Created in the spirit of the legendary SES 4.5 rims, Enve’s new SES 5.6 series rims have been designed utilizing the latest SES aero technology, resulting in their best road racing rims yet. These next-gen SES rim shaping technologies have allowed Enve to increase rim depth without sacrificing stability; with the SES 5.6 series you are not only getting a faster rim, but also one that is more stable in harsh wind conditions. The SES 5.6 rims feature a depth of 54mm for the front and 63mm for the rear and have been refined for the optimal combination of strength, stiffness, and weight for it’s intended applications: road racing and triathlons.
While at the top-of-the-class when it comes to speed and stability, these rims also feature Enve’s latest full carbon braking track. Through tireless research and development, Enve has been able to set new standards in regards to carbon rim braking; this latest iteration features nearly equal wet and dry performance and a 30% reduction in lever force required for the same stopping power as the previous generation. These braking improvements were achieved through three design aspects, the first of which is a molded-in brake surface texture that clears water almost instantly and provides increased friction. Secondly, heat build-up problems have been eliminated through Enve’s advanced high-temp resin system, exempting these rims from the overheating issues that some other carbon rims suffer. The final aspect is Enve’s unique black pad compound (pads included with rims), which have been specially designed to work in conjunction with the molded texture of the rims for optimal stopping power regardless of weather conditions.
With lighter overall system weights, tubular wheelsets are more responsive when accelerating, climbing, cornering, and braking. Without the need for a reinforced sidewall to support clincher tires, these tubular rims can be made significantly lighter than their clincher counterparts (Front: 404 grams vs 489 grams/Rear: 420 grams vs 513 grams). The added responsiveness and light weights make tubular wheelsets/rims the go-to for criterium and road racers as well as enthusiasts for whom weight savings is paramount. Although the glue-on tires make setting up tubular systems more involved and maintenance more of a hassle, the benefits keep these systems relevant and extremely beneficial in the right situations. However, most riders will find the tubeless ready clincher system (available here) a more ideal overall choice.
The Enve SES 4.5 tubular rims include Enve black compound brake pads and 45mm valve adapters.
|Tire Compatibility||700c (glue-on tubular tires only)|
|Hole Counts||20 front, 24 rear|
|Aero Optimized Tire Size||25mm|
|Front||404 grams (claimed)|
|Rear||420 grams (claimed)|
|Included Accessories||45mm valve extenders, Enve black compound brake pads|