Easton Vaults to the road with the EA90 SL Disc

Fast-acting hub technology now available for road and cyclocross

Easton’s rowdy off-road brother, Race Face, revamped its mountain bike wheelsets last season around the rapid-engaging Vault freehub. Now, Easton is incorporating this hub design into its road wheelsets, starting with the privateer’s favorite, the EA90 SL Disc.

Easton EA90 SL Disc highlights

  • Claimed wheelset weight: 1,537g
  • Welded aluminum rims
  • 27mm deep
  • 19.5mm internal width
  • Tubeless compatible
  • $900 (UK and Australian pricing TBC)
  • Available now

The tubeless-compatible aluminum EA90 SL remain unchanged from last season, with an internal width of 19.5mm and a depth of 27mm. Laced to these rims are the oversized Vault hubs.

Inside the Vault
Inside the Vault

The Vault freehub mechanism is backward from most other designs, with the 60-tooth drive-ring built into the freehub, as opposed to the hub body. A trio of pawls each with a pair of stepped teeth are housed in the hub shell. The Vault freehub has six–degrees of engagement.

In addition to 50 percent faster engagement, Easton claims the Vault hub design shaves 48g from the previous M1 hubset.

The Vault's freehub engagement is 50% faster than the M1 hub it replaces
The Vault's freehub engagement is 50% faster than the M1 hub it replaces

Easton also set out to make spoke replacement easy, with a single length of Sapim straight-pull spokes used for the entire wheelset. Tool-free end-caps available in all major axle standards is another plus.

The EA90 SL Disc is available now and retails for $900. (UK and Australian pricing TBC.)

Easton's new Vault hubs are strung in the new EA90SL Disc wheels
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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