It’s been a few years since I’d last tested a set of Enve wheels/rims and the Ogden, Utah brand has overhauled their wheel lineup not once, but twice since. They have stuck to their guns with a couple of key design elements, but have also managed to add some new features and tweaks. Doing their manufacturing stateside has earned Enve a reputation for being on the pricier side of things, but it was nice to see them announce a lower price point wheelset as well as a much improved warranty. Lo and behold, I found myself aboard the new M730’s for most of this past Summer, Fall and now in the early phase of Winter. Here’s what they’re all about… Details 32 hole 2-cross lacing 27mm rim depth 8 decal color options 30mm inner diameter / 38mm external diameter 2077g claimed / 2031 actual *with strips & valves Intended for 2.3″ – 2.5″ tires and 130mm – 180mm travel bikes $2100.00 USD Lifetime Incident Protection and 5-Year Limited Warranty Hand made in the USA (hubs and rims) At the heart of the wheels are Industry Nine’s more affordable offering, the 101 hubs – which also happen to be made in the USA. Simple and foolproof operation, tool free serviceability and reasonably light weights made the 101 hubs a no brainer for Enve when they wanted to bring in some new wheels at a lower pricepoint. The latest rims from Enve come in a broad array of widths and duties based on intended usage. Most platforms offer a standard width, as tested here, as well as a wider width to support meatier tires. In the case of the 7 series rims, should you want to run 2.6″ and wider tires, the M735 might better suit your needs. Either way, you’re covered. One new feature with the latest wave of rims from Enve is their new protective rim strips. Essentially it is a shaped and molded dense plastic strip that’s formed to the contours of the rim. Its job is to protect the carbon rims and serve to help prevent pinch flats as well. The 101 hubs have 6 pawls and a “dual phase” 45 tooth drive ring, making for 90 points of engagement. This makes for a speedy 4º engagement. One thing that Enve has not changed since way back in their “Edge Composites” days are the hidden nipples. Although they claim this makes for a stronger overall wheel, it does mean you’ll need to take your tire off in the event that you need to tend to some loose spokes. One nice thing about the new protective strip is that you will no longer need to remove, throw out and reapply rim tape after truing the wheel. Last, but not least – I love small details like this. One of the valve caps is threaded on one end and fitted to cinch down your presta valve cores on the other. Genius. On the trail While mounting the tires was slightly difficult due to a snug fit on the rims, that did mean that inflating the tires was a breeze with a floor pump. With proper technique, it was a fairly straight forward setup, and provided me with some confidence that no burping would ensue. From the beginning, the M730 rims were all business on the trail with serious side to side stiffness and thus pinpoint handling accuracy. In comparison to some of the other rims that I’ve been riding which boast the latest trend of a shallower rim profile, they did prove to be less forgiving. I’d rate them as riding on the rougher side in comparison after doing some back to back testing. In terms of the tire footprint they provided, I think 30mm is the perfect inner diameter for heavy duty riding with a 2.3″ to 2.5″ tire. As the M730 rims are rated for up to 180mm travel bikes, they are Enve’s burliest offering for bikes that you power up the hill yourself, only to be out-beefed by their M930, which is aimed at DH racing. For what it’s worth, they’ve spent their test time on my Evil Offering, which is a 140mm 29″ bike geared toward aggressive riding. In terms of engagement, I found the 101 hubs to be plenty quick. Industry Nine also offer their over the top, freakishly fast Hydra hubs if you’re flat out obsessed with instant engagement. Enve sells wheelsets with those hubs as well, but they’ll coast you a bit more. While I mostly found the hubs to be smooth operators, after a few months I did notice some drag in the freehub. Incidentally, that served as a nice reminder that they were due for some love. A yank of the end cap and then another yank of the freehub body reveals the engagement mechanism. After a quick wipedown and some fresh grease we were back to rolling as smoothly as ever. No tools and about 10 minutes was all it took. I tend to ride a bit light on my bike, and the Santa Cruz area isn’t known to be the rockiest place on earth, but I did have a trip to Downieville where I found myself pinging off of rocks at higher than normal speeds. In an effort to put the wheels to the test, I rode from Third Divide onward with sub 20 pressures and made a point to aim right at larger rocks. As I typically am not a fan of lower pressures, that made for some sketchy moments in the corners, but the M730 rims emerged from both laps unscathed, even with fairly light duty tire casings and a handful of heavy impacts. Speaking of impacts, while I doubt that the protective rim strips are as effective as actual foam tire inserts, on some dings, I could feel that they did subdue things a bit, so they’re likely worth the slight increase in weight that comes along with them. So far, in my experience, the M730’s have been tough as nails. Overall A while back, Enve received some criticism on a particular mountain bike website that I think was a bit over the top. It’s not my place to get into the details, but I will say this: While $2,100 isn’t cheap for any set of wheels, when you consider the fact that both the hubs and the rims are hand made in the USA, Enve has stepped up their value, especially if you factor in that they now carry an excellent warranty. A particular friend of mine who races World Cup DH recently switched to Enve and drastically reduced the number of rear wheels he went through last year, down from dozens to the same number of eyeballs in my skull in fact. That same person also 50/50 cased a 40 foot canyon gap at Rampage and his wheels remained unscathed and that same wheelset went on to flip that same gap in finals. The point being, Enve rims are a lot tougher than you might think based on comments from the message boards. As for the wheels that I personally tested, I found them to be well up to the task. The M730 rims were lively as could be and provided excellent handling, especially in the corners. Their hubs’ engagement was excellent as was their easy serviceability. The deep rim section did however leave the wheels lacking a bit in the compliance department, so I’d say that if you intend to push your wheels hard, these aren’t for the faint of heart. All in all though, an excellent set of wheels. www.enve.com
Welcome to the Redbull Rampage. It’s not all heavy hits and shovel slaps. Everyone messes frequently and knows how to enjoy the physically and mentally demanding process. Here is a short take at some behind the scenes moments, practice and some of Ethan’s finals.
Johny has pieced together footage that he took during practice to show you what he had in mind for finals.
Red Bull Rampage is a monumental endeavor on all sides. From literally carving oversize mountain bike sculpture out of a rugged mountainside, to the absolutely staggering feats of skill and calculation the riders themselves throw down on finals day, everything about the event is mind-bogglingly big and impressive. Red Bull Rampage 2019 saw the event Read More The post Red Bull Rampage 2019 In Photos appeared first on BIKE Magazine.
Angles that you didn't see in the live broadcast and interviews with the award winners.
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The 14th Red Bull Rampage went down in glorious fashion – first and foremost, no major injuries were sustained despite some crashes. Miraculously, finals day happened to be the least windy day of the week and gusts were less of a factor than in many years past. Follow along for a photo story of how the day went. Before heading up the hill, Cam Zink had a bit of family time and hung out with his wife and daughter. Tom Van Steenbergen strapping up for the ride of his life. Brett Rheeder takes on last look at a jump that was not only a nightmare to build, but super difficult to ride, with loads of exposure. Cam Zink was the first rider to drop in. Unfortunately he bobbled in both runs and didn’t get to 360 this massive drop at the bottom. A straight air will have to do until next year. Bienvenido Aguado found and built an interesting line and rode pretty well all week. Unfortunately a bobble took him out on run one and an early crash dashed his chances in run two. Carson Storch was the first to put down a seriously good run and may have been judged slightly harshly due to going early. He greased a massive 360 at the bottom of the hill. When Carson went to improve his score in the second run, he unfortunately over-rotated on that same 360 and blew his tube out. There’s still a Rampage win in his future. Emil Johannson quickly adapted and looked way less “slopestyle” and much more “freeride” in Utah. His lower drop was 54 feet – he did just one run and was happy with it after greasing a massive suicide no-hander. Not a bad debut. Speaking of no handers…Aggy was just having fun and charging. Here he is up top… After being quite content upon landing this massive drop, Aggy was perfectly happy to do just one run. Reed Boggs’ had a good mix of tech and flat out charging. Reed would no hand his lower drop and, like many other riders, was also be content with one run. Suicide no handers seemed to be a theme on big drops and step downs. Vinny T was no exception, and a stylish run with some big moves landed him in 10th. After not completing his runs last year, Brandon Semenuk raised the bar with a flat drop flip on this double drop and took an early lead. Look at how hard he’s yanking in the first frame above! DJ Brandt rode clean and nailed his ultra technical chute – one of the most under appreciated features on the hill. DJ also got some big spins in, unsurprisingly. Reece Wallace, like the Boggs and Johannson – who he shared this drop with, also did a huge suicide no hander on the lower drop. Proving he’s one of the best all around mountain bikers in the world, Brendog sent a huge backflip on his horrendous canyon gap and greased it. It was a legendary move with a tight entrance and an awkward flat landing. Another brutal feature in Bren’s line was this treacherous chute – it is completely vertical in some sections. He casually did a nose wheelie into it…you know – for fun. Kurt Sorge sent a rather large drop near the bottom. Unfortunately he missed grabbing his bars on a flip suicide no hander on his last jump right after this and suffered a concussion upon crashing. Szymon Godziek went huge in both of his runs, improving his first run substantially in his second. Here he is popping a 360 off into the crowd. More suicide no handers. Big dog Kyle Strait got a huge extension and went deep on this drop. He took a second run, looking to improve, but like Sorge, bobbled and crashed. T-Mac stepped things up and flipped a step down at a similar level to the drop that everyone else was no handing. The entrance to this was a bit more tech with a narrow slot as the run-in. Tyler also blasted the biggest drop on the hill. He took two runs but didn’t really improve in the second run. He landed his third 5th place finsh. Tommy G had a rough crash in practice a few days back, but he managed to strap it up and put down a decent run. Here he is on his exposed double drop feature. Just like last year, Tom Van Steenbergen went absolutely huge on the same flat drop flip. He did a front flip out of the start gate and had an incredible run overall, landing in third. Local boy Ethan Nell stepped it up huge this year and upgraded from a no hander to a big flat drop flip on his lower drop. Ethan also did two 450’s on hip jumps on the upper and lower part of the mountain. Another angle of Ethans flip. With moves like this, he’ll likely win a Rampage at some point here… Much like his run last year, Andreu was on a heater of a run, electrifying the crowd with back to back big moves like 360’s going right into flips off the landing. Unfortunately his wild style got him into a bit of trouble and he crashed quite hard. He took a second run and rode well, but crashed on a 360 with the finish line in sight. This was the jump that gave last year’s winner Brett Rheeder a hard time. He cased it in his first run and was docked accordingly. In his second run, he added a can can to his enormous flat drop flip and managed to ride the troublesome jump after it smoothly. He was rewarded handsomely with a second place finish and Best Trick. Brendog went back up to the top, but didn’t exactly do a second run. He stopped mid mountain to do 30 push ups to pay homage to Jordie Lunn. Semenuk had some small backup moves in case he needed to do a second run, but as it wasn’t necessary, he treated us to a victory lap instead. The G.O.A.T at the finish line. Fist bumps for the fans… Brandon joins Kurt Sorge in the Red Bull Rampage 3 time winners club. Brett Rheeder with his well deserved Best Trick award. Szymon Godziek took home People’s Choice. After moving to the area from Aptos, Tyler McCaul clearly put everything into Rampage and thus was given the McGazza Spirit Award. Rheeder’s diggers were some of the hardest working on the hill, chipping away at a massive rock face for an entire week. No one was surprised that they won the Digger Award. Speaking of not being surprised, you can’t be shocked that Vinny T won the style Award. After being judged a bit harshly, it was nice to see Brendog not only up his game, but also receive a good score in 4th. He was hyped all week and had great energy all around. After doing a rowdy second run despite his crash, Andreu Lacondeguy didn’t go home empty handed – he landed the Toughness Award. That’s it! Thanks for tuning in…In addition to the athletes, we’d like to extend a massive thanks to the diggers, medics, organizers and all of the other unsung heroes that make this the best mountain bike event of the years ear.
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Find the two previous Desert Dispatches from Virgin, Utah here and here. Friday. Finals. The big day at the 2019 Red Bull Rampage, and the riders delivered with a breathtaking show befitting of the biggest day in mountain biking. We’ll have a full report soon, but for now Margus Riga and Satchel Cronk provide some Read More The post Desert Dispatch III: Ten Shots From Friday at Red Bull Rampage appeared first on BIKE Magazine.