The engineers at Easton appear to have been rather busy. They’re coming out with a carbon, tubeless All-Mountain wheelset, plus new stems and handlebars…
Starting with the stems. The stiffness of a stem is based on the shaft size, so the bigger the shaft, the more it resists twisting (what with all these wide bars these days). The new Haven stem has a 40mm shaft to keep it stiff. It comes in zero degree rise and 55mm, 70mm and 85mm.
Easton’s big story for the Sea Otter was probably its carbon wheels. They use a ‘ballistic’ carbon fibre (their engineers helped invent bullet proof vests…) and they will come in two hub versions: A 15mm/9mm version or a 20mm version (that has a full axle, not just end caps). The bed it 21mm wide for good tyre stability and the wheels are warranteed for two years. The rims are UST tubeless thanks to a clever spoke bed that inserts into the void in the rim wall and mushrooms out to stay in place. The nipples then thread into this. It uses ‘normal’ straight pull spokes.
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