Enve just announced two new fat bike specific carbon products: a fat bike fork and wheel set.
Building upon what the company has learned in developing their Mountain Fork, Enve says the Fat Fork is durable, lightweight, and delivers the unique ride quality the brand is known for. A unique reversible dropout chip is used to optimize the fork for 26″ or newer 27.5″ fat bike wheels. The fork is designed to fit tires up to 5.2″ wide.
Another thing that makes the Fat Fork unique from others on the market is the fact that it’s molded in one piece starting at the steerer. By eliminating the steerer-to-crown connection, the fork should be more durable, and it also allows Enve to tune the ride characteristics in a more controlled, consistent way.
At $625, it’s certainly one of the most expensive — if not the most expensive — rigid fat bike forks on the market. Weighing 748g, the Enve Fat Fork does seem to be among the lightest fat bike forks available.
|Steer Tube Length||350mm|
|Rake||42mm, 51mm Adjustable|
|Axle To Crown||488.8mm|
|Max Rotor Size||160mm – 203mm|
|Max Tire Clearance||5.2″|
|Crown Race Diameter||1.5″|
The Enve M685 wheels are part of the company’s well-known M-series. The wheels feature an 85mm internal width and are available in 26″ and 27.5″ diameters. Just like the Enve Fat Fork, much consideration was given to ride feel with the new wheels. The company says they didn’t want to design the wheels just for winter conditions. Instead, the idea is buyers can run the M685 wheels for racing or bikepacking in addition.
Enve says they even designed the rim profile to shed snow and sand compared to their standard rims. As a result, the profile has a distinct peak to it.
The carbon rims should weigh around 600g each, and built up with Industry Nine hubs, the whole package is said to weigh 2,060g. Pricing starts at $2,800 for a set of wheels.