ENVE SES 3.4 Carbon Clincher Road Wheelset - Chris King R45 Ceramic Hubs
What is it?
A climbing wheel with an aero advantage, designed to be ridden in the mountains.
Who is tt for?
Road cyclists who require maximum versatility for riding in mountainous terrain and variable weather conditions.
Why did we make it?
Since the introduction of the original SES 3.4 we've implemented new design concepts across the SES lineup that result in a faster wheel and improved ride experience. The SES 3.4 features road tubeless compatibility, 25mm tire optimization, molded carbon brake track technology, and optimized SES aero rim shaping to ensure maximum efficiencies for a shallow aero wheel. Equally at home in the mountains as in the valleys, the SES 3.4 is the most versatile Smart ENVE System aero wheel.
Since its introduction in 2009, the Smart ENVE System 3.4 has established itself as ENVE"s most versatile and consequently most popular carbon fiber aero road wheelset amongst road cyclists of all abilities. As such, it"s no surprise that ENVE's first stage victory at the Tour de France was delivered by Steve Cummings aboard the SES 3.4. The SES 3.4 is wider than its predecessor (29mm wide external, 21mm internal) to improve rolling resistance and improve aerodynamics for use with 25mm tires. In addition to added width, the versatile and reliable nature of the SES 3.4 has been augmented by incorporating road tubeless tire compatibility. Road tubeless compatibility means improved rolling resistance, comfort, traction, and a reduced propensity for flat tires. Like all SES wheel models, the SES 3.4 features dissimilar rim shapes and geometries between front and back wheels to maximize aerodynamic efficiency and rideability in variable wind and weather conditions. The front rim is 38mm deep and shallower than the rear rim to aid in cross wind stability while rear rim is 42mm deep and therefore improves overall airflow attachment. For riding in mountainous terrain where heavy braking is required, the SES 3.4 features a high temperature resistant resin system and ENVE's molded in brake track technology to ensure rim integrity and precision braking when and where it is needed most, in mountainous terrain.
- Rim Depth: Front 38mm, Rear 42m
- Internal Width: Front 21mm, Rear 21mm
- External Width: Front 27.5mm, Rear 27.5mm
- Hole Count: Front 20, Rear 24
- Effective Rim Diameter: Front 580mm, Rear 573mm
- Aero Optimized Tire Size: Front 25c, Rear 25c
- Rim Weight: Front 458g, Rear 459g, Wheelset 917g
- With ENVE Carbon Hub: Front 636g, Rear 773g, Wheelset 1409g
- With ENVE Alloy Hub: Front 666g, Rear 843g, Wheelset 1509g
- With Chris King R45 Ceramic Hub: Front 664g, Rear 806g, Wheelset 1469g
ENVE is located in Ogden, Utah which features the Wasatch Mountain Range to the East and Western Desert to the West. This geographic location is diverse and we wanted to make a wheelset that provides aero performance and stability over all types of terrains and through all weather conditions. The 3.4 is light weight and relatively shallow which makes managing big mountain passes and gusty canyon winds a breeze. Over rolling and flat terrain the Smart ENVE System aero technologies come into play reducing drag and improving efficiencies.