Meet the new Enve SES 3.4 wheels
There are few products that turn heads like a set of Enve
wheels, and a look through our build gallery
reveals they're a very popular choice. This year the US company has
updated its best-selling wheelset, the SES 3.4, redesigning them
for 25mm tyres, improving aerodynamics, adding tubeless
compatibility and an improved brake track.
Why is the Enve SES 3.4 such a popular wheelset? In Enve's own
words, it's a "climbing wheel with an aero advantage," and it's
that all-round balance of weight, stiffness and aero performance
that makes it popular with a wide range of cyclists. Great in the
mountains, road racing or tackling your local hills and lanes, they
are its most versatile wheelset.
Reflecting the trend for wider tyres, Enve has widened the rim,
it now has a 21mm internal width front and rear, compared to the
18.5mm and 16.5mm front and rear combination of the previous
wheels. That extra width is intended to improve compatibility and
performance with 25mm tyres, whereas the previous wheels were
modelled around a 23mm tyre. With the growing popularity for wider
tyres, this is a welcome move.
Enve continues to use mismatched rim depths but the front rim
grows to 38mm and the rear drops to 42mm. This change, Enve claims,
provides better performance because the front and rear wheels have
difference requirements placed upon them.
"On a bike, you need stability at the front because the front
wheel steers while the rear wheel is fixed, plus you have different
wind angles at the front to the back. At the front, you want
stability, at the back pure aero performance," explains Enve's Ken