Easton Cycling has embraced gravel in a big way the past few years. This year, sponsored athlete Michael van den Ham has been making the gravel rounds and his teammate Craig Ritchey will be joining him at the Dirty Kanza 200.
At Sea Otter, Easton had a few new gravel products on display, including gravel-specific Gravel Shift Rings and AX flared adventure handlebars.
Gravel Shift Rings
The new Gravel Shift Rings come in three gear combinations: 47/32t, 46/36t and 46/30t. With the popularity of 46/36t combos for cyclocross, it would be a good option for riders who want to use their ’cross bikes for gravel in the spring and summer.
Easton designed the rings to pair with its lightweight Cinch-based EC90 SL carbon crankset and bottom bracket, and they should also work with Race Face cranksets. The outer ring is direct mount and the inner ring has a 4-bolt replaceable design. Easton included ramps and profiled teeth on the outer ring to help with shifting.
The 47/32t set weighs 197g, which sounds heavy, but more or less includes the crank’s spider. The rings retail for $150.
Flared Adventure Handlebar
Easton also displayed its new flared adventure bars we shared info about recently. The bars have a 16-degree flare, 120mm drop and 80mm reach.
The alloy flared bars come in two models: the higher-end EA70 and more entry-level EA50 AX. The EA70 AX bar retails for $90 and comes in five widths: 38, 40, 42, 44 and 46cm. The bar weighs 290g.
The EA50 AX bar retails for $50 and comes in four widths (no 38cm). It weighs a bit more at 325g.
Putting It All Together
Easton also had a full bike on display at its tent. The frame was an eye-catching teal steel Crimson Bike model from the brand best known for its BMX frames. Of course, the steel frame was decked out in Easton parts, including EA70 AX tubeless wheels, an EC90 SL crankset, EC70 seat post and EA70 stem with an EA70 AX flare handlebar.
For more on Easton’s new gravel products, see the photo gallery below.
More info: eastoncycling.com
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Photo Gallery: Easton’s Gravel Shift Rings and Flared Handlebar