carbon rim, front or rear, can only choose one
thinking about the enve 29er AM rim
if you could only have 1 , would you put it in the front or rear?
Rear. Typically the rear hub is 300-400 bucks, and a front hub is about half that. If you are really a weight wheenie, you can more easily build up a lighter front wheel.
The majority of the weight is on the rear wheel, all the forward torque and about half of the braking torque.
There is a reason why road bikes go super light on the front wheel, and not the back.
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I would go for the rear if I could pick one. Most of the weight is distributed to the rear wheel and having the extra rigidity of an Enve hoop will only make power transfer more efficient and responsive. Additionally, they can handle very high spoke tension which will ensure that you won't lose tension over time. What hub will you be lacing it to?
Neither...I'd buy two alloy rims, hubs, and spokes for the price of one enve rim and have a kick a$$ wheelset.
already have a kick ass aluminum wheelset
looking at the next step
Front your gonna notice the stiffness immediately. Especially on a 29'er.
rear your gonna notice the durability, eventually.
Weight ain't that big of a deal.
I'd probably do the front first, it really is a very noticeable difference (like going from a QR to a 20mm TA).
Front. Spread out the front tire a bit, assuming your aluminum rim is narrower.
Also, it will definitely stiffen up the front end. Very rarely noticed any stiffness or tracking problems on aluminum rims in the rear.