If you missed ENVE’s virtual builder round up two weeks ago, you missed some unreleased items hiding in plain sight. First, there’s this new Adventure Fork with a slick flip chip for adjustable rake, more clearance and accessory mount points (of course)… And then there were tires too.
You heard that right. ENVE is going into tires. I mean, it makes a lot of sense since integration is all the rage these days, and their competition has been doing just that.
Since this is the first tire line from the Utah carbon component maker, it’s needless to say an important launch to put their best foot forward. Dubbed the SES Road Tires, they’re designed to be all-around tubeless rubber that rolls with the best in the biz, but also considers weight, reliability and ride quality.
One small touch that caught our eye is the fact that each tire’s packaging is labeled with the tire’s width when mounted to four different rim internal widths: 19mm, 21mm, 23mm, and 25mm. Yay for eliminating guesswork on tire clearance which is especially helpful given the amount of online shopping consumers do these days.
The SES Road Tires will retail for $75.00 each and the 25c and 29c are available today. The 27c and 31c are slotted for later this year. Will Tufo-manufactured and hookless rim-friendly tires dethrone the perennial favorite, the Continental Grand Prix 5000? Stay tuned for our review soon.
It’s always the little things that count. Many of us love a custom name decal, a custom bike, a custom paint job.
There are decals for wheels, but ENVE is making custom decals a whole lot easier and fun with their new online decal configurator.
For those who own any M Series, G Series, SES or the newest Foundation Collection wheels, you can choose from semi-custom decals such as camo and gradient colors of popular bikes, matching Chris King tones, and a variety of Pantone color swatches to choose from. For the more ambitious user, the configurator also allows you to upload their own designs or images for the decal.
The decal kit starts at $40 for the Foundation Collection wheels and $80 for the rest. The decal program is made in partnership with seasoned decal makers Stikrd and Slik so rest assured you are getting the best of the best. The decals can be installed during new wheel purchase or as a stand alone kit to be installed at home.
Can’t wait to see what everyone will come up with!
Since its founding in 2007, ENVE’s brand has always been synonymous with the upper echelon of quality which also meant higher-priced. The price tag obviously didn’t put a damper on its popularity as they are consistently one of the most sought after hoops.
But the markets have changed quite a bit since ’07, so what if ENVE can bring its state-of-the-art carbon know how to a friendlier price point? Is going offshore going to be the answer?
ENVE’s latest release, the Foundation Collection, is the Utah company’s answer to the ever-changing landscape: $1,600, made in the USA hoops for road and mountain. This ain’t no April fools joke.
Composed of three models, the Foundation collection is meant to compete in the middle segment. Think of it as the Ultegra/Force/Chorus of carbon wheels, complementing the flagship SES/M series, along with plenty of tech that go into each set. This is by no means an older, repurposed design, nor a compromised, simply cheaper design. Instead, ENVE achieved the price point by increasing its manufacturing efficiency. Simply put, the Foundation Collection is not a water-downed ENVE.
The three models are: ENVE 45 & 65 for road/tri, and AM30 for mountain.
First, the rims. The series features ENVE’s signature molded spokes and valve stem holes which ENVE claims makes a stronger structure by eliminating the need to drill, thus cutting the carbon fiber.
The hookless, tubeless optimized rims come with an anti-pinch flat design built in with a wider leading edge designed to improve as much as 30% in impact resistance and 60% improvement against pinch flats. For extra peace of mind, each wheelset is backed with ENVE’s lifetime incident protection and five year factory warranty.
The road/tri part of the collection comes in either 45mm or 65mm tall rims measuring 28mm externally with a 21mm internal rim width. Both wheels are disc brake only with 24 Sapim CX Sprint spokes on both front and rear. As for the aero profiles of the rim, ENVE is said to be taking cues from data collected from the SES line, minus the front/rear special rim profile but still competitive similar or better than its competition. Both wheelsets are optimized for 25mm-28mm tubeless tires, but one could also run an innertube only with a tubeless tire. The 45 is said to weigh 1,541 grams complete and 1,621 grams for the taller 65.
Both the 45 and 65 will also be built with its own Foundation Road Alloy hubset (124g front, 252g rear with Shimano or 232g with SRAM XDR) featuring a 40t ratchet. They are center-lock only with full-contact sealed NTN steel bearings throughout. A Campy-compatible version is also available.
As for the Trail/enduro-focused AM30, there will be a 29” and a 27.5” version.
Diameter difference withstanding, the 3mm asymmetric rim will be 20mm tall with a 30mm (internal) and 39mm (external) width, with 28 double-butted Sapim Race spokes front and rear threaded to black brass external nipples paired with Industry Nine’s excellent 1/1 hubset.
The AM30 weighs 1,852 grams. The full collection is available today.
Last fall ENVE offered its first ever trade-in/trade up program, and the popular program is back and better than ever.
While this year’s program remains largely the same where one will receive a $900 credit for trading in existing Enve wheels, or $600 for other brand’s carbon offerings from November 19, 2019 through January 3, 2020, ENVE is extending the offer to alloy wheels for a limited time.
That’s right. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019 through Dec. 2, 2019, your old tired aluminum wheels are now eligible for a $600 credit towards your next set of Enve hoops. More info here.
Tire pressure has always been a hot topic, but getting the tire pressure to be al dente could sometimes be an exercise of patience. The back and forths between a floor pump and more often a secondary gauge plus elbow grease, the struggle is real.
ENVE’s new $750 Air Pressure Station, aims to change all that. Made with the help of inflation specialist Haltec and packed in a 6×6 box, the Air Pressure station is a smart precision electric regulator designed specifically to meet the cyclist’s needs:
Set your desired pressure and inflate away
Three user-defined preset pressure settings covering 3psi (.2bar) and 145psi (10bar) with an accuracy of .5% of psi/bar
Compatible with both air compressor and bottled air
A smart flat/new override function that begins with high volume bursts of air to seat the tire before automatically switching to inflation
A 15 foot coil hose with a metal, lever-operated presta valve chuck made by KCNC
Integrated NFC tag which allows direct mobile access to ENVE’s latest online inflation recommendation
The Air Pressure Station is available today in the US with worldwide availability by the end of the year.
OPEN’s new WI.D.E gravel steed is getting all the buzz at the moment but the company’s forerunning U.P. is still one heck of a bike to reckon with.
The OPEN x ENVE collaboration started about a year ago with its first limited edition that drew its palette from the mountains around Moab in Southern Utah. Now the two firms are back at it again bringing yet another limited edition U.P., nicknamed the “winter edition” to pay homage to the Swiss Alps where the OPEN was born.
Only 60 are available now for $3790 USD/EUR. You’ll get a frame, fork, headset, ENVE G-Series components (bar, stem, seat post), seat tube collar, front & rear Carbon-Ti thru-axle, 2 derailleur hangers, 1 front derailleur mount, 3 MultiStops (2x, 1x, Di2), chainstay cable exit, BB guide, cable liners, noise-reduction foam sleeves, and of course, a manual.
Sh*t happens. Botched landings, driving your car into the garage with the bike still on the roof rack… the list goes on.
Now here’s some good news. As long you are the original owner of your ENVE Composites products… bars, hoops, all of them, the newly announced lifetime, no-questions-asked incident protection has got you covered.
It was really just a matter of time for ENVE to add more to the SES AR line up since the arrival of the SES 4.5 three years ago, and the disc-only SES 3.4 is finally here.
In what was then controversial but is now the norm, the 3.4 continues the trend of wider rims with the 3.4’s aerodynamics being optimized with 28-32mm tubeless tires.
The differences, besides the obvious shallower rim at 39mm front and 43mm rear rim height, is that the rims are now disc only and features ENVE’s own Wide Hookless Bead Technology borrowed from its mountain bike and gravel line.
The SES 3.4 AR is available today as complete wheels with your choice of ENVE alloy disc or Industry i9 Torch hubs for $2,550, or Chris King R45 disc hubs at $3,200. The rims are $975 a pop if you’d like to build your own.
Industry Nine dropped their latest mountain bike hub, the six-pawl, 690-point engagement Hydra hub merely days ago, and now ENVE has just announced they’re going to spec these North Carolina-made gems as their base hub offering for the M-Series wheelsets moving forward.
It’s much more than just an all-American partnership and that nearly instantaneous .52 degree engagement angle. Each I9 spec’d ENVE wheelset will also be $430 cheaper @ $2,550 per set now as they begin to ship this week. Can you say a win-win?