Thoughts on Eastern?

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7/17/2013 11:29 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/17/2013 11:30 AM

After all that has been happening lately & in the past year or so how do you think of eastern now?
I know alot of people used to hate them but im interested to see what its like now. I personally love eastern (even though I hardly own any eastern parts)

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7/17/2013 11:39 AM

I think their high end stuff is nice. I wouldn't go anywhere near the low end shit though but that's nothing personal, if a bike part is cheap and it's not on sale I usually won't buy it.

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7/17/2013 12:09 PM

meh im not the biggest fan of eastern.

When i first started biking i got the eastern boss complete and parts just broke on me all the time.
they make light bikes but they just cant take the abuse i throw at them

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7/17/2013 12:26 PM

rider owned!

I think they should capitalize on that fact more.

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7/17/2013 12:27 PM

Four wrote:

I think their high end stuff is nice. I wouldn't go anywhere near the low end shit though but that's nothing personal, if a bike part is cheap and it's not on sale I usually won't buy it.

Thats my mentality with everything unless its like 5$ lol

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7/17/2013 12:29 PM

You personally love them but hardly own anything by them? Or is hardly just a way of saying you dont have anything from them on your bike?

Sounds like you're just saying you love them so you can be different than any biker out there that just hates them.
I ran their choker v3 stem and it slipped everytime I ate shit even though I'd tighten it hard and right and so would other people, and I'm running their old stock 48h rim from an old complete wheel, a few dents but it's 48h so it's lasting me really well

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7/17/2013 12:48 PM

They're just kinda there. I don't live em but don't hate em either. I like some stuff from them and dislike other stuff from them. It depends in the part.

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7/17/2013 12:53 PM

I've always respected eastern for the fact that they do innovative stuff and are always trying something different out. I would run any of their high end parts in a second, I've always wanted their codec frame.

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7/17/2013 12:54 PM

I like them I've run some of their high end and oem parts and they were dope. I can't wait to see the e3 frame they've been talking about when they start selling them

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7/17/2013 1:33 PM
Edited Date/Time: 7/17/2013 1:38 PM

Roqfan wrote:

You personally love them but hardly own anything by them? Or is hardly just a way of saying you dont have anything from them on your bike?

Sounds like you're just saying you love them so you can be different than any biker out there that just hates them.
I ran their choker v3 stem and it slipped everytime I ate shit even though I'd tighten it hard and right and so would other people, and I'm running their old stock 48h rim from an old complete wheel, a few dents but it's 48h so it's lasting me really well

I have a Venus laced to Eastern diode wheelset from them, a Eastern pro front wheel, a Compressor stem, have a pair of bars somewhere, have a nitrous doubleshot front.
I also have 2 different Ezra seats, Ezra Geist Cranks, Ezra sprocket, Amber Chain, A Ezra Elixor cable & a stripped out Ezra gauntlet somewhere.

The Venus Rear & old Eastern pro front are on my bike, the compressor, Cranks, seat, sprocket, amber chain & elixor cable are on my bike.

I like eastern because their warranty dept. Is amazing, the quality is great & their prices are almost always lower than other things of the same quality.

EDIT: I guess I do have a good amount of eastern stuff.

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7/17/2013 4:22 PM

I see nothing wrong with Eastern. people complain so much on parts breaking but most of what Ive seen, those broken parts are the low end, high tensile frames and such. The higher end products are fairly decent, and some of the completes are much nicer then compared to what the other popular brands have out.

They've been innovative in so many ways, I have no hate for Eastern and if asked, I will still say they make quality stuff.

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7/17/2013 10:19 PM

I've always liked Eastern, but I still find it weird how half of their team decided to leave, it shows to me that there's going to be change for the worse.

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7/17/2013 11:28 PM

I like some of their products. Some of their frames look awesome. I have a Grim Reaper frame right now. It's in my garage on the wall, the wife rode it for a short bit and wants to pick her own frame. For me, personally, I have my own brands I will use for certain parts, and it's pretty obvious by my posts and my bike, but I love easterns warranty. If they change it, I'll def think less of them.

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7/18/2013 12:47 AM

I love Eastern and Ezra. I actually went ahead and emailed Jon Byers. He gave me a wonderful response and great news!!! He said they changed the welding process, he actually said that its so much better, the tubes on the frame would break before the welds would! Thats really good news for BMX and really interests me!! I emailed him back and am awaiting another reply. and that doesnt mean the tubes are weak, it means the welds are extra strong! haha

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