The ENVE SES 4.5 Wheelset optimizes the interface between the frame surfaces and the wheels, creating an integrated system. The front and rear wheels interact differently with the air and the rest of the bicycle. The front wheel is wider and shallower (48mm deep and 27mm wide) to improve stability and reduce drag in any wind condition. The rear wheel is deeper (56mm deep and 25.5mm wide) to reduce drag where stability is less affected. Enve test their wheels on multiple frame designs in order to produce the maximum drag reduction. The result is a wheel system, which handles predictably, and displays superior drag results when installed in multiple bicycle frame designs. The Smart Enve System wheels are also designed to provide predictable steering and to help prevent for the rider making over-corrections in windy conditions. This is done through optimizing the airflow attachment to the wheel which in the end creates a predictable and confidence inspiring ride quality.
Designed with the assistance of Simon Smart and his team of aerodynamic gurus, the Enve Smart Enve System 4.5 Wheelset is designed to be the incredibly aerodynamic without becoming to heavy to handle the punchy climb on in the middle of your favorite race’s parcours. Smart helped drive home the fact that fast wheels come from a combination of aerodynamics, stability, stiffness and durability in addition to how the wheelset interacts with the rest of the bike and the cyclist on it. All Enve wheels are built start to finish just up the road in Ogden, Utah.
The Enve SES 4.5 Wheelset is available in clincher and tubular rim models, a choice of Campagnolo or Shimano/SRAM 11 freehub, and DT Swiss 240, Chris King R45, or Chris King R45 Ceramic hubsets.
The ENVE SES 4.5 Clincher wheelset with the DT swiss 240 hub weighs in at 1477 grams. The Chris King R45 hub clincher wheelset weighs in at 1491 grams. The Enve Carbon ceramic hub clincher wheelset weighs in at 1392 grams.
The ENVE SES 4.5 tubular wheelset with the DT swiss 240 hub weighs in at just 1372 grams. The Chris King R45 Hu tubular wheelset weighs in at just 1357 grams. The Enve Carbon Ceramic tubular wheelset weighs in at just 1272 grams.