ENVE SES 4.5 Carbon Fiber Road Wheelset

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Limited Edition Details

WHAT IS IT?

The ultimate everyday carbon fiber cycling wheelset and choice of Team MTN - Qhubeka

WHO IS IT FOR?

Road cyclists and triathletes looking to minimize the tradeoff between aerodynamics, lightweight, and stability

WHY DID WE MAKE IT?

Because from the moment the first prototypes made the rounds at ENVE, it’s been the house favorite. The SES 4.5 rounds out the Smart ENVE System wheel line as a true mid-depth everyday cycling race wheelset. Additionally, the SES 4.5 features a refined shape and construction that yields better acceleration, cornering, impact resistance, and weight savings.


People Are Saying…

"The ENVEs are also some of the best all-rounders we’ve ridden; they’re light, stable, and plenty fast when you ask them to be. If we had to own just one wheelset for the rest of our life, these could be it."

"This wheelset surprised me fundamentally due to how well balanced they are and the wide range of use. You can use them for practically everything. They are very light and can be easily used for climbing. On flats, they are very aero."


The SES (Smart ENVE System) 4.5 is a road racer’s dream wheelset. The SES 4.5 is lightweight and like all ENVE products is durable enough to be used on a daily basis. The SES 4.5 is an evolution of our patented SES rim shape that reduces drag while at the same time reducing depth. The SES 4.5, like all wheels in the SES line-up, features dissimilar rim geometries front to rear because the front of the bike and the back of the bike interact with the airflow in very different manners. The front wheel is wider and shallower to maximize cross-wind stability and handling. The rear wheel is slightly narrower and deeper to maximize drag reduction off the back end of the bicycle. The SES 4.5 offers more aerodynamic performance than the SES 3.4 at a more manageable depth and weight than the SES 6.7. In addition to the gains in aerodynamic efficiencies made with the shape of the SES 4.5, it is also the stiffest wheel in the SES line of wheels. The increase in stiffness as well as aerodynamic performance make the SES 4.5 the perfect wheelset for road and criterium racing where acceleration, and cornering are the name of the game. To further enhance performance out on the road, the SES 4.5 features ENVE’s patented molded in spoke hole technology, removable bladders, and molded in brake track textures. Each SES rim features a texturized brake track that is molded into the full carbon fiber braking surface. This texture provides for superior modulation, heat management, and wet weather performance. The SES 4.5 is proudly manufactured in the USA.

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SES 4.5 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 27.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great all around wheels I wanted an good aero wheel for a little bit of climbing advantage without having to change wheel sets ,so I gave the 4.5 s a try great for hammering on the flats ,I found myself wanting to go faster form the smart system the wheels were designed with, was really overwhelmed with how they climbed I always thought the deeper wheels would not climb very well but they climbed outstanding ,super light and easy to service the dt Swiss 240 hubs ,I upgraded the hub and it sounds awesomely loud and engages a lot faster . So if your looking for a light all around wheel set here's you ansewer,thanks enve for another outstanding wheelset
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In a word - Perfect It seems unlikely that these wheels would have only 5-star reviews, but I haven't found a single fault. Build quality is top-notch, I've performed zero maintenance. Braking with the gray Enve pads is better than I've experienced with other carbon rims. The wheels perform as well or better in crosswinds than any deep rim I've ridden. Rim width is spot-on, I ride 25 or 27c tires and they are perfectly matched to the rim. As others have stated, ride quality is fantastic, they FEEL fast and smooth. It's clear Enve did their homework blending stiffness and comfort instead of blindly chasing a weight or a dimensional spec. They are superb.
Date published: 2016-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Custom built 4.5's Custom built with White Ind T11 hubs, DT-Swiss aerolite spokes and white decals. Went for a windy ride this morning, didn't feel any buffeting from crosswinds whatsoever and there was no need for hip adjustment to counteract crosswinds. Cornering is confidence inspiring and felt like i had traction control at each switchback. Acceleration is quick with very little effort and they maintain speed with ease. I'm rolling on 25mm Schwalbe one clinchers and the overall ride quality was excellent and buttery smooth. My only issue is that i can't stop staring at them.
Date published: 2015-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Took awhile to fully appreciate. I began my adventure with an upgrade dilemma. I was either going to purchase a new frameset; something more aggressive and aero. Or I was going to replace my lightweight and trusty Rolf Prima Elan wheelset with something more aero. After an exhaustive amount of research online and off I decided to get a set of Enve 4.5s and skip the frameset. Well, it seems I made the absolute right choice. They're noticeably more comfortable and responsive than my old hoops. More importantly, I've easily shaved-off a minute on my 40k crushes. PS: The service people at Enve where/are awesome as is the folks are Competitve Cycists both of whom where insanely helpful in answering all my insane questions.
Date published: 2016-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Wheel to do it ALL. Blown away. Not by the side winds, but by the level of performance. Its been six months with these wheels and I could have not been happier. They're bomb proof, stiff, and aerodynamic. Braking performance is more consistent than any other wheels I have ridden. Acceleration on these wheels are just mad. Mainly use these wheels to commute to and from work, constantly plowing through pot holes, train tracks, and debris infested roads. These wheels shrug it off and keep on rolling. Build quality is like no other, the choice of hubs Enve chooses are impeccable. If you compete or just want the best of the best, look no further, this will be the best decision you will make for your bike.
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great in the wet. Whenever there was rain around or approaching, I usually become a little apprehensive under brakes with carbon wheels on-board but these new SES 4.5's with the cross-hatch braking surface on the rim are outstanding. Rock solid feel and grip with no noticeable reduction in braking distance. Albeit they're a little noisy in the dry (aka jet engines under load) it's really made them a wheel for all seasons for my money.
Date published: 2016-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome aero wheels After failures with 2 different sets of Zipp Firecrests I left the brand and moved to Enve. The SES 4.5 wheels are awesome, durable, fast all rounders that brake well and look super cool. I couldn't be happier, my only frustration is that I spent so much money with Zipp and didn't come directly to Enve!
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, Best Wheelset I ever had! End of Story I have been waiting for the 4.5 clincher with Chris King Hub and finally got them last month. I love the wheelset, well balanced, FAST, Rigid and great in cornering. Very smooth and just wont stop rolling. I have been climbing using this wheelset and this wheels can climb with ease. I had Zipp 303, 404's and Vision Metron 55 nothing comes closed to the technology ENVE put into this wheelset. Great Overall and highly recommended.
Date published: 2015-07-29
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