ENVE has rolled out an entirely new line of mountain bike rims, which sees a bunch of new width options, revised layups, and a flat-protection system on the M7 and M9 series (Enduro- and DH-oriented, respectively).
The basic changes to the rims are exactly what you’d expect: some weight is shaved here and there, and ENVE continues to work toward making a carbon rim that rides better.
Most of the rims got a bit wider as well. The XC-oriented M5 series bumps up to 25 mm internal width, and the Trail-oriented M6 series gets wider, and has three width options up to Plus tire widths (the 40 mm internal M640).
For the burlier rims, the M7 series still offers the 30 mm wide M730, but it also gets some wider options (the M735, which is 35 mm internal), and it gets a beefed-up version for ebikes (the M735 e-spec).
Rounding out the width changes is the DH rim, the M930, which is still only offered in one width (30 mm internal), but that’s a bit wider than the prior generation.
The M7 and M9 series also come with an anti-flat system. ENVE gets into the details below, but basically it’s a cap over the rim that’s designed to substantially reduce the possibility of pinching a tire, and it also acts as an air seal, so there’s no need to tape the rim to set it up tubeless.
All of these changes seem to make a lot of sense, and our long-term testing of these wheels — and the anti-flat system — will begin soon to see if it all works as advertised.
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New M Series Promises Unprecedented Pinch Flat, Impact Resistance, and Ride Quality
ENVE is proud to announce the all-new M Series, featuring game changing technology that promises to all but eliminate pinch flats forever. The new M Series consists of seven wheelsets, each crafted for a specific rider profile based on terrain, bike type, tire size, and riding style.
Since the launch of ENVE’s highly successful M Series in 2014, nearly everything in the world of mountain biking has changed – Cross country is more aggressive than ever, Enduro is a professional discipline, the Plus size platform has emerged, 29” carbon wheels are winning on the World Cup DH circuit, and E-bikes have taken Europe by storm. In order to address mountain biking’s progression and diversity, ENVE has completely reimagined the M Series with innovative new designs and technologies that promise to nearly eliminate pinch flats, improve durability, save weight, and greatly improve your ride experience.
ENVE’s marketing director, Jake Pantone, says “To develop the next generation of M Series, we started by asking ourselves what is limiting the potential for a better ride experience. The answer for us was confidence and control. Confidence is lost when you don’t trust your equipment and ride in fear of tire or rim failure. Control is lost when you are forced to over-inflate tires or run inserts that diminish traction, ride quality, and add weight. ENVE’s M Series unlocks new potential by removing these limitations using evolved carbon rim design and technology.”
The latest M Series is built on the concept of absorbing energy and impacts, which ENVE refers to as a Dynamic Impact Design. This concept is established via two unique ENVE technologies, one that prioritizes the demands of XC and Trail riders, the other the demands of Enduro and Downhill riders.
For the XC and Trail rider, ENVE presents a patent pending Wide Hookless Bead design. By increasing the width and carefully shaping the contours of the rim’s leading edges, ENVE’s new M525 (XC) and M6 Series (Trail) wheels promise the near elimination of pinch flatting and enhanced impact durability.
ENVE’s new M7 Series (Enduro/All-Mountain) and M9 Series (DH) wheels targeted at gravity enthusiasts feature an exclusive patent pending Protective Rim Strip that eliminates pinch flats, protects the carbon rim from impacts, and does away with the need to tape the rim for tubeless compatibility. According to ENVE, their Protective Rim Strip provides an independent tubeless seal that retains air pressure in the tire even if the carbon is crack or damaged. This technology has been ridden in 29” format to multiple wins and podium results during this year’s downhill World Cup season by the Santa Cruz Syndicate and Intense Factory Racing teams.
In addition to these new technologies that protect the tire from pinch flats and rim from damage, each model in the new M Series has been refined to ensure that riders looking for their perfect wheel have options from XC to E-MTB. Each wheel model has been crafted by ENVE for a specific rider profile defined by the terrain, bike, tires, and demands of the rider.
The M Series is made up of 7 new models, each available in 27.5 and 29 inch diameters. These models are the M525, M630, M635, M640, M730, M735, and M930. The M5 and M6 Series wheels are ENVE’s XC and Trail category wheels, while the M7 and M9 Series wheels are targeted at Enduro and Downhill riders. The last two numbers of each wheel model indicate the rim’s inner width for exacting tire selection and fitment.
Warranty / Ship Dates
ENVE’s new M Series will carry the companies industry-leading 5-Year Warranty and Lifetime Product Guarantee. Highlighted in this warranty is the fact that ENVE’s warranty covers all forms of impact damage. ENVE’s retail partners are now accepting pre-orders for the new M Series. The first deliveries will take place in late October 2017.
Located in Ogden, Utah, ENVE Composites is a manufacturer of handmade carbon fiber bicycle rims and components. Partnering with the prominent frame builders of our time and the world’s best athletes, ENVE combines the best composite technologies with real world athlete feedback to provide our customers with the ultimate in performance, durability, and quality.
ENVE designs and manufactures 100% of their rims in their Ogden, Utah, USA facility.