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thoughts on Easton EC90 forks..

Old 08-19-08, 08:04 PM
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thoughts on Easton EC90 forks..

Who is running one? What type of riding are you doing and how do you like it? I have on 07 CAAD9 with the stock Cannondale Ultra fork. I have the opportunity to upgrade to an EC90SL or an EC90SLX, my choice...cost is not a factor. I do a lot of fast A/B group rides and some racing. Which fork would be the better choice for me?

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Originally Posted by RacerJRP View Post
Who is running one? What type of riding are you doing and how do you like it? I have on 07 CAAD9 with the stock Cannondale Ultra fork. I have the opportunity to upgrade to an EC90SL or an EC90SLX, my choice...cost is not a factor. I do a lot of fast A/B group rides and some racing. Which fork would be the better choice for me?

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I had an easton EC90 SLX on my Cervelo R3 for a couple months. I didn't like the easton at all. I actually thought it was horrible because it was a wet noodle. I hear they have beefed up the newer SLX so I would have to assume its better.

Here is my ranking of the 4 forks I have ridden in the last year:

1.) Edge 2.0 Aero or road
2.) Wolf SL
3.) Look HSC5 SL
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4.) Easton EC90SLX

If cost isn't a factor, I would definitely go with an Edge Composites fork.
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Old 08-19-08, 09:40 PM
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I would say 75% of the comments I've seen about the SLX are about it's flexiness. I am 250 lbs and I have no complaints about my SL. I would buy it again and again.
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Old 08-20-08, 07:36 PM
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thanks, anybody else?
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I thought the EC90SLX actually rode nice, but you definitely notice the flex when cornering - "noodle" is accurate. I figured it was due to being a heavier rider (190lbs).

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If cost isn't a factor, I would definitely go with an Edge Composites fork.
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Old 08-20-08, 08:12 PM
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Actually, the reason its between these two forks is because i'm taking one as payment for some work I did last week.

I'm a lighter rider at just under 150lbs...forgot to mention earlier.
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I go about 185lbs and have been riding two different EC90SL s and have to say that they ride very well. Significantly stiffer than the Reynolds Pro OUZO that it replaced on one bike, and a newer version on my Archon is very stiff.
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At 140lbs I do not find the issues others have with the SLX fork. If you want an Easton fork that is pretty light and also stiff the EC90 Aero is one to consider. Have one on a training bike and it works really well.
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Originally Posted by USCswimming View Post
I had an easton EC90 SLX on my Cervelo R3 for a couple months. I didn't like the easton at all. I actually thought it was horrible because it was a wet noodle. I hear they have beefed up the newer SLX so I would have to assume its better.
EXACT same experience, and I'm 148 lb rider. The easton ecsl definitely flexed when sprinting or out of the saddle jump type efforts. It handled exceptionally "quick" which I liked for pack navigation in crits, but it was definitely flexy. I replaced it with an alpha Q and it made a world of difference (better).
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i am running an ec90slx and i weigh 160lbs. can i feel it flex, yes. does it effect my riding, no (and i do a lot of crit racing). i feel the flex more front to back than side to side, which is a good thing. does the flex i feel make me nervous, not a bit. having said all that, if i was to do it again i would get the ec90sl .
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I thought the Cannondale forks were quite nice? I like my Reynolds Ouzo Pro just fine. The truth of the matter is I am not sure I can tell the difference between it and the Specialized Al tubed fork that I rode before, so maybe I'm just not nuanced enough.
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thanks for the input. Feel free to keep it coming. So far I think i'm going to go with the SL. Hoping to get it on the bike saturday.
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i'm running a straight blade 43mm rake 1" ec90 sl. i think it's a great fork, descending/heavy front braking, tracking and ride. thing is very light to boot. mine uses a "bear trap" sans compression/epoxied in plug which probably saves a little weight as well - i dig it.
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