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ENVE 25 Classic Carbon Road Wheelset - Clincher

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There was a time when a carbon wheelset it meant that you were stuck with carbon tubulars. And while we admit that tubulars are the gold standard for racing, for rides or races without sag or neutral wheel support, they aren't too practical. Turning the tubular trend around, the ENVE Classic 25 Carbon Clincher Wheelset has been specifically designed to provide the best qualities of carbon rims. Yes, they're light, they're fast, and they provide all of the practical benefits of clinchers. So, whether you're racing road or cyclocross, you're going to benefit from the carbon genius that is ENVE.

Of course, there are many factors to the 25's ridiculous stiffness-to-weight ratio. Starting at the interface between the spokes and the rim, ENVE uses a patented process of molding in spoke holes, nipple seats, and valve stem holes. Knowing that carbon fiber gains strength from continuous fibers, ENVE routes the fibers around each hole in a 100% intact design. This design allows a lower weight at the spoke face, and adds overall rigidity to the rim. When built, the molded design promotes both higher spoke tension and tension uniformity. Another aspect of the 25's light weight is due to ENVE's use of removal bladders during the molding process. While most composite rim manufacturers leave the rim-shaping inflatable bladder in the rim, ENVE spends the time and money to remove it. This time-consuming process reduces rim weight, and makes for a perfectly tensioned wheel build. Guaranteeing this, ENVE has received a grant from the state of Utah, and it tests its rims on a state-of-the-art test fixture designed in conjunction with the Utah Center for Aeronautical Innovation. So yes, it is rocket science.

And while all of this technology creates an aggressive stiffness-to-weight ratio, we all know that a 25mm deep wheel is solely built for rugged speed. Sure, rigidity adds to this variable, but so does the build. The ENVE 25s are hand-built in the USA with DT Swiss 240 hubs laced with 20/24 DT Swiss Aerolite bladed spokes. So, when you utilize the quick, powering gains of the rim, the 240's low-resistance and minimal rotational weight will keep your speed on the rivet with less exertion coming from your end.

The ENVE Classic 25 Carbon Clincher Wheelset is available in a clincher version. For the freehub body, you're able to choose either a Campagnolo or Shimano compatibility — both are 11-speed compatible. Please note that these wheels weigh around 1376 grams per pair, and that they feature a maximum tire pressure of 125PSI.

  • Continuous carbon-fiber construction
  • 25mm rim depth
  • DT Swiss 240 hubs
  • DT Swiss Aerolite bladed spokes
  • Clincher
  • Shimano and Campagnolo freehub compatibility
  • Hand-built in the USA

Tech Specs

Rim Material:
carbon fiber
Tire Type:
Rim Depth:
25 mm
Rim Width:
22 mm
Brake Compatibility:
DT Swiss 240
DT Swiss Aerolite
Spoke Nipple:
internal alloy
Spoke Count:
[front] 20, [rear] 24
Claimed Weight:
1376 g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years

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have you set these up tubeless?

These wheels could be set up for tubeless cross use if you were keeping the pressure lower. I wouldn’t suggest setting them up tubeless for full 120psi use as they aren’t designed to hold a loose bead at that pressure. If you wanted to use them for cross, I would suggest some gorilla tape or the stan’s tubeless road kit.

Can anyone comment on the ride quality of these compared to Zipp 202s?

I love the buttery smoothness of the 202s - even with narrow tires, the Zipps seem to soak up lousy, cracked chip & seal roads in a way that alloy clinchers I've tried just don't, and all without leaving me feeling disconnected. I'd love to duplicate that comfortable & connected feeling in a low-profile wheel...

Any input is much appreciated!


I have several customer's that own both and have reported back. The 202s seem to be the choice for raceday use- pure speed. The ENVE wheels are very very close, but slightly heavier/ more consistent rolling feel and much better hubs with bearings that will last multiple seasons. If you're looking for something race day only, its hard to beat a Zipp. If you want race day wheels for every day use, ENVE is a pretty clear choice.

Hey Adam - thanks for the feedback. My issue isn't so much "race day/every day" use. It's more that as a very light rider in a pretty windy region, the 202's were a bit of a sail in cross winds...

I actually ended up going with a set of DT Swiss RC 28 Splines. Haven't had a chance to put many miles on 'em yet, but so far I'm liking them a lot. Never any complaints on DT Swiss hubs, great road feel, and just enough lower profile that I'm not getting blown all over the road. A win, all around!

What a wheel

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What more can you say about Enve. This is the climbers dream wheel. Its light and super stiff, and the clincher version was a real surprise. I was always of the mindset that a tubular is faster and better on the road, but with the right tire and right tube the difference is unrecognizable. This now completes my Parlee Z5i with Enve cockpit and now wheels.

Is there a maximum rider limit on these...

Is there a maximum rider limit on these wheels?

Best Answer

Enve does not publish a rider weight limit for these wheels, so you should be good to go.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.