Easton Cycling has created a bearing spacer kit to upgrade their M1 rear hub, found on most of their mountain bike wheels. The kit is free of charge to anyone that owns wheels with that hub, and parts should be available at the end of February 2013. The design will also be incorporated into all new wheels as a running change starting mid-February.
They’re claiming the new bearing set up improves durability up to 10x depending on model. If you have a set of their wheels, look for the number on the rear hub starting with M1. If it ends in “1” (ie. M1-221), it’s compatible with the upgrade. The kit will include tools for installation and new bearings, among other miscellaneous bits.
For shops stocking the wheels, or for more info, check the PR and videos below for more info and clues to tell if your wheels already have the upgrade installed…
PRESS RELEASE: Easton Cycling has introduced a hub upgrade kit for M1 rear hubs used in EC90 XC, EA90 XC, EC70 Trail, Haven, Haven Carbon, Havoc and EA90XD wheels. The Bearing Spacer Kit will be available late February 2013 free of charge for existing M1 rear hubs and is included as a running change in all M1 hub-equipped rear wheels shipped after mid-February.
“This upgrade for the M1 rear hub is part of our ongoing commitment to producing the finest wheelsets in cycling,” said Easton Cycling Brand Manager Dain Zaffke. “Adding this Bearing Spacer dramatically improves bearing durability and eliminates the side-to-side play associated with an unthreading preload adjuster. Our wheelsets consistently win praise from professional riders, journalists, and consumers alike and this bearing spacer will ensure durability in even the most inclement conditions.”
Easton M1 rear hubs are used in EC90 XC, EA90 XC, EC70 Trail, Haven, Haven Carbon, Havoc and EA90XD wheels.
The Bearing Spacer Kit consists of an internal bearing spacer, a new set of bearings, a new end cap and there are installation tools available as well. They will be available free of charge to retrofit existing M1 wheels and can be installed by Easton distributors, retailers, or competent home mechanics. The Bearing Spacer will also be included as a running change to all M1 hubs starting mid-February 2013.
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