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”.
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?
I’d really like to get a larger picture here, so please add your comments below.
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