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Whether you're upgrading the wheels on your existing bike, or
putting together a new custom build, ENVE are always a popular
upgrade choice. Their SES series offer superb performance, at a
The new Foundation Collection brings the best of ENVE technology
to a new, more accessible price point, trickling down much of the
tech from the SES range.
Built with these 45mm deep rims, they're aero optimised, but
versatile enough to match not just with aero-road and Tri bikes,
but for endurance and even gravel/adventure too. So, excellent
all-rounders, designed for speed, but not troubled by crosswinds
and happy to climb.
The Foundation wheelsets are all disc-brake specific (for
centre-lock rotors), optimised for 25-28mm wide tyres and designed
for tubeless tyres. We're also pleased to see ENVE's trademark
moulded spoke holes, which shape the carbon fibres around the hole
to avoid drilling, for a stronger, more durable wheel.
They also feature ENVE's Wide Hookless Bead technology, as
pioneered in their off-road M Series wheelsets. For road riding
this helps spread any impact from pot holes, curbs and debris over
a wider area, reducing the likelihood of pinch flats. It also means
you can run your tyres at a lower pressure, reducing rolling
resistance and improving comfort.
Their weights are remarkably close to those of the SES series
(these 45s are only around 20-30g heavier than the SES 4.5) and the
carbon rims are still handmade by ENVE at their Ogden, Utah
headquarters. They also carry a 5 year factory warranty along with
ENVE's lifetime "incident protection".
There are new hubs, too... The Foundation Collection features
new ENVE alloy road hubs, with Instant Drive 360 technology and a
40t ratchet. They use premium full contact sealed NTN steel
bearings for smooth rolling and durability.
They're not quite as aero as their dearer SES counterparts, and
use the same rim profiles front and rear, rather than tailoring the
shapes to their individual positions. They also use slightly
stiffer, heavier Sapim CX Sprint bladed spokes (as opposed to the
ultimate CX-Rays on the SES). But these are minor sacrifices to
achieve a significantly lower price point, and with ENVE's carbon
expertise they're a major step up from the 'stock' wheels found on
most bikes below pro-level.