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Easton Spoke Issue

Old 10-25-11, 05:20 PM
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Easton Spoke Issue

Anyone else have a problem with their spokes breaking in the middle?

I found out Easton will warranty replace both sets of spokes, front and back, after having two replaced and trued on my EA90 SL's and breaking a third with in a month. It would have been nice to find this out before spending 2x$25 for the shop work. Those of you with the EA90 SLX's from Performance bike may experience the same.
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Old 10-25-11, 05:45 PM
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I bought a set of EA50 Aero's at my LBS and about a month later busted my first spoke. I contacted my LBS owner and without a second thought he told me that he covered it for a full year and to bring it in and they would repair it at no cost to me. They didn't have the spoke I needed in stock and went ahead and ordered all three sizes my wheel set took.
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Old 10-25-11, 07:31 PM
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U have to replace all the spokes, once one fails all of the other have to work too much to compensate for the broken one and that's it. It wouldnt surprise me that u snap another one.

Easton's are good wheels tho, maybe u just got bad luck? I advice you to learn how to to the fix yourself, you will learn a skill that will pay by itself because of you not depending of anybody no more. As for the spokes those wheels use regular pull spokes I believe. So are available, get sapim spokes next time.
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Old 10-25-11, 07:33 PM
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I broke 3 spokes in 6 months on my SLX's…

they are bye bye now.
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Old 10-25-11, 07:48 PM
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My friend wrecked his EA90SLX's in a collision with a car. Wheel was significantaly out of true and some spokes were broken. Performance gave him a new set =O
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Originally Posted by lpolliard View Post
Anyone else have a problem with their spokes breaking in the middle?
Only when I dial it up to 400 watts and chase down an arrogant bastard.
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Old 10-27-11, 11:45 PM
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Popped a spoke off my rear EA90 slx. Gave it to Easton to fix. They changed out all of the spokes and sent it back. Haven't had a problem since.
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Thanks for making this post. I was sitting on a bench taking a breather in the middle of my ride and all of a sudden heard a pop. I'm sending in my wheel for warranty coverage now. Only 300 miles on them too
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Old 10-30-11, 08:50 AM
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This is not what I want to hear after already regretting spending the money on ec90 slx's. I only have 300 miles on mine and probably won't see much more this season. I called the dealer I bought these from before this thread and expressed a concern about the durabilty of the wheels and he has assured me they will be backed, hopefully I don't have to test his claim.
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Old 10-30-11, 08:58 AM
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6k on my EA SLX without any problems. These are the ones with alloy nipples and lighter SL hubs, not the cheaper/older ones Performance sells. I am no power house but can generate >1000w and weight 160lbs.
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Originally Posted by moneypit View Post
Thanks for making this post. I was sitting on a bench taking a breather in the middle of my ride and all of a sudden heard a pop. I'm sending in my wheel for warranty coverage now. Only 300 miles on them too
Funny, one of the spokes did he same thing while off of the bike. Did the spoke break in the middle?
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I got a set of Easton's EA90 SL and I was concerned about the mixed reviews about them. So I asked the LBS and they said they were covered and Easton has a great warranty, so I went ahead and purchased a demo set that we're used for 1 year. Within 500 miles I had some serious noises coming from the rear hub, like a popping noise under high load. Took them in and they replaced the whole hub, got them back and were great for another 50 miles before the same noise was back. They sent them off to Easton and got me a brand new set, I have over 2,000 miles on them and they are perfect and still true. I'm no lightweight I'm 230lbs.
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Old 10-30-11, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by lpolliard View Post
Funny, one of the spokes did he same thing while off of the bike. Did the spoke break in the middle?
Yeah, smack dab in the middle. I was dumbfounded by the noise and it took me a few seconds to look around. Haha!
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Old 10-30-11, 05:30 PM
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EA90SL set with build kit from GVH

~20K miles in, ping goes one front spoke,

lbs replace and trued it,

Great wheels, no regrets, and I'm no lightweight neither.

Plan on replacing the rear stock cart bearings within the first year; you might get more miles out of a better set...
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I just had a rear drive-side spoke break for the second time on a pair of EA90 Aero wheels. They're relatively low mileage, and the first one was replaced by Easton and the wheels returned about 1000 miles of riding ago. I'm concerned about the longevity of these wheels at this rate.

FWIW, Easton has excellent customer service, and have previously done a great job of taking care of me. Waiting to see how this turns out...
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I rode with my cousin yesterday who experienced a broken spoke at the nipple on his front wheel. This is the 6th spoke to break since he purchased his wheels about 9 months ago. As was posted above he was provided with all new spokes by Easton and the shop he purchased them from rebuilt the wheels. He has also experienced trouble with his hub bearing on the rear wheel. Granted, he's a clydesdale at 240 lbs. But the EC90SLs have no weight limit. I will let him know his experience isn't too uncommon.
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Out of curiosity what are the plans for those of you that keep having issues? Run them until the warranty is up and switch to a different brand or will you try different easton wheel set? I need a backup set of tubulars and am considering the easton aero's, but for the price it may be a poor choice. A lesser known wheel builder like boyd may be worth a try for less than half the cost.
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When I purchased them at an excellent price 3 months ago one of Performance's mechanics said "knowingly" you'll be back........No, so far I haven't and I was no lightweight when I bought them, although I have lost 30 lb with them since without any problems!
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Old 10-30-11, 10:36 PM
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There're at least four people in my club that have had spoke and hub problems with Easton wheels in the last year. Two returned them for Mavics and Reynolds.
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I have EC90's and am planning on having them rebuilt over the winter with a Chris King rear hub and an Alchemy front hub. My question is in regard to spokes. Is there a special type of spoke I need to use or will Sapim CX-Ray's work fine?
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Nobody?
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You could try and call Easton, but I had a hard time trying to find a good number where anyone actually knew anything about the wheels they sell.
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