Easton and Giro at Interbike 2010

by Brian Mullin on September 30, 2010

Easton has always had a pretty extensive cross country product line, and for 2011 the Haven All Mountain group (wheels, bars, stems and seatposts) gets some additions and redesigns, as does the Havoc Gravity group, which in their own words is “Strong like Bull”.

The Havoc bars are 750mm in length, with a 9d bend, 5d sweep, and 20 or 30mm rise (carbon only 20), and come in an aluminum version ($75) and carbon ($150). Both bars use their TaperWall technology, and the carbon’s come in at a light 235g, while the aluminum is 315g. The carbon bars have a nice feel to them, are light and look pretty decent.

The extremely cool Havoc wheels are now lighter (1750g), but are still beefy and well built, with a lot of attention to detail. They come in a very interesting Orange hub color scheme, in addition to the more subdued gray.

The 28mm wide aluminum rims are UST compatible, using 24 butted Sapim spokes in a 3 cross pattern, using a front 20mm, and rear 10x135mm or 12×135/142mm, at a respectable $900. This wheelset was a highlight of the show for me, as there is a lot of hidden technology in this impressive product.

The Havoc stems are 100% CNC aluminum, and come in a bolt-on and normal version, and both are $90. The normal stem comes in 1 1/8″ and 1.5″, with zero rise, and 30, 50 and 65mm sizes, while the bolt-on has a -5 rise, and 45, 50 and 55mm sizes. Both use their new Distributed Stress (DST) and Top Lock Technologies, which optimizes the bar and stem interface by removing stress risers and eliminating rocking caused by floating face plates (that is a mouth full of techno babble).

With the Top Lock, you tighten the two top bolts until the faceplate touches the stem, and then you clamp the lower bolts to specs. There is no need to do the usual bolt shuffle to clamp down the bars.

The Haven series has new and reworked products for 2011, covering the gamut of carbon and aluminum bars and seatposts, and a new sweet set of carbon wheels. The carbon wheels weigh a very light 1450g, and come with a two-year, no-questions-asked insurance policy, and cost a pricey $2600 (26″ and 29″ sizes).

Note: Photo courtesy of Giro

Giro has long been a flagship helmet maker, and they had recently delved into road shoes, and this year they’re rolling into the mountain scene with three models, the flagship Code ($280), the Gauge ($200), and the women’s specific Sica ($200). I got to check out the Code at the show, and I was pretty impressed with their craftsmanship, and their features. The Code uses Teijin microfiber for the upper, which conforms to your foot, welded scuff guards, and an Easton EC90 carbon sole for rigidity. The Code comes with their SuperNatural Fit Kit, which allows tuning of the arch support, for more comfort and efficiency. An interesting feature is that the upper is bonded at the very edge of the sole, allowing more room and comfort.

The shoes should be available in January, men’s sizes 39-48 (half’s 39.5-46.5), and women’s 36-43 (half’s 37.5-42.5).

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