Item # EAS002B
Easton EA90 SLX Road Wheelset - Tubeless $1,200.00
Despite what the industry hype machine might have you believe, aluminum is still perfectly viable for race wheels. Case in point: Easton's tubeless EA90 SLX Road Wheelset. As our "aluminum is still perfectly viable disclaimer suggests, the wheels are defined by the rims. They're alloy, which means they're more equal than carbon to the abuse of everyday training across chipseal and in early spring conditions where damp roads leave your brake tracks covered in grit.
At 17.5mm, internally, the rims also bump up to a modern rim width that most safety guidelines recommend for use with the burgeoning trend of 25mm tires. They're tubeless-ready, too, which is another staple of contemporary tech because it reduces the risk of punctures and allows for lower PSI. Lower PSI combined with 25mm tires creates such a net gain in air volume that the tires are able to roll through rather than bounce over small road imperfections and debris. The more your tires are connected to the tarmac, the more they can propel you forward, making for a more efficient (not to mention more comfortable) ride.
All of that ignores the reason why alloy is still the most common material for rims: it's light. Easton weighs them at a paltry 1,400g, so they're actually lighter than your typical 40mm+ carbon hoops. We're not suggesting that there's no benefit to the aerodynamics afforded by deep rims, of course, just that low weight and durability are both key qualities to any self-sponsored racer who rides for the love of the bike as much as the pursuit of a prize purse.
The wheels' appeal extends to their universality. Easton made them to be the Honda of cycling wheels—serviceable by virtually any mechanic the world over. There's only one piece of proprietary tech, the dual-threaded nipples, but even those are designed to be tinkered with without requiring a special $60 tool. This serviceability, combined with alloy's longevity, mean that this wheelset will outlast entire generations of carbon hoops.
- Racing wheels that justify aluminum's presence at the start line
- Lighter than most aerodynamic carbon wheels
- Aluminum rims are durable enough for everyday use
- Wider internal width better accommodates 25mm tires
- Tubeless construction increases efficiency and comfort
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Reviews & Community
Same question as DAV5012355, is the rear hub 11 speed compatible?
Are these Shimano 11-speed wheels (or Shimano 9/10 speed wheels)? Thanks.
I have these and they are 11 speed compatible
Solid weight, Tubeless Ready
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
A solid wheelset from Easton with a great weight considering the price. Tubeless compatibility is really nice as well, so you can pair it with something like a Schwalbe Pro One. I ran that setup at 80 PSI as a 160lb rider which made road buttery smooth.