If you’re considering upgrading any area of your cross country mountain bike one of the most obvious and beneficial places to start would be the wheelset. Many new bikes come with pretty standard wheels so upgrading can make a big difference to the overall ride and performance of your bike.
The Easton EA70 XCT 29er wheelset are the ideal upgrade as they offer an excellent balance between low weight and high stiffness. The wheelset should offer a noticeably stiffer feel than most wheelsets in this price range, especially considering there are only 48 hand laced spokes. The EA70′s also offer a very smooth and quiet ride and you should really feel the difference when bombing down a trail.
The EA70′s are UST wheels so there is no need for rim strips for tubeless use, while the valves (with included collar and o-ring) are easily removable should you suffer an unexpected flat on your ride. The EA70′s sport an understated but classy design with grey on black graphics. The recent trend has been for bright and bold coloured wheelsets so the Easton’s restrained and classy design is actually quite refreshing and different.
The light and stiff feel of the wheels results in impressive acceleration and steady and predictable steering, while the EA70′s should certainly be built to last. There may be better race or all-mountain specific wheelsets out there but the EA70′s excel at being an excellent all rounder. If you are looking for a wheelset that can handle just about anything you throw at it then the Easton’s could be the ideal choice for cross country.
If you are looking to upgrade from a set of standard wheels then the improved performance of the Easton’s will be immediately noticeable. With a light weight, smooth roll, good stiffness and excellent build quality the Easton EA70 XCT 29er Wheelset is a great upgrade option at a respectable price.