wheels between the serious downhill competitor, and the amateur who enjoys a quality wheel.

XC ($450 - $800)

Beginner’s level – or at least for those of us with one eye on the wallet. These are a good range of wheels: basic, strong, reliable.

This range includes the XC ONE 29”, XC ONE 26”, XC ONE SS 26”, XC ONE 29”, XC TWO 26”, and the XC TWO 29”.

All-Mountain ($850 - $2,300)

A good range of mountain bike wheels for most applications. Suitable for comps, or burning money if you really like quality!

This range includes the Haven Carbon 26”, Haven Carbon 29”, Haven 29”, and the Haven 26”.

Gravity ($800)

For serious downhill only. These wheels are ROBUST.

This range includes the Havoc DH, and the Havoc.

What Do You Think?

My experiences with Easton wheels has been fairly limited. The pace of my riding is generally quite relaxed, and under these circumstances the wheels have held up well. But i’d like to know what other peoples experiences are with them?

What are your experiences with Easton, and specifically their wheels?

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Comments 9 comments

fringegirl 6 years ago from Texas

I am thoroughly impressed that you are bicycling around Europe. I do own a fairly good bicycle myself. However, according to your very informative article, I could spend more on my tires than I did on the bike. I suppose that does make sense, since the frame is useless without the tires.

I’ve used it a total of 4 times. “Get better at riding my bike.” That is actually on my Project Life list. Riding in traffic still kinda freaks me out. I live at the very bottom of Texas where it is extremely hot, so that is another excuse. I am looking for that one excuse that is going to make do it.

Well, enjoy your journey and be safe.


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ilmdamaily 6 years ago from A forgotten corner of a dying empire. OK, it's Australia :-) Author

Thank you for the well wishes fringegirl:-)

Don't let this article mislead you - the cost of a bicycle can have very little to do with the quality of it as a vehicle - indeed, literally any bicycle at all can take you around the world. The only difference that price and quality make is the speed at which you travel and the frequency of maintenance required.

I don't blame you for not liking traffic:-) I used to be a bicycle messenger, and so had to become very comfortable in the traffic - but the comfort curve can be steep!

The key is to ride so you enjoy it. Go as slow as you need to places that interest you.

Thanks for stopping by:-)


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Never tried Eastons, but that's maybe because my Shimano SHP600's (in a Dawes Stratos frame) have never let me down.

Do you read Micky Dee's hubs? If not, check him out. Good biking man ;)


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ilmdamaily 6 years ago from A forgotten corner of a dying empire. OK, it's Australia :-) Author

Thanks Paraglider:-) Yeah, I can't fault shimano's stuff. Especially because its probably the most price accessible of the brands without sacrificing on quality.

Speaking of Dawes, i'm busting my @$$ to get hold of a used touring bike to replace the mongrel mountain bike i'm using at the moment. If you or anyone else knows of one - let me know! Ebay just keeps breaking my heart.

On the plus side, tour de france time - yay! Enjoy your riding also Paraglider, and nice comments in the forums too:-)


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Rafini 6 years ago from Somewhere I can't get away from

Good article! I haven't been on my bike in years...wonder if my tires are still good? lol I'll hafta check them out and if not, I'll then hafta see about some Easton Wheels. Enjoy your journey through Europe. :-)


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ilmdamaily 6 years ago from A forgotten corner of a dying empire. OK, it's Australia :-) Author

Thank you Rafini:-) Don't believe for a second that every bicycle isn't capable of doing great things, even if it's sat idle for a while;-) Thanks for the comment!


Nipper Kettle 6 years ago

I disagree,i had a set of Tempest 11 and the spoke broke .Impossible to repair unless you ship them back to OGC or the factory..that is not good wheelsand apoor reflection on the company but do they care NOT LIKELY


Greg 6 years ago

I have a set of the circuits as part of the Easton OEM supplier. I suspect in the EA 50 category. Best wheels I have ever had. I broke a spoke at 2500 miles replaced it and put another 1000 since with no additional failures. Have a set of Haven's on order??? when will they ever ship? For the money and weight great package. By the way at 207lbs 6'4 I brake wheels a lot, not many last past 2000 miles.


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CyclingFitness 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

Nice hub. I have a set of Eastons mightily impressive Orion wheels that were originally my race wheels and have now been relegated to use on my Winter/ Commuter bike and they're fantastic although I find the bearings wear out much quicker than Mavic.

The Orions are brilliant for sprints and road racing. Especially due to their 24/28 spoke count

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