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Williams 30X or Easton EA50?

Old 09-02-11, 09:12 AM
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Williams 30X or Easton EA50?

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Any opinions between the Williams 30X or Easton EA50? These will be a gift for a very dear friend of mine who has been helping me with some major electrical work and I want to return the favor. They both seem to be built similar, weight close, aero close etc. Wanted to know if anyone out there has one of the pairs and opinions.
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Old 09-02-11, 09:13 AM
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And with this question, I'm reminded of one other, would they be a nice/modest step up from Aksiums?
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Old 09-02-11, 09:15 AM
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Aren't the Williams like 1500g? I'm surprised the EA50s are so light.

Edit: Oh...the 30Xs are the clyde wheel. Right.
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Old 09-02-11, 09:20 AM
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My bud's not a clyde but I am... But he's very hard on all his toys... So it would make sense over the 30's.
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probably only worth upgrading if the aksiums are bent/broke beyond simple repair... Aksiums are ~1800g for the set, the eastons are 1750g.... make of it what you will
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I use the Easton EA50's now, and have looked at the 30X's as what I would put on a next bike, simply based on reviews.

The EA50's are, in my opinion, a great budget wheel. They roll great, and have seemed very stiff. Compared to the Alex S500's that came stock, they are a great improvement. My personal favorite about them is that they are dead silent, with no clickety click pawl engagement. You will hear people say that they are difficult to get tires mounted on, but I have had no issues. I have heard that replacement spokes can be difficult to land, so the Williams may offer an easier resupply if he is hard on crap.

The 30X's are lighter, and I believe have some composite / ceramic bearings. I think the Williams are a sexier package, and have more wow factor. In researching, I have seen nothing but good.
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I was looking at the same 2 wheel sets a couple of months ago and ended up going with the Easton's mainly due to my LBS carrying the EA50 aero's and was willing to trade me for my American Classic CR-420's that were way to light for my weight.
The Eastons do ride nice and look oh so sweet...

If he's hard on his gear another option to look at my be a set of Vuelta Corsa Pro's. I'm 220 lbs and these wheels ride very nice and are strong, they do come in at 2006g and hold me up very well and about half the price of the other 2.

http://www.vueltausa.com/vuelta-bicy...corsa-pro.html

Good ebay price. I bought mine from this company...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/VUELTA-CORSA...item4cf54e170d
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I have Williams 30X wheels with about 12,000 miles on them. Despite me being a larger rider (about 200 lbs) and somewhat tough on my bike, the wheels have never been out of true and have never been a problem. When I finally do wear them out, I'll be getting another set of 30X's.

As for the Eastons, I have no idea how they compare.
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Thanks for the great input
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If I were paying similar price, I would get the Williams 30X. I got the EA50's for $180 and free shipping, so for me it helped make it a no brainer.

And I do think both are a significant upgrade from Aksiums. People just compare weight, but an aero wheel is typically heavier than a box. You get the aero advantage but suffer weight. With the Aksiums, you suffer both. Have also heard lots of truing and rim failure cracks on Aksiums. It is anecdotal, as I don't (and wouldn't) own them.
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Williams customer service alone would get me to buy Keiths wheels. Plus ceramic bearings and bomb proof. I have raced these wheels, raced 38's and 50's they are all excellent wheels.
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Originally Posted by outofshape View Post
Williams customer service alone would get me to buy Keiths wheels. Plus ceramic bearings and bomb proof. I have raced these wheels, raced 38's and 50's they are all excellent wheels.
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Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
If I were paying similar price, I would get the Williams 30X. I got the EA50's for $180 and free shipping, so for me it helped make it a no brainer.
Where did you get the EA 50's for $180?? I've been looking at these and haven't seen them for less than $350 anywhere.
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I own a set of Williams 19's and Easton EA70's. I'd put the System 30X's in a league above the EA50's - better hubs, and probably lighter wheels overall (1640g claimed for Williams ~150g lighter than the EA50's). I really like my EA70's so don't get me wrong - I don't have a downer on Easton, but those Williams Hybrid ceramic hubs are sweet.
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Originally Posted by DEK View Post
Where did you get the EA 50's for $180?? I've been looking at these and haven't seen them for less than $350 anywhere.
Actually got them at Nashbar, in kind of an unrepeatable deal. Had budget Vuelta's on order with 20% off on back order from Sept '10 to Feb '11. Got impatient, and called to cancel. They offered to cancel and substitute. They had free shipping going, and Easton EA50's on sale, and gave me the 20% from the original order date. Many things stacked, and Karma smiled.

I have searched for similar deals and found nothing close. Very sad.
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Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
I own a set of Williams 19's and Easton EA70's. I'd put the System 30X's in a league above the EA50's - better hubs, and probably lighter wheels overall (1640g claimed for Williams ~150g lighter than the EA50's). I really like my EA70's so don't get me wrong - I don't have a downer on Easton, but those Williams Hybrid ceramic hubs are sweet.
Thanks for this input!
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