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Plus wheels and tires have the potential to add a lot of traction and confidence to your ride, but they also can add a good bit of weight. Along with the increase in tire size, plus bikes usually roll on larger rims which can add up quickly. That makes wheel upgrades potentially more effective for the plus size world and carbon rim manufacturers like ENVE have taken notice. Initially launched for 27.5+ only, that same wide carbon tech is now available for 29ers as well…

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Essentially the same wheel as their 27.5+ model, the 29″ M60 Forty wheels measure 40mm internally/49mm externally. The 25mm deep rims feature a hookless bead design that is said to reduce the risk of pinch flatting while maintaining impact resistance. Like the 27.5″ model, the 29″ version is meant for 2.8-3.0″ tires.

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Built with 28 spokes front and rear, wheelsets will be available only with Boost spacing hubs including 6 bolt Chris King or DT Swiss 240, or DT 240 Centerlock boost hubs are an option as well. Offered with your choice of 7 decal colors, complete wheelsets will run $2900 while individual rims will sell for $975 and weight 490g each.

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bearcol
bearcol
5 years ago

Just not clear on why anyone would want 2.8 and up tires for bikepacking? call me old school but I would take a skinny fast roller all day long over an early 2000’s DH width tire. 2.1 semi slick, maybe 2.3 semi is by far a better choice for long distance all day slogs with a loaded down bike.

Ayyggss
Ayyggss
5 years ago
Reply to  bearcol

it has to do with deflection or lack there of . a skinnier tire has to run a higher psi causing the tire to bounce and not conform to the trail . fatter tires on bigger rims run less pressure and allow for more deflection so the bike tracks straight . with minimal bounce or deviation . now weight on the other hand . whole nother’ story

its science

Ol'shel'
Ol'shel'
5 years ago
Reply to  bearcol

The bigger tires are also great on loose and softer surfaces, such as one might find when venturing away from everyone’s after-work trails. When skinny is sinking in and bogging down, Plus tends to float and require less energy.

If someone likes it better, that’s a completely valid reason for choosing it.

Skip
Skip
5 years ago

If ever there was a way to make a Krampus more obscure and hard to resell….

ChknBreast
ChknBreast
5 years ago

$975 isn’t bad. Too bad I need 2 of them.