Easton Haven Carbon Wheel - 29in $1,325.00
Almost bullet-proof, literally.
We know what you're thinking, carbon wheels can't hold up to your level of riding. But, what if we told you that the Easton Haven Carbon Wheel was made from a composite similar to those found in combat body armor? We'll assume that an eyebrow has been raised.
So, now that we've opened Pandora's box, let's get into what Easton calls its Armored Ballistic Composite (ABC). As we already stated, Easton views its ABC as being akin to ultra-light body armor -- seems excessive. However, Easton found that the inflicted damage to wheels from hard trail riding was quite similar to the ballistic impacts found in combat, albeit with no bullets involved. So, to meet the rigorous demands of all-mountain riding, Easton developed a hybrid composite with carbon fiber and high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) -- a key component of both vehicle and body armor. Why carbon? Well, if you review any material's strength-to-weight ratio data charts, you'll find that a carbon fiber/epoxy construction outranks aluminum 4:1. Additionally, Easton used a different resin, MRES-B, to bond the carbon of the wheel. This resin is exceptionally durable, which allowed Easton to use it sparingly in the construction process. As a result, the Havoc achieves a feather light weight while increasing impact resistance, stiffness, and durability. In fact, Easton is so confident in the Havoc's abilities that it's offering a no-questions-asked two year warranty.
So, with weight and strength covered, Easton turned its focus to ease-of-use. Accordingly, the Havoc Carbon's are UST ready. In fact, the wheels feature an internal rim width of 21mm and an external rim width of 26mm. So, you can run any conceivable width or volume of trail tires with security and ease. And further along these lines, Easton is offering the Havoc wheels with nearly every axle configuration available. This means that the floodgates are now open for six-inch travel forks and extensive all-mountain rigs.
For the build, Easton laced the rims with 24 Sapim spokes in a three-cross lacing pattern for both the front and rear wheels. Both wheels spin on Easton M1, six-bolt disc hubs with sealed cartridge bearings.
The Easton Haven Carbon 29in Wheel is sold individually and is available in the color Black/black. Please note that the front wheel is available in both a 15- and 20x100mm configuration. Also, the rear wheel is being offered in a either a 10x135 QR or 12x135/142mm rear axle option.
What community has to say
Anyone purchased these since Easton "fixed"...
Anyone purchased these since Easton "fixed" there hub problems?
I haven't ridden the Haven wheels, but I rode a pair of the EA70s with the lower level X series hubs for most of this past summer. I had no issues with the hubs and was pleasantly surprised with the wheels in general. Easton did a hub update around November/December last year, and all our inventory features the updated hub.
I'm glad they show an updated hub. Easton's wheels are strong and true but there hub gave me fits in the side to side play in the aluminum HAVENS.
I have issues with the rear updated hub. Need to continually tighted nut. Comes loose and there is alot of play back and forth. Pain in the butt for such an expensive wheelset.