Now that 27.5-inch frames are up to speed, Easton's Vice XLT Wheels are providing the UST rolling stock that riders have come to expect from this quality and speed-focused manufacturer. What you'll find here is the same Sapim straight-pull spokes, alloy rim, and X4 hubs that make Easton wheels a popular upgrade over stock units, only now for the 27.5-inch lot.
To start with, the stiff, UST-compatible EA90 aluminum rim measures 26mm externally and 21mm internally. This provides plenty of width for excellent volume on 2.1-inch and larger tires. Tying the rim to the hub, Easton uses traditional alloy nipples and, as stated before, straight-pull Sapim spokes.
By opting for straight-pull over J-bend spokes, Easton increases the overall wheel strength while also reducing weight. There are 24 spokes for both front and rear wheels that are laced in a three-cross pattern for strength. Meanwhile, the hub has been updated with wider spaced cartridge bearings that better distribute loads. This, and the use of easy-to-maintain cartridge bearings, ensures durability for miles and miles of dirt riding. The freehub mechanism has very little resistance and engages quickly for technical trails and race-day ride quality.
Please note that the Easton Vice XLT 27.5-inch Wheel is sold individually, and that the front and rear wheels ship with 15x100QR and 12x142mm spacers — adapters for other standards are available separately. The wheels are six-bolt rotor compatible and ship with valve stems.
Sized for 27.5 in.mountain bikes, the Easton Vice XLT 27.5 in. Rear Wheel is built tough for aggressive trail riding and offers tubeless compatability.