Two for Tuesday: Mint and Easton
From issue 88
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Just like top college basketball players, Mint socks are one and done; once a style sells out, it’s gone forever. Drawing from a wide range of influences, including classic cars and Bauhaus art, Mint rolls out a steady line of fresh, one-of-a-kind styles. Designed in California and made in Italy, these 6-inch socks are supportive without being overly compressive. Choose a stylishly understated pair or go with a statement piece that will make any kit pop. You might even find yourself wearing these socks off the bike. And because a dollar from every purchase goes to the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) to support high school cyclists, you have more than one reason to feel good about wearing them. Check in frequently for the latest looks, but don’t wait to pull the trigger on something you like—Mint is serious about the whole one-and-done thing. $20; thefreshlyminted.com.
EASTON EA90 AX
The Easton EA90 AX wheelset is built with the demands of roads less traveled in mind. It starts with an aluminum rim that is wider internally (25mm) than it is deep (21mm). That wide rim makes this wheelset ready to handle tires from 35C to 55C. By using an asymmetrical rim, Easton is able to better balance the spoke tension, leading to higher durability and stiffness. The 21mm-deep rims are then laced to Easton’s Vault hubs, which increase durability and reliability by using larger bearings on a wider bearing stance, as well as improved seals. The Vault hubs engage every 6 degrees for near-instant acceleration. Swappable hub end-caps allow compatibility across the major axle standards, so you can swap these wheels between bikes with ease. With center-lock discs, the EA90 AX is a tubeless-ready wheelset designed to make your craziest gravel and adventure riding plans a reality. $800; 1,625g; eastoncycling.com