US brand Enve is releasing a new cyclocross race wheelset, the Enve CX, that will be available as a disc-specific tubular model only.
Enve says that the new rim is designed to be forgiving over rough and variable off-road terrain, and that the tyre bed has been designed especially for cyclocross tyres that fall within the UCI’s 33mm maximum width limit. That tyre bed uses woven carbon-fibre that Enve says provides a durable surface for fitting and removing tyres often.
The Enve CX wheelset is disc brake only – it can’t be used with rim brakes. Enve says that going down this route allows it to make a lighter, stiffer, and stronger rim. Also, you won’t get the wear to the rim associated with braking in wet and muddy cyclocross conditions.
The rim profile is more rounded than normal at the edge, the idea being to reduce the possibility of pinch flats when running low tyre pressures.
The Enve CX rim is 28mm wide, 31mm deep, weighs a claimed 285g and comes with 28 spoke holes.
The rims will be priced at £750 each.
A complete wheelset using Chris King hubs will be available at £2,300. These have a claimed weight of 1,325g.
Saddleback, Enve’s UK distributor, is expecting stock to land mid-November.
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