29ers have evolved. The ever-changing worlds of suspension design and frame geometries have given wagon wheel bikes the ability to go far beyond their original XC-only stereotype. That added versatility is begging for a wheel platform that increases plushness, responsiveness, and confidence across terrain — a platform like ENVE's M60 Forty HV 29in Wheelset. The M60 Forty HV is 3mm wider than the standard model, which effectively increases the volume of 2.4in tires and boosts stiffness for better grip and a more responsive platform.
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. It may weigh a bit more than the standard model, but it's still among the lightest wheels we'd pair with a five-inch travel 29er. Part of the weight savings are accomplished by trading in traditional bead hooks for a redesigned, hook-less bead, which is both lighter and more impact resistant. The HV model's extra width also provides a higher-volume tire profile for greater cornering stability and more rubber on the ground at any given time.
The rim tells most of the story, but 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, the snappy engagement of DT Swiss' 240 hubs helps clear rocky cruxes. Combining those hubs with ENVE's absurdly durable carbon lay-up makes for a wheelset that may very well outlast your next few frames.