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Old 08-02-13, 10:45 PM
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Easton EA90 Limited Edition Wheels

Anyone riding these Easton EA90 Limited Edition wheels? I love Performance Bike because the just swapped out my older EA90 SLX, spoke popping, wheels for a new Limited Edition set. I'm about 175lbs and I just want to be convinced that they have fixed the spoke breaking problems with the LE edition. Mine are still new in the box and I can trade them in plus $$$'s.

Anyone riding these?
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Nothing limited about those. They've been selling them for at least a few years and I've seen them hit as low as $400 but it's been a while. I think what's limited about them is the hubs - these use cheaper ones (not ceramic) iirc. I almost bought a set a couple years ago but once I learned more about them I decided not to. That said, I'm sure they are a decent set but for the price I'd rather pay a bit more for some Boyds.

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Thanks, the older SLX set I had broke a few spokes and there are lots of reviews about that problem. I was told they fixed that problem, with this new Limited Edition set, but I am concerned I'm a bit heavy for these lightweight wheels. I may trade them in for a different set.
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Anyone riding these EA90 LE's?
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How do the limited edition models differ from the EA90 SL wheels? My set have over 35,000 on 'em, still perfect.

The front wheel had a spoke pop about 10k ago, that's the only mishap so far, a spoke replacement. The periodic bearing replacement and freehub clean&grease are regular maintenance.

The wheels ride great. I'm not particularly rough on wheels - one watches where one's going - however, I'm no lightweight and me keeps it moving rather briskly.

I'd gladly have another set, however, not at the list price.
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Old 08-05-13, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Spiduhman View Post
How do the limited edition models differ from the EA90 SL wheels? My set have over 35,000 on 'em, still perfect.
I don't exactly know. The LE's are Performance Bikes version. They are a lightweight wheel. I liked my last set, i don't really need this new set and they are still in the box, so I'm just looking for any other users before I use them. My only problem with the last set was breaking spokes, I hover around 180lbs at 6' tall.
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Originally Posted by Hunt-man View Post
Anyone riding these Easton EA90 Limited Edition wheels? I love Performance Bike because the just swapped out my older EA90 SLX, spoke popping, wheels for a new Limited Edition set. I'm about 175lbs and I just want to be convinced that they have fixed the spoke breaking problems with the LE edition. Mine are still new in the box and I can trade them in plus $$$'s.

Anyone riding these?
If a wheelset can't handle a 175 lb rider, I would be seriously concerned about their quality regardless what their weight limit may be.
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If a wheelset can't handle a 175 lb rider, I would be seriously concerned about their quality regardless what their weight limit may be.
I've broken spokes on a bunch of wheels. Three on my Ksyrium SL's, a bunch on custom built wheels with Sapim CX ray spokes, and a few on these Easton EA90's. Whats a 180lb fella to do? (Replace the spokes when they break and ride, right?)
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The Performance wheelset looks just like the EA90 SL wheelset - are they?
Don't know, sorry.

Me do know the EA90SL set on my bike have been champs - they started out supporting a 226 lb rider some 35+K miles ago...
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Originally Posted by Hunt-man View Post
I've broken spokes on a bunch of wheels. Three on my Ksyrium SL's, a bunch on custom built wheels with Sapim CX ray spokes, and a few on these Easton EA90's. Whats a 180lb fella to do? (Replace the spokes when they break and ride, right?)
I'm 200lbs and haven't had a problem yet, but I specifically bought wheels with that in mind.
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Originally Posted by Hunt-man View Post
I've broken spokes on a bunch of wheels. Three on my Ksyrium SL's, a bunch on custom built wheels with Sapim CX ray spokes, and a few on these Easton EA90's. Whats a 180lb fella to do? (Replace the spokes when they break and ride, right?)
Honestly, I don't know what it is that is breaking your spokes on many wheels, but I don't think it is your weight. 175lb is just not that heavy, and these wheels are intended for a wide range of riders. Not to be disrespectful, but do you retrue you own wheels and maybe inadvertently get the spoke tensions far out of balance. Like I say, no offense intended, but your weight just doesn't add up to routine broken spokes on well-built wheels, even lightweight ones. I often weigh near 170 lb (my max is about 169 and I am there quite a lot) and always ride 1,250g wheels (20/24). Spoke tensions are nearly the same side to side (even on the rear) and are within 5% of each other within each side. I have never broken a spoke on one of these wheels. Just sayin'.
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Originally Posted by Hunt-man View Post
I've broken spokes on a bunch of wheels. Three on my Ksyrium SL's, a bunch on custom built wheels with Sapim CX ray spokes, and a few on these Easton EA90's. Whats a 180lb fella to do? (Replace the spokes when they break and ride, right?)
I am with rpenmanparker here, your weight of 180lb should not break spokes on a bunch of wheels unless you sprint like Cav, and even that. In the tens of thousands of miles I had on many of my wheels (some very lightweight ones), I've only manage to break 1 spoke on well maintained wheels, including Sapim CX spokes. This could be indication of something else, you may want to check into that.
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PSA: all Easton wheels on Nashbar are 60% off as of today.
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Honestly, I don't know what it is that is breaking your spokes on many wheels, but I don't think it is your weight. 175lb is just not that heavy, and these wheels are intended for a wide range of riders. Not to be disrespectful, but do you retrue you own wheels and maybe inadvertently get the spoke tensions far out of balance. Like I say, no offense intended, but your weight just doesn't add up to routine broken spokes on well-built wheels, even lightweight ones. I often weigh near 170 lb (my max is about 169 and I am there quite a lot) and always ride 1,250g wheels (20/24). Spoke tensions are nearly the same side to side (even on the rear) and are within 5% of each other within each side. I have never broken a spoke on one of these wheels. Just sayin'.
No offense taken at all... I do not tune my own wheels. I am not a sprinter. I think my last power test was about 240 watts over 30 min. I do a lot of up and down on the hills but the roads are good here. I ride Conti 4000's at about 110 psi. I just seem to break spokes.

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I am with rpenmanparker here, your weight of 180lb should not break spokes on a bunch of wheels unless you sprint like Cav, and even that. In the tens of thousands of miles I had on many of my wheels (some very lightweight ones), I've only manage to break 1 spoke on well maintained wheels, including Sapim CX spokes. This could be indication of something else, you may want to check into that.
I think the "something else" is either solar radiation or the mind control rays they are trying to zap me with. Luckily I have tinfoil under my helmet!

Seriously, I don't know why. I don't bunny hop much or jump curbs.
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OP, one thing to keep in mind is that one broken spoke usually foretells many more coming soon. Sure one spoke is weaker than the others and breaks first, but in my experience several others aren't far behind. Whatever the abuse is that causes the breakage, it is working on all the spokes. Some are just less robust than others. My point is that it is often more practical to respoke the whole wheel when the first one breaks than to just replace that one. That is assuming the breakage wasn't from some special cause like a thrown chain. When you rebuild the whole wheel you should be able to expect a nice long trouble-free period rather than having to dread the next breakage sometime soon on the road.
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I've never heard anything particularly good about Easton wheels. Even for the people who don't have any issues, they aren't particularly better than Ksyriums or Belgiums or the XC279.
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No offense taken at all... I do not tune my own wheels. I am not a sprinter. I think my last power test was about 240 watts over 30 min. I do a lot of up and down on the hills but the roads are good here. I ride Conti 4000's at about 110 psi. I just seem to break spokes.



I think the "something else" is either solar radiation or the mind control rays they are trying to zap me with. Luckily I have tinfoil under my helmet!

Seriously, I don't know why. I don't bunny hop much or jump curbs.
Do you have a spoke tension meter? It may be worth the investment if you don't have one so you can measure and make sure your spoke tensions are even and not overly high.
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Do you have a spoke tension meter? It may be worth the investment if you don't have one so you can measure and make sure your spoke tensions are even and not overly high.
I don't have one. I briefly considered building wheels but gave up that idea. I have paid to have mine built in the past and then checked in yearly to have them checked, but still broke spokes.... Now I'm mainly riding my Kysirium SL's on my Roubaix. Broke 2 or 3 of those big bladed spokes as well.

I'm guessing these Eastons are as good as any. I was considering trading them in for a set of full carbon wheels but why? I'm not racing on the road, not doing as many club rides as I used to and crappy ding dong I ain't getting any younger. But those Zip 202's looked sexy.
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