Another Day Another Ride, Another Bike Part
I have fucked up just about every part I can fuck up on my mountain bikes in the past month or so (fork(s), derailleur, hanger, rear shock, crank, rings, chain, etc.,, . Such is life. This is why God created credit cards: so sub par mountain bike racers/riders can buy parts they fuck up and can't afford on a semi weekly basis.
Along with the myriad of other bike issues I've had, I have had ENDLESS issues with my (insert major tubeless wheel MFG here) wheels. I am too heavy, the wheels are too light, so therefore they are next to useless after more than a month or so.
Enter the Easton EA90 XC wheel set.
I had not planned on buying these wheels. To tell you the truth they were not on my radar, but the idea of yet ANOTHER needed rebuild of my current wheels sort of made me sick. So with a great price from my fave LBS and the fact that a good friend, who is a strong (normal to large sized) rider has gone out of his way to buy TWO sets of these wheels for his bikes in the past year I was sold well enough.
Normally I would not even THINK of buying 24 spoke wheels. I mean that is SICK for someone like me. BUT like I said my buddy has reported no major issue in a year of hard racing and riding. I also thought it was a good sign when I talked to a few other local riders and they said that they were really lusting these wheels. Does that make them good? Nope. But the fact that they were on the radar of people I respect does.
Like any product there are those who will say "you should have got this!" or "you should have got that!" Well, until those people start paying for my shit or ride the way I do I just have to go with what feels right for me. I hope to post some more info on these wheels in the coming months on xxcmag.com's Gear page. The wheels may be crap, OR they may be the best thing I've rolled since my 2nd year of art school. I don't know.