Superior gets superiorer.
While we've called the ENVE M60/Forty 27.5-inch wheels with Chris King hubs arguably the best all-around wheelset on the planet, this ENVE M50 Fifty 27.5in Chris King Wheelset is the even better bet for XC-focused riders rocking the mid-size wheel.
When ENVE set about redesigning the replacement for its featherweight "XC" rim, the design parameters were clear — make them lighter, wider, and smoother riding. And unsurprisingly, the team in Ogden, Utah, delivered in spades. The 27.5 M50 Fifty rim was is the result, now weighing a paltry 330g, shaving a full 50g per rim as compared to the XC. Part of this weight savings has been accomplished by trading in traditional bead hooks for a redesigned beadless hook bead, which is both lighter and more impact resistant. The width has grown to 21mm internally, which is an increase of 3mm. That translates into a rounder tire profile, for greater cornering stability and more rubber on the ground at any given time. By relieving material from the rim, ENVE has taken the M50 Fifty’s tuned ride feel to previously unseen levels. Anyone who’s familiar with ENVE knows the fanatical lengths that its engineers go to in order to achieve a perfect ride feel. Accordingly, the M50 Fifty has been tuned for greater vertical compliance, thereby reducing rider fatigue, without sacrificing the fantastic lateral rigidity that endows ENVE with the “on rails” feeling for which they’re prized.
Up next are those excellent hubs. The name Chris King in cycling componentry is synonymous with absolute quality, longevity, and aesthetic appeal to boot. All parts, including seals and bearings, are made in-house in Portland, Ore., to industry-beating standards, and are known for lasting years upon years without service. In fact, the company's quality control standards are so stringent that it's been known to melt down entire batches of hub shells if the color anodizing is off by even the slightest shade of hue. In the rear hub, the 72 (yes, seventy two) points of engagement give the freehub body the fastest response of any hub on the market, and a distinctive sound to go along with it. That same rear hub is designed to withstand a consistent 800 ft/lbs of torque, quadruple what most hubs are even tested to, and downright ridiculous when you consider that an Olympic-level track sprinter is capable, at peak power, for only a few seconds, of putting out around 150 ft/lbs. Like we said, when it comes to hubs, Chris King makes them second to none.
The ENVE M50 Fifty 27.5in Chris King Wheelset is available with either a SRAM 1x XD freehub body or a standard freehub body, and in the color Black. The Chris King ISO hubs are compatible with 6-bolt rotors only, and the wheels have 28 spokes on both wheels.
- Carbon-fiber construction
- Beadless hook bead
- Chris King ISO hubs
- 28 DT Swiss spokes
- 21mm rim width and 28mm rim depth
- Front and rear thru-axles
- 6-bolt rotor compatibility