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SES 3.4 TUBULAR

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Reg: $2850 - $3600

PRICES

DT SWISS 350 hubs - $ 2850
DT SWISS 240 hubs - $ 3250
CHRIS KING hubs    - $ 3600

Since its introduction in 2009, the Smart ENVE System 3.4 has established itself as ENVEs most versatile and consequently most popular carbon fiber aero road wheelset amongst road cyclists of all abilities. As such, its no surprise that ENVEs first stage victory at the Tour de France was delivered by Steve Cummings aboard the SES 3.4. The SES 3.4 is wider than its predecessor (29mm wide external, 21mm internal) to improve rolling resistance and improve aerodynamics for use with 25mm tires. In addition to added width, the versatile and reliable nature of the SES 3.4 has been augmented by incorporating road tubeless tire compatibility. Road tubeless compatibility means improved rolling resistance, comfort, traction, and a reduced propensity for flat tires. Like all SES wheel models, the SES 3.4 features dissimilar rim shapes and geometries between front and back wheels to maximize aerodynamic efficiency and rideability in variable wind and weather conditions. The front rim is 38mm deep and shallower than the rear rim to aid in cross wind stability while rear rim is 42mm deep and therefore improves overall airflow attachment. For riding in mountainous terrain where heavy braking is required, the SES 3.4 features a high temperature resistant resin system and ENVEs molded in brake track technology to ensure rim integrity and precision braking when and where it is needed most, in mountainous terrain.

 

TUBULAR FRONT REAR WHEELSET
Rim Weight 402g 409g 811g
DT 240 610g 762g 1372g
King R45 605g 752g 1357g
ENVE Carbon 577g 695g 1272g

 

RIM SPECS FRONT REAR
Depth 38mm 42m
Internal Width 21mm 21mm
External Width 27.5mm 27.5mm
Hole Count 20 24
Effective Rim Diameter 580mm 573mm
Aero Optimized Tire Size 25c 25c

 

Tubular tires feature a rubber tread sewn onto a tube and they’re glued or taped onto specifically designed rims. Tubulars rims are significantly lighter because the reinforced walls that support a clincher tire are not necessary and the overall wheel and tire system is lighter. Tubular tires are more expensive than their clincher equivalents, harder to change because they’re glued in place and they usually go in the trash after one puncture, negatives that rule them out for most riders most of the time. However, the lower system weight makes a tubular wheelset more responsive when accelerating, climbing, cornering and braking. For this reason, tubulars remain the default choice of professional racers and also many amateurs, and that’s why ENVE is committed to offering the tubular format.

 

It used to be simple – train on clinchers, race on tubulars – but advances in clincher rim and tire design, plus the arrival of tubeless technology to the road, means that’s no longer the case. The best clincher and tubeless tires now out-perform top tubulars for rolling resistance. What’s more clincher rims and tires also integrate slightly more aerodynamically. For triathlon, grand fondos and nearly all road riding, tubeless/clinchers are recommended. In shorter events, or if you’re lucky enough to have a support car, committed racers will tell you that little else feels as good as a set of superlight tubs leaping out of a corner.

Need to know:
• Lighter and more responsive rims and total wheel and tire package
• Tires must be glued in place
• Recommended for criterium and road racers
• Everyone else is recommended to go tubeless
• Clincher and tubeless tires are more practical

 

3.4 RIM SHAPE EXPLAINED

 

*Bikes and components may not be exactly as shown, specifications are subject to change without notice.