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Thoughts?

EA90 SLX are $469.99 at Performance. R28SL are $298.00.

EA90 SLX are just a smidge lighter (front: 610g vs 660g, rear: 862g vs 880g).

EA90 SLX has more of the bling factor and a "better" brand name. Neuvation are more plain but with a rock solid reputation.

I assume performance would be similar.

Any tangible reasons to spend the extra $150?

Ray
 

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I had trouble with Neuvations, sure they were replaced but how much is piece of mind worth. I would say 150 dollars.
 

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what Performance calls 'special edition' are really just old models of the Easton wheels and supposedly weigh at least 60 grams more than advertised (read the reviews at Performance). There are better wheels out there for that price/weight (e.g., Shimano RS80)
 

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raymond7204 said:
Thoughts?

EA90 SLX are $469.99 at Performance. R28SL are $298.00.

EA90 SLX are just a smidge lighter (front: 610g vs 660g, rear: 862g vs 880g).

EA90 SLX has more of the bling factor and a "better" brand name. Neuvation are more plain but with a rock solid reputation.

I assume performance would be similar.

Any tangible reasons to spend the extra $150?

Ray
Nuevations are all right. I bought some when i was on a budget and reviewed them well because John @ nuevation is a great guy who takes care of his customers in a very timely manner. I broke plenty of spokes and even sent them in to have them repaired yet received a new wheel from John before the other one was delivered.

Also rode the EA90 SLX and their hub is a pain in the A$$. Strong wheels, but the hub loosens in that generation r4. Given the option, I would have a custom set built @ $500.
 

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Can you provide your weight?
if you weigh more then 175lbs I do not recommend Neuvation, eventualy after 2,000-3,000 miles you will break hub flange, spoke or crack the rim in the rear. they say that wheel is rated at 250lbs, about 3 yeras ago I had to replace them 3 times. Neuvation service is great but going on ride and thinking that you wil need limp home is not a good set of mind.
I am not sure about Eastons, I myself went and got mavic ksyrium equipes ($320)( 7,000 miles and going) and ksyrium Es $650 ( 15,000 miles before rim cracked).
Ksyrium Elites are on sale at performance for $420 and should be solid and weigh 1550 g
http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1097292_-1_400038_400002_400038
 

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The Eastons are the 2008 model year wheels. They use the standard R4 hub, not the R4SL hub with the ceramic bearings (we all know the ceramic vs. steel comparisons). However, the Easton SLX's have a weight limit of 185 lbs. The Easton EA90 SL's are recommended for heavier riders due to the higher spoke count.

I don't know anything about the Neuvations.
 

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are you open to other options @ $500 range?

When i was shopping for wheels a month ago i was between:

DA7850 SL for about $650, Sram S30 Sprint/Race $635, BWW Blackset $400, or some other custom.

I was close to getting the DA, but it was rather expensive. I went with the Sram S30 Sprint. Actual weight is 1560g w/ rim tap, so i'd guess 1530 wheel only? They are super nice looking and super smooth. I coast longer than my aksiums too. The freewheel has a great sounding click to it, unlike the loud obnoxious noise of the aksiums.

I paid $635 shipped for my S30 Sprint and it came with a free Sram FORCE PG1070 Cassette and TDF T Shirt.





 
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