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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-28-12, 02:02 PM   #1
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Anyone use Easton road bike wheels?

Ive read that the wheels dont have rider weight limits and was wondering if anyone has any experience with them. Ive been considering the ea50 aero wheelset. Im about 260. but goin down steadily.
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Old 04-28-12, 04:10 PM   #2
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I don't know a boy the Eastons but the Fulcrum Racing 7 is the same weight and similar esthetics and can be found quite cheaply as they they are throw away wheels that come with many Cervelo's etc

The Racing 7's are Clyde Approved
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I weigh what you weigh and I have the EA50's. Not the aero or the SLs, just the regular ones. I dont' have too many miles on them yet, but so far I'm happy. I think they look pretty good too, if you're into that.

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I ride Easton EA 90 Areos, and like them. I weighed about 230 when I got them, but down to 211 this morning. (I don't think the wheels account for the weight loss, but think they will carry a Clyde.)
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I have EA 90 SL wheels and I've (tried not to) abused them. I was 241 or so for the first 500 miles I put on them and I'm about 220 now. They probably have close to 1500 miles on them. Love 'em!

Mine are 24 front, radial, and 28 back. Radial on NDS and 2x on the drive side. I haven't even touched the spokes although now one or two of them sound like they could use a little snugging up.

Here are some rather negative reviews of my wheels:

http://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/wh...9_2490crx.aspx

Obviously I haven't had any of those problems but I think with wheels the more you pay attention to them the longer they'll last.
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I own a set of Easton EA90 SL wheels and think they're terrific. One of the best wheels I've owned! I've put thousands of miles on them and haven't needed to true them yet.

One thing to keep in mind is that while Easton doesn't have weight limits on their wheels, they do not claim that every wheel is appropriate for ever rider. I was considering the EA90 SL and the even-lighter EA90 SLX. I e-mailed Easton asking about weight limits and they told me that either wheel might be appropriate, but the SLX would feel more flexible and potentially require more maintenance (ex: truing).
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I ride the Easton Vista, which was the precursor to the EA50, and weigh about 250. They are a little more "flexy" than my CXP33's but that helps them ride a bit smoother. Overall a good wheel.
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I don't know a boy the Eastons but the Fulcrum Racing 7 is the same weight and similar esthetics and can be found quite cheaply as they they are throw away wheels that come with many Cervelo's etc

The Racing 7's are Clyde Approved
I have both sets of wheels. I'm currently ~210 lbs. The Fulcrum Racing 7s came with my 2010 Cervelo RS. I've put about 4,500 miles on them and they are bomb proof. I finally broke a pawl spring (not a big deal but took a while to get replacement part) and I bought a pair of the EA50s for cheap to have as a back up. I like the EA50s so much that the Racing 7s have been relegated to backup status.

I've put about 600 miles on the EA50s and they, too, seem bomb proof. I'm really happy with them so far. I think either wheel set is good for a Clyde. Some difference I have noticed, just for information:

- Fulcrums are made by Campy and share the same loud noise when coasting. The EA50s are much quieter. Some don't care for the loud Fulcrum freehub but I don't mind. It actually comes in handy sometimes because pedestrians, joggers, etc can hear me coming.

- My 2012 EA50s are marginally lighter than my 2010 Racing 7s. I'm not sure what the current specs are on the 2012 Racing 7s. In any event, I really haven't noticed a difference on climbs, etc.

- My experience on fast descents is the EA50s seem more stable than the Racing 7s. I did a hilly ride this weekend and was hitting around 40 mph on the downhills and the EA50s were sure and steady. I don't get the same level of confidence from the Racing 7s at high speeds. I consistently use Conti GP4000 25mm on both wheelsets.

- In my opinion I think the EA50s look better on my bike (see pic below )

In sum they are both really good yet inexpensive wheels suitable for Clyde riding. I'd have to give the edge to the EA50s if I needed to choose one over the other.


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Update: I went ahead and purchased the EA50aero wheels and mounted some Schwalbe Hs Durano plus tires (25's). Decided to try this wheel/tire combo after seemingly endless flats on my Mavic cxp 33's. I thought it was my weight but my non clyde friend with the same wheels was experiencing almost the same amount of flats which really made me lose confidence in the wheels. I took them out for their inaugural ride today and had 12 flat free miles. The rims seemed quite stable to me and I averaged about 18mph for the ride so for me i was pedaling pretty hard. I guess they are only slightly proven as 12 miles isnt that big of a test, but so far so good. Btw I think they look really good to!!!!
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They are indeed snappy looking.

By the way, apparently Easton has a rep for loose hubs. You can check by grabbing a hold of the rim and trying to move it laterally while the wheel is mounted in the bike. You should feel no play whatsoever. It's easily fixed by you or your LBS but do check.

Since my last post I mangled my rims... I hit something hard going 30 mph with BOTH wheels (son of a ***!!!) but the wheels remain true. Had to replace both tires due to sidewall damage, and flatted both tires later that day as a result. There's a little dimple in the front brake track now but I'm seriously shocked that I didn't taco those things.

Still riding them.
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Since my last post I mangled my rims... I hit something hard going 30 mph with BOTH wheels (son of a ***!!!) but the wheels remain true. Had to replace both tires due to sidewall damage, and flatted both tires later that day as a result. There's a little dimple in the front brake track now but I'm seriously shocked that I didn't taco those things.

Still riding them.
ok i'll bite, how did you do that ?
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Which part? I was bombing down a hill, hit something that looked like a metal plate (I never saw it, my riding buddy did), which ripped the handlebars out of my left hand but fortunately not my right... almost nailed a car on the other side of the road. Stopped to let my HR come down from 400, checked everything and saw no issues. Got back on, started bombing down again (I'm clearly not so bright) and BOOM, rear tire blew out.

Fixed it, looked like a pinch flat, which makes sense and kept riding. Got home, my front went flat overnight, fixed that.

Here's what it looked like: I've been able to smooth it out a bit but it still pulses when I ride. I've probably put another 400 miles or so on that rim since then... I expect I'll need some deep carbon rims pretty soon. That's a pretty tiny amount of damage for as hard as I hit that dadgum obstacle though.

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