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Old 06-10-08, 06:40 PM
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Easton EA90 Aero wheels - anyone have opinions on them?

Looking for a new wheelset to upgrade from my Easton Vista that came with my bike a few years ago.

These wheels retail in the $800 range, but I can get them in the $350 - $400 range brand new.

Anyone have any experiences good or bad? I've searched the forums, but the only posts I found were on the EA90 SLX. I'm in the 190-200lbs range so don't want anything that can't handle my weight.

No racing, just solo riding and a few centuries a year.
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Originally Posted by adam View Post
Looking for a new wheelset to upgrade from my Easton Vista that came with my bike a few years ago.

These wheels retail in the $800 range, but I can get them in the $350 - $400 range brand new.

Anyone have any experiences good or bad? I've searched the forums, but the only posts I found were on the EA90 SLX. I'm in the 190-200lbs range so don't want anything that can't handle my weight.
No racing, just solo riding and a few centuries a year.

You may want to look at the EA90 SL Clincher wheels. I am about you weight and I destroy low spoke count wheels.
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Originally Posted by pungee View Post
You may want to look at the EA90 SL Clincher wheels. I am about you weight and I destroy low spoke count wheels.
+1. Unless I'm mistaken, those are marketed as a climbing wheel. I'd look for something more stout if I were you.
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The Aeros have too few spokes for your weight, IMHO.

I have a set of Circuits and set of EA90 SL. Both are 24F/28R spokes which would be best for you. The Circuits have less expensive hubs and rims, but the rims are heavier and stronger. The EA90 SL are lighter and more comfortable and more expensive, as the Circuits 28mm rims are uber-stiff. I train on the Circuits and use the EA90s for training races, and the 90s really have a softer (in a good way) ride.
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I rode Easton Circuits for several years and upgraded to EA90 SL's with my new bike this year. I'm big (220#) and I only ride Eastons for that reason. As wheels go, Easton's are close to bombproof. The EA90s are noticeably lighter and more responsive than the Circuits, but that's what you should expect. I can't vouch for the softer ride, because I have a ti bike which is pretty lux anyway. As a note, I've read elsewhere that the SLX's are for riders less than 180#.
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I used Easton aero when i weighed 200lbs. My weight is now 180 and i havent had any problems. Been hitting some pretty nasty holes to.
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the EA90 TTs look pretty sweet. I'll take aero over weight. I have no experience with Easton wheels though but I wouldn't mind riding them if someone gave me a pair
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Got this email from Easton:

Adam,
None of the 2008 wheels have a rider weight limit. For a rider your size I would suggest either the EA70, EA90 SL, EA90 Aero, or any of the carbon wheel.


Customer Service,
Easton Sports Inc.

So... waited and waited and finally got the deal from Chainlove this morning for $379 for the EA90 Aero. Looking forward to these.

And if these are the motivation I need to drop a few pounds... I'm ok with it.
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Easton EA90 Aero wheels - anyone have opinions on them?

Easton EA90 Aero - disturbing
I am 54 years old. I am a very aggressive rider! I bought an Easton wheelset EA90 Aero, and am going through spokes like there's no tommorrow! I weigh 195, and climb hills constantly. I do not do any flat rides. I am all about hills. I am worried that I may have invested in a bad wheel set. I don't want to lose anytime waiting for EASTON to adjust any warranty on the wheels since that would keep me off the paths. I am angry that I am breaking spokes on my front wheel. I've already been down the road with TREK forsaking their Vector Pro users, now I feel like I am progressing from a TREK victim to a EASTON victim. When does it end? Or do I just have a bad attitude? Two spokes broke in as many weeks! Please pardon my attitude, I'm just upset.
The reviews were, all about riding the wheels off of curbs and such, and all I do are heavy workouts on chip seal. I do a lot of standing on my hill workouts, as I am not a spinner. Is anybody out there having the similar bad luck I'm having? I have my wheelset in for overhaul, and they're brand new! It sucks to be me! :-)
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Old 06-04-11, 03:41 AM
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Originally Posted by joncdav View Post
Easton EA90 Aero - disturbing
I am 54 years old. I am a very aggressive rider! I bought an Easton wheelset EA90 Aero, and am going through spokes like there's no tommorrow! I weigh 195, and climb hills constantly. I do not do any flat rides. I am all about hills. I am worried that I may have invested in a bad wheel set. I don't want to lose anytime waiting for EASTON to adjust any warranty on the wheels since that would keep me off the paths. I am angry that I am breaking spokes on my front wheel. I've already been down the road with TREK forsaking their Vector Pro users, now I feel like I am progressing from a TREK victim to a EASTON victim. When does it end? Or do I just have a bad attitude? Two spokes broke in as many weeks! Please pardon my attitude, I'm just upset.
The reviews were, all about riding the wheels off of curbs and such, and all I do are heavy workouts on chip seal. I do a lot of standing on my hill workouts, as I am not a spinner. Is anybody out there having the similar bad luck I'm having? I have my wheelset in for overhaul, and they're brand new! It sucks to be me! :-)
Should've had Psimet build you something on the Kinlin XR300's
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I've been riding Easton EA90 Aero for over 7K miles now. The wheels have held up well, including some bad roads here and there. I never had to true them and had to replace one nipple (spoke was fine) around 4K miles mark. The hub on these things are awesome as I usually can outpace others during group ride going downhill without pedaling. The only negative is that rear's adjustable hub sometimes get loose that I need to tighten on occasion. It's a great wheels and very happy with them. As a reference, I'm 165lbs weekend warrior (= don't race).
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Old 06-04-11, 10:19 AM
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Ive been using the EA 90 Aero's for about 1k miles so far. Really bad country roads out here with plenty of unavoidable bumps, potholes, tracks. Purchased them off someone else with several thousand miles, a guess. They hold up great and are light enough for climbing, no regrets yet, the R4 hubs are amazingly smooth but loud, that means pedal harder.

I weigh 142-147lbs.
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Old 06-04-11, 12:58 PM
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Opinion: look nice w/o the stickers

Facts: over 15K miles; bearing replacement only maintenance performed; still perfectly true; rider now just at 200 lbs, was 226

Other: I will be 54 this Fall. I'm not the fastest 50+ in the area, just damn near.

Conclusions: you have a bad wheel, and/or you've damaged it; the wheel isn't failing because you are a "bad ass."
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Originally Posted by Spiduhman View Post
Opinion: look nice w/o the stickers
No stickers here.
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Old 06-04-11, 01:03 PM
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zeleuo?

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Ahem, seriously, very solid wheel with good rep, excepting the adjustment problem and typical lesser quality bearings, both easily fixed.
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Can somebody post pics without stickers please ?
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Easton AE 90 Aero Spoke Problem

I realize I am getting in a bit late in this chain, but I have been riding the AE90 Aero set for over a year now. I weigh 175, so weight not an issue. After about 1k miles on the set, rear spokes started spontaneously breaking during rides. I had this happen 3 times within the same 100 miles or so of riding. After the second pop, I searched and found that others had had similar issues. After the 3rd pop, it was clear they had to go back to Easton for warranty work. Apparently there were metallurgy/fatigue issues with the sapim spokes originally used on production. Easton seemed aware of the problem and re-laced both wheels and replaced the rear hub as well. Not happy with having to go through the return hassle, but very satisfied with Easton's response. Have ridden 200 miles or so with no issues. I hope and assume I will not have problems in the future. BTW: This set has always performed well for me training and racing triathlon. I have them on a P2.
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Old 11-15-11, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by dancline1 View Post
I realize I am getting in a bit late in this chain, but I have been riding the AE90 Aero set for over a year now. I weigh 175, so weight not an issue. After about 1k miles on the set, rear spokes started spontaneously breaking during rides. I had this happen 3 times within the same 100 miles or so of riding. After the second pop, I searched and found that others had had similar issues. After the 3rd pop, it was clear they had to go back to Easton for warranty work. Apparently there were metallurgy/fatigue issues with the sapim spokes originally used on production. Easton seemed aware of the problem and re-laced both wheels and replaced the rear hub as well. Not happy with having to go through the return hassle, but very satisfied with Easton's response. Have ridden 200 miles or so with no issues. I hope and assume I will not have problems in the future. BTW: This set has always performed well for me training and racing triathlon. I have them on a P2.
+1 Had the same thing happening to my EA90 SL's. I just got them back from the factory yesterday. I was happy it only cost me $15 in shipping, thanks Performance.
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I've had a set of the EA90 SLs ('09) and EA90 Aeros ('10). Both wheelsets are bombproof in terms of durability. I rode each nearly exclusively for training and racing for an entire season and they didn't need truing. That being said, I'm 150 lbs when I'm chunky. But I road these wheels on all sorts of rides and races over some really crappy terrain, including a whole heck of a lot of dirt/gravel. They're bombproof.

HOWEVER...

On both sets of wheels, I've had problems with the rear R4 hub. Both have developed a sort of play that the pre-load adjustment just won't fix. Then under weird angles the rim has a ~1-2mm wobble but that's enough to rub the brakes. I've had the rear hub fully serviced on the older wheel (EA90 SL) and that helped a good bit. The more I fix them, though, the more frequently the problem seems to come back.

You can tighten the pre-load for a quick fix, but that's not totally sufficient. You can also remove the skewer and stick opposing allen keys in the hub to tighten something (that seems to be what the shop did). It is a longer-term fix, but the problem inevitably has come back on both wheels.

I LOVED my Easton wheels, but after 5k miles or so, their rear hubs became their achilles heel.

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Old 11-15-11, 05:08 PM
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The R4 rear hub sucks. Myself and everyone I know running that hub have had problems. Mine lasted about 3k miles. The axle loosens, the preload adjuster comes loose every 50 miles. They're a real pain. The rims are great though.
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I've got a set of the EA90 Aeros that I just sent off for the second time to check and repair a rear drive-side spoke break. Each time the spoke broke with about 1000 miles on the wheel.

While Easton CS is really good, I hope this fixes the problems. This second time I was just toodling up a slight hill.

Back on the Open-Pros in the meantime. I do like how cushy they are, like a wheelset from Barca-lounger ...
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Mine have been running fine (lost track of mileage, but it can't be more than a couple thousand). I'll stay positive and tell my wife that I need better wheels if these start breaking.
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Originally Posted by RudeSiggy View Post
On both sets of wheels, I've had problems with the rear R4 hub. Both have developed a sort of play that the pre-load adjustment just won't fix. Then under weird angles the rim has a ~1-2mm wobble but that's enough to rub the brakes. I've had the rear hub fully serviced on the older wheel (EA90 SL) and that helped a good bit. The more I fix them, though, the more frequently the problem seems to come back.
Did you try this below:
13. What should I do if my preload adjuster is coming loose frequently?
If you find that your preload adjuster will not stay in place, simple solutions may be available. Certain hubs have an alternative adjuster which uses a 19mm cone wrench rather than fingers to adjust. This can be provided at no charge, and is simple to install. Please note that it will not thread on easily, requiring more force to adjust fully. Once adjusted, however, it will be harder to come out of tune. Please call our Customer Service(877-835-6629) to arrange this replacement.
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Originally Posted by Geoff326 View Post
the EA90 TTs look pretty sweet. I'll take aero over weight. I have no experience with Easton wheels though but I wouldn't mind riding them if someone gave me a pair
PricePoint has the 2010 or 2009 EA90 TT wheelset on sale for just under $400 right now. I got the set, and the hubs roll pretty nice. I'm not so sure about the advantage of the TT hub design though with the flanges moved inwards to reduce the frontal area of the rotating spokes and hub flange. This reduces the angle that the spokes take, and the wheels seem to feel weird to me when cornering hard. Obviously, they are probably designed more for straightforward TT riding as they are listed on the Easton website under the TT/Triathlon group of wheels. Still, at $400 (I paid $480), they are a relatively cheap upgrade over typical stock wheels for complete bikes that retail under $2k, maybe even most under $3k and all Cervelos...
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