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Carbon enduro MTB wheels: Three worthy options

By Spencer Powlison


The bike world has warmed up to the concept of carbon fiber rims. Road, triathlon, gravel, cross-country mountain biking — they all benefit from the weight savings, stiffness, and aerodynamics that carbon offers. There is one hold-out, however: Enduro mountain biking.

The jury is still out on whether carbon bike rims will make life radder for the gravity junkies that prefer heavy-duty MTBs that boast 150-170mm of full-suspension travel

So we decided to test three wheels that might change the game for enduro mountain biking: ENVE Foundation AM30, Revel RW30, and Zipp 3ZeroMoto. Watch the video for our complete comparison and read on for some quick and dirty takes on whether these carbon upgrades are worth it for enduro riding.

Note: Although the ENVE wheels are pictured with Schwalbe Magic Mary tires, the majority of the testing was performed with a Maxxis Assegai front tire and DHR rear tire, same size and specs as the other wheels in this comparison.

ENVE Foundation AM30 pros and cons

ENVE Foundation AM30 wheel
Price: $1,600
Weight: 1,852g
Inner rim width: 30mm


  • Excellent ride quality
  • Wide Hookless Bead is fairly effective at preventing pinch flats
  • Very easy tubeless set-up
  • Made in the USA rims and hubs
  • Least expensive wheel in the test


  • Limited hub options (available in boost and Centerlock only)
  • Don’t come pre-taped for tubeless


You May Also Like: Bruce's full review

Zipp 3ZeroMoto pros and cons

Zipp 3ZeroMoto wheelPrice: $1,800
Weight: 1,965g
Inner rim width: 30mm


  • Single-wall design makes for a noticeably smoother ride
  • Wheels feel eager to corner
  • Possible to run higher pressure without sacrificing ride quality to mitigate pinch flats


  • Can be tricky to mount tires due to inner rim shape
  • Heaviest wheel in the test
  • Zipp's freehubs are improving, but engagement not on par with Industry Nine yet


Revel RW30 pros and cons

Revel RW30 wheelPrice: $1,975-$2,200, depending on hub option
Weight: 1,840g
Inner rim width: 29mm


  • Precise steering and handling
  • No durability issues despite hard riding in Moab, Utah
  • All-American hubs and rims
  • Carbon recycling gives you warm fuzzies


  • Ride feel seems a bit harsh until you get accustomed to it
  • Why 29mm, not 30mm, internal width?
  • Most expensive wheelset in the test


You May Also Like: Spencer's full review

Do you dig carbon mountain bike wheels? Which wheelset would you ride? Let us know in the comments.

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