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1285gm for the 26". $2500 though!
Will be interesting to see the reviews once people get hold of them.
Taking the path of least resistance...
They're cool but come on, really?
However I have noticed with my, and other racers, the Podium rim is pretty well a throw away item after a year or two. Not that it is a huge issue since the rims are so cheap and you can keep building them into the same spokes and hubs.
Anyways a bit of a tangent there. My compulsive side says buy, my logical side says meh.
I guess I just feel a little more conservative with lots of MTB related stuff as replace-ability is higher up my list than with road gear. Obviously it's just opinions etc but I guess I worry more about rocks/roots than curbs and road rash.
for a weight penalty of 15g more, over this side of the pond I would consider Superleggera XCR Pro Scandium Wheelset - CX Ray Spokes
At current $ <> £ would be about $ 817.56 US dollars.
Benno wrote:My compulsive side says buy, my logical side says meh.
For me it's all about the bead hook.
You're opening up another can of worms with the Haven's though. An XC style build with Flows would be just above 1500 grams, cost less and still have a better bead.
I loved my Podium MMX wheelset. They were built to Notubes recommended maximum spoke tension, and the tensions were very even. Tensions were checked after 5 hours and they hadn't moved. I probably checked them twice more through their life and I made maybe 3 1/8th or 1/4 turn adjustments. I'm 160lbs, used them for about 20 races/50 hours. The rear rim pulled through at a couple of spoke holes.
My experience is that on the whole Australian trails, and especially Australian race tracks, are rougher/rockier than Europe. I haven't raced in America. At my weight, riding style and the conditions I race in a Podium MMX rim lasts about a year being used only for racing. I say disposable because they don't have a warranty. It breaks, you're up for another one whether it be normal wear or a defect causing failure.
The EC90XC wheelset has a rim that weighs the same and has a warranty. My Havens are much stiffer than other 1450 gram wheelsets I've ridden so I'm assuming the EC90XC wheelset will be stiffer than a Podium MMX wheelset. I added some sealant to a 490 gram Hutchinson Cobra and pumped it up with a track pump so I'm pretty happy with the UST bead on the Easton wheels.
So you can buy 3 Podium MMX wheelsets for the price of the EC90XC wheelset (Going on RRP). Going purely on that I'd have to get three years of race day use out of them. The difference being I feel they'd withstand being used everyday so I wouldn't need a training wheelset. That takes it down to two years use to get my money's worth. Then you take into account that they're stiffer and most likely make you a faster rider. It's a heap of money to drop on a set of mtb wheels, but I'd be happy in my choice given Easton's expertise with composites.
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