Easton XC One Wheelset review£499.00

24 hole strainght pull XC wheelset

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Easton have designed their MTB wheels from the ground up for impressive lightweight performance. The rims and squat flange blocks that the 24 straight-pull spokes thread into certainly create a far stiffer wheel than you'd expect.

There's noticeably less flex under various loads than with most competitors. They've taken some large hits too, although replacement spokes will be hard to find if you do snap one.

Take-up speed on the three-pawl freehub is average, but the V-Max cartridge bearings are well sealed. Preload is self-adjusting, so you don't have to nip out any knock. The sculpted but short QR levers need a firm hand, though, and they're certainly not a cheap option.


Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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