It would be easy to be satisfied with the aluminum Haven 29er wheelset. After all, it's one of the best all-mountain 29" wheel options out there; at 1785g per set they're light enough, strong, and sexy, and their best attribute is that they're fully UST certified. But what if you could take nearly 200 grams off that number? And keep the same durability? This is exactly what you get with the Easton Haven Carbon 29" Disc Wheelset. Easton is pioneering the use of some new materials along with familiar ones to create a true all-mountain wheel that rivals lightweight cross-country wheel weights. In comparison to the alloy 29" Havens, the big difference for the 29" Haven Carbon wheels is the new composite rim and the significant weight reduction that comes with it. The rim is a composite beauty that combines carbon fiber with high modulus polyethylene, or HMPE (although you might know it as Spectra) in an epoxy resin system that has been rubberized to further add impact strength. The combination of these materials gives the Haven Carbon 29" rims a superior strength to weight ratio. In fact, Easton is so sure of their durability, they offer a two year unconditional warranty policy. You tear one up, they set it right. They have the coveted UST tubeless logo which means that they are guaranteed tubeless compatible, and possess all of the shaping and structural requirements to meet the stringent standards for certification.In practical terms, 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 tricky, 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 new for this wheel. It is both internally and externally threaded. When the spokes are drawn into the nipple it is simultaneously threading into the alloy inserts in 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 rim width is a sensible 21 mm inside to allow the fitment of 2.3 - 2.5" tires for true all-mountain adventures.The hubs in the Easton Haven Carbon 29" Disc Wheelset run on sealed cartridge bearings and have preload adjusters so you'll have an easy time making sure that your bearings are always perfectly adjusted. The 15mm front hub is convertible for use with a standard quick release. You'll simply need the appropriate conversion axle from Easton. The rear is designed to use a standard quick release. The rear quick release skewer is included. The hubs are anodized in Champagne and the DT spokes are black. They have ISO standard 6-bolt mounts for the brake rotors.
Strengths: Look good, subtle graphics, roll outstanding out of the box, very stiff,(when you factor in weight, amazingly stiff), strong, shrug off impacts. Simple hubs to work on. Bead up tubeless easy. Mid-wide profile give good tire profile w a 2.2.
Weaknesses: The Rear Hub
Rear hub failure really just ruins this wheelset. You just can't work around it. Easton is just going to have to nuke the rear hub design or live with an untrustworthy hub with a well-deserved reputation for failure.
a Cross Country Rider
from Los Angeles, CA
Date Reviewed: April 4, 2012
Strengths: Stiff, light, ZERO flex, buttery smooth.
I was on the fence about splurging for an expensive wheelset, but now that I've put thousands of miles onto them, I have to say that I'm very impressed by their performance.
Like I said in the strengths section, above, they are really light, do not flex laterally (or otherwise), and give my bike a buttery smooth feeling that is very unlike traditional wheelsets (stans no tubes, etc). Plus, the rear hub has quick engagement, and the amount of pawls that it has isn't too few, and isn't too many. It's set up perfect for cross country and all mountain riding.
You might read about hub issues with other Easton proprietary wheelsets, but I spoke with Easton about that before I made the purchase, and they stated that they addressed the problem with their previous generation hubs, and that these wheels do not have the same hubs. Also, with Easton's no questions asked warranty, that's better than any other carbon rim manufacturer out there (Enve, Roval, etc).
Also, I ride these on a hardtail 29'er (carbon), and I don't have any issues with the bike being too rigid, if you understand. These wheels soak up hits, but aren't prone to chattery-type vibrations. The harmonics of their carbon matrix seem to have some damping qualities, in other words.
If you ride fast, you'll appreciate what these wheels can do in shaving off time, and bumping your speed up a few clicks. If you're slower, or not aggressive, you won't need this wheelset.
Similar Products Used: Stans no tubes flow, arch, etc.
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Highball Carbon 29'er, full XO.
from Springfield, MO, USA
Date Reviewed: November 13, 2011
Strengths: Amazing good looks, Set and Seals up Tubeless super easy, Really quite Rear hub, Spin up is instant, Really Truly Super Stiff, Easy to true, Hell Everything about them!
Weaknesses: None. These things are great. They are expensive but they are totally worth the money.
Yes these wheels are really expensive, thats a given. But when you put them on your bike and ride it becomes instantly and very obvious why. They engage and spin up as fast as you can pedal. There is no lag time in the engagement that can be felt. The wheels are crazy stiff, they track exactly where you point them. Stronger than what could seem possible with such a light weight wheelset. Mine weighed in at 1600g exactly, out of the box with out skewers. . I am about 6'3 190lbs and not a very grace full rider. I did ride sideways into a big rock while going through a rock garden and bent a spoke really bad. The wheels kept rolling pretty true. I had a mechanic fix the bent spoke and true the wheel and its still perfect after riding a 55 mile race. If you need a wheel that you can take to hell and back and just wipe off the dirt, then these are for you!
Similar Products Used: Mavic Crossmax29. Stans ZTR Arch 29,
Bike Setup: 2012 Specialized Epic Comp Carbon with upgraded SID 15 Through axle.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 23, 2011
Strengths: Light, strong, fast & good looking. Good width for AM tires.
Weaknesses: Valves don't come with removable cores.
Great lightweight, stiff & strong wheels with a nice warranty. Love the understated look. Sealed great with tubeless ready tires. These wheels ride noticeably lighter & roll faster than my previous wheels. Makes climbing easier and I'm using at least one gear higher. Stoked!