ENVE Composites DH and 27.5 (650B) Rims

27.5 Sea Otter Classic

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.

ENVE Composites warrants all products to be free from defects in materials or workmanship for a period of FIVE YEARS from the original purchase date, and they have a lifetime crash replacement policy that is good for 50% off the listed MSRP price to the original purchaser.

Twenty6 DH Specs:

  • MSRP : $999
  • Visit the ENVE Twenty6 DH website
  • 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? 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
  • Visit the ENVE Twenty7.5 XC website
  • 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
  • Visit the ENVE Twenty7.5 AM website
  • 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

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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  • Brad says:

    They have just been added to the must have list!

  • John G. says:

    Can’t see why anybody would pay 5 times the price of a Stans Crest for a rim you would throw away if you dinged it ? Plus it’s not any lighter?

    • FER says:

      Actually, it’s ten times the price of a NoTubes Crest. Even though Enve rims are stiffer than Stan’s, there’s no way one of them would last longer than ten Crests. If Enve rims were more reasonably priced (let’s say $350 ea.) a lot more people would consider buying them and the company would make much more money than selling just a few at this ridiculously high $899 price.

      • Matt says:

        For racing on the east coast I can easily go through 3 sets of crest rims a season when they get flexed out or dented.
        My enve rims from 4 years ago are still going strong with very little maintenance, and have spent time on everything from 6 inch fs bikes, to the gate at the local slalom track, and countless xc races.
        I would not feel good about doing any of this riding on crests week after week.

        3 wheelsets in one, and one set of rims for 4 years of riding vs 3 wheelsets and another 6+ rims a year for replacements. Take your pick!

    • Sevo says:

      John-Easy….because the Stan’s rims aren’t as strong or have the life a carbon rim does. I love the stan’s rims….but a good carbon rim like envy is worth the money. Also, Stan’s rim may seem lighter…however you can drop to a 28 spoke count on a carbon rim and still be stiffer than the Stan’s and more durable. 4 spokes/nipples is about 20 grams per wheel….so still they are lighter in a sense.

      Carbon rims will last 10x that of an alloy. at least an ENVE will.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    The pricing with all carbon rims is due to the need for hand building, aluminum can be machine built, hence a significant price difference. For their weight they are stiffer and stronger, and come with a 5 year warranty and lifetime crash policy. Unfortunately, they are cost prohibitive for most of us mortals.

  • BikeThrasher says:

    I had a set of Stan’s Crest wheels and still own a set of Enve All Mountain wheels. Yes the Crests are CHEAP, but they dent like a tin can and need constant truing. I still have a Stan’s Crest Wheel hanging in my garage as a reminder of why I don’t buy light weight aluminium wheels any more. As far as stiffness and durability, they aren’t even in the same catagory as the Enve Wheels. The Crests didn’t even last me a month before they were trashed. My Enve wheels have been on my bike for over 2 years with out any issuses and they still run true from the factory!!! They are the stiffest XC wheel that I have ever used. They have a wide internal width which supports tires better. They are super Fast! The number of Pro Downhillers that use this rim should also tell you something.

    Yes, The Enve wheels are expensive, but they are Hand Made in America by people who love to ride. The fact that they build them for the price they do is amazing. Easton Havens are the same money and they are made in China by a Giant company.
    I am glad I went out on a limb, and threw down the Visa and spent the 2,400 dollars for this set of wheels. I shamelessly recomend these wheels to everyone. And Yes, I will Buy a new set of Enve All Mtn wheels and a new Enve bar for my new bike. It will put me back on a diet of ramin and PB&J, but I think they are worth it.

    • FER says:

      You’re comparing a 340g XC rim to a 395g AM one. Of course the considerably heavier AM rim is a lot stiffer. I’ve never had any issues with my even lighter ZTR Alpine rims. If yours needed constant truing and your Crests didn’t even last a month, 1. your wheels weren’t built by a competent wheel builder and 2. you’re either too heavy or you didn’t use the wheels for their intended purpose (XC riding).

      • BikeThrasher says:

        My Crests were built by Stan’s. All I ride is XC and I only weigh 155lbs. No Chair lifts for me. The Enve XC wheel is just as stiff as the all mountain! Its just narrower to shave weight. I do ride in Fruita quite a bit but I wouldn’t really concider that any thing more than XC. The riding here in Eagle isn’t exactly technical but it is really fast at times. The stock Crest wheelset weighs 1420Grams My Enve All Mtns weigh 1445 on the shop scale. We are talking 25grams difference in weight for a much stiffer wider and faster wheel that is more than 10 times as durable. I agree the Enve wheels are not for everyone, but do not mislead people into beleiving that a set of Stans Crests are any where near as good because they definatly are not. The proof is in the riding. If your going to sell the everyday rider a Stan’s wheel do them a favor and push the Flow wheel set. They are acutally built for daily use, not just for race day.

  • DoISmellBacon says:

    FER, do some searching for articles about the wheel failure rate that the Santa Cruz Syndicate DH team experienced on their alu-rim DH wheels vs their ENVE wheels. If you told those guys that there’s “NO WAY” an ENVE rim will last 10 times as long, they’d say “WAY! Ours did.”
    I’m not hating… I agree that they’re crazy expensive and way out of my range.. but to say that a Stan’s Crest is just as good, or even close to it, is simply not accurate.

    • FER says:

      We’re talking XC, not DH rims. For XC riding, NoTubes Crest rims are durable enough. I’ve been riding my 1330g custom wheels (ZTR Alpine rims, DT 240s hubs, Sapim CX-Ray spokes and DT Pro Lock alloy nipples) five times a week for over a year now and I haven’t had single issue with them. For $1000 less than BikeTrasher spent on his 1445g wheels, I had my new 1096g custom wheels built (ZTR Alpine rims, Extralite HyperHubs, Pillar PST X-TRA Straight Pull spokes, DT Pro Lock alloy nipples). So far, not an issue with them either. XC rims don’t need to be super stiff and I certainly don’t need to spend $899 on a rim when the $85 ones are good enough. Even though I can afford them, I can’t justify the extra cost.

  • PissedOffCil says:

    Am I the only one that doesn’t understand why the DH rim is 21mm internal width and the AM rim is 24mm internal width???

  • Bikethrasher says:

    Ferr, your missing the point. The Enve wheel gives you the durability and stiffness of a DH wheel at a xc race wheel weight. That is the Holy grail of wheel building.
    Once again you try and mislead people by saying stiffness doesn’t matter that much. You obviously need to take the time to do a comparison
    between a stiff wheel and your noodle wheels. You will notice a major improvement in handling with the stiffer wheel. Even my wife could feel the difference and she only weighs 105lbs.
    Your alpine wheels are Race Day only wheels. The warning label on these types of wheels usually goes like this. Not intended for technical riding, not intended for jumping of any kind, not intended to handle drops of over a foot, not intended for trail use, and yes there’s a weight limit. These wheels are built for race use only and will not hold up to regular riding.
    For you to ride these wheels 5 days a week and not killing them. Tells me you are either very very carefull or you actually don’t ride them off the fire road. I on the other hand completely hang it out there, and usually prefer the over or through the rocks approach as opposed to the daintly picking my way through a section. The Enve Wheels alow me to do this with out concern. Your wheels defiantly DO NOT.

    • FER says:

      No, the MMX Podium are Stan’s race days only rims. I know dozens of people who use the ZTR Alpine for every day riding.

  • Pringle says:

    Some people think they’re going faster than they actually are. Like “wow, that was so fast”, but if you haven’t raced, you don’t necessarily know what sustained speed really is.

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