October 22, 2015 – Ogden, Utah, USA – ENVE is pleased to announce a new cyclocross wheelset that hasbeen developed specifically for racing. ENVE has long produced rim and wheel models that have proventhemselves on the toughest cyclocross courses in the world, the ENVE CX targets cyclocross racerslooking for the ultimate in cyclocross specific performance. As such, the new wheel is available as a discspecific tubular model only.
In terms of structure the new ENVE CX rim is designed to be more forgiving over rough and variableterrain. “A common thread in the feedback from our athletes was the desire for a more forgiving carbonrim. As a cross racer myself I wanted to create a rim that rolled faster and more forgivingly over roughand rooty cross courses, and this new cross specific rim accomplishes that,” stated Senior Engineer,Kevin Nelson.
In addition to being a faster rolling and damp ride, the ENVE CX features a cyclocross tire optimized tirebed and gluing surface. This surface is designed specifically for tires that fall within the UCI 33mm widthlimit. The tire bed utilizes woven carbon fiber to provide a more durable surface for frequent tireinstallations and removals.
The ENVE CX wheelset is disc brake optimized which means that it cannot be used with rim brakes.ENVE, pioneers of the modern carbon fiber mountain bike rim are quick to point out that disc specificmeans that a rim doesn’t have to accommodate the wear and tear generated by braking on the surfaceof the rim. Ultimately, ENVE’s disc specific designs allow for a more efficient rim structures that arelight, stiff, and strong.
In addition to the aforementioned features ENVE explained that the interface between tire and rim havebeen refined to limit the incidence and possibilities of pinch flatting. “Pinch flats can be a real problem incyclocross racing when in order to have optimized traction you need to run lower tire pressure. Thenthere is the fact that a cyclocross tubular isn’t inexpensive. The rim profile is more rounded at the rim’sedge which drastically decreases the incidence of pinch flats,” stated Director of Marketing JakePantone.
The ENVE CX rim weighs 285 grams and is available as a 28 hole count only. Complete wheelsets areavailable built on DT Swiss or Chris King hub sets. The ENVE CX rims and wheelsets will begin shipping atthe end of October to ENVE retail and distribution partners worldwide.
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