How about one crankset for your road or cyclocross bike that will work with a single ring, or a double, practically whatever bottom bracket standard, and still comes in at a competitively low weight? Easton just made it happen with their EC90 SL cranks.
Easton EC90 SL crank specs
- Hollow carbon arms made in Canada with American-sourced carbon
- Cinch System with a road specific 30mm spindle
- Standard road 149mm Q-Factor and compatibility with every major road BB standard
- 1x chainline optimized for increasingly popular135/142mm rear disc spacing
- Built for: road / CX / Tri-TT
- Size: 170, 172.5, 175mm
- Ring configurations: 53/39, 52/36, 50/34, w/removable spider
- Single direct mount ring: 38T, 40T, 42T, 44T, 46T, 48T, 50T
- Weight: 590g for 172.5mm 52/36 w/o BB / 442g for 172.5mm 40T w/o BB
- Chainline: 2x 43.5mm / 2x Disc 46mm / 1x 47mm
- Q-factor (with washers): 149mm
- BB options: BB86, BSA 68MM, PF30 68MM, BB30 68MM, BRIGHT, 386EVO, OSBB
- Material: EC90 carbon
- Finish: Matte carbon
The secret of the Cinch
On their single rings, Easton also revised the narrow/wide chainring tooth profile. They claim the updated profile optimizes chain retention, reduces running noise and minimizes friction for road and cross bikes. All good things as the latter two are much more noticeable on quieter road and cross bikes than they are on a typically louder mountain bike.
Even though the EC90 SL cranks come in at an aggressive 442g for a 172.5mm with a single 40T ring, Easton states the durability is there for nasty off-season training rides and daily commuting torture. In conjunction with the new cranks, Easton is also releasing a line of bottom brackets.
Pricing and availability
- 1x Crankset without BB — $449 USD ($599 CDN) — Early August
- 2x Crankset without BB — $499 USD ($664 CDN) — Fall 2016
- Single DM Rings $74 to $94 USD — ($99–$124 CDN) — Early August
- Bottom Brackets — $59 USD (84 CDN) — Early August