One wheel to rule them all.
Seeing that ENVE's backyard testing ground lies along the towering peaks, low-lying basins, and rolling benches of the Wasatch Range here in Northern Utah, it makes perfect sense to create a versatile wheelset for practically any condition experienced while riding in varying terrain and rapidly changing environments. Created with versatility and ambitious mountain rides in mind, the SES 3.4 Carbon Disc Road Wheelset enjoys the benefits of its Smart ENVE System design, which is to say it's sufficiently aerodynamic, but without being a hindrance or feeling unstable when blustery crosswinds threaten your efforts over alpine passes.
The Smart ENVE System plays out differently in each application and ENVE desired an extremely light wheel for spirited climbing in the mountains, but without forgoing aerodynamics. Their solution was to make the front wheel approximately four millimeters shallower than the rear, which helps to mitigate the sail-like effect you'd experience with a deeper carbon wheel, especially seeing the front is first to change direction and catch crosswinds. The slightly deeper rear aides in aerodynamic efficiency by redirecting airflow passed from the front to help you gain valuable watts.
Not only is the shape of the rim important, but its overall width is crucial in reducing energy lost to rolling resistance. Realizing this, ENVE optimized the SES 3.4 for 25-millimeter tires, which reduce rolling resistance while allowing for extra grip and more overall comfort, especially when you're running them in tubeless form. They're ready to ride tubeless straight from the factory, so you can drop the psi and gain the back-saving benefit of improved ride quality over bumpy roads, as well as self-sealing peace of mind if you get a puncture.
This version of the SES 3.4 is exclusively designed for centerlock disc road, cyclocross, and gravel machines. Each SES 3.4 Disc wheel is over 40 grams lighter than the standard version, due to fewer materials required in the manufacturing process. This means you'll get a small payoff in climbing efficiency with the confident stopping power of your disc brakes. As with all SES wheels, ENVE uses its most sophisticated technology and engineering techniques for an incredibly fast and stiff wheel. ENVE claims each SES series wheel boasts the highest strength-to-weight out of any carbon wheel on the market, due in part to ENVE's patented process of molding in spoke holes, nipple seats, and valve stem holes.
- ENVE's most versatile wheelset for disc road bikes
- SES design for confident handling with a touch of aero
- Unidirectional carbon is astoundingly stiff and light
- 21mm internal rim width is optimized for 25mm tires
- Designed exclusively for centerlock disc brakes
- Tubeless-ready for better ride quality
- Chris King R45 hubs add functional bling