Easton EC90 SL Cranks Offer Lightweight 1x Alternative


If you haven’t tried 1x for road/gravel/cyclocross, you’re missing out. After a full season on SRAM Force 1, I’m sold on going 1×11 for skinny tires too and Easton is stepping in with an ultralight and versatile crankset as an alternative to SRAM’s offering.

The new Easton EC90 SL crankset borrows from the design standards set by sister company, RaceFace, notably the use of the Cinch System for simplified chainring changes and a secure interface. Beyond the ability to swap chainrings, the big story here is weight reduction without getting into Amex Black territory. Stated weight of the 1x EC90 SL (172.5 / 40T) crankset is 442 grams, which is about 150 grams lighter than a Force 1 crankset. That’s a significant weight reduction.

I’m seeing this crankset as an ideal companion to the 3T Exploro I rode last month with it’s BB386EVO bottom bracket.

Easton EC90 SL Crankset Highlights:

  • Hollow carbon arms made in Canada with American-sourced materials
  • Not just for race-day, these are built to handle abuse
  • Cinch System with road-specific 30mm spindle
  • Compatible with BB86, BSA 68mm, PF30 68mm, BBRight, BB386EVO, OSBB (may require use of Easton BB)
  • Updated narrow/wide tooth profile for improved drivetrain efficiency
  • 149mm Q-factor in 170, 172.5 and 175mm lengths
  • Pricing: $449 (1x with 40/42T) or $499 (2x with std, mid or compact gearing)

More: EastonCycling.com

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