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    Comments from Easton EC90 SLX fork owners?

    Damn light fork. Is it sturdy enough for a 200 lb. rider?

    How does it compare to the standard EC90 SL? Thanks!
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    I hit the scales at 220 and was damn scared of the new EC90 SL that I got when I purchased my frame. I have a bout 1500 miles on it so far this spring and all is great and I'm loving it. I can't speak for the SLX because I haven't ridden one yet. Does the Easton website say anything about weight limits for the forks? I guess I'd check there first or maybe see if they have a contact number, email or FAQ section on their website that might give the info you're seeking.
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    I just installed an SLX on my new bike and it's great. It weighs just what Easton promised (290 grams, uncut) and has been very stable and handles well. It has been perfectly steady up to 46 mph, which is the fastest my local hill will let me get to but that's enough to satisfy me. I'm only 150 opounds so I can't comment on heavier riders but I'm more than satisfied.

    One comment. Don't bother with the "Bear Trap" headset adjuster if one came with your fork. They won't hold their adjustment and Easton and Veltec (Easton's distributor) are aware of the problem. Get a suitable compression plug and your troubles are over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider
    I just installed an SLX on my new bike and it's great. It weighs just what Easton promised (290 grams, uncut) and has been very stable and handles well. It has been perfectly steady up to 46 mph, which is the fastest my local hill will let me get to but that's enough to satisfy me. I'm only 150 opounds so I can't comment on heavier riders but I'm more than satisfied.

    One comment. Don't bother with the "Bear Trap" headset adjuster if one came with your fork. They won't hold their adjustment and Easton and Veltec (Easton's distributor) are aware of the problem. Get a suitable compression plug and your troubles are over.
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    Recommend a good one? I can't use the existing plug on my Scott fork then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
    Recommend a good one? I can't use the existing plug on my Scott fork then?
    If your Scott has a 1-1/8" carbon steerer the compression plug from it should be ok.

    I got my compression plug from Veltec Sports at no cost after discussing the Bear Trap's problems with them. It has Look's logo on it but I'm not sure who made it as it came packed loose in a mailing envelope. However, it works very well.

    I do know FSA also makes a very good one and Bike Tools Etc. sells them for $12. Here is the link:

    http://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cg...em_id=FS-CPSR8

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider
    If your Scott has a 1-1/8" carbon steerer the compression plug from it should be ok.

    I got my compression plug from Veltec Sports at no cost after discussing the Bear Trap's problems with them. It has Look's logo on it but I'm not sure who made it as it came packed loose in a mailing envelope. However, it works very well.

    I do know FSA also makes a very good one and Bike Tools Etc. sells them for $12. Here is the link:

    http://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cg...em_id=FS-CPSR8
    Looks pretty fancy! Thanks
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    Wish Easton made this fork in a gloss finish...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
    Wish Easton made this fork in a gloss finish...
    I'm sure they could but the clear coat would make it slightly heavier. When you are trying for the lightest fork on the market, you have to sacrifice the cosmetics.

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    Not exactly correct. The stock finish is a clear coat, it's just not a glossy finish. It's a dull satin finish and appears to have a dark dye in it. After refinishing mine, because I didn't like all the advertisements all over it and they are under the clear coat, I used a semigloss clear coat and polished it to a a near gloss. I think the reason Easton uses the finish they do is to hide the layup of the carbon sheets in the manufacturing process. They don't go to great pains to make it look pretty and just cover it up with a dull dark finish. I don't mind seeing the carbon layup and think it nice looking. My finish is actually lighter than what came stock, if you're counting grams. 270 grams refinished and cut.

    Oh, and I love the forks, but afraid I don't weigh 200+ lbs either.




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    Well, partly correct. I just examined my EC90 SLX and indeed it does have a clearcoat over the carbon weave but it's very thin, much thinner than the shiny clear coat on my Kestrel EMS Pro. Also, the carbon weave is quite visable on mine, it just doesn't stand out as much because of the mat finish.

    I'm not in love with the "Billboard" graphics either but they don't offend me so I'll leave the fork the way it came.

    Your refinishing looks very nice but it didn't save any significant weight. Mine weighs 275 grams cut to 250 mm (for a 57 cm frame plus 38 mm of spacers; 28 mm below the stem and 10 mm above).

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    I'm 205 and have no issues riding on the SLX fork. It's been stable to 40ish mph on the short hills that Illinois can provide. I need to get a compression plug however. My headset has come loose for the 2nd time and that's no fun to have to think about. My guess is the pressure on the stem is to much and it slips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmac17
    I need to get a compression plug however. My headset has come loose for the 2nd time and that's no fun to have to think about. My guess is the pressure on the stem is to much and it slips.
    What headset adjuster are you using now; the "Bear Trap"? It doesn't work because general road vibration makes the adjusting bolt loosen and the head set adjustment goes out of wack. It isn't a weight or stem slipping problem, just an poor mechanical design. I fought that problem for a couple of weeks and the headset came loose on EVERY ride. Get a suitable compression plug and your problems will be over.

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