Easton EA70 XC Wheelset

2/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $179.98

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Product Description

Replacing their XC Two wheelset, Easton's EA70 XC Black 26" Disc Wheelset shares all the great details that made the older model a great wheelset, makes a few changes, and shaves about 150 grams off the total wheelset weight. It's light enough to feel racy on fast trails, yet it's wider at 24.5mm inside the rim. This width creates a fuller tire profile for increased stability and traction.The EA70 XC Disc Wheelset is based on Easton's straight pull aluminum hubs. They roll on sealed cartridge bearings for durability and ease of maintenance. The hubs direct the 24 straight-pull single gauge spokes towards the rim in a three-cross pattern. While this may add a few grams over straight laced or two-cross patterns, it adds strength and stiffness to the wheels so they perform without being flexy. Along with the rim, both the hubs and spokes are Black for a subdued racy look. The rim is designed for use with disc brakes only and has stainless-steel eyelets on the spoke holes for strength and durability. Mounting tires up to 2.4" should be no problem for this all 'round cross-country wheel.The Easton EA70 XC Black 26" Disc Wheelset uses the ISO standard 6-bolt brake rotor mount and it comes with two front hub options -- quick release or 15mm thru-axle. Both options include a quick release equipped rear wheel. They come with rim strips and quick release levers when applicable.

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by OBR a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2014

Strengths:    - Light
- Stiff for a 24h
- Good looking
- Inexpensive

Weaknesses:    - Rear hub only lasted about 400 miles before the freehub body cracked
- Poorly designed hub/adapters
- No replacements available! Easton does not make any 26" wheels anymore, so good luck warrantying it!!

Bottom Line:   
I got a smoking deal on a set of EA70 xc wheels from Jenson USA for my commute bike. I put a lot of miles on it, and at first, it was nice to have a set of light, fast wheels on it.

But after 3 months/400 miles, the rear freehub locked up. My rear wheel strangely came loose, and when I tightened it, the freehub locked up. The freehub body on the hub had cracked. This likely happened because the adapters do not bottom out of the axle when you tighten the wheel, they just smash into the bearings instead. I have never seen a design like this, and obviously it does not work. And it's not like I was doing 20' drops on this thing, just hammering up hills and regular old road riding.

BEWARE: if you buy these anyway because they are cheap and you hope to rely on the warranty, be aware that they have been discontinued and Easton makes almost NO 26" wheels now, let alone the 70xc, so they will not be able to replace it. I got lucky, and the good folks at Jenson USA sent me Easton Havoc wheel to replace it, even though it cost more than 2x as much. We shall see how the Havoc holds up!

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Favorite Trail:   Tamarancho

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $365.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Sun Ringle Charger Pro

Bike Setup:   Leader Bike 516h frame, Surly 1x1 fork, Shimano SLX 1x9, SLX Cranks, misc Race Face Stuff, Easton Wheels

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mags Oi a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2012

Strengths:    You can mount tires on them.

Weaknesses:    Straight gauge spokes. 24 count spokes. I liked the white rims at first but they wound up looking trendy and not in a good way. Too many damn stickers on them to peel off.

Bottom Line:   
This is for the 29" size wheelset. These wheels came on a custom built monstercross bike. I left some of the final build specs up to the framemaker and among those components were these EA70XC wheels. The bike has 1047 miles on it to date, some very light trail use but mostly gravel ginding and pavement miles. I'm a big rider at 210lbs. and 6' 3" height so to be fair I'm not gentle on my equipment. That said I've never ever broken a spoke in twenty five years of bicycling even on heavily abused trail bikes until my last ride on these wheels. I was going about 6mph up a paved road when a drive side rear spoke snapped. Due to the low spoke count the wheel was sent so badly out of true that rotation locked up from frame rub. I was able to detension the neighboring spokes enough to straighten it out and keep riding, but the rim is so badly unround now that the wheel needs to be rebuilt with a new rim and spokes, Not at all worthy for something billed as a mountain bike wheelset. I can't help but think that if the wheelset at least had double butted spokes instead of straight gauge then maybe I would have seen longer service life from this product. I'll be scrapping this wheelset as I just can't trust it. I think I'm done with blingy cool wheelsets and am going back to good old 32 count three cross double butted elbow spoke wheels. Good thing I only paid wholesale for these. FAIL.

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Duration Product Used:   1047 miles

Price Paid:    $390.00

Purchased At:   From framebuilder

Similar Products Used:   Mavic Crossland, Mavic Crossride

Bike Setup:   Custom Monstercross

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by shenny88 a Weekend Warrior from Michigan

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2012

Strengths:    great aesthetics, pretty lightweight, well made, true from the factory, spin very well, quiet hub (if you like that), good price, very durable so far, fairly unique design, straight pull spokes

Weaknesses:    only come in 24 spoke (works very well for me though), not XC racer lightweight (~1700g), hubs and rims not available for purchase individually

Bottom Line:   
I couldnt post the actual purchase price because it was and employee purchase, but even at retail they are an excellent value. Not many options of this quality available at this pricepoint. Easton does very well with their components 9.5/10 times.

Ive only had them about a month but they have yet to require service of any sort.

I would definitely buy them again.

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Favorite Trail:   Pontiace Lake

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Easton

Similar Products Used:   a lot

Bike Setup:   Trance X

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