ENVE Classic 25 Carbon Road Wheelset - Tubular $2,520.00
If a scale is your favorite 'tool' on the workbench, then we know that you're a gram-chaser. Even more so, we know that you've been eyeballing the ENVE Classic 25 Carbon Tubular Road Wheelset for a while now. The reason is simple, at 250 grams per hoop, you're looking at around 1038g for a complete wheelset. And not only will that pay off on any mountain in the world, but ENVE's construction techniques and design make the 25 stronger, stiffer, and faster than most wheels with a 45mm rim depth. So, whether you're racing road or cyclocross, you're going to benefit from the carbon wizardry 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.
And while all of that 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 Tubular Road Wheelset is available in a tubular version. For the freehub body, you can choose either a Campagnolo or Shimano compatibility. Please note that the Shimano option is compatible with the new Shimano Dura Ace 9000 11-speed system.