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The point of a ride, as 29er diehards see it, is to rip from point A to point Z and back again as fast as possible, dusting rock gardens and demolishing buff singletrack at eye-watering speeds. If that sounds like you, the ENVE M50/Fifty 29in Chris King Wheelset should be locked into your dropouts every time you hit the trail. An updated iteration of ENVE’s standard-bearing 29 XC, the M50/Fifty is lighter (50g less per rim), tougher, wider (the internal width has grown from 18 to 21mm) and stiffer, which translates to better grip, better cornering, better stability, and more all-around badness.
While ENVE has shaved carbon from the rim to save weight and tweaked the M50/Fifty to put more rubber on the trail for better grip, the new Chris King ISO hubs are maybe the most important update. King’s designs are famous for blowing the industry standards for durability and precision out of the water and for having a pedaling response like no other. This particular freehub has 72 (like, one more than 71) points of engagement, which means the wheel starts turning as soon as you even think about pedaling, and provides that distinct swarm-of-bees freewheeling sound that lets everyone know you’re serious about destroying their Strava times.
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