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Easton EC90 XC 29" Wheelset

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In a World of Wide Wheels......I Still LOVE this Wheelset!

The Good:

~ 1442 grams
~ Armored Ballistic Composite is very compliant ~ Can safely run up to 29" x 2.30" tires
~ Tiny water drain holes
~ Spins up FAST, climbing any steep grade
~ High-tension, 24 Sapim butted spokes per wheel is killer-stiff
~ Easton M-221 SL hub bearings are butter-smooth
~ Decent, 19mm internal rim width
~ Able to run SRAM 1x11 drivetrain
~ Great resale value

The Bad:

~ Almost $2000/new wheelset

Overall Review:

I've demoed NOX Composites, ENVE, DT Swiss, Light Bicycle, Carbon Rovals and Stans Race Gold wheels yet, still nothing comes close to the stiff, creamy trail ride the EC90 gives. They have over 3 solid years of hard, dry, rocky, desert riding on them and the wheels are still straight as an arrow. I wanna kill these wheels so I can get something newer - but they simply don't want to die. I have even tried wide AM/Enduro(Ibis, Derby, etc.) carbon wheels....but that is still a lateral move, despite all the hype about the superiority of wide wheels. True, control and traction always trumps weight....but get those attributes directly from the tires, not the wheels. For low rolling weight - wheels will ALWAYS get you up that hill faster.


2012 Trek Superfly 100 Pro - SRAM XX1, Bontrager: RXXXL stem, RXL carbon saddle, RXL carbon bottle cage, XR4 Team Issue 2.30" tire/XR3 Team Issue 2.20" tire, Thomson 730mm flat carbon bars, Shimano XTR BR-M988 brakes, Absolute Black 32t oval chainring, Cane Creek 110 tapered headset, Rockshox: Monarch RT3 rear shock, SID XX 120mm fork, KS-LEV DX 125mm dropper.....24.4 pound, all-day Trail rocket!


Product Easton EC90 XC 29" Wheelset
Riding Type Cross Country
Wheel Size
Rim Material
Rim Easton EC90 XC 29" Carbon
Inner Rim Width
Hole Count 24
Tubeless Compatible Yes
Rear Hub M1 / 10x135QR & 12x135/142
Rear Axle
Front Hub M1 / 15x100 (Convertible to 9x100)
Front Axle
Disc Mount Type
Spokes Sapim straight-pull / double-butted. 24-3X front, 24-3X rear
Nipples Easton UST alloy
Colors Matte UD carbon / water transfer graphics
Weight 3 lb 1.9 oz (1,415 g)
Miscellaneous The EC90 XC wheelset takes the proven durability of the EA90 XC wheels—and drops half a pound of rotating weight! Carbon, aluminum, nothing else comes close. And this isn’t a typical “race day-only” wheelset. EC90 XC wheels features the superior impact resistance of Easton’s proprietary ABC™ (Armored Ballistic Composite) materials. It’s similar to the stuff the military uses in ultra-light body armor and other ballistic applications. You’ll find your wheels spinning straight and true after years of abuse. These wheels can shred rough trails all week long and then go on to win world cup XC races on the weekend. UST compatible out of the box takes the stress out of riding tubeless and the hubs are easily convertible to accommodate all of the XC/trail axle configurations.
Price $2,000
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