ENVE Composites has released its first full carbon downhill rim. The rim's development began in September of 2009, when the first DH specific prototypes were pulled from the molds and delivered to the Syndicate for testing. Since that delivery, ENVE’s DH specific rim has been raced to more than fifty podiums on the professional race circuit.
From there partnership with the Syndicate team, ENVE’s latest product, the first of its kind, is a race-bred design.The full carbon DH rim provides performance benefits that include increased durability over the traditional alloy rims. Advancements made to the carbon DH rim throughout the 2010 season, resulted in Steve Peat being able to race on the same pair of race wheels for the entire 2011 season. According to ENVE’s Jake Pantone, “this success, along with those of other test riders was the trigger that set into action our plan to release this highly specialized factory race rim for public consumption.”
The ENVE DH rim is 31 mm deep and features a 21mm inner bead to bead width making it the ideal platform for riders running wide downhill tires. The new ENVE DH clinchers also include a progression of structural modifications that improve ride performance and strength without any notable weight penalties. The new ENVE DH rims are only available in 26 inch, 32 hole configuration and weigh 475 grams/rim. Retail is set at $999 per rim, and complete pre-built wheel sets using DT Swiss or Chris King hubs start at $2,750.