Finally, a durable, lightweight, UST compatible wheelset that you afford without selling the farm! Talk about trickle down technology: the EA70 XCT takes some of the best features of the more-expensive Easton tubeless mountain wheels (welded Easton aluminum rims, butted spokes, a generous 19-millimeter internal rim width and sealed cartridge bearings), all at an impressive value. Of course you can pick your poison and get the EA70 XCT in either 26- or 29-inch flavors, each is equipped with the advanced UST rim so you get to run your favorite tubeless rubber. And the stealthy grey-on-black graphics will make any trail or XC bike look much meaner.
This wheelset is available in a wide array of axle configurations—the front wheel is available in 9x100-millimeter (standard QR) or 15x100-millimeter (QR15) and rear wheel is available in 10x135-millimeter (standard QR) or 12x135- or 12x142-millimeter—ensuring that any trail rider or cross-country racer can enjoy the EA70 XCT.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Anonymous Since I got these in September I have done well over a 1000km on them. They are still running true and when pinging the spokes each side is still in tune. The bearings are still firm with no play that I can detect. I have upgraded the stars to 4. These wheels just keep on rolling and I have had to do no maintenance on them at all. The weight advertised is for the 26" wheel. Easton aren't the only wheel maker to do this......
21 December 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Anonymous Just received my wheels. First thing I did was put them on the scales. The rear wheel came in at 1045 grams and the front wheel weighs 813 grams. This is 1858 grams. Quite different to the 1745 grams advertised. 113 grams different. I would have thought a few grams either way was acceptable but over 100 heavier than advertised is huge. This doesn't include the 45 grams for the quick release axle other. With this I am very disappointed.
However once I managed to get an Ikon to mount tubeless it is a great wheel. I took over 800 grams off my stock Giant rear wheel. I can climb in a smaller gear or hold the gear without having to drop down. It spins up really quickly as well. Once I have ridden the wheels a lot more I will review the performance again.
21 September 2012