Twenty Nine Inches has recieved a set of Easton’s newest XC-One single speed specific 29″er wheels to review and test. These wheels feature Easton’s own hubs and rims which are unique and and are laced with 24 spokes each.
The logo
The rear hub

The rear hub is a cassette stlye hub and comes with Easton’s own red anodized lockring and spacers in black. Nice! The wheels we recieved were also ready to go out of the box with rim tape installed and a set of Easton skewers ready to attach these to your single speed device. Got a track end and need more grip on the drop out? have no fear! Easton even supplies a solid aluminum axle with bolts that you can swap out for the QR axle. We didn’t bust the hub open to try the swap, but we understand that it isn’t all that hard to accomplish. Of course, if you have any doubts about tackling this, go directly to your local bike shop mechanic!

Overhead view of the pair

Our pair weighed in at 1700 grams on our scale. The claimed weight is 1695 grams. Hmm….pretty close, we’ll call it a wash there. The rims are a bit on the narrow side at 23.5mm wide on the outside. These are definitely disc brake only rims and the hubs support the six bolt standard. In other techy bits, these wheels roll on oversize U.S. precision bearings. The pre-load is said to be “self adjusting” which is claimed will eliminate “wheel wobble”. These wheels are not tubeless compatible. The spoking pattern is 3 cross and the spokes are Sapim models. The nipples are all alloy with the exception of the drive side on the rear wheel which are brass.

The pair

I got these over to Captain Bob to have him install them on the Soul Cycles Dillinger and here are his initial thoughts on them:

Twenty Nine Inches recently took delivery of the new Easton XC One 29 wheels. Single speed specific. They are a very nice looking wheelset as you can see by the pictures. Pretty stealth looking too, with the hubs, spokes, nipples and rims all being black. The finish on the rims are a more of a hammered texture than most. Almost a satin look. They actually look like they will resist scratching a bit better. I will try to get a better macro picture and if I can capture the detail I will get it posted for you. It is more like what you see on handlebars and stems. I like it. Another unique feature is that where the spokes cross each other they do not actually touch. The one spoke crosses behind instead of over the other spoke. The Easton skewers are pretty agressive, so I will make sure to takes notes on how well they hold the wheels in place.

The race tires we were expecting to put on these wheels didn’t show up in time for the trip to Minnesota that I took with G-Ted. So, I mounted up the Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.4’s. I had been running these most of the summer on the Soul Cycles Dillinger. Besides, running the same tires right away gives me a better idea of the differences I would notice when swapping wheels.

We rode some pretty sweet singletrack while up in Minnesota and I am pretty pleased at how they performed thus far. However, I would like to get a few more rides in before I make too many comments.
Stay tuned as I will report back very soon. Those “race” tires we have been waiting for are now in and sitting in the G-Ted lab just waiting to be thrashed. By Me! I can’t wait!

Captain Bob

Thanks Captain! I actually got to ride the wheels when we switched over for a bit up there in Minnesota. thought the hubs were so smooth and I seemed to be able to detect that I could coast faster and longer than on the wheels I was riding just before. The engagement seemed fine. The freehub was nominally quiet, no issues there. I thought that the wheels were smooth feeling as well, but not whippy or flexy in a bad way. Climbing felt sorted, and hard corners felt confidence inspiring. weird for such a narrow rim and low spoke count, but there it is!

As Captain Bob says,we need more trail time before we really get a handle on these wheels so stay tuned!