Posted by Logan Watts
Easton Cycling has been dabbling in adventure lately, specifically with gravel drop-bar components. Earlier this year they released the EC70 AX flared handlebars as well as the 1x EC90 SL crankset. Now, to accompany the EC90, Easton just revealed their Gravel Shifting Rings, a double ring chainset that uses the Cinch direct mount to attach to the cranks, without a spider. While a lot of folks are moving to 1×11 drivetrains, such as SRAM’s Rival and Force 1, there are many others who want the range of a double crankset or the smaller gear jumps of traditional 11-32T cassettes.
The main challenge bikepackers and gravel riders face is the difficult gearing provided by most road drivetrains (think 53/39, 52/36, paired with 11-32T cassettes). Anything higher than 1:1 makes it tough to climb steep hills while carrying a load. The Easton Gravel Shifting Rings aim to solve this with three new “super compact” direct mount double configurations optimized for gravel and adventure riding: 46/36, 47/32, and 46/30. While the 46/36 is clearly meant for cyclocross exploits, the latter two are quite interesting and offer smaller rings perfect for gravel bikepacking and other such long off-pavement sorties. Whether paired with an 11-32t cassette or a newer 11-42, both should provide a nice load-friendly gearing.
The Easton Gravel Shifting Rings are built specifically for the Easton EC90 SL crankset. According to Easton, the rings provide reduced overlap in materials, forgoing the spider to save up to 45 grams.
- FINISH MATTE BLACK ANNO
- RING CONFIGURATIONS DIRECT MOUNT 47/32, 46/36, 46/30
- WEIGHT 47/32 194G, 46/36 192G, 46/30 182G
- WEIGHT COMPLETE 538g 172.5mm 47/32 w/o BB
- CHAINLINE 45mm
- MATERIAL EA90 ALUMINUM
- Price $149.99/set
The Easton Gravel shifting Rings are made from black anodized EA90 aluminum and retail for $149.99 a set. While the price is definitely on the high side for aluminum chainrings—note that the price of the EC90 SL cranks range from $350-400—the Gravel Shifting Rings might be worth considering for those who already have an EC90 crankset or were on the verge of buying one, and are looking for better gearing. And, pricing aside, it’s good to see initiatives addressing road/gravel drivetrain gearing in the mainstream bike market. Learn more at EastonCycling.com.