#Crossishere and so are the newest wheels from ENVE. Disc brakes don’t seem likely to disappear soon from the cyclocross scene, so for ENVE that meant it was time for a disc brake specific wheel perfect for CX. When designing a rim for cyclocross use there are a number of things that have to be addressed, and the new ENVE CX looks like it will deliver…
We’ve heard a lot of talk about disc brakes opening up rim designers’ abilities with rim design, but we haven’t seen all that much improvement. For CX use, carbon fiber brake tracks have to withstand extreme environments which usually requires more material. ENVE claims to capitalize on the fact that the rim is brake track-less by providing a rim that is both lighter and offers a more forgiving ride. The rim profile is also uniquely suited for cross duties in that it is shaped to reduce the risk of pinch flats and designed to allow for multiple tire changes throughout the season. Part of that tire changing ability is due to woven carbon fiber used for the tire bed for increased durability.
Specifically tuned to UCI compliant 33mm tubular tires, the rim is 28mm wide and 31mm deep. Coming in at a claimed 285g, rims will be available only in 28h drillings.
Offered in complete builds with either Chris King or DT Swiss hubs or rim only, retail is set for $875 per rim, with wheelsets ranging from $2320-$3000. Wheels will be available in Centerlock or 6 bolt hubs with Shimano/SRAM and XD drivers. Product will be shipping by the end of the month.