SES 4.5 AR Industry Nine Disc Wheelset
Hammer the road stretch sectors of your ride to get to where you really want to be, the rural chip seal backroads and gravel surfaces far removed from the busy roads that confine the typical road bike with the SES 4.5 AR Industry Nine Disc Wheelset. Ogden, UT's masters of carbon fabrication provide the rims and Asheville, NC's machining maestros at Industry Nine provide the hubs for this made in America wheelset that looks as fast standing still as they feel once you get them rolling. Explore that dirt road offshoot you've been eyeing and know you're equipped with the same hoops that Team Dimension Data rolls on for the cobbles of Roubaix. With excellent tubeless compatibility, rim profiles built to offer an aero advantage with larger tires, and some of the fastest engaging and smoothest rolling hubs we've experienced, these wheels are a brilliant upgrade or the foundation to that all-road dream bike build.
While this wheelset shares much of its name with ENVE's SES 4.5, the SES 4.5 AR isn't just a wider version of its namesake. The impetus of the 4.5 AR was originally driven by the unique challenges of European cobbles and a desire to run big tires without the associated decreases in aerodynamics that happens when pairing them with standard width road rims. ENVE engineers created a whole new carbon layup and rim shape designed to pair with 28-30mm tires, maintain aerodynamics, and make the most out of the 4.5 AR's wide, 25mm internal rim width, disc specific hub pairing, and intended all-road utility. ENVE further tweaks the design with the inclusion of a hookless bead design, inspired by its mountain rims, which increases tubeless reliability and results in a clean tire to rim interaction.
Even with all those changes, the 4.5 AR sees a continuation of ENVE's now signature shallow front and deeper rear wheel pairings. The 4.5 AR features a 49mm front and 55mm rear depth to comingle with its SES 4.5 sibling in the sweet spot between the 3.4 and TT-leaning 7.8 wheelsets. ENVE's wind tunnel and real-world testing indicate that these wheels hold steady in a wide variety of wind conditions and yaw angles, so they bring their all-purpose depth to multi-surface cycling.
While shaping and dimensions are the brand's calling card, ENVE's obsessively clean construction also sets it apart from the herd of carbon competitors. ENVE wraps carbon fiber continuously around a removable bladder to construct the rims, routing the fibers around each hole for a completely intact, precise design that boasts the highest claimed strength-to-weight ratio on the market. As an added step, ENVE removes the bladder for a final product that's both lighter and better balanced than rims that remain packed with molding material. While that extra step of removing the bladder adds time and expense to the manufacturing process, the end result is worth it.
- An aerodynamic wheelset optimized for wider tires and all-roads
- Carbon construction is lightweight and stiff
- Rim depth provides a wind-cheating edge with 28-30mm wide rubber
- Hookless tubeless compatible offers easy setup, traction, and comfort
- The USA made fast rolling and quick engaging hubs are the icing on the cake