Easton Carbon UST XC Wheels - Sea Otter 2011

Apr 22, 2011 at 11:16
by Richard Cunningham  
Easton quietly introduced its dual-threaded spoke interface with its AM/DH Haven and Havoc wheels. The secret is an aluminum nipple that threads onto the spoke, and also has external reverse threads which screw into the rim. The arrangement frees Easton to eliminate holes in the rim bed which would normally have to be sealed with air-tight tape or a special rim-strip (ala Stan's NoTubes).

The following video explains the benefits of Easton's dual-thread spoke technology:

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With the world's most respected DH racer on the development team, Easton's wheel program is on "rock and roll." Insiders say that Easton is working hard on a carbon DH wheelset, so keep your eyes peeled in the pits for prototypes.


  • 17 1
 Good gawd, $2500 for a set of disposable MTB wheels. pass.
  • 29 2
 ^^^ You hit the nail on the head my good man.
If I had $2500 to blow on wheels, I'd just buy a $300 set and take the rest to Vegas to get some hookers and cocaine.
  • 12 0
 okay mr sheen...
  • 4 2
 "hookers and cocaine." this is the only part of the post that interested me at all. that mofo got it right, f these companies trying to rob people of $2500. If you worrying that much about weight you should see a psychiatrist and forget the bikes because you have ocd.... and herpes.
  • 3 1
 aoneal... you read my mind!
  • 2 2
 2500$ and a two year waranty, NO QUESTIONS ASKED, and by that I mean ANYTHING GOES. I work in a shop and that's exactly what the rep said, and up till now, that's what's been done.
  • 1 0
 I like the Havoc's glad they will be adding a 150 option.
  • 3 1
 I'd rather ride a rad bike and drive an average car...I ride haven carbons and love them

Downgrade your car...

Skip Vegas...you come away with worse than nothing. Better to give the $$ to your favorite charity.

p.s. same goes for cocaine
p.p.s. if you're going to use, leave your favorite charity in your will for when you O.D. Not that you'll have much left to give them...
  • 2 1
 I'd rather skip that wheelset, skip cocaine defo skip Vegas and even more defo skip a hooker... 2500... I would ride doublwides on deore hubs for a week in Whistler incl. flight from Europe... Or get a month in Swiss Alps...
  • 1 1
 You should skip riding dh and donate your sack to science research.
  • 2 1
 genital sack?
  • 1 0
 Coke sack of course!
  • 3 1
 I don't like coke or any heavy drugs. Never treid them but sometimes I like to use some SNUS, it's a Swedish tobacco, which speeds you pretty well and it's legal. But that combined with coffee makes me talk so much and breathe so fast that I take a lot of air into my digestive system. That along with methane from food inside intestant, puts me into an immediate need of bleeding the system. Not a nice thing to do, especially doing it bottom->up. It's like a levative but bigger as it needs to go through. U need a big syringe with warm water, a wide hose, and you use your johnson as the bleeding screw. Then you have to push the water into your ass until bubbles stop coming out of your mouth. Then according to Shimano instuction you should do it up to bottom...
  • 1 0
 That HAS to be hard to do while riding your bike
  • 1 1
 no, no I do it in the sanctuary of my mini workshop at the attic, you pervert! What a stupid idea you got: riding around with a rectal bleeding system, you sick basterd! Get a treatment for WGNAWD's sake!
  • 6 1
 thing that makes me laugh is i hear they are 100% sure on how strong they are but do not provide a warranty on them like their DH wheels? Thats faith in your own product
  • 71 8
 only gay people get loads of +props.
  • 2 0
 so where is it threaded?
  • 3 0
 I'd bet they do not offer their no questions asked warranty program on the xc wheels because while they are strong compared to the competitors xc rims they probably aren't nearly as strong as the DH ones and could break from misuse.
  • 5 1
 For the People Neg Propping (rock-shox-bart-31Cool

GIVE him as many props as you can if you get what i mean Wink
  • 2 0
 DT 1250 wheels are lighter, 5g rim strip so 1260g as tubeless and lighter. they come in at as light as 1210g. As for Tubeless wheels. The 2003 FIR Ronda MTB Tubeless wheels were carbon and 1200g. 8 years and Easton have not caught up yet.
  • 4 0
 uhm yeah but what's the point if they snapped in the first rock garden ?
  • 2 0
 Did they snap in the first rock garden?
I have the 1450s from DT and it is fair to say that I don't take things easy on my bike, so far they have held up fine.

1 persons rock garden is another persons boulder field and anothers gentle trail.
Everything is relative when you start talking about rock gardens etc.
  • 6 0
 nope he said 26 bucks i heard him
  • 1 0
 Hahahaha! Thanks^^
  • 5 0
 I'm confused why it's called EA90. EA stands for Easton Aluminum. It should be called the EC90.
  • 3 0
 It is EC90. He says it, and you can see it on the rim. PB typo.
  • 1 0
 I like mavics system for tubeless better, like the 823 you don't need special spoke nipples just for the rim, just the inserts that thread into the rim whereas here you do, and the price alone would put me off in the first place, what a joke
  • 3 1
 the problem with the spoke interface on the 823, 819 etc is that:

1. large holes have to be drilled in the rim to accommodate the inserts, compromising strength.
2. the inserts add weight to the rim with no increase in strength.

I think that this is the best interface for UST rims, what's odd about their claim that they have it patented. Shimano wheels use a seemingly identical interface. Crossmax wheelsets also thread directly into the rim, albeit with a threaded spoke (my goodness, imagine if industry nine did that, they would be unbeatable.

Crank brothers' interface doesn't require holes for spokes to be threaded through either, although I've read that from an engineering standpoint, that lacing system is questionable. don't jump all over me, I'm just passing along what I've read
  • 3 0
 The MSRP is too high, their first set of Carbon MTB wheels were $2300, things are supposed to get cheaper as the technology matures.
  • 1 0
 i just layed down $880 for those Havocs and I got some major sphincter puckering at that price.

$2400 for some wheels is crazy. I guess its aimed at the racing peeps.

The only reason I went the Havocs was they are one of the only wheels on the market that I could find at the moment catering to the new 12x142 "standard".

Too many "standards" IMO making getting some wheels to suit hard. I couldnt find any 135 x 12 plus adaptors.

Oh well, theyre sweet looking wheels and Im sure I will forget about the price before too long
  • 2 1
 Don't buy a bike with a 142mm rear then. Easy.
  • 1 0
 its crazy to thing for an extra 500 you could have a full santa cruz carbon race frame. sure these wheels are sick but wheels,fork and frame your already at like 6000 grand for not even half a bike.
  • 2 0
 these wheels are a classic example of the law of diminishing returns, the more you pay the less you get.
  • 2 0
 dude the kid that sits next to me in chemistry won a pair of these at sea otter haha
  • 1 0
 but all the articles i just read on mtbr and ridemonkey about tubeless say that ust is crap, ghetto is the best and a stans conversion is next best???
  • 1 0
 I spent A LOT on my x-country rig, but not 2500 on wheels. Im not insane. .Of course, even an EP price on these would be crazy. Good job easton.
  • 2 0
 I take craps that weigh more. Proplem solved, take a dump before you ride and u don't need these wheels to compensate haha
  • 1 0
 Like dropping Nico's name a bunch is gonna justify the $2500 price tag! What a load of bollocks.
  • 1 0
 really love my haven carbons...I think they're worth the price tag and would recommend them to anyone. Nomad carbon.
  • 2 0
 oooo Carbon
  • 1 0
 haha, i swear he says the same thing over and over haha
  • 1 0
 $2600.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DH!
  • 1 0
 I will buy it but will not ride it...too expensive to break lol...
  • 1 0
 stans ztr's... cheaply replaceable. light as hell.
  • 1 1
 Does a lighter bike make you faster?
  • 9 0
  • 1 0
 only if your legs will
  • 2 0
 NO. A 26lb bike with very light rolling weight and fast tyres will go faster for traditional XC than a 24lb bike with mid rolling weight.

2.1 LUST Crossmark = 675g

Maxxis Flyweight tube=89g
2.0 supersonic = 430g (tubeless version is 650g)
Speed kings are lighter.
Tubes and tyre = 519g.

Saving on both wheels = 300g over tubeless. so why go tubeless?

I dare say using the ZTR Alpine rim and Sapim CX-ray spokes with the 14mm alloy nipples would give even lower rolling weight than my 1450's, the rim must be around 50g lighter than the 1450 rim (tarted up 4.2 rim)
not to mention a better tyre profile.
  • 1 0
 make that regular supersonic tubeless and you save 89g per wheel. BAM!
  • 3 0
 As a 200lb+ rider and tubeless fan, I think your criticism requires more analysis.

If you're racing on tubeless, you're not using UST tires, you're using regular or tubeless ready tires with sealant. with the added benefit of preventing sidewall tears.

I can guarantee that I'd finish a race faster than someone on DH tires if they're stuck repairing pinch flats at the side of the course.

I'm a tubeless convert for performance!

just my $.02
  • 1 0
 How does it prevent a side wall tear?
As I tore a tyre yesterday on a XC ride (well it is a beast of an XC ride with lots of gnarly rock gardens right on top of 100ft cliffs, where getting loose and drifting is only for the brave).
If I was riding tubeless I would have had a tube in, there is no way sealant would have done me any good.

Seems that if I ride with any Tubeless boys, any of them that can actually ride a bike to any descent level and not the weekend warrior who has been bimbling a bike for 15 years thinking they know how to ride, they always tell me how good tubeless is, but come the bottom of a descent they are pumping up and worried about how much sealant they have lost.
  • 1 1
 Easton Carbon is worth every penny spent!
  • 4 1
 Says who?
  • 3 0
 If i had disposable income, i would be running carbon wheels
  • 2 0
 I can afford these, but I managed to save this much because I don't buy products like this. It's not my dream to have a bike with its wheels costing more than most of the rest of the bike. That money can be spent on traveling to great mtb hot spots like southern Utah, etc. Now that's what I consider money well spent on making mountain biking more fun.

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