Boost the volume.
We haven't been shy about declaring a bit of love for the standard version of ENVE's M60 Forty HV 29in Boost Wheelset, but that love is well-earned. It has proven itself as one of the ideal wheelsets for everything from grinding climbs to gnarly descents at speeds normally reserved for race day. The HV version blows up the internal rim with from 23 to 26mm and widens the hubs to the new 110/148 Boost standard to most effectively pair with tires between 2.3 and 2.4in wide. The extra tire volume and stiffness afforded by the additional width make the M60 Forty HV wheels the ideal set of hoops for fast all-mountain or faster XC racing.
The M60 Forty HV model still targets the space between XC and all-mountain rims with a blend of lightweight speed and big-hit durability that covers the majority of off-road riding. The HV model weighs a bit more than the standard iteration, but it's still among the lightest wheels we'd pair with a five-inch travel bike. The redesigned, hook-less bead is both lighter and more impact resistant than a standard, hooked bead, and the extra width allows for higher tire volume, increasing cornering stability and putting more rubber on the ground at any given time.
As with all of its wheels, the M60 Forty HVs feature ENVE's Smart system to create a strong, stable wheel for any conditions. A patented process of molding in-spoke holes, nipple seats, and valve stem holes is largely responsible for ENVE's proven reputation of creating wheels boasting the highest strength-to-weight ratio available in the industry. ENVE routes the carbon fibers around each hole to maintain continuous fiber integrity, which results in both increased rim rigidity and lower weight at the spoke face.
When laced to a hub, this system facilitates higher and more uniform spoke tension than standard bladder molding. Additionally, ENVE uses a process that removes the inner bladder during the molding process, resulting in lower weight compared to the many composite manufacturers who leave the rim-shaping, inflatable bladder in the rim once the wheel is complete. While the removal process takes time and added expense, it results in a lighter rim and a perfectly tensioned wheel build.
While the rim tells most of the story, two other facts are worth stating. First, the wheels are hand built in Utah to exacting standards for the longevity you’d expect out of a class-leading wheel system. Second, those big, bruising, Boost hubs make for stiffer tracking up front and yet more improvements to responsiveness out back. These wheels are almost never caught on the back foot, even while climbing across rocks through steep switchbacks. The small engagement angle of DT Swiss' star ratchet freewheel also helps clear rocky cruxes and makes for a wheelset that may very well outlast your next few frames.
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The best money you can spend
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
There are no-brainers, and then there are no-brainers.
Right off the bat, there is simply no upgrade one can to their bike that has such a profound impact on overall ride quality, nor such a profound impact in terms of dollar-per-upgrade - WHEELS. Nothing can improve (or torpedo) your ride like wheels can. That's no-brainer number one.
No-brainer number two is these wheels at THIS PRICE. You would be completely nuts not to take advantage of this incredible pricing right now to get what are literally the best wheels money can buy.
ENVE created this market, then the normalized it and now they have entrenched it, and there is a reason. They back their stuff up not only with their mouth, but with their product.
I'm a big guy (225lbs) and this is my second pair. The last ones, I sold on my 27.5 bike because I know I'll stick with 29 from here on. As such, I had about a month on the stock wheels before I put these on, therefore I had a direct comparison.
To say that I was shocked would be an understatement.
First, let's just get this out of the way. I took some RaceFace ARC 24/DT 350 with Maxxis Ardents OFF the bike and put these wheels with 2.35 Maxxis Ikons on and DROPPED 1.5lbs.
Second, oh my goodness, the ride quality. That's where it really is. These wheels are so stiff, so snappy and so damn light, it's just an utter pleasure to ride. These wheels literally have no fault - they are absolutely BOMB-PROOF and they reward the rider for absolutely slamming them into corners and controlling the bike. Your wheels become a solid part of your bike that you rely on - no longer something that you have to "manage". It's almost like they brighten up the fork and the frame.
It doesn't matter if you don't race, it doesn't even matter if you aren't even fast (I'm neither).
If you love to ride and you have a job, then just get over it real quick and get yourself a pair of these. They just make everything about riding that much better, and if this is what you do, then why wouldn't you make it as good as possible for yourself?
Yes - you will have that one friend who is faster, and he'll probably make fun of you for having such "overkill" wheels. But you know what? He's not having as much fun as you are on the bike and his spouse/partner probably belittles him the second he walks in the door, hence him taking it out on you.
Seriously, just get a pair. I can promise you that you will not regret.
Obviously the best decision ever.
And don't forget to re-tune your suspension (ie. soften it) after you put them on. Yes, that much of an effect!
Are these 32H spoke count?
Stellar Review by Teton Gravity
The short of it is that Enve wheels deserve their hallowed reputation. They change your ride as much as they change the aesthetics of your bike. They are absolutely bomb proof left, right, and sideways, and the difference they make in trail speed is plainly evident. They require an active, aggressive pilot to match the belligerent style of riding they inspire, and don’t like to bother with the lazy or timid.
Get ENVE'd out, I'm glad I did!
Somehow the engineers at ENVE have figured out a way to make their super stiff layups amazingly comfy. These rail the corners, cut out excessive vibrations, totally bomber! The wider inside dimension opens up your tires allowing for more/better grip, and lower pressure which further transforms your riding pleasure. I feel way more confident in descending at speed. Paired with DT Swiss Boost hubs is a match made in trail shredding heaven. Plus they are made in the good ole USA, which is always a bonus. ENVE's warranty is second to none. Pull the trigger on these bad boys...do it!
ENVE M60 HV: Trail Strong and Race Ready
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
ENVE knocked it out of the park with the M60 Forty HV 29" wheels. Stiff enough to be pushed through rougher terrain while still proving to be light enough for race day. The HV option offers a wider internal width that helps increase tire volume and adds sidewall rigidity to your MTB tires.
What does this offer for the rider?
- Increased traction by allowing the tire to be ran at a *slightly lower* PSI.
- Improved sidewall stability, reducing tire fold and burping.
The addition of Boost hub spacing this past year allows for the 29 inch wheel to perform as well as a smaller 27.5â wheel in terms of torsional stiffness.
If you have any further questions about ENVE Mountain wheels or are looking to purchase, feel free to reach out to me directly. I would be happy to help!
Trevor Linthorst â Customer Account Manager, Bike Expert