George Hincapie finished yesterday’s Amgen Tour of California Stage 1 with a massively damaged Easton EC90 carbon tubular front wheel.
From Easton’s PR folks:
If you check out the video, you’ll see that he was able to ride it in despite a pretty massive gash in the side of the rim. You’ll also see that the wheel remained incredibly true.
Why did it stay so true? According to our product manager Adam Marriott and engineer Chuck Teixeira if you build the wheel with very even spoke tension it will stay that way, even if you put a pedal through the sidewall of the rim.
We’re pretty excited to see this happen and its one of those things that probably wouldn’t happen if we didn’t have the wheels under guys like George and Cadel.
Video after the break…