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Old 07-31-10, 08:08 AM   #1
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Easton EA90 SLX no weight limit??

I'm debating whether to purchase Easton EA90 SLX or SL wheels right now. I can find a deal on the SLX for $425 shipped. The cheapest I can find the SL is about $600. But my concern is strength. The SLX is advertised with no weight limit, yet the SL is advertised to be stronger and more durable than the SLX at only 60g heavier.

Although the SLX may seem like the obvious choice at less cost and less weight, I will gladly spend an extra $200 for the SL if I am going to have nothing but trouble with the SLX.

I weight 230 lbs and do a lot of hard climbing, throwing all my weight on the pedals. Any other clydes out there have any experience or advice regarding the SL v. SLX?

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Old 07-31-10, 10:31 AM   #2
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When I was thinking about EA90 wheels, I e-mailed Easton about usage and weight limits. They confirmed that the SLX and SL had no weight limits. What this means is: the SLX is guaranteed not to break if properly maintained. But they'll freely admit that if you're a big guy the SLX will feel more flexy and potentially need truing more often. That was all I needed to decide on buying the SLs...
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Old 07-31-10, 02:06 PM   #3
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When I was thinking about EA90 wheels, I e-mailed Easton about usage and weight limits. They confirmed that the SLX and SL had no weight limits. What this means is: the SLX is guaranteed not to break if properly maintained. But they'll freely admit that if you're a big guy the SLX will feel more flexy and potentially need truing more often. That was all I needed to decide on buying the SLs...
How do you like them?
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How do you like them?
As far as I can tell, a wheel is pretty much a wheel. The EA90SLs are round, stay true, and provide a relatively comfortable ride. In terms of performance, I don't notice a dramatic difference between the EA90 SLs and my 300-400g heavier PowerTap wheel set. The PT wheels are deeper, which means they're a bit stiffer and the ride is a little more harsh. Easton seems to answer e-mails pretty quickly, which is more than I can say for many vendors...
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At 285 I have had the EA90 SL's for about 2 years. I just hit the 3500 mile mark on them and broke my first spoke last week. Aside from just breaking my first spoke, I never trued them the entire time that I have owened them. I was sketchy about buying them at first, but they have held up well thus far. I would buy them again...
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