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Gravity MTB wheels

Downhill dominance
Gravity sports demand ultimate strength, power and dominance to push back against the most powerful force in physics. We build Mavic’s Gravity MTB wheels to excel against the pull of the earth and...

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Downhill mountain biking (DH) and enduro are disciplines that demand a lot from equipment, particularly wheels, which play a vital role in absorbing impacts and ensuring stability at high speeds. The main considerations are strength, weight, rim size (diameter and width), type of material (aluminum alloys), the impact of spoke count, and the braking system (disc). Users  also ask about the advantages of the tubeless system, compatibility with different types of tire and the choice between 27.5" and 29" diameters. Finally, innovations in hubs and the responsiveness of DH and enduro wheels were also discussed.
What's the difference between DH and enduro wheels in terms of strength?
DH wheels are designed to be extremely strong and robust, to withstand the roughest terrain and the biggest jumps. Although they are often heavier, this strength is essential. Enduro wheels, while needing to be robust, strike a balance between strength, weight and versatility to cope with the diversity of terrain encountered.
How does wheel size (27.5" vs. 29") affect handling and speed in downhill and enduro riding?
Wheel size in enduro and DH is hotly debated. 27.5" wheels generally offer superior handling, which is advantageous in highly technical or twisty sections. They allow for quick changes in direction and are often perceived as more playful. 29-inch wheels can negotiate obstacles more easily thanks to their greater inertia, and offer greater stability at high speeds. They can feel less agile in certain situations. The choice depends on riding style, terrain and personal preferences.
Why opt for a tubeless system in DH and enduro?
Tubeless is almost essential in DH and enduro. It reduces the risk of pinch punctures, allows lower pressures for better traction and eliminates the weight of the inner tube. This configuration also provides lower rolling resistance and an extra sense of damping, while allowing for quick repairs in the field with plugs in the event of a puncture.
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