Enve SES 5.6 Disc wheels

£2,700, sad­dle­back.co.uk

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or a com­pany that claims to lead the way in wheel tech­nol­ogy, Enve is quite late to the party with its disc-spe­cific road wheelset. So why the delay? ‘Our com­peti­tors have ba­si­cally just taken the same rim from their rim brake wheels, in­creased the hole count, slapped in disc-spe­cific hubs and called it a day,’ claims Enve’s Jake Pan­tone. ‘We’re ex­perts in mak­ing disc-spe­cific rims for our MTB wheels, so we knew we could save weight, im­prove tube­less per­for­mance and in­ves­ti­gate what is achiev­able aero­dy­nam­i­cally when there is no re­quire­ment for a brake track.’

The re­sult, ac­cord­ing to Enve, is a wheelset that is ‘vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal’ in aero­dy­namic per­for­mance to its rim brake 4.5 wheelset, but with rims that are much lighter. ‘The lam­i­nate sched­ule and even the moulds we use are com­pletely dif­fer­ent and are de­signed specif­i­cally for disc rims,’ says Pan­tone. ‘The 5.6 is re­ally an it­er­a­tion of the 4.5, but in tak­ing our time to de­velop it we were able to make it wider and deeper but still re­duce the weight by around 30-70g, depend­ing on the wheel type.’

With a 19mm in­ter­nal di­am­e­ter and tube­less com­pat­i­bil­ity, these 5.6s should be fairly fu­ture­proof, lead­ing Pan­tone to say, ‘There’s no real rea­son why your next bike shouldn’t be disc­spe­cific. It’s the fu­ture.’

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