EB13: ENVE adds Road Bike Disc Brake Wheels, Direct Mount DH Stem & Aero Drop Bar

enve smart system road bike disc brake wheels

ENVE has joined the road bike disc brake movement with new SES 3.4 wheels with your choice of DT Swiss or Chris King hubs.

The rims were tweaked from the original Smart System wheels because they’re thinking road discs will initially lean towards the gravel and adventure rider. So, they borrowed heavily from their mountain bike layup and resin knowledge bank during development.

They’ve also released their full carbon direct mount stem and some more new aero cockpit parts for the road…

enve smart system road bike disc brake wheels

They’re disc specific, so there’s no brake track. That let them drop a whopping 60g per rim! Rim weights are 400g for the front, 415g for the rear. Clinchers only for now, but tubulars are likely to follow.

The resin and layup are able to more closely mirror what’s in the XC MTB rims since they don’t need to manage heat at the brake track. This gave them more control over the ride characteristics, and they should super durable. In other words, perfect for gravel roads and cyclocross.

2014 enve smart system disc brake road bike wheels

They use a normal road profile, so they’re not designed with tubeless in mind. It could be done, but it’s not optimized for it. They looked at using the bead seat profile of their 29er XC rims, but said when those are run with road tires and tubes, they’re more prone to pinch flats. So, for now, road tubeless ENVE rims are still in a holding pattern until the market for them develops a bit more and they can justify the R&D.

They’re molded with 24 holes on both. They tested a 20 hole front, but with brake load and impact, they’d snap spokes. The same test, which applied rotational torque similar to what would be experienced during hard braking, passed fine with 24 spokes.

Retail is $2,950 with DT Swiss 240, which will ship with a 6-bolt rotor adapter. Chris King hubs add $50. Weights end up pretty close to the standard 3.4 wheels since the disc hubs are a bit heavier. Available in January.

enve smart system aero road bike handlebars

The new Smart System aero road bike handlebar is their second SES component that takes advantage of their relationship with Simon Smart.

enve smart system aero road bike handlebars

It gets a UCI approved flat teardrop shape across the top. The drops share the same basic shape as their standard compact bars with two exceptions. Reach is a bit shorter at 77mm, and they flare outward. So, the width is measured at the ends, but the top section ends up being a bit narrower as an aero advantage. They recommend ordering a size wider than normal if you typically ride on the hoods.

enve smart system aero road bike handlebars

It’s more performance oriented than their round bars, meaning its stiffer, aimed at racers looking for every little edge. Retail is $400, weight is 250g and it’ll come in 40/42/44 widths.

enve smart system aero road bike handlebars

It’s the first handlebar they’ve made with internally hidden cable routing.

enve smart system aero tt-triathlon bike handlebars

The Smart System TT bar is in production and passed testing. It’ll be available in November for $1,300. Everything you need to get the full range of adjustment comes in the box and can be done with a single 4mm Allen wrench. For more details, check our coverage from DealerCamp.

enve carbon direct mount downhill mountain bike stem

The new Direct Mount Stem is the first all-carbon DM downhill stem. Like everything else, they looked at what layup to optimize the performance for the given application. And, of course, to feel really good with their own DH handlebars.

It’ll be offered in 50mm (20mm rise) and 60mm (15mm rise) lengths. The shorter stem needed the extra rise to clear the other parts on the bike. Weights are 117g and 112g respectively. Yes, the 50mm is slightly heavier because it uses an expanding foam inside the body. The 60mm had room for bladder molding, so there’s more empty space inside.

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The underside of the stem shown on the left, profile on the right.

They tested all the strongest stems on the market to set benchmarks. Once they had that, they built up samples and put them in their machines. They ended up breaking and bending handlebars before the stem would fail. So, you’re going to break your bar before you’ll break the stem. What they ended up with is a stem that’s as light as the trickest 2-piece alloy stems, but is way stiffer. And it’s way lighter than comparably strong 1-piece alloy stems.

The threaded inserts are actually a bridge that connects the left and right holes to each other and prevents them from getting pulled out.

Retail is $325, available in November is all goes to plan. It’s 100% made in Ogden, UT, too, making it their first non-wheel component that won’t see any production in Asia.

www.enve.com

Comments

MMyers - 08/28/13 - 3:11pm

Saving 60 grams at the rim is pretty good.

Al - 08/28/13 - 3:18pm

Too bad they stuck with the male anatomy shaped barends on the drops. Why???????

Rohan - 08/28/13 - 3:29pm

Great to see more production coming back to the US

Pancakes - 08/28/13 - 3:59pm

Al-

It’s been said that people see what they want to see….

The bit at the end covers the end of your bartape so you don’t need bar end plugs, it’s quite a neat solution.

ChrisC - 08/28/13 - 4:20pm

“with DT Swiss 240, which will ship with a 6-bolt rotor adapter”

I assume that means they’ll be using the DT Swiss 240 centerlock hubs?

Tyler Benedict - 08/28/13 - 4:32pm

ChrisC – yes, they are Centerlock hubs, but the adapters come with them so you can run whatever type rotors you like.

Al – yes, those rubber bits flip back when you start wrapping the bar tape, then flip back to cover the ends and provide a nice rounded end for your hand. It looks good and is comfortable, I have one of their bars on my road bike.

Ryan - 08/28/13 - 6:11pm

Only 3k? I’ll take 2 pair please!

(Waiting for CK to make a centerlock version of the R45)

K11 - 08/29/13 - 1:31pm

step in the right direction, 1st enve stem made in the states. looks nice.

don’t think they could take a chance on asia production on such a critical dh part.

McClain - 08/30/13 - 5:12pm

Those bars are so slick… pretty much exactly what I’ve been waiting for. Hmm now to find some hundreds…

Reid - 09/04/13 - 10:08am

Any reach/drop info on those bars?

cL - 11/01/13 - 4:32pm

Just cut the ends off. I did on my compact bars and use regular plugs.

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