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The ENVE SES 3.4 Carbon Tubular Road Wheelset with DT Swiss 240 Hubs has a lot of things working in its favor. It combines ENVE engineering and aesthetics, silky smooth and reliable DT Swiss hubs, and the versatility to speed over a wide range of terrain. The latest generation also features ENVE's latest brake track, which it refers to as Gen 2. Roll up to a ride on this set of hoops, and your compatriots will know you're one to be reckoned with when the group hits the road.
ENVE made its name with its fearless approach toward developing innovative rim shapes designed to make the wheels go faster; but for 2016, the big new story is the wheels' ability to stop. ENVE imbues the SES 3.4s with a brand new in-molded brake track, referred to as Gen 2, which offers a 30% claimed increase to stopping power and the ability to retain 95% of its braking power when being used in sloppy, wet conditions.
As with all Smart ENVE System (SES) wheels, the SES 3.4 wheelset uses ENVE's most sophisticated technology and engineering techniques to balance stiffness and aerodynamics. The design starts with the size differential of the wheels, which allows ENVE to account for the different behaviors of front and rear wheels with targeted dimensions. The front wheel is 35mm deep and 26mm wide, while the rear wheel is 45mm deep and 24mm wide. The front wheel's shallow profile and wide stance helps decrease drag in windy conditions, while the rear wheel's depth decreases drag as stability is less affected at the aft position of the bike. According to ENVE, the 3.4s create a low drag number rivaling many competitors' 50 and 60mm-deep rims.
One of the most noticeable advantages of the 3.4 carbon clincher wheelset is its enhanced stability. The 3.4 demonstrates stellar results under the ENVE Stability Index, a series of tests that incorporates the measurement of transient aerodynamics. The test represents real-world conditions, and ENVE is one of the only non-Formula One manufacturers to conduct it. The 3.4 shape that was developed as a result of these tests ensures predictable airflow attachment over the rim, regardless of crosswind. In crosswind conditions, the 3.4 experiences a buildup of side-force equal to the changing angle of the wind, and the predictability prevents the need for rider over-correction and minimizes the wheel wobble that plagues many other deep-dish wheels on the market.
The ENVE SES series boasts the highest strength-to-weight ratio on the market due in part to ENVE's patented process of molding in spoke holes, nipple seats, and valve stem holes. Knowing that carbon fiber gains strength from continuous fibers, ENVE routes the fibers around each hole in a 100% intact design, which allows a lower weight at the spoke face and adds overall rigidity to the rim. ENVE also removes the rim-shaping inflatable bladder in the rim, which, while time-consuming and expensive, serves to reduce rim weight and makes for a perfectly tensioned wheel build.
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Enve makes the best wheels out there, I've ridden them all and road our mountain they are phenomenal. the 3.4 tubular were the perfect racing combination for me here locally in a hilly area. they are light but extremely stable for going down the other side. the DT swiss hub is bombproof. I have a set of old enve I65's that one of the first sets made my enve and they are still excellent. If you have any questions on these feel free to contact me directly firstname.lastname@example.org