Finally, we have one more UST rim option for 29er riders -- that bumps the list to a grand total of two. Easton has introduced the Haven 29" Disc Wheelset after subjecting them to rigorous testing procedures in order to gain the coveted UST label for the rim. Is it worth it? We think so. Our experience has proven that going tubeless on 29ers has been more challenging than on 26ers -- DIY tubeless conversions are a bit trickier in the best case scenarios, and downright stupid in the worst fit cases.The rim is the real gem of the Haven 29" Disc Wheelset. It's a bit wider at 26mm outside/21mm inside, and allows for the use of tires up to 2.5" should you need more casing volume for your next gnarly alpine adventure. You can seat a UST tire on these wheels by hand and with only a floor pump -- no mess and no fuss. Creating a UST approved rim is difficult, but Easton found a great way to get around the task of eliminating the spoke penetrations in the outer wall of the rim. The straight-pull DT double-butted spokes are placed in the hub in a 3-cross pattern as usual, but the nipple is all new for this wheel. It is both internally and externally threaded. When the spokes are drawn into the nipple it is simultaneously screwing into a threaded eyelet inside the inner wall of the rim. They can be trued exactly like a wheel with standard nipples. Only the included valve stems pierce the entire cross-section of the rim.The Easton Haven 29" Wheels have Black rims with two tone logos -- the Easton logo is Silver and the Haven logo is Champagne and matches the CNC machined hubs. They run on sealed cartridge bearings and have adjustments for the bearing preload to keep them running smooth. The front hub is available in three options -- Quick Release, 15mm thru-axle, and 20mm thru-axle. The rear wheel uses an included quick release. The DT spokes are black. They have ISO standard 6-bolt mounts for the brake rotors.
Strengths: I am very happy with the overall performance, smooth, quick and responsive.
Weaknesses: I have however broken 3 spokes in the last 5 months. Strange that I completed the rides with the broken spoke with no others breaking aswell. It is irritating though and I always have the thought of "did not finish" when I race cause I don't know if the wheels will make it. Easten has offered to rebuild the wheel so hopefully it will be better thereafter.
Beautifull and responsive but not too sure about strength.
Strengths: Super smooth and fast. Bling factor. Easy to go tubeless. Strong
Weaknesses: Will NOT work with Shimano Icetech rotors!! Major Fail Easton. No instructions included to change from QR to 15mm.
I picked up a set for $650 - I don't know where MTBR gets the price of $318.75. The quality is very high and the look of the Magnesium wheels is pretty cool. I cracked a carbon rim and got these as replacements. They seem just as stiff and roll as good as DT Swiss 240 hubs. I put Shimano Icetech rotors on these hubs and they won't fit. I couldn't believe it, but the tabs on the hubs are too big and I had to buy new rotors. Total BS IMO. They came as QR for the front with a 15mm axle, but no instructions on how to change it. Another fail IMO. I had to go to Youtube to learn how to change the axle. They do roll very well. I have noticed a weird and unsettling "clunk" from time to time. I've read about freehub failures from Easton, so I'm hoping this isn't a warning sign. Overall a great wheelset if they stand the test of time and you don't have Icetech rotors or don't mind buying new rotors to use these.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: June 13, 2012
Strengths: I managed to taco several rims on recent rides and decided to go with the Havens. They are quite responsive and provide great feedback on turns, even at lower speeds. So far the have easily handled the abuse without drama or performance issues. They are quiet, precise and very smooth and appear to be well built and durable and they allowed me to shed a few grams in the transition.
Weaknesses: Price is bit on the high side.
Overall, these have been great rims and have taken the shots easily. The balance of light and durable is great and when you factor in cost, these are a super product. No hub issues to date and none anticipated. I have yet to service them and see whats happening, but will post when I do. I like that these are not too bling as well. The blacks and mags both look sharp without screaming for attention.
a Cross Country Rider
from Vancouver Island
Date Reviewed: November 6, 2011
Strengths: Regular spokes. Stiff yet supple.
Weaknesses: FREE-HUB BODY FREE-HUB BODY FREE-HUB BODY !
I am disappointed that I have to write this review. I really like how these wheels feel,I like the price and the way they look. However,after the first ride the rear hub developed lots of play. OK,nothing to complain about yet. I took it apart,applied some blue loc-tite and an o ring.That held for two rides.Sent it back for warranty. The tech said it was ok. One ride later,same problem. Repeat same process...three times...and then I am told that I just have to adjust it after each ride. This is not acceptable given the cost of the set and Easton knows they are problematic. They have no solution.Furthermore,I now know of at least 5 other people with the same problem. I would have been better off with a set of Deore hubs on 719's. Beware!
Similar Products Used: Mavic CrossMax,King and DT hubs on Mavic rims.
Bike Setup: Canfield Yelli Screamy
a Weekend Warrior
from Miami, FL
Date Reviewed: July 7, 2011
Strengths: Stiff, beautiful, light, UST
Great product, particularly if you find them on discount. I bought these on closeout. The are very stiff and seem boom proof. I installed some Slant Six's on them tubless with just a hand pump. Light weight for a 29er wheel at about 1750 grams or so. They are such great looking wheels in the magnesium color. These wheels are a work of art, they really bring your bike to life on the trail and look magnificent while doing so.
Weaknesses: Potentially spoke replacement down the road
After unsuccessfully tring to make the Tallboy OEM wheel-set work tubelessly, blowing a spoke, and burping both front and rear tires, I decided to try the Havens, mostly because of the price (2010 close-outs) and the true UST rim.
I had read some negative experiences with the rear hub axle coming loose...but after 300+ miles.. they are true and have zero play on the axle.
The reduced tire roll on corners, etc, have transformed the bike, climbs great, but descends with more confidence.
Similar Products Used: Mavic TN719's ... to narrow and flexy
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Tallboy, XTR
a Cross Country Rider
from Baltimore, MD USA
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2011
Strengths: Bombproof! I'm 6'4" 260 lbs. I have wrecked my share of wheelsets. I bought the Easton EA 90 XC for my G.F. Rig.. and was so happy with their performance that would have transferred those wheels to my new Turner Sultan except the Fox Fork came with a 15 thru front axle. OK.. I couldn't find the EA 90 XC 15mm at the price I wanted so for a few extra paperclips of weight, I went with the well received Easton Haven 29. Love them! They are light, roll smooth, are still true after some big drops and the rear hub hardly makes a sound when coasting and engages immediately.