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Best in Show: Enve Twenty7.5 DH

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We get the question about whether carbon is strong enough for mountain biking all the time. Enve responds with an unequivocal yes with the release of its Twenty7.5 DH, an all-carbon rim for downhill use. Downhill World Champ Steve Pete and his Santa Cruz Syndicates team have been racing on the 26-inch version of these rims for two seasons, and Enve says they’ve had no trouble handling the abuse.

These are burly hoops (30mm wide and 31 deep), but not overbuilt pigs. Whereas most good alloy DH rims range from 580 to 660 grams, Enve’s weigh just 475 grams. And the fact that the company has decided to release the DH rim in 27.5 (540g) is just one more sign that 26-inch wheels are on the decline. (Enve says they’ve seen a fast and dramatic drop in orders for all of their 26-inch wheels.) As with every Enve product, the Twenty7.5 DH comes with a five-year warranty and a lifetime crash replacement guarantee.

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