ENVE HV60 Forty wheelset review£2,500.00

Super spendy, super tough rollers

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Let's not pretend here – ENVE's HV60 Forty wheels are mad spendy when you can get tough, responsive, reliable, tubeless-ready, enduro-proof wheels for a fraction of the cost.

If you’ve got that ENVE-level cash in hand though, the brand looks after you well (as it bloody well should) with a five year warranty covering unexpected damage and half-price crash replacement. From experience you’ll be going some to ever need to call that in though as the handbuilt US rims are phenomenally tough and the construction is impeccable.

Performance is truly outstanding too, with an amazing level of clarity to tyre and trail feedback that’s enough to significantly tighten your lines and increase speeds on sections you thought you had totally dialed already. These wider HV (High Volume) rims give a very buoyant, floated but still pin sharp feel when teamed with 2.4in tyres, but still roll and accelerate like you’ve got a permanent tailwind.

Even in HV these are seriously stiff wheels though, so if you’re already on the edge of how harsh you like your bike to feel, choose something softer. The fizzing pick up on the silk smooth, Chris King hubs is a fantastic match, but you can lose weight and cost while gaining Boost options if you go for DT Swiss hubs.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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