Since late winter 2010 Simon Smart has been working with Enve on their Smart system. The tubular version has already been very popular amongst those looking for an aerodynamic advantage in a shallow depth rim. With the demand for clincher versions the Smart system went through a redesign in order to maintain the same profile with the addition of the clincher tire bed. The result is a rim that performs aerodynamically the same as the tubular version with the easy maintenance of a clincher.
When Enve and Smart first teamed up their goal was a complete set of full carbon fiber rims that were fully optimized through extensive wind tunnel testing for the best aerodynamic response and stability in real world conditions. The resulting front and rear specific deep section rims feature two separate profiles; the front slightly wider and slightly shallower than the rear. The Smart System rims were designed to interface with both the active rider and various modern frame designs. Additionally, Enve heavily focused on wheel stability in varying wind conditions to ensure efficiency and rider safety.
In just a few short years, Enve has emerged as one of the industry's "heavy hitters," and has used the full capability of their engineering and manufacturing prowess to bring the design of their Smart System wheels to life. These 3.4 series rims represent Enve's best all-around wheel option, with shallower cross sections that yield lighter, more stable wheels with very little compromise in aerodynamics. These rims are intended for use in virtually all weather conditions, terrains and disciplines. Using their proprietary molded spoke hole design, Enve ensures maximum strength at the spoke-rim interface while allowing higher spoke tensions that improve wheel reliability. Smart System rims also feature an all new textured sidewall design that improves braking response and thus rider safety. In a departure from their traditional bold decaling, Enve has chosen understated and elegant black decals that vary in appearance depending on light conditions.
2016 Rim Update
As of 2016 ENVE has updated their lineup of rims. The 3.4 did receive a new braking surface with this update. The textured surface is designed to reduce braking heat, a problem particularly important to address with clinchers, and to improve wet weather performance. When using the new 3.4 rims make sure you are using the new black compound brake pad from ENVE. The new pad is harder than the old one and using the old grey pad on the new surface is not recommended as it will wear prematurely and potentially over grip.
Unfortunately, the new ENVE 3.4 rim is still not tubeless compatible. For a better look at which rims are tubeless check the table on our 2016 ENVE rim update blog post.
Made in the USA
Enve Composites is an American company committed to American design, engineering, and manufacturing. Enve Smart System rims are produced with pride in Ogden, Utah, USA.
Included with 3.4 Tubular Rim Purchase
Each rim purchase includes Enve internal spoke nipples, an Enve valve extender, and a pair of Enve's proprietary brake pads.
Shipping ENVE Internationally
We can no longer ship ENVE products outside of the United States. We apologize if this inconveniences you.
|Weight, g ( Front / Rear)||458 / 464|
|Depth, mm ( Front / Rear)||35 / 45|
|External Width, mm ( Front / Rear)||26 / 24|
|Internal Width, mm ( Front / Rear)||18.5 / 16.5|
|Available Drillings||20/24 hole only|
|Tire Compatibility||700c Clincher (Recommended 25mm)
The ENVE 3.4 rim is not tubeless compatible.
|ERD, mm (Front / Rear)||584 / 567|