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EC90 Forks...(14 posts)

EC90 Forks...VetteRacer
Mar 7, 2002 2:43 AM
Anyone out there have any comments against the fork? In other words, can anyone talk me (and others maybe) out of getting this fork?

I am looking at this fork because its very light, looks neat (IMO), and comes from a very reputable company.

I would like to upgrade my fork, and I figure $320 is not much different then $250 since its a main part of the bike. Not to mention I might be able to get it for cheaper to a lot cheaper.

Comments welcome.
Thanks
Matt
Easton forksNessism
Mar 7, 2002 12:18 PM
Nashbar is selling the EC30, 50, 70 for very low prices - ranging from $79 - $149. Hard to beat prices like that. Unfortunately, there isn't much interest in these forks thus not much information available. I'm not familar with the EC90 but I wouldn't pay much for it considering how cheap the other forks are selling for.

Good luck.

Ed
More on the Easton Forks...Cima Coppi
Mar 7, 2002 1:27 PM
A riding buddy has a pair of EC-90's that he found new on E-Bay and saved a significant amount of $$ on the purchase. He has not said anything negative about them. Looking at the EC-90's, they are obviously made well. The flanges that protrude below the brake may leave some to not care for the look, but I think it looks much better in person when I see it on the bike. The forks are painted solid black instead of the typical weaved CF that many carbon forks are finished in. The EC-70 is nearly the same fork, but with curved blades instead of straight blades. I cannot see any reason not to get the EC-90's unless money is an issue.

CC
Append...Cima Coppi
Mar 7, 2002 1:31 PM
You may have already seen this, but here is the website for Easton's forks for more information.

http://www.eastonbike.com/COMPONENTS/comp_forks.html

CC
EC70TonyR
Mar 7, 2002 1:59 PM
I have an EC70 fork on my bike (a GT ZR-1.0) and so far, so good. I've put a little over 1000miles on it with lots of climbs and fast descents, plus I weigh a little over 200lbs (hopefully less by summer). No major events or anything bad to say, plus it does seem to smooth out the bike's ride. I'd say go for it.

Tony
the story I've heard from Easton repcyclopathic
Mar 7, 2002 5:34 PM
he has EC90 1", EC90 bars, carbon stem and spacers (easton too). He hit brakes on downhill and almost sh!t in his pants he thought he's gonna loose it.

basically if you have 1" steer and need spacers go with Al steer EC70 it maybe not as plush as EC90 but it will track better and it doesn't weight much more. This is probably true for any 1" steer fork.
the story I've heard from Easton repweiwentg
Mar 7, 2002 6:39 PM
good advice for a heavier rider. it depends on your weight. and of course, if you have a 1-1/8" tube, you probably don't need to worry at all(unless you're a 500lb gorilla).
I had an EC70, and it was just fine.
Interesting... & More info on me....VetteRacer
Mar 7, 2002 6:52 PM
Any idea what would cause that steering problem?

I am 150# 6'1" rider. In 3-4 years of mountain biking I have never broken anything that wasnt already broken when I got it, or broken in a crash, so not what some would call an abussive rider.

My bike is (please no rude comments) a Trek Y77. Serotta sells a headset space that will allow me to run a normal fork. (The YFoil was designed with suspension forks in mind, the space between the brake mount hole (or dropout) and fork race is bigger then normal forks.) (http://www.serotta.com/pages/components.html#headsup for the item).

The deal with the fork is this. I know someone that has a connection at Easton and can get cosmetic blems for free or really cheap. I havent talked to him about it yet, but I will be mentioning letting me in on it if he can. So as I said, price isnt really an issue. I will be running the EC90 bars, they are on order right now from my LBS. And stem is undecided. Depends on what the connection can do.

As far as spacers. My current setup is 1" threaded, I have a 110x-17 Quill stem. And it appears (havent measured it yet) that the current stem position, with a 0 rise/drop stem that I could get away without using any spacers. I am also pretty new to the road scene and expect to get a bit more flexible, so if I ran spacers I doubt they would be on long.

Thanks for the feedback so far.
Matt
a bit more infocyclopathic
Mar 7, 2002 7:33 PM
the guy was ~6'0" and looked less then 165lbs.

with respect to 1" alloy steer and spacers I am 140lbs/5'6" and I can feel 4x5mm spacers flex more then 2x5. As soon as I tune my position I'll get different stem and get rid of all spacers. Look doesn't recommend running more then 2cm of spacers on carbon steer and other mfg probably in the same boat.

Since you'd be racing road (no ultraendurance events) you can afford to get a bit stiffer fork at expense of some comfort IMHO

-CP

PS btw you can't use aerobars with EC90 handlebars, so if you'd be using this bike for TT get something else good luck
Purely...VetteRacer
Mar 7, 2002 9:16 PM
A fun road bike.. No racing of any sort on it.

I'll have to get another bike if I feel I like road riding enough to race, in which case it probably would not be TT either.

I will have to get used to riding and get my stem heigh dialed in I guess before I replace the fork setup.

Thanks for the help.
Matt
welll.....weiwentg
Mar 8, 2002 4:53 AM
I would say go for it. however, if you wish to be able to attach aero bars, I believe Kestrel makes a CF handlebar that can be used with aero bars (there was a post about the Easton bars on rec.bicyles.tech).
Yes to the Kestrels..dsc
Mar 8, 2002 12:22 PM
the EMS Pro (CF) handlebars can be used w/ aero bars.

-Debi
Kestral bars and aerobars.Ian
Mar 8, 2002 1:36 PM
I have the Easton bars and don't really care to attach aerobars, I've never used them. But, I know a little bit about carbon fiber and the stresses it can take. I am not an expert, but I don't see how Kestral made a bar that can do that. Is there an aluminum insert underneath the carbon and an aluminum sleeve over top? The bars can't attach to the carbon fiber. One scratch into the epoxy and the bars are ruined. Also, the aerobar clamp would need to be round, to put equal clamping on the carbon. Most aerobars I've seen use half moon type clamps that kind of "squash" the bars from the top and bottom. Please fill me in on how this works, I'm curious.
Kestral bars and aerobars.dsc
Mar 8, 2002 3:32 PM
Kestrel says to de-burr, lubricate and torque to manufacturers specs all items attached to their bars, which includes stems, levers, aero bars, etc. They claim that the bars are designed to withstand the clamping forces of these components.
I don't run aero bars on mine either, so I can't comment on a typical clamping system. Common sense would dictate caution if the clamp looked like it could in any way pinch or deform the bars - just like you dont use a stem with an internal pinch-bolt mechanism on a CF steerer. Contacting their customer service dept. would be a good idea, as they could provide more info. on specific components.
I do know that for the same width bars (42cm), the Kestrel's are a good 40 grams heavier; the extra material may contribute to their overall strength.

-Debi