Cole Massif Enduro mountain bike wheelset review

Tough hoops

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £349.99 RRP | USD $561.00
Cole Massif Enduro wheelset

Our review

Super-stiff wheels that have handled plenty of hardcore abuse but are quite heavy and narrow
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Cole’s Massif Enduro wheelset has certainly lived up to the company’s ‘bomber’ description over the past few months, maintaining near-perfect form on a selection of wheel-warping trails.

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The rear wheel comes in a 135mm through-axle format and the front wheel is switchable between 15mm and 20mm axles using Cole’s tool-free EZ-Snap cap adapters. The supplied 15mm adapters weren’t compatible with Fox and Magura forks, but a universal adapter is due to be made available that should remedy this. 

At 2,170g the Massif Enduros aren’t exactly light, but Cole’s Direct Spoke Alignment technology allows for an incredibly rigid build, so they feel sprightlier than the scales suggest. These wheels saw their fair share of square-edged rocks but thankfully the hefty build translated to high strength. 

With a cross-country-like 18mm internal width, the skinny rims didn’t offer much support for our 2.35in test rubber when cornering hard. At anything other than 35psi plus, our tyres became unpredictable. 

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This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Massif Enduro Wheelset (12)
Brand Cole

Description Hub: Cole Massif Hubs, FAT-HEAD DSA technology, Cold Forged and CNC Alloy body, Six Bolt Disc, 8/9 Speeds, F:28H, R:28H, 135mm rear. Supplied 20mm thru-axle front & 10/12mm thru-axle rear. Includes 15mm thru-axle front adaptors
Features Spokes: Cole FAT-HEAD Technology, Straight Pull Butted Stainless Steel 2.3/2.0mm and T20 Torque Alloy Nipples
Weight (g) 2170
Rim Description Cole Alloy DH Clincher Type, Profile 28mm, Black Anodized