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.
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.
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.
Similar Products Used: Mavic Crossland, Mavic Crossride
Bike Setup: Custom Monstercross
a Weekend Warrior
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
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.