June 28, 2013
At PressCamp, ENVE Composites had a room full of fancy carbon road rims, aero bars and road stems on display, but our attention was drawn to the chunkier wheels at the other side of the room.
For 2013, ENVE has updated its mountain bike handlebars. The SWP (Sweep) and RSR (Riser) bars have gained another 40mm in width, bringing them up to 740mm. If that’s still not wide enough, then its DH downhill bars are 800mm (and still 245g) and all bars are designed to be trimmed, complete with cut marks.
And talking of DH, ENVE’s downhill rim, which has been campaigned by the Syndicate for the past couple of years, has now gained a 27.5in version. The 26in is still in production too. Interestingly, it’s designed to be run with inner tubes, despite the current move to tubeless in DH. The hook-beads of the downhill rim are very, very wide and rounded, to protect against pinch flats. The rims also use ENVE’s toughened resin system for increased resistance to damage – this is a resin that’s not used in the rest of its rims. ENVE reckons that it’s still the only full carbon downhill rim available (we can’t think of any others…) And why make it from carbon? Well, it can be made tougher than an aluminium rim, while saving weight. A downhill rim from ENVE weighs less than 500g.