Enve Launches M Series M685 Wheelset and Fat Fork

Nov 12, 2018 at 8:54
by Jake Pantone  
M685 Wheelset

PRESS RELEASE: ENVE

ENVE is pleased to introduce a new M Series carbon mountain bike wheelset and fork designed specifically for fat bikes. The M685 is the latest addition to ENVE’s M Series family and features an 85mm internal rim width in both 26” and 27.5” diameters. The ENVE Fat Fork, like all ENVE forks is molded in one-piece from steerer to drop-outs, features 5” of tire clearance, and utilizes a reversible drop-out chip that adjusts the rake of the fork allowing for optimized handling with either a 26” or 27.5” wheel.

The M685, like all M Series products was designed and developed from the ground up to meet application-specific ride quality and performance metrics, in this case, fat biking. The M685 rim weighs in at 600g and is the widest option in the M6 series family of wheels. The M685 meets M6 series performance criteria terms of impact toughness, and durability. As such, the M685 meets ENVE’s durability standards for trail riding, and is equally at home in the dirt as it is the snow. Like all M6 series wheels, the new fat bike wheel features ENVE’s patented Wide Hookless Bead anti-pinch-flat technology that has proven to reduce the likelihood of pinch-flatting tubeless tires by upwards of 50%.

“We developed the new M685 rim and Fat fork to deliver a better ride experience for performance-oriented fat bike riders. In the discovery phase of this project, we identified the need to keep the rim weight as low as possible without compromising terrain applications, and for a shape that helps shed snow and mud. When we rode the lightest weight rims on the market, their shallow and flat surfaces led to snow and mud accumulation that often added pounds of weight to each wheel. This insight led us to the M685’s rim shape which features steep sidewall angles and a deeper cross-section. This rim shape sheds snow more easily keeping the weight low in all trail conditions,” stated ENVE VP of Product and Consumer Experience, Jake Pantone.

The M685 also features an ENVE first, asymmetric molded spoke hole design that accommodates for the wide bracing angles created by fat bike hub spacing. The asymmetric internal spoke hole design keeps the spokes properly aligned and as far from the snow as possible allowing for a rim designed with steep sidewalls that aid in preventing snow build-up.ENVE’s new M685 wheelset and Fat Fork are now available for pre-order, and will ship globally to consumers and retail partners by the end of November. The M685 is available as rim only $999 or as complete wheelset built with Industry Nine hubs for $2800, while the ENVE Fat Fork will retail for $625.

ENVE Fat Fork
ENVE Fat Fork Clearance


MENTIONS: @ENVE



89 Comments

  • + 89
 Who are these people that are putting Enve rims on fat bikes?!
  • + 59
 obesedontists
  • + 29
 Do people still ride Fat bikes?
  • + 19
 Sociopaths
  • + 4
 @endurocat: they are quite popular in the front range of colorado where it allows you to ride through the winter.
  • + 6
 I heard fat bike died a couple years ago
  • + 12
 I can't wait until someone releases a full Enve spec, electric, fat bike. Please call it "The Ugly American"
  • + 3
 Those who are "performance-oriented fat bike riders" Is this a joke? It is a fat bike! get a xc bike for performance get a fat bike to charge in mud & snow you've got 3 pound tires and need 3k carbon wheels?
  • + 13
 real popular in canada eh, we get winter at least 7 months a year
  • + 1
 @cikudh: That's no way to talk about my mother-in-law
  • + 4
 Carbon rims on fat bikes are all about weight savings, lateral stiffness on a rim thats 85mm wide and typically ridden with a tire at 10 PSI is moot. So, completely agree.... paying more for the name on this one here folks, save the cash and get a better wheelset in the HED BD at 150g less per rim.
  • + 6
 @endurocat: People are downright obsessed with Fat bikes here in MN. Duluth MN was the #1 selling locale in the country for Specilaized's Fatboy in 2017.
  • + 3
 @koncretekahuna: and Salsa Mukluks
  • + 0
 @adrennan: not needed but a few times a year. def. dont need carbon rims!
  • + 1
 @endurocat: Ed from Pivot does.
  • + 1
 @Gregorysmithj1: my Fatty only weighs in at 22 lbs. Its lighter and faster than my Trail bike. I can see where these might make a difference. Especially when consider float is king in fat biking.
  • + 1
 Me.
  • + 1
 Not many people riding fatties in my area but plenty of people smoking ‘em.
  • + 3
 There's something to be said for less rotating weight on a fat bike specifically, I've experienced that. I have a Fatboy carbon and changed out the heavy stock tubes for lightweight tubes and that was .5 lbs less rotating weight on each wheel. It was quite noticeable and super cheap. Also for ice I bought some studded snows, crazy heavy and the thing felt like a slow tank (with awesome grip however) so I yanked them off and put the stockers back on with just a few grip studs strategically placed. You may think the little bit of weight doesn't matter, "this isn't a race bike"; but when every snow, slush and ice-filled pedal stroke is painful, when you're fighting to just barely get up that climb that you could wheelie up 2 months earlier, it makes a big difference. That said.....$2800 makes for a crappy ROI on that rotating weight, LOL.
  • + 1
 @Louisbecks: for now....
  • + 58
 New 26" wheels.
"ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED??!?!"
  • + 8
 No 24" option? I would have used these rims in my KH24 mountain unicycle.
  • + 4
 @vinay: *rim
  • + 22
 Can I put these on my Humvee?
  • + 24
 Too wide.
  • + 15
 Next Week: ENVE releases wheels for a child's balance bike. £1000 RRP.
  • + 1
 I would be more likely to bling out my daughters run bike with Enve wheels than own a fat bike with Enves.
  • + 2
 Hahaha it was all over the place at Taipei bike show! Full carbon push does exist amigo
  • + 11
 ENVE's existence is proof there really is one born every minute.
  • + 1
 American handmade carbon fiber bicycles cost a lot, why not American handmade carbon rims?
  • + 7
 I can't even afford to look at this review.
  • + 3
 >> designed and developed from the ground up to meet application-specific ride quality and performance metrics

I spent about 30 seconds trying to under stand what this meant, then I stopped trying and just threw up a bit in my mouth.
  • + 1
 Reading comprehension helps in ones ability to afford such wheelsets.
  • + 2
 That's great that companies are now willing to produce such overpriced garbage that doesn't make any sense. If they find the yuppie morons to buy this stuff then I'll be really impressed at the state of humanity. Big heavy tires with tons of rolling resistance, add lightweight wheels and fork from a company that charges 4x the realistic value of their products. So you can be an unnoticeable second or two faster on something that will never go fast anyway
  • + 5
 Ironic that you could probably cook popcorn in these, cos we're going to need some for these comments.
  • + 1
 Haters are always gonna hate what they don't understand. You gotta ride a fatty quite a few times just to get the tire pressure dialed, but once you do they are a blast in any condition. Before anyone gets too excited I didn't they they are the best tool in any condition, but there's nothing they can't do. I'm still not gonna buy these wheels for mine though.
  • + 5
 No 29er option. Epic fail. 29er fat bikes are the next big wave...
  • + 1
 Surly as always is ahead of the curve: surlybikes.com/bikes/ecr
  • + 2
 @JackSB: 3.0" isn't fat, just plump.
  • + 2
 I'm surprised they cost so much. I mean, not because it is ENVE, but because they simply cut out sections from a Boeing 737 Fuselage and added spokes.
  • + 0
 At least you get double or more carbon for the same price :/
Its always cheaper to drop lbs on yourself than the bike anyway.
These things are for doctors, dentists and drug dealers. jk. If you feel like blinging out your fat bike whatever you want to spend your money on.
  • + 3
 theyre so late to the game really.
  • - 1
 @yoannbarelli: this design won’t allow the use of the revolutionary “bagette insert”.

Dough!!!

At yeast it’s carbon, all you knead for a butter ride, low fat so you can eat the trail with your cheesy and winy doughy friends.

Probably comes with a bread maker at that price.
  • + 1
 He’s already secretly working on a « flute » model... Wider and Softer, you can also make 3 sandwiches out of it, i hope people won’t whine about it!
  • + 1
 I love all the people that have no clue that a fatbike is amazing in the sand or loose rock of the Desert Southwest. My Turner King Khan will never be sold.
  • + 1
 I live in town where Enve is located. Seems like you see more bikes with Enve wheels then without. Everyone know someone who works there.
  • + 2
 Pro deal ...
  • + 5
 @vggg: if you could describe the bike industry in 2 words that's definitely it.
  • + 3
 Cool option, thx enve!
  • + 1
 Can get 2 sets of nexties on dt swiss for less. Chinese to usa layed carbon but, hola thats a big price difference
  • - 2
 old news, they already couple months ago announced.
There is main question, does they coming with life time crash replacement like HED carbo rims??

if not, where they going to find stupid peoples what ready to pay 1000$ for rim. When you can get 4 same rims except sticker, from china
  • + 0
 Chinese carbon end up in the sea and then vegan Finns get angry.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: wrooong (insert trump picture)
  • + 1
 It's okay my Helsinki friend, I know mavic is being sold, too.
  • + 1
 Sick now I know what stickers to put on my Chinese fatbike rims and fork.
  • + 1
 Bet those cost a fat bag of cash
  • + 1
 Who is seriously going to buy these Eek
  • + 0
 or plz buy my LB wheels for sale, 2,100$ Less!! for reals, thnxs =D www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2469501
  • + 1
 Is November the 13th now the new April 1st?
  • + 0
 Do they know they missed April Fools day?
  • + 0
 @mdg3d you can finally spend your money in a really sensible manner.
  • + 0
 Might as well use motorcycle wheels, stronger and cheaper!
  • + 0
 Can you get 2.4" tyres on this?
  • + 33
 Yes, two of them.
  • + 11
 @nozes: and a water bottle
  • - 3
 I always chuckle when I see the same fat bikes doing the rounds in the local buy and sell. Seems alot of people ride them once and realise we don't have any snow and they suck balls without it.
  • + 1
 They're a hoot for rock crawling over stuff that shouldn't be rideable. But then I paid £100 for mine so dicking about on it five times a year doesn't seem like a waste.
  • + 4
 As soon as the ground is clear of snow mine gets put away. Personally, it's just no where near as fun as the regular steed, slower and handles poorly in comparison. Now get it in snow and I dare you to not smile riding it... a machine designed for specific conditions.
  • + 0
 The forks look crooked to me.
  • - 3
 I just bought a pair of carbon rims off Alibaba for my fatbike. 80 mm internal, total weight for the pair is sub 1950 Grams. They are really nice, and delivered to my door they were under $900.
  • + 5
 And the warranty?
  • - 1
 Pretty much a full 5 months too early for this.
  • - 1
 Ahhh man i liked ENVE till i saw this
  • + 1
 How did you ever like ENVE? It's the billboard on the wheels of every pretentious yuppie. Their wheelsets are no better than a $500 wheelset.
  • + 0
 @casman86: their prices are crazy but they’re far superior to a $500 wheelset. Superior to the We Are Ones I now own? Not so much.
  • - 4
flag casman86 (Nov 13, 2018 at 21:46) (Below Threshold)
 @DrPete: Even paying $500 for a $1200 msrp wheelset gave me buyer's remorse. It's just straight up too much money to be paying for something that shouldn't cost hardly anything. They're disposable objects with hardly any material or labor involved. They're just wheels.
  • + 4
 @casman86: hardly any materials? Nobody’s forcing you to pay for carbon rims but to say there’s hardly any labor involved in laying up a carbon rim and building it into a wheel is just ignorant. I’m not sure how you arrived at the conclusion that wheels should cost hardly anything but you’re welcome to ride the cheapest wheel you can find. I need to be at work on Monday without any major injuries so I’ll go ahead and pay more the hoops with the lifetime warranty.
  • - 2
 Does anyone even buy ebikes... Let alone spend ££££ on a wheelset upgrade....
  • + 14
 I think you forgot which type of bike we are upset about people spending money on right now. It's ok, it still works.
  • - 2
 STUPID.
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