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Easton EC90 SL Forks

4.08/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $400.00

Product Description

Engineered for a slightly stiffer ride with added layers of Easton CNT composite carbon material

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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Dee a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2017

Strengths:    Light, responsive and stiff

Weaknesses:    fork breaks at dropout if transported on fork mount carrier.

Bottom Line:   
While I enjoyed riding this fork I have lost two of them to snapping in half at the dropout while in a fork mount carrier. The first time the fork was brand new and Easton covered it through the warranty but took 4 months to do so. The second time after 8 years my local bike shop owner said I was okay to use the fork mount rather than the upright carriers. He was wrong. Fork snapped off a week ago enroute to a ride. Pretty sure I"ll first be getting a different brand and second using a tray rack for anything carbon. Just glad I wasn't riding it when it snapped.

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Favorite Ride:   I have to choose one?

Bike Setup:   Felt F1C Durace.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Pickering a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2015

Strengths:    Taught, sharp handling, but comfortable. Feed back puts you in contact with the road and soaks up most of the vibration.
A fantastic upgrade second only to a top end set of wheels in my view

Weaknesses:    None That I can see

Bottom Line:   
I specced these on a van Nicholas Zephyr build and they are sublime. Coupled to a decent set of wheels and a campag group set I don't see how performance could be better but then I'm no racer. Plenty of feedback with a real feel for the road, they feel sharp but also comfortable on a 100 mile day ride. If you like performance but not the discomfort that the outright race upgrades often supply these are great. These forks encourage you to push on and give a great feel to the bike. A decent fork definitely makes a huge difference to the performance of a bike, more so than the groupset, but they need to be connected via a similarly good set of bars and stem.

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Favorite Ride:   Cornwall coast and the Dartmoor classic

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Purchased At:   Fat Birds

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale and boarrdman bikes

Bike Setup:   Van Nicholas Zephyr with Campagnolo chorus groupset and Mavic ksyrium elite sls wheels. zip handlebars and stem. Easton EC 90 SL forks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Ayler a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2011

Strengths:    Smooth high performance fork, no weight limits, great lines/shape, fantastic Easton warranty.

Weaknesses:    Weight of 378 grams (differs from claim on Easton website of 349 grams). I am no Weight Weenie; performance and safety are of greater concerns.

Bottom Line:   
Purchased this fork for my Cannondale Capo aluminum single-speed winter bike. This fork replaced the stock Slice fork to smooth the ride. Today, this fork is mounted on my Lynskey Fixie frame. I will no longer ride aluminum ... however, this fork compliments the Lynskey titanium frame without issues.

This fork has been ridden for thousands of miles. Never had any issue with performance or flex. Being a larger rider (260lbs., 5'9" with a muscular build), I have found it Clydesdale approved. No weight limits ... just pure performance.

I have purchased a second Easton EC90 SL fork to go on my Litespeed Archon Ti. This fork is THAT good.

One issue. Accordingly to Easton, this fork weighs 349 grams. Yeah right. Not close. It tips the scales at 378 grams without any hardware (ITT archor nut and screw). I suppose their figures may be after most people cut the fork to the desired length.

Others have mentioned that the overall finish is second rate. I have not found that to be true. This is a high performance fork that has an excellent 5 year warranty. The Easton EC90 SL fork is worthy to be on a $4000 titanium frame and any road bike that is made. It comes highly recommended.

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Favorite Ride:   Any smooth road

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   RealCyclist

Similar Products Used:   Enve 2.0 fork

Bike Setup:   Lynskey Fixie titanium frame, Easton EC90 SL fork, Chris King No-Thread headset, Selle Italia Prolink saddle, Thomson Elite X2 stem, Thomson Masterpiece seatpost, custom wheels (Phil Wood fix/freewheel rear hub, Phil Wood front hub, Sapim CX-Ray spokes, Velocity Fusion rims), FSA Energy brakes, Profile Design ABS carbon brake levers, Conti Ultra foldable Gatorskin tires, Profile Design T2 Wing bar.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by zouch a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2010

Strengths:    light weight (if that matters to you; most of us have more weight to lose on the rider than we'd save with this fork!).

amazingly smooth but stable ride compared to other forks i had on this same frame.

Weaknesses:    poor quality control; fork ends were not parallel and unequal length; needed to be reworked by the builder.

fugly (if you care about such things); while the shape of the straght-bladed model is complimentary to the look of most high-end frames these days, if you aren't going to be painting it, this is one of the most repulsive sticker jobs in the industry. sadly, while the carbon technology is neat, the look of it itself isn't especially attractive.

Bottom Line:   
i'm not a small guy at over 6'2" and 200+ lbs, and was a little hesitant to try a fork this light. i was convinced at the urging of my frame builder to try it when i found out that my builder is using it (allegedly with Eastons blessing) on his tandem! (i'm using the straight-blade version.)

while the fastening mechanism was less than ideal (i used a heavier FSA piece instead at the suggestion of a trusted mechanic and have had no problem with it), the ride compared to other forks i used on this same frame is remarkable in the way it smooths out road irregularities with no hint of the instability or dive that i felt with other forks on this same frame.

would happily give it a full 5 stars if mine had not been slightly imperfect.

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Favorite Ride:   the next one

Purchased At:   supplied with frame

Similar Products Used:   Reynolds Ouzo Pro, & steel.

Bike Setup:   Land Shark; fully custom fillet brazed Dedacciai Less-than Zero steel, Campy Record Carbon Compact with King headset and Easton EC90 bars.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bnystrom a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2008

Strengths:    Stiff, light

Weaknesses:    Transmits lots of road vibration, some steerer flex, no compressor plug or spacer as required by the instructions.

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the 1" steerer version of this fork. I'm 6', 175# and ride a 59cm frame. Bear in mind that frame size, steerer diameter and rider weight will affect the feel of a fork significantly.

The original Look HSC that came with the frame is known for being very light but rather flexible. Mine always creaked as it flexed when climbing out of the saddle. After 10 years of use, I figured it was probably prudent to replace it. I was hoping for a fork that would provide a similarly smooth feel without the excessive flex, the elusive "stiff, yet compliant" holy grail of carbon fiber.

I should have known better.As the saying goes, "there's no such thing as a free lunch".

The Easton fork is well made and lighter than advertised (335 vs. 350 grams) as it comes out of the box. It came with the "beartrap" headset adjuster and press-in top cap, but no compressor plug, despite the fact that it's required according to the installation instructions. Easton also recommends a 10mm spacer on top of the stem, which is not included either.

Squeezing the fork's blades revealed a significant increase in stiffness compared to the HSC. My initial impression after installing it was that when putting pressure on the bars, it was at least as flexible in the steerer as the Look fork, if not more so. On the road, there was no apparent difference in that regard. The EC90SL is noticeably stiffer than the HSC when braking. Where the Look fork flexes visibly under braking, the Easton doesn't budge. This improves front brake feel and modulation considerably. There is also less lateral flex when out of the saddle and rocking the bike. It carves turns nicely and feels very solid overall. Plus, the annoying creak is gone!

The downside to this increased stiffness is a major increase in road buzz at the handlebars. Where the Look fork seemed to flow over rough pavement, the Easton fork bounces over it and seems to fight every ripple. Instead of absorbing pavement irregularities, it seems to be trying to flatten them. Although I can't say for sure, it actually feels slower on "chip & seal" surfaces as it buzzes over the gravel.

I'm going to put more miles on this fork before deciding whether the trade-offs are worth it. I definitely do like the handling and braking improvements, so if I can get used to the buzz, I'll stick with it. Otherwise, I'll move it to another more flexible frame that currently has a rather heavy and stiff Kestrel EMS fork with a threaded steel steerer.

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Price Paid:    $229.00

Purchased At:   beyondbikes.com

Similar Products Used:   Look HSC, Kestrel EMS, Profile generic carbon forks

Bike Setup:   '98 Litespeed Vortex w/'08 Record 10, self-built wheels (tubulars) w/Conti Sprinters, FSA K-Force Light compact crank, BRS-200SL calipers, Moots post, E3 Ti Saddle, Ritchey WCS stem, Modolo X-Tra bars, Speedplay X-1 pedals

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