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Easton EA90 Stem

3/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $78.49

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Product Description

The Easton EA90 stem is light, stiff and carbon bar friendly. 3D forged aluminum allows Easton to shave excess material while retaining maximum strength. The Top Lock clamp design and DST faceplate distribute pressure safely across the handlebar's clamping surface, making the EA90 safe for carbon and aluminum bars. 31.8" bar diameter. 70-130mm.

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by bob stickers

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2013

Strengths:    For the price and target here Ritchey makes a better proposition in stems.

Weaknesses:    The stem has far too much cut out where the steerer clamps on. This allowed the stem in a few months to piece through a carbon steerer on a road fork at 40 in lbs with the usual tricks in place to limit such clamping damage.

Also the decal is easily damaged and rubbed off.

Likely an OK stem for alloy steerer.

Bottom Line:   
Avoid on carbon steerers even with lower torque, friction paste, leaving extra steerer length outside the stem clamp and sanding edges.

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Similar Products Used:   Ritchey

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ser_papa a Cross Country Rider from San José, Costa Rica

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2009

Strengths:    Liiiiiiiiiight!!!! Also, stiff and smooth.

Weaknesses:    If you install the stem with negative rise (inverted), the faceplate will be upside down.

Bottom Line:   
This stem is insanely light. I compared it at the LBS with some Bontrager full carbon model, which weighed about 15 grams more! You'll be hard pressed to find anything lighter, either carbon or aluminum, in its price range. The only lighter stems at the shop were a FSA carbon, which cost double and was a mere 10 grams less, and a Rotor CNC aluminum work of art which cost over 4 times as much.

The four-bolt faceplate gives a solid interface with the bar, which is good especially with carbon handlebars such as my MonkeyLite SL. The faceplate has a locking mechanism to the stem body, which apparently improves engagement futher, but means that if you use negative rise, the E on the faceplate will really by a square 3. No big deal, right?

I'd prefer the faceplate and pinch bolts to be black and not shiny silver (unless they were titanium), but that's nitpicking.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Güilly Santa Ana

Similar Products Used:   Race Face Deus XC

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz BLT original with several of upgrades which don't matter for this review

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