ENVE Launches New M Line.
ENVE is a company that needs no introduction. Though pricey, their wheels are synonymous with the best of the best. The M series of wheels was originally introduced in 2014, but a hell of a lot of things have changed since then. The plus size tire phenomenon has swept the industry, enduro bikes have turned into mini downhill rigs, these things called E-bikes have taken off and downhill bikes now have 29 inch wheels. You know what hasn’t changed much? The way that wheel companies engineer wheels to prevent flats. ENVE finally made that leap along with a multitude of other changes to keep up with the times.
The new M series lineup sports completely redesigned wheels all around. The Utah-based company has made changes to improve the M lineup’s durability, strength, pinch flat resistance and weight. The new line is also said to have improved vertical compliance for a smoother ride, better traction and less rider fatigue, which is something that we are really looking forward to. Seven models make up the mtb lineup and each is available in both 27.5 and 29-inch diameters. The model names are a bit confusing at first glance, but the breakdown is somewhat simple. The first number denotes the series; five for XC, six for trail, seven for enduro and nine for downhill. The second number set is the width, which ranges from 25 mm for the XC wheels to 30 mm for the downhill wheels.
All wheels sport a hookless bead system, but that’s where the bead similarities with the old line end. Before getting into all the cool stuff going on with the bead, it’s worth mentioning that ENVE has completely changed the rim’s profile and construction. ENVE coined the system, “Dynamic Impact Design.” To put that into non-marketing speak, they widened the rim profile, and changed the carbon layup to allow for increased vertical compliance. Another interesting and key change to improve strength and ride is the widening of the hookless bead to 4.5 mm for the XC wheels an 5 mm for gravity wheels. That extra material means that the bead can be more compliant without sacrificing strength. The old design utilized a 3.5mm bead, which had to be extra stiff to resist impact. The new bead no longer has to be as impact resistant. Why? Because envy introduced a completely new system that they claim will almost entirely eliminate pinch flats. We hope it’s true.