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PowerTap G3 ENVE SES 3.4 Powermeter Clincher Wheelset

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Power is everything.

While some may still scoff at the mere notion of carbon clinchers, we sleep well at night knowing that these same naysayers are secretly drooling over the likes of the PowerTap G3 SES 3.4 Clincher/Joule GPS Wheelset. And after combining the engineering techniques from Utah carbon innovator, Enve, with the power training technologies of PowerTap, we argue that the incessant comparing and contrasting between tubulars and clinchers becomes utterly irrelevant. Now, there's finally a wheelset that utilizes the very latest in carbon wheel design, the G3 PowerTap rear hub, and the all new Joule cycling computer.

Led by aero-engineering legend Simon Smart and Enve Composites, the rims of this wheelset are identical to those found on the Enve Smart System 3.4 carbon clinchers. Enve used its most sophisticated technology and engineering techniques to create this fast, stiff, and aerodynamic wheelset. The 3.4's aerodynamic design starts with the size differential of the wheels. Enve accounted for the different behaviors of front and rear wheels and designed the 3.4s with a front wheel that's 35mm deep and 26mm wide, while the rear wheel is 45mm deep and 24mm wide. The front wheel's shallow profile and wide stance helps decrease drag in windy conditions. On the other hand, the rear wheel's depth decreases drag because stability is less affected at the aft position of the bike. But, the SES 3.4 clincher is not only aero, it's also light, stiff, and strong. The Enve SES series boasts the highest strength-to-weight ratio on the market, and its due in part to Enve's patented process of molding in spoke holes, nipple seats, and valve stem holes. This means that when you combine the hand-built Enve carbon clincher hoops with the new PowerTap G3 Wireless Hub and a super-light PowerTap Front Hub, it adds up to one of the lightest and stiffest carbon PowerTap clincher wheelsets ever produced.

On the PowerTap's end, the company completely overhauled the design of previous PowerTap models, and improved multiple aspects ranging from rigidity to functionality. The new PowerTap G3 Rear Hub is a powermeter on a diet. An 80-gram weight reduction from the popular SL+ makes the G3 rear hub the lightest powermeter in the world. PowerTap improved on the rigidity of previous models for the G3 by shrinking the hub profile and widening the flanges, ending the days of heavy, stiff, paint bucket-sized rear hubs. With the distractions of weight and stealth design out of the way, PowerTap improved the functionality and accuracy of data gathering. For one, PowerTap moved the orientation of the electronics that transmit user data to the end cap of the freehub body. With the new positioning, it's now possible to remove the electronics for service without swapping out the entire wheel, equating to more time in the saddle and fewer headaches. The new G3 is also equipped with an ANT+ wireless transmitter that sends power, torque, speed, and virtual cadence data to your PowerTap Joule GPS. The G3 is capable of storing up to 15 hours of data in one-second gathering intervals, and up to 30 hours of data in two-second gathering intervals. The G3 design still has a 'torque tube' with eight strain gauges, yielding measurements accurate within +/- 1.5% between 40 and 130 rpm.

In addition to the PowerTap G3 hub and Enve's SES 3.4 clincher hoops, you also receive the power of having compatibility with PowerTap's latest innovation in power training — the Joule GPS. This new GPS Computer provides a seamless relationship with PowerTap, and it incorporates GPS capabilities for a full route view in order to ensure that you don't get lost ever again.

Each G3 SES 3.4 Clincher Wheelset is hand-built in the USA with DT Swiss Aerolite Spokes, and features the new 99-gram PowerTap front hub. The new front hub design features a beefed up 10mm axle, an aluminum hub shell, and 6901 aluminum sealed bearing cartridges. PowerTap also claims that the complete wheelset only tips the scales at 1520 grams, and given that the Enve SES 3.4 wheelset weighs 1490 grams, we're inclined to believe them.

The PowerTap G3 SES 3.4 Powermeter Clincher Wheelset is available with either a Shimano/SRAM or Campagnolo compatible freehub body. Additionally, each wheelset includes brake pads and quick-release skewers. Please note that this wheelset does not include a Joule GPS computer.

  • Carbon clincher rims
  • PowerTap G3 hub
  • Brake pads and skewers included
  • ANT+ compatible
  • Available with Shimano/SRAM or Campagnolo compatible freehub body

Tech Specs

Rim Material:
carbon fiber
Tire Type:
Rim Depth:
[front] 35 mm, [rear] 45 mm
Rim Width:
[outer front] 26 mm, [outer rear] 24 mm
Brake Compatibility:
[front] PowerTap w/ABEC 5 bearings, [rear] PowerTap G3 w/ABEC 5 bearings
DT Swiss Aerolite
Spoke Nipple:
internal alloy
Spoke Count:
[front] 20, [rear] 24
Actual Weight:
Black, Shimano/SRAM: 1520g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
5 years

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Enve quality

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up these wheels a few weeks ago and destroyed the front wheel a few weeks later. Stick in the spokes at 45 mph. 3/4 of the spokes broke and the front forks sheared off and the bike was destroyed. The rims looked fine afterwards and Enve took them back under their crash replacement program since they're Enve products (though prolly built by Powertap). They couldn't rebuild the rim since the nipples damaged the rim since the force was great enough to rip apart the spokes. They're sending me out a new wheel with a turnaround of about a week.
Enve has great customer service and Carson at Enve is extremely helpful. I'll be looking at Enve wheels first for all of my future wheel needs.
As far as the powertap brand parts, the hub is a standard cartridge bearing- does the job with no complaints.
The rear is puts out reliable power data and syncs easily with the Edge 520. No issues.

Carbon beauties with power

    The Enve 3.4 Smart system hoops have been on the market awhile with a lot of in-depth reviews so I won't repeat them here. Google the regular wheels and hit DCRainmaker for an indepth on the Powertap hub. Suffice it to say that they are great rims.

    Normal Enve wheels are built up with DT Swiss or Chris King hubs. The Powertap hub uses the DT Swiss internals, and while not their top of the line, is still a smooth rolling, if not noisy (when coasting) hub. Moral of the story: if you hate the noise, keep pedaling and go faster. Isn't that why we do this sport? :-)

    There is definitely a lot to like about these hoops if the power-in-wheel solution is the option you choose. Something that is not mentioned in the documentation is that not only is the Powertap hub Bluetooth and ANT+ compatible, that's also how you do firmware upgrades. The out-of-date instructions still tell you to insert a micro-USB cable into it. Thankfully you don't need to do that anymore. Cool.

    This may, however, be a problem for some because the app required to do the firmware updates is iOS-only for now. Powertap says an Android version is on it's way, but no ETA was given (at time of this review).

    And one more thing about the app: it's junk. Stick with your ANT+ or BT head unit. I only use it to upgrade the firmware. And remember to shut it off (disable it) otherwise it will unnecessarily be sucking battery out of your phone. But then again, someone somewhere might like the app. To each his own.

    Lastly, quality is mostly what you'd expect from Enve, though in fairness, these might have been laced by Powertap. Other Enve wheels I've owned/ridden were super true/round right out of the box. These were not quite true. The back wheel was about 1mm-1.5mm out and there were definite differences in spoke tension you could feel with your hand. It won't affect your riding, but if you're dropping $2k-$3k for wheels they should be straight and have even spoke tension.

    I have no way to test power accuracy, but everything I'm getting out of it seems to be right in line with the results I've gotten during metabolic testing in a lab. Calibrate it before every ride for best results.

    All in all, these wheels add a little sex appeal to your bike if you're into carbon wheels, and there's not a better method than power by which to train.

    What tire sizes would fit this wheel set?

    Enve 3.4's work great with 23's or 25's. 25's you can run lower pressures but not all frames can take 25's.

    Great wheels with a great power meter

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    There are so many ways to squeeze more and more performance from your bike and your body. New wheels and training with power are the 2 best upgrades you can make and these wheels accomplish both in one swoop.

    The Enve 3.4's are the most versatile wheels we have on the website. Race and train, they are fast, light, aero and bomb proof. They're handmade right here in Utah and are the best all around wheels I've been on.

    The Powetap hub is also a great way to get into power training. Its simple and cost effective way to use power. Ptap's are reliable and accurate and you can use the wheels on multiple bikes.

    This really is a great combo and well worth the price.

    Hit me up directly with any questions! btowery@backcountry.com

    Is it compatible with shimano 10 speed cassettes?

    Yes! There is an included spacer that goes between the hub and cassette

    Are these compatible with SRAM 10 speed 11-28 cassettes?

    Yes! There is an included spacer that goes between the hub and cassette.

    Hi Ben, do I need a Joule GPS computer or can it link to my garmin 510?

    Mohammad, Any ANT+ device can be used with these wheels. Give me a shout and we can go over the details. 801-736-6396 ex 4647. Thanks!