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Inside Line: Easton and Race Face announce dropper posts


RaceFace-Easton Dropper

Two new players are set to enter the dropper seatpost market later this year. In a parallel move, Race Face and Easton announced the release of new dropper seatposts. Though the posts are mechanically identical, they will be branded independently as the Race Face Turbine and Easton Haven.

The infinitely adjustable post mechanism utilizes a licensed version of 9Point8’s hybrid hydraulic and mechanical system that’s operated by a standard shift cable. A spring-loaded mechanical brake locks the post in place. When the lever is actuated, brake tension is reduced to allow the post to move. In the event of a failure, the brake will remain locked in its current position.

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The internally routed cable offers a quick connector to ease shipping and potentially facilitate moving the post between bikes. The standard remote lever can be used on the left or right of the bars and an upgrade lever for use with single-ring drivetrains will be available separately for $60 in a variety of colors.

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Posts will be available in four lengths (350, 375, 415 and 440 mm) and three travel options (100, 125 and 150 mm). Expect the posts to be available in November for $470.

From an aftermarket standpoint, this announcement may seem a little strange due to the shared product platform. But, considering both Race Face and Easton are owned by parent company Fox Factory Holding Company, this seems like a wise move for the OE market. Now both companies can provide manufacturers complete cockpit spec within each brand.

 

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Easton hopes to steal the show with new Heist wheels


Easton’s Haven and Havoc wheels have been solid performers for years but with customers asking for ever-wider options the brand went back to the drawing board to create an all-new platform for aggressive trail and all-mountain riding.

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The new Heist wheels will be available in both 27.5 and 29-inch, and in three widths: 24 mm, 27 mm or 30 mm, allowing riders to choose exactly which size works best for their bike and riding style. They’re also tubeless-ready with the tape and valves installed at the factory.

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They come laced three-cross with butted spokes and brass nipples to Easton’s own X5 hubs that can be configured to thru axle or quick release with the provided end caps. Don’t worry, not every brand has moved on to Boost spacing already! It has a three-pawl design with 21 points of engagement. Since they’re designed to be ridden hard, Easton also includes five extra spokes in the box as well.

Easton’s claimed weight for the various models is anywhere from 1,650 grams to 1,880 grams and an MSRP of $700. There are also some colored decal sets sold separately so you can get that custom look.

Also available are the Arc rims, which are the same as those found on the Heist wheels but sold separately so you can get exactly the setup you’re looking for.

We’ll be riding the Heist wheels soon for a long-term review, but in the meantime watch how Wade Simmons snagged a pair for himself:

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