SES 3.4 Industry Nine Disc Wheelset
The SES 3.4 Industry Nine Disc Wheelset from ENVE checks off all of the elements we seek in a modern road wheelset: centerlock disc, tubeless, aero, lightweight, stability, and stiffness. It's fitting that this all-around wheelset is an in-house favorite at the office, as well as at ENVE's HQ, as we get to enjoy Utah's extended canyon climbs, flat valley floors, and rolling terrain that links it all together. This versatile wheelset excels in practically every condition we've put them through and we can't think of many other wheelsets that are this well versed nor ones we'd rather be on. The rims benefit from the patented Smart ENVE System design, which allows this wheelset to be very aerodynamic, without sacrificing stability when crosswinds try their best to test your nerve and handling skill. All laced up to smooth spinning and fast engaging Industry Nine hubs, this wheelset is on a very short list of hoops we'd choose if we were shopping for an upgrade or building up a new bike.
Just like with the rest of the Smart ENVE System lineup, rim profiles are specifically designed for the application and with this particular wheelset, ENVE sought out a shape that created a light wheelset for climbing in the mountains, without neglecting an aerodynamic shape that saves watts elsewhere. Its solution was to create a front hoop that's four millimeters shallower than the rear, which helps mitigate the instability often experienced with deeper carbon wheels, especially as the front wheel is attached to your steering axis. The slightly deeper rear improves aerodynamic efficiency by helping the passing airflow stay attached for longer, therefore, creating less turbulence, and thus less drag, and stiffness, as the spokes are shorter.
Depth is one part of the aero equation and overall width is also crucial in reducing energy lost to rolling resistance. As such, ENVE aerodynamically optimized the SES 3.4 for the near-universal road standard of 25-millimeter tires, which reduces rolling resistance while allowing for extra grip and more comfort, especially if you run them in tubeless form. These wheels come with the necessary rim tape and valves in the box for riding tubeless, letting you drop the psi and enjoy the improved ride quality over rough roads, as well as self-sealing peace of mind if you get a puncture when running the wheels with sealant.
This version of the SES 3.4 is exclusively designed for centerlock disc and utilizes an 11-speed road freehub or SRAM XD driver and is ideal for your cyclocross, gravel, and road exploits. The 3.4 Disc rim is some 40 grams lighter than the standard rim version, as a braking surface, as well as heat management, isn't an issue. By reducing the external rotation weight at its furthest point and adding back some grams at the hubs with some rotor, accelerations and climbing efficiency with benefit along with the confident stopping power of discs in any weather condition. As with all of its wheels, ENVE uses sophisticated technology and engineering techniques for an incredibly fast and stiff wheel. ENVE claims the SES series wheels boasts the highest strength-to-weight ratio 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 versatile tubeless wheelset for disc drop bar bikes
- SES design offer confident handling in an aero design
- Carbon construction is light for the climbs and stiff in the sprints
- 21mm internal rim width is optimized for 25mm tires
- Designed for centerlock disc rotors or 6-bolt with adapters
- Tubeless-ready for a better ride and flat reinsurance
- Industry Nine Torch Road Disc hubs roll and engage quickly
- Choose between Shimano/SRAM 11-speed road or SRAM XD driver