The Easton EA70 XCT Wheelset makes some of Easton's most innovative all-mountain features available to those of us who don't have the initials M.D. or D.D.S. at the end of our names. The EA70 boasts welded rims, butted spokes, generous 19mm internal rim widths, and sealed cartridge bearings, all for just 1620 grams a pair.
Weaknesses: Poor Reliability, Poor Quality, Poor OEM support
The wheel set came with my bike. It was light and strong wheel until rear hub cassette free hub failed. It skips engagement and found that Easton no longer carry that cassette body to fix. All they offer me was a discount on a new set of wheels through a local bike shop. And have them contact Easton if this is something I would be interested in. Wow!!!! Really??? I feel like they don't back up their product and all they want is to sell a new product. No more Easton product for me!!!
Date Reviewed: July 25, 2014
Strengths: Cheap, strong and running true
Weaknesses: Only con which is not the biggest deal but I can see why it is- The Easton valves are not Removable cores, still not a con but have to be honest for people checking out the reviews.
After much procrastination I decided to pull the trigger based on only one review from Bikerumor: http://www.bikerumor.com/2012/08/01/review-eastons-unassuming-ea70-xct-wheelset/ . So I took it upon myself to see if it was true and man am I sure glad I did. My bike(2007 Ironhorse Maverick 4.5) still had the stock wheelset and this made the difference from night to day on my ride. Another thing that I decided to do and glad I did it as well was go tubeless. Based on the description of the manufacturer(Easton) you can run either clincher or UST so I "theoretically" assumed that my regular tires, Panaracer XC fire pro 2.1(Ft) and WTB Prowler Mx 2.1(Rear), would work and they have!! Using Orange Seal for the first time has also given me peace of mind as well. Although my tires "theoretically" are just reg tires they still hold some pressure after a few days but have to repump them after 3 days but that's not really a problem since I MTB 3 times a week and check pressure anyway, it's not the wheelset or Orange Seals fault. I think the best thing was buying this when CRC had the 10% discount and these Wheels came in at $315.89 USD and that in itself is CHEAP considering that they cost twice as much when they came out, if not more. I have noticed that the shipping box label for the description for the wheel had AM at the end of it so if this is a AM wheelset then the bang for the buck is there, most definitely!! So far I have ridden about 30-40 miles on them and have hit rock,roots, berms and ruts that are not that perfect on everything I have just mentioned and these wheels are still running true. Can't say anything else about them but AWESOME!! The real wheel is also running on a new Shimano XT M770 9 Speed Cassette from CRC and the Shimano SLX M662 Shadow 9 Speed and so far so good :D.