Naked is fast
Carbon fiber is an invariably versatile material. In fact, there are dozens of ways to design a similar laminate. But with carbon, the process is as critical as the outcome. The Enve engineers' design with the knowledge that a strong final product is the result of an innovative design process -- from the inception of the idea to the laying of the fibers, Enve's entire process is founded upon this principle. The Enve SES Aerobars follow suit and the resulting bar is not only beautiful to look at, it's fast.
One of the more noticeable marks of Enve components is that they have no coating, paint, or finish. The bar you receive is essentially naked. If you've spent as much time staring at carbon components as we have, you'll notice tiny imperfections in carbon, and Enve chooses to not hide these. Carbon is, after all, a series of carbon atoms that have been bonded together in crystals to form very fine filaments. These filaments are about 5-10 microns in width. The fibers are aligned parallel to the long axis of the fiber and this gives it a very high strength to volume ratio. So essentially, your carbon aerobar is thousands of tiny threads wound together with a resin and molded into the final form. Its Smart Enve System (SES), is the brainchild of aero-engineering Simon Smart and Enve working together to create the lightest, strongest carbon components on the market.
Enve's philosophy also means designing products that are available and usable by any rider, no matter what their preferred position while in aerobars. The SES Aero Bar, features flexibility to accommodate extremely low and aggressive positions and well as the higher, wider arm positions that seem to be favored by professional time trial specialists and as well as track pursuit specialists. It features virtually unlimited adjustability of elbow pads and aero extensions on a 40cm base bar. The bar includes 5, 10, and 20mm spacers, an adjustable pad with from 125mm to 200mm, and a stack height that ranges from 15 to 90mm.
The aero bars include padded EVA molded elbow rests and a slight texture on the bullhorns so that your hands won't slip and you won't need to add weight with tape. The extensions included are s-bend and additional ski-bend and flat extensions are available to further customize your position.
The Enve SES Aero Bar features a 31.8mm center clamp area. When used with the smallest spacers it weighs about 650 grams. It is available in a 40cm width and is uncoated.
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Light, super adjustable, AERO!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I set my wife up on her TT/Tri rig with the ENVE SES handle bars. The first thing that impresses is packaging. They come in a box worthy of the pedigree and price tag. But it's not all show. These bars are light, have seemingly endless adjustability and the design is smooth and clean. They do take some time to get set up properly but that's mostly a testament to their adjustability. If you're looking for the ultimate areobar, this is it.
Hit me up directly with questions about this bar or any other TT/triathlon needs. firstname.lastname@example.org 801-736-6396 ext 4647