EDGE Composites (now called ENVE) was beginning to emerge as one of the premier carbon fiber rim manufacturers in the bicycle sector. Mark and Andreas discussed his needs and where these wheels would fit into his existing quiver of nearly ten sets of wheels.
The decided on the 65mm tall tubular version utilizing 20 holes at the front and 24 at the rear, laced to Alchemy hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes.
This is really where the amalgamation of Mark’s many years’ experience as a bicycle mechanic and wheel builder, combined with his 15 years’ experience in the tech sector, and supported by his long passion for photography, began to bear fruit.
This was done as an act of good faith and Mark was never paid for the report. However, the development team at ENVE was able to act upon this input and modify their production techniques to virtually eliminate the issue.
According to the company founder, he and their engineering team had that report up on the wall for 2 months at their headquarters in Ogden, UT. We at OCS applaud ENVE for proactively applying feedback that was presented in a meaningful fashion and is a perfect example of why we do it.
The Before and After photos speak for themselves.
In the end, Mark was able to successfully build the wheels which ended up with exceptionally uniform spoke tension and straightness (true).
In all subsequent ENVE wheels built since, none have that original issue, a tribute to the OCS approach.
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