Some brands in cycling have an aura about them, a feeling everything they do is that little bit special. Enve are a brand that would definitely fall into that category, and their reputation for excellence and innovation is as well founded as the look of their products is slick.
The SES 4.5 clinchers are what Enve call their everyday racing wheelset, and they were launched last year to fit that very gap in Enve’s line-up. You’ll probably have seen the tubular versions on the bikes of MTN-Qhubeka last season, and that’ll continue as the team – now with Mark Cavendish on board – change their name to Dimension Data for this year. The 4.5s fall into that same, popular mid-depth range as other favourites like Zipp’s 404s, which makes them very versatile and capable of being a go-to set of wheels no matter what the situation.
At the heart of the wheels are Chris King’s fantastic R45 hubs (which we’ve also featured in the 100). They’re light, strong and a benchmark for excellence in the industry so you know your wheels have a solid base. But just in case you don’t want the Chris Kings, you can also buy these built around DT Swiss’s 240 hubs or, alternatively, buy just the rims and build them up yourself.