ENVE Composites DH and 27.5 Rims – Sea Otter 2012

by Brian Mullin on April 24, 2012

 

ENVE
Composites had their new downhill wheels on display, and they were
definitely light for a something that will be punished by downhill and
freeride racers and riders. The Twenty6 DH rims are only available in
the 26inch size, and are 30mm wide (21mm internal), and weigh in at 475
grams, and will retail for a whopping $999. They will also be available
as built wheel sets, using the King ISO DH and DT 440 hubs, and will
retail for $2888. They have been used by their sponsored racers, such as
Steve Peat, on brutal downhill courses, and there haven’t been any
issues with durability or breakage, which is testament to their
toughness.These DH specific clinchers DH use 100% uni-direction carbon fiber construction, hand built in the ENVE Orem Utah plant, and use their molded spoke hole technology, and a proprietary toughened resin system, which all combine for an excellent damping, stiffness, lightness and strength.

Twenty6 DH Specs:

  • MSRP : $999
  • Depth – 31mm
  • Width – 30mm (21mm Internal)
  • Rim Weight – 475 grams
  • Wheel weight – King ISO DH 1843 grams, DT 440 1865 grams
  • Hole Count – 32
  • ERD – 535
  • Tubeless

Like everyone else, they now have a 650B rim, which they are calling
the Twenty7.5 (650b), and they’ll come in an AM and XC version. The
Twenty7.5 rims are 30mm (24mm Internal) and weigh in at 460 grams for the AM,  and 24mm wide (18mm Internal) and
360 grams for the XC, and will retail for an $899. They will also be
available as built wheel sets, using the DT 240, DT 180 and King ISO
hubs. Like all their rims, the tubeless clinchers use 100% uni-direction
carbon fiber construction, and use their molded spoke hole technology,
and hand built in the ENVE Orem Utah plant. It’s nice to see a carbon
set added to the middle wheel size, and the lightness and strength
should greatly benefit this in between child. I am sure more than a few
others will be creating a carbon 27.5 shortly? I am sure more than a few others will be creating a carbon 27.5
shortly? The wheels were shod with the new Maxxis Crossmark 27.5″ tire,
which look pretty sweet on the ENVE rims (sorry for the blurry picture).

Twenty7.5 (650b) XC Specs:

  • MSRP : $899
  • Depth – 31mm
  • Width – 24mm (18mm Internal)
  • Rim weight – 360 grams
  • Wheel weight – DT 240 1478 grams, DT 180 1306 grams, King ISO 1488 grams
  • Hole count – 28 or 32
  • ERD – 556
  • Tubeless

Twenty7.5 (650b) AM Specs:

  • MSRP : $899
  • Depth – 31mm
  • Width – 30mm (24mm Internal)
  • Rim weight – 410 grams
  • Wheel weight – DT 240 1378 grams, DT 180 1406 grams. King ISO 1588 grams
  • Hole count – 28 or 32
  • ERD – 556
  • Tubeless

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