Easton Announces Free Bearing Spacer Upgrade Kit

by Brian Mullin on March 7, 2013

Beginning in March 2013, every Easton M1-hub equipped rear mountain bike
wheel will be shipped with an updated hub. This running change
dramatically increases bearing durability and will be found on all EC90
XC, Haven Carbon, EC70 Trail, EA90 XC, Haven, EA90 XD and Havoc
Easton is also offering a Bearing Spacer Upgrade Kit to retrofit
M1-equipped wheels currently in the field or in your shop’s inventory.
The update kit contains a bearing spacer, a new set of bearings and a
new locknut and will be available free of charge to qualifying Easton
wheel owners.

To identify if your wheel is compatible with the Bearing Spacer Upgrade Kit:

Look for the model number on your rear hub. If your hub model ends
in the number 1, it is compatible. Examples of compatible hubs: M1-121,
M1-221, M1-321.

Updated wheels can be identified in two ways:

Upgraded rear wheels are shipped in a box with a green dot on the outside label. Green dot = upgraded hub.

Upgraded rear wheels can also be identified by the locknut on the
non-drive side of the hub. The new locknut features the word “TIGHTEN”.
New “TIGHTEN” locknut = upgraded hub.

Adding the Bearing Spacer Upgrade Kit to M1 rear hubs dramatically
improves bearing durability and eliminates hub play associated with an
unthreading preload adjuster. The Bearing Spacer Kit can be installed by
Easton distributors, retailers or competent home mechanics. Please
note: All parts of the update kit need to be used together for the kit
to work.

Two separate items will be available for shipping beginning late-February 2013.

1) M1 BEARING SPACER / BEARING KIT – Part# 8004010 (Shops need one per rear hub)

2) BEARING DRIFT KIT 15 M1 BEARING SPACER – Part# 8004015 (This is the tool kit. Shops need just one of these).

For ordering requests call (800) 969-4476 or email
wheelinfo@eastonbellsports.com. For more information contact your local
Easton-Bell Sports representative.


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