Curious of peoples opinions for this wheelset. I’m running bontrager aeolus xxx 4, I came from aeolus pro 3, so from a 35mm depth front and rear to a 47 front and rear. I do notice the wind a little more. I really like the idea of the 38 in the front and 42 in the rear. It seems that Enve and Zipp you hear from a lot. OEM like bontrager and roval, not so much. I can get a Chris King ceramic bearing local to the Portland area for 10% off and they would build up the Enve wheelset. On the fence of picking these up… Thanks
Just got an email that my 5 year warranty is now lifetime. I’ve got the 5.6 disc with dt240 and they are sweet.
I’ve been riding the 3.4 SES Disc for about two years now, and they’re fantastic. They’re smooth and fast, handle crosswinds very well, and are generally just badass wheels. I’ve had everything from cheap Chinese carbon to a set of Rovals, but the ENVEs are a step above. If you’re looking for a shallow wheelset (and it seems that you are), I can’t recommend them enough.
Save your money and buy the 4.5AR Disc is my advice. They are fantastic wheels as they are wider internal rim than the 3.4’s which allow you to run wider tyres with no aerodynamic impacts which future proofs you given that everything is moving to wider. I run tubeless 28’s on my 4.5AR’s @ 55psi believe it or not and they are by far my fave wheels. When I ran the 3.4’s I had ballooning as I wanted to run 28mm tyres but if you only want to go 25mms then the 3.4’s would be fine. I couldn’t tell the diff in winds between 3.4 and 4.5 to be honest as Enve have done a great job of ensure they they aren’t affected as much as other brands in crosswinds. I have two sets of Enves with CK hubs, one set has 10000 kms and they are still like new when I opened them up to service them the other day. I cannot speak highly enough of them…
How was your experience with the Chinese carbon wheels? I’ve been considering them as a first set of carbon wheels. I’d be using them for mostly Crit racing and maybe some road races. Thanks!
Also worth noting that they have SES 3.4 AR disc now too. Similar rim profile to the 4.5 in a shallower wheel.
I was planning on going with the 4.5 when I got my 3.4, but I find the “tubeless only” thing super offputting. The tire choice is so limiting on the AR disc line that I’m still not sure how they’re so popular. Hell, ENVE even recommends against using the GP5000 tubeless. There are like 5 tires to choose from, which is pretty annoying if you ask me.
They were fine for my first set! I had 50mm Nextie hoops laced to American Classic hubs and they were a massive upgrade from the aluminum wheels I was riding before. Like with most things, if you don’t know how they compare to something “nicer,” then you just don’t know. If you’re looking at something like iCAN or Yeoleo, I have friends who have both and really like them. Otherwise, I’d suggest looking at Light Bicycle and doing a set with some nicer hubs, like DT Swiss 250s.
The Trek Emonda is set for 25mm with 4mm clearance. So an AR wheelset recommends 28mm min up to 32mm or more. I’ve heard that some tires balloon, so a 28mm that balloons could rub. I ended up going SES 3.4 Chris King for 2625 on sale. Did an hour fifteen outside this morning with the new set, besides being brake adjustment, they were very nice. So far so good, really nice looking set of rims.
Good looking rig my man. Glad you’re happy with the wheels—sounds like you got a great deal on them too!
Real nice!! You’ll enjoy them for years and the company with look after you too. I’ve never met someone who’s been unhappy with their Enve’s. They’re durable and reliable. My 4.5 rims set have rolled about 32,000km now, trued once after a crash but otherwise faultless!
Final note on the wheel set I picked up, I called Envy to talk and learn a little about them. The SKU I have according to Envy, has ceramic bearings, ws ses 3.4c tl disc kingc 12/142 s11 cl. Final price, 2604. They also recommend for someone who’s 160lb’s to run 63 psi. Going to try that this weekend. Thanks again for everyone’s input.
63 PSI on 25c tubeless tires?
Yes, that was one of of my main reasons to call and confirm. Representative I talked to highly recommend to try it and rides at that level also. This is tubeless also.
Yes, you can easily lookup recommended tire pressures on the ENVE website:
32 mile ride on 63psi. Ride went well, no issues. Going to continue with that pressure.
I have the SES AR 4.5 disc and ride 28mm tyres at around 60 psi. My one complaint with these wheels is the limited tyre choice. Ideally I’d use GP 5000 TL but these are not approved by Enve. I have used Schwalbe One Pro with no issues, also used Mavic Yskion All Road for a mixed surface event. With most tyres there seems to be a fairly small window between the minimum recommended tyre pressure and the max recommended by Enve but I suspect you can run lower due to the wide internal width.
Prior to purchase, Enve did mention limited choices on the AR, that was one of the reasons besides limited clearance on the Emonda that I went with the 3.4. Enve highly recommend the Continental TL with the 3.4. Pretty happy with it so far.
I have been very impressed with my Enve 7.8. Also running at 63psi with Schawalbe Pro One TL. Surprisingly stable in the wind and seriously fast. Would throughly recommend Enve wheels to any rider.