In their own chainring focused white paper, Easton puts it bluntly. “Road Gearing was not made for gravel.” With larger tires of the gravel world making standard gearing effectively larger, they claim that riders often find themselves over geared with traditional gear ratios. But for those who still want the option of running a double rather than switching to a 1x with a small front ring, Easton offers up their new Gravel Shifting Rings.
Built specifically for the Easton EC90 SL crankset, the rings use a direct mount construction that forgoes the typical spider for less weight. Offered in three configurations, Easton lists the 47/32 as the ideal gravel combo, while the 46/32 is perfect for cross, and the 46/30 the set for adventure riding with big days in the saddle where the bailout gear will come in handy. Each set weighs between 182 – 194g, and Easton gives a complete crankset weight of 540g for a 172.5mm crank with 47/32t rings and no BB.
Built out of EA90 aluminum with black anodizing, the rings have a 45mm chainline and a retail price of $149.99 a set.