Enves new 6.7 wheels

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In the chat section there is a thread that's been running since last year about the new Enve wheels. Recently this magazine article came out: http://www.envecomposites.com/documents ... 0516120258

The article has spurred lots of talk, questions and opinions about them including a fair amount of opinions both good and bad. Now that the official release of the 6.7 has happened I thought I'd take a few minutes to give some details. Since it's only the 6.7 that was officially released I won't talk much about the others.

The magazine article was written to appeal to a wide range of people and certainly not to the more technical oriented members of this board. The full tests including will be released. Currently it's being put into a format that is web friendly. And yes they will give all the details on the steer metric as well.

Some of the details. The 6.7 set is mixed 60mm front and 70mm rear. Retail price for a stock wheelset will be $3000 and you can get them with DT or Chris King hubs.

The rims themselves did go up quite a bit in weight. Compare the standard 65mm Tubular at 360grams to the new rims. 60mm front 440 grams and 70mm rear 480grams.

The widths of the rims. Front is 26mm at it's widest and 25mm at the brake track. Rear is 24mm at it's widest and 23mm at the brake track. However on casual glance they appear to be fairly straight and not buldged.

Max spoke tension is the same as previous enve rims on the rear at 130kgf but the front does drop to 110kgf.

There is no weight limit on the rims/wheels.

Some have asked about the tires that they were tested with and what tires are recommended. The testing of all the wheels was done with common tires, all wheels were tested with both Conti Sprinter and Vittoria Open Corsa. They are still working on a list of recommended tires, but for now the best rule of thumb is a tire that is 21-22mm measured (this often varies from claimed widths.)

Those of you waiting for clinchers should be prepared for a long wait as they aren't scheduled for anytime soon. It will likely be a year or more before a clincher version of any of the new rims is available.

The 6.7 will have UCI approval, they are scheduled for testing tomorrow but have already passed all the UCI tests when internally tested, so they aren't expecting any surprises with the test.

6.7 will be available mid June, provided there are no hitches with production.

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by Tinea Pedis

Noooooo! Just bought a new set of wheels!

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by HammerTime2

Will the current 65's stay in production? Some of the WW's will not want to pay a 200g per set weight penalty. After all, this board is Weight Weenies, not Aero Airheads.


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With regards to the stability graph, I'm a little confused as to whether the alloy 24mm rim is inherently more stable than all the Enve wheels or that all the Enve wheels (even their 8.9) are more stable than the alloy rims.

Why not label the y axis?

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by fa63

It sounds like they will be nice wheels and all, but $3,000????

Come on, man....

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by ergott

fa63 wrote:It sounds like they will be nice wheels and all, but $3,000????

Come on, man....


Would be be better if the spokes were carbon and non-replaceable?

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by fa63

No, but it would be better if they were $2,000. :)

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fa63 wrote:No, but it would be better if they were $2,000. :)


Yeah, but you know that the latest, greatest always goes up in price, never down.

$15k is the new $10 bike. the $20k bike is just around the corner.

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by bomber

Thanks madcow,

Any idea on whether they will make just the rims available rather than their 'pre-built' offering?
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by ricerocket

Why is this a separate thread?

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by rustychain

Spoke count?
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by ricerocket

Look at the pics. :smartass:

I count 20/24.

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by Ypsylon

fa63 wrote:It sounds like they will be nice wheels and all, but $3,000????

Come on, man....


A quick google shows that if you want a pair of Firecrest clinchers in Germany they'll allow you to pay €2949 or US$4179,03 for them.

LW Obies are $5700.

Apparantly $3000 is not too much to ask for a set of wheels.

I'm looking forward to ENVE releasing their data.
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Thanks for the info!
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