ENVE Composites is giving the about-to-explode 650B market a high end option right out of the gate.
Their new 27.5″ rims will come in their standard offerings of 28 and 32 hole drillings in XC and AM models. Claimed weights are 360g (XC) and 410g (AM), which is just a bit lighter than halfway between the 26″ and 29er weights.
They’ll be available on their own or built up to DT Swiss or Chris King hubs. Pricing is the same as their
26″ 29er product, which start at $2,500 for a wheelset with DT 240s and $899 per rim.
They’re pictured on a standard 26″ Santa Cruz Blur TRc above, and clearance is tight with some fat Schwalbe tires. Perhaps this is a taste of things to come, perhaps not, SC is being pretty mum on the subject. Less mum is Scott Bikes, and ENVE Is following their naming protocol and going with 27.5. Metric system and most of the world be damned.
Notice the marking on that Schwalbe? Not on their website yet. Notice the graphics on the rim?
On a side note, ENVE is stepping up their OEM component and wheel placements with Cannondale, too. Look for more matte black carbon parts from the UT manufacturer on Cannondale’s high end models in the next model year. Could these new 27.5 wheels be part of that spec? Hmmmm…..
All mountain bike rims will get the new graphic treatments found on their DH rims. Gone is the mountainscape, the logo now wraps around the rim.
The new look gives them a more cohesive graphical appearance with the rest of their components.
It’s sort of visible in its entirety from the top.
Back to 27.5 – clearance on founder Jason Schiers’ bike is tight.
ENVE’s custom color program is coming online sometime soon, and this metallic orange is just one option.
Their road skewers also get freshened up with a new laser etched logo that’s super sharp.
If you’re headed to Sea Otter Classic next week, all of these goodies will be on display.