ENVIE 3.4 REVIEW
ENVE 3.4 REVIEW
May 17, 2017
We are big fans of Enve products. I could explain all the reasons why but you probably already know. Not too long ago now, Enve launched their new 3.4 SES at The Service Course, inviting journos from all over Europe to come down to Girona to hear what these new wheels were all about, but most importantly, to get out on the open roads and wind these babies up. This also meant that we got our hands on some those 3.4s and they now form a part of our rental program for you to come and try on our rental bikes or on your own bike.
The updated version on the 3.4 SES includes updated braking surface, providing 30% better braking than the previous 3.4 SES and impressively equal braking in wet and dry conditions, big call that last one and we are still working on testing that because it just doesn't rain much around here. Also updated is the rim width which was developed to better accommodate 25mm tires and the wheels are now tubeless ready. Interestingly, Enve claims the new rim has lost 1w aerodynamics in the wind tunnel but has gained more than that back in speed with the lower rolling resistance offered by tubeless tires. They also boast a 5 year warranty on the rim - now that's confidence in a product. They also come with a tubeless conversion kits, 4 sets of brake pads, regular rim strips, valve extenders and skewers all in the box.
We mounted our wheels with Schwable One Pro 25mm tubeless tires. Although they came with Vittoria Corse Speed TR, they were only 23mm and we were struggling to have them hold air very well, so we decided to swap them out. The Schwables were easy to mount and inflate with a floor pump and have been holding air quite well. Rolling out the door the wheels felt more snappy than the 4.5 SES we had been riding previously. However, they are still more than fast enough over a varied terrain and you will definitely feel their speed on the flats, as well as when you tuck in on the downhills. We also noticed that the rounded shape of the front wheel made them easy to handle in crosswind situations and gusty descents.
One thing that most brands don't talk so much about is actually building a comfortable wheel, mostly its about being aero and stiff. Enve has built in vertical compliance into the wheel to make a wheel that is not only aero but comfortable to ride. The idea is simple - by making a wheel that doesn't beat the body up with harshness, you can ride longer and arrive to the crucial moments of a race (if you race) fresher. For me this is even more important as a non racer because at the end of the day we just want to spend more time on the bike and cover greater distances and if this wheel can allow us to be more areo and at the same time more comfortable, what's not to love?
It's quite easy to see why this is Enve's most sold wheel set to date.
If these wheels sounds interesting to you the best thing you can do is come in and try the wheels for yourself. We offer a demo program which lets you hire the wheels on our rental bikes or on your own bike and we have in the range 2.2 SES, 3.4 SES and 4.5 SES along with 5.6 SES for disc brakes.
Price- €2900 for DT Swiss 240 hubs
€3200 for Chris King hubs
€3600 for Enve Ceramic hubs