Zyvex Technologies, and ENVE Composites have announced an exclusive partnership to provide a bicycle rim specifically for downhill mountain biking that uses the latest advanced materials comprised of nano-enhanced carbon fibre.
This new bicycle rim gives a significant competitive advantage to the downhill cycling market as proven during the last year in development and testing. The ENVE DH rim provides performance benefits to all downhill cyclists including those that compete at the highest levels of World Cup racing.
ENVE used Zyvex’s nano-enhanced carbon fibre Arovex product, which is a carbon nanotube and graphene engineered composite material that uses the proprietary Kentera technology to create chemical bonds on the carbon nanotubes. It provides an advantage in toughness without compromising strength. It also protects from fracture damage.
The Most notable feature is increases in durability, strength, and stiffness over traditional alloy offerings on the market. During a season some of the top level teams will need to change rims more than 180 times. World Cup downhill racing champion Steve Peat raced on one pair of the ENVE DH wheels during the entire 2011 season. Traditional aluminium rims historically lasted him a mere one to three runs.