Manuals – Wheels

Wheel User Manual – Click here to download.
Need Spoke Chart Information – Click here to download.

What’s Included?
Recommended Spoke Tension
Recommended Tire Size
Recommended Tire Pressure
Brake Pads
Quick Releases
Wheel Truing
Hub Maintenance
Valve Extender Installation
Tire Installation
ENVE Tubeless Kit
Rim Maintenance

Congratulations on the purchase of your ENVE Composites wheels! Read these instructions and follow them for correct use. Specific tools and knowledge are necessary for proper installation. It is recommended that the wheels be installed by a qualified bicycle technician.

What’s included in Your Wheels?

Road/SES Wheels

  • ENVE TI Quick Release Skewers
  • 4 x ENVE Grey Brake Pads
  • 2 x ENVE Valve Extenders (Installation Instruction on Page 5)
  • 39mm – for 25, 45, and SES 3.4 Models
  • 55mm – for 65, and SES 6.7 Models
  • 95mm – for SES 8.9
  • 2 x 700c ENVE Rim Strip (Clinchers Only)

Mountain Wheels

26 and 29 XC/AM

  • 1 x Tubeless Kit
  • 1 x Roll Tape
  • 2 x UST Valve Stems w/ Removable Core

26 Inch Downhill

  • 2 x ENVE Rim Strip

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Brake pads
  • ENVE requires the use of these pads in order for ENVE’s Two Year Warranty to take effect.
  • Replacement pads may be purchased from your local dealer or www.ENVE.com.
  • Replace your pads at the beginning of each season OR if:
  • They show signs of uneven wear.
  • They become contaminated. Contaminants include but are not limited to sand, mud, and alloy particles from use with alloy rims.

ENVE Grey Brake Pad Installation

Tools Required:

  • 2mm Allen Wrench (in some cases a 2.5mm Allen wrench is needed)
  • Needle Nose Pliers (optional)
  • If your pads slide out towards the front of the bike then the brake pad carriers were installed incorrectly. Reverse the direction of the pad carriers so the pads can only be removed when pushed or pulled towards the back of the bike frame. If you are not confident that you can complete this installation properly, please visit your local bike shop for assistance.

Installation of Shimano/SRAM Style Grey Brake Pad

  • Place your bike in a bike stand so that you can remove the wheels and still work on your frame. This isn’t necessary, but sure makes the job easier.
  • Using the 2mm Allen wrench, remove the retention screws from all four pad carriers. Set the screws aside in a safe place where you won’t lose or drop them.
  • Slide pads out towards the rear of the bicycle. If you cannot accomplish this using your fingers, feel free to use your needle nose pliers.
  • Install each pad to the proper corresponding carrier. Each pad is labeled “Left” or “Right” and has an arrow indicating the forward direction in which the pad should be oriented.
  • Replace each retention screw and tighten according to manufacturer specifications.

Installation of Campagnolo Style Grey Brake Pad

  • Place your bike in a bike stand so that you can remove the wheels and still work on your frame. This isn’t necessary, but sure makes the job easier.
  • In 2011 Campagnolo fitted all their brake pad carriers with a retention clip which is not present on models prior to 2011. To remove your pads lift the retention tab and pull the pad out towards the back of the bike until the depression in the pad clears the retention tab, and proceed to completely remove the brake pad.
  • Install each pad to the proper corresponding carrier. Each pad is labeled “Left” or “Right” and has an arrow indicating the forward direction in which the pad should be oriented.
  • Ensure that the retention clip has seated into the depression in the brake pad.

 

Quick releases
  • Quick Releases (QR) provide superior wheel retention if they are correctly installed and maintained.
  • When closing the QR, too much leverage may cause damage to the QR, and result in accident, injury or death. The QR lever closing force is adjusted by turning the nut opposite of the QR lever clockwise to tighten, or counter-clockwise to loosen.
  • Adjust the QR lever so moderate force is required to close lever fully.
  • Consult a qualified bicycle mechanic for QR adjustment tips or regarding questions on proper lever force.
  • ENVE Composites suggest adjusting the lever so that, when closed, it is pointing upward in order to avoid contact with passing objects.
  • Regularly check the quick release adjustment. The QR may need periodic lubrication at pivot points so it can exert maximum sideways force without binding.

Installation of the Quick Release

  • ENVE Quick Release skewers should only be used with forks that feature secondary retention tabs on the dropouts to prevent accidental wheel loss. ENVE does not recommend the removal these retention tabs.
  • Unthread the adjusting nut from the end of the quick release skewer and remove the tension spring.
  • Insert the quick release skewer through the hub axle from the non-drive side on the rear and non-disk side on the front.
  • Re-install the tension spring with the smaller side facing inward.
  • Thread the adjusting nut a few turns back on to the skewer.

Front Wheel

  • Check that brake quick release and wheel quick release are in the open position.
  • Install the front wheel into the fork dropouts so that the axles are fully seated leaving no gap between the top of the dropout and top of the axle.

Tech Note: Locate the arrow indicating the proper rotational direction of your tire (hopefully you did this when you mounted your tires), and then make sure that the FRONT quick release skewer lever is on the non-drive side of a road bike and non-disc side of your mountain bike.

  • Close the quick release half way.
  • Tighten the adjusting nut until it contacts the dropout.
  • Close the lever. At 90 degrees to the fork you should feel tension, but still be able to close it fully.
  • Upon fully closing the quick release lever it should leave a very clear impression in the palm of your hand. If it does not then your quick release is not tight enough. Loosen the quick release, tighten the adjusting nut a quarter to a half turn and retighten the lever until proper tightness is achieved.
  • Lever should be positioned behind the fork leg.

Rear Wheel

  • Check that brake quick release and wheel quick release are in the open position.
  • Shift the rear derailleur into the highest (smallest) gear.
  • Pull back and down on the rear derailleur to open the chain and install the cassette between upper and lower sections of chain. Align the cassette so that the chain rests on the smallest cog.
  • Install the rear wheel into the frame dropouts so that the axles are fully seated leaving no gap between the top of the dropout and top of the axle.

Tech Note: Locate the arrow indicating the proper rotational direction of your tire (hopefully you did this when you mounted your tires), and then make sure that the rear quick release skewer lever is on the non-drive side of your bike.

  • Close the quick release half way.
  • Tighten the adjusting nut until it contacts the dropout.
  • Close the lever. At half way closed you should feel tension, but still be able to close it fully.
  • Upon fully closing the quick release lever it should leave a very clear impression in the palm of your hand. If it does not then your quick release is not tight enough. Loosen the quick release, tighten the adjusting nut a quarter to a half turn and retighten the lever until proper tightness is achieved.
  • For safety the lever should be positioned between the seat stay and chain stay.

 

Wheel truing

ENVE Composites Bicycle wheels are straight, round, and stable because of a balanced spoke tensions. The rim’s shape can be changed by tightening and loosening spoke nipples. Wheel truing should be performed by persons with adequate wheel truing experience or training. If you do not have confidence or experience with wheel truing, take the wheels to a qualified technician for this service.

  • Problems that require the attention of a specialist: This includes major untrueness, chronic spoke loosening or breakage, noises, rim chips and cracks, or any negative sensations while riding. These are important signs to visit your local bike shop for expert advice. Do not ride a wheel that is unreliable or subject to questionable performance as evaluated by a user.

 

Hub Maintenance

ENVE Composites wheels are built with hubs that are equipped with high grade, precision, sealed cartridge bearings. Under normal circumstances, no maintenance is required.

Please be aware of the following situations:

  • Avoid contamination of bearings with solvents, aerosol lubricants (as for chain), and strong cleaning solutions in the hubs. Solvents can pass the seals and break down the bearing grease, decreasing performance and lifespan.
  • When cleaning the bike, use only mild soap and a mild stream of water for rinsing. Avoid pressure washing. High pressure systems can direct water and special wetting agents at a high pressure, forcing water passed the bearing seal and removing critical bearing grease.

 

Valve Extender Installation – Road Only

NOTE: Install the valve extenders before installing your tires.

  • Needed –5mm Open End Wrench or Needle Nose Pliers
  • Locate the valve stem of your tire. (Use presta style valve stems only!)
  • Using a 5mm open end wrench, or needle nose pliers; remove the valve core for the stem of the tire or tube.
  • In place of the valve core, thread in your ENVE Valve Extender until finger tight, and then tighten the extender an additional quarter to half turn with your tool of choice.
  • Replace stock valve core into opposite end of the ENVE Valve Extender.
  • Repeat on other tire or tube.

NOTE: With all ENVE Road Tubulars you will receive the following length extenders:

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Tire Installation

ENVE Clincher Tire Installation

Below is a basic guide to mounting clincher tires on your new ENVE carbon clincher rims.

Installing Rim Strip

Note: Only use ENVE supplied 18mm rim strips. Use of Velox© or similar thick cloth tape is not recommended as it will make tire installation more difficult.

  • Locate the valve stem hole in the rim and align it with the hole punched in your ENVE supplied 18mm wide rim strip.
  • With ENVE logo facing up, stretch the rim strip over the rim.
  • Check the entire circumference of the rim to make sure that the rim strip is centered; that there are no creases or folds; and that all the spoke holes are covered.

Installing Tires

  • Determine the recommended rotational direction as suggested by the tire manufacturer. Not all tires are directional but an arrow will generally be present on the sidewall of the tire to indicate the proper rotational direction.
  • Using only your hands, mount one side of the tire bead onto the rim aligning the tire’s logo with the rim’s valve stem hole.
  • Inflate your inner-tube just until it takes shape.
  • Install the tube’s valve stem into the rim’s valve stem hole, and proceed by seating the tube in between the rim and tire. Be careful not to twist or fold the tube.
  • Install the other tire bead onto the rim using caution not to pinch the tube between the rim and tire bead.

NOTE: ENVE does not recommend the use of tire levers to install or remove your tires. However, we understand that there are moments when the use of a tire lever is necessary. When using a tire lever, only use PLASTIC levers, and be careful not to pinch your inner-tube during the install.

Tech Note: If it is difficult to fully install the second side of the tire bead, check that the tube around the area of the valve stem is not pinched under the tire bead. If it is, push the valve stem in towards the tire about 1 cm and then in try mounting the bead again.

  • Inflate the tire to a low pressure and ensure that both tire beads are properly seated and that no tube is sticking out. Correct as necessary.
  • Inflate the tire to full pressure. When you spin the wheel the tire should not hop or wander side to side.

ENVE Tubular Tire Installation

Gluing tubular tires is not for everyone, and requires 2-3 days to do a proper mount. We highly recommend that an experienced bicycle technician with gluing experience mount your tubulars. It is also completely acceptable to use a tape system such as Tufo© Extreme tape to mount your tubular tires. We have had a great experience using the Tufo© system and it can be installed cleanly and quickly in the comfort of your living room.

Below is a basic guide to mounting tubular tires on your new ENVE carbon tubular rims. Always refer to the glue manufacturer’s instructions as processes may vary.

Tools Required:

  • Truing Stand to hold wheel
  • Rags
  • Alcohol or Acetone (Acetone is safe to use on the rims, but it will damage the decals)
  • Acid Brush or Similar
  • Latex Gloves
  • Floor Pump
  • Scotch Brite or 120 Grit Sandpaper
  • Glue or Tape of your choice

Before you Glue or Tape:

Time Required – 15 Minutes

  • Install the valve extenders provided with your ENVE rims on your tire.
  • If you are going to install sealant in your tubular tire, now is the time to do so.
  • Prepare the rim by cleaning the tire bed of the rim using either the 120 grit or finer sand paper or the Scotch Brite. Starting at the valve hole, work your way around the entire tire bed surface of the rim. Apply acetone to a rag and clean surface of the tire bed until no sanding residue appears on your rag.

Note: Acetone will damage your decals.

  • The day before you intend to glue or tape your rims, install your tires on the rim to pre-stretch them and ensure proper fit. Once installed, inflate them to within 10-20 psi of the rated max pressure.

Tech Note: This is a good opportunity to get used to installing the tire on the rim. Practice this several times before glue comes into the picture. Once you have glue on the rim and tire, you will only get one chance!

  • We recommend a minimum 12 hour stretch time, but refer to the tire manufacturer’s instructions for specific recommendations.

Gluing and Taping

Taping Tubular Tires:

Time Required – 15 Minutes

If you are taping your rims simply follow the instructions given by the tape manufacturer.

  • Not all tubular tires are compatible with tape. Be sure to verify compatibility of the tape and tire with both manufacturers before installation.

Gluing Tubular Tires:

Time Required – Generally 72 Hours Before You Can Ride

Step 1

Total Time Required – 12 Hours

  • Place your wheel in the truing stand.
  • Inflate your tires just until the tire twists and the base tape faces outward.
  • Put on your latex gloves and open the glue container or tube.
  • Grab your brush and apply a light and even coat of glue to both the rim and the tire. Be sure to apply the glue across the entire surface of the rim’s tire bed and tire’s base tape. Be careful to not get glue inside the spoke holes of the rim.
  • Set rims and tires aside for drying in a dust free, well-ventilated area.
  • Refer to the glue manufacturer’s instructions for proper drying times.

Step 2 – After the glue has dried according to the manufacturer’s recommendation, repeat Step 1.

Step 3 – Repeat Step 2 plus…

Total Time Required – 12 Hours

  • After applying your third and final coat of glue to both the rim and tire, you are ready to mount the tire to the rim. You should let the rim and tire sit for a few minutes before mounting the tire.

Tech Note: Some will recommend that the third and final coat be applied only to the rim. Refer to the glue manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you obtain the best adhesion possible.

  • Deflate the tire and remove the rim from the truing stand.
  • Hold the rim between your feet on the floor, on a clean, non-slip surface.
  • Put the valve stem through the rim’s valve stem hole. Press down firmly.
  • Grab the tire to the left and right of the valve stem and work the tire onto the rim working down toward the floor.
  • When you get to the floor pick up the wheel and slide the remaining tire onto the rim using your thumbs.
  • Quickly check that the tire is centered on the rim.
  • Inflate the tire just enough so that it takes shape and check to see that an equal amount of base tape is showing on both sides around the rim.
  • Inflate the tire to 50 psi (3.4 bar) and place it in your truing stand. Spin the tire slowly and make sure that the tire is not wandering from side to side. If it is, deflate the tire slightly and move it over until the tire is completely centered on the rim showing equal amounts of base tape on both sides of the rim. Repeat this step as necessary.
  • Inflate tire to recommended pressure.
  • Clean any excess glue from the rim and brake track using your rag and acetone.
  • Allow 24 hours for glue to dry.

Before you ride

  • After 24 hours, check both your front and rear wheels to ensure that the tires are adhered properly. To do this, grab the tire with both hands and with moderate force try to roll the tire off the rim. If it holds you are ready to ride!

Mountain Tubeless Kit and Tire Installation

Tools Required

  • ENVE Tubeless Kit (2 Valve Extenders, 1 roll of tape)
  • Scissors
  • Floor Pump
  • Plastic Tire Lever (optional)
  • Tire Sealant
  • Alcohol or Acetone
  • Rag

Rim Preparation:

  • Wipe clean the tire bed of the rim using your rag and acetone to ensure that the surface is free of grease and debris.

 

Installation of ENVE Tubeless Kit
  • Apply tape to the rim tire bed by starting between the valve stem hole and the first spoke hole.
  • Proceed to apply the tape around the entire rim while applying a generous amount of pressure to ensure that the tape conforms to the lower rim channel. Make sure that the tape is adhering to the lower channel and conforms to the contour of the rim bed.
  • Continue past the starting point and finish with a 2-3 inch (5-8cm) overlap. The overlap should cross over the valve stem hole.
  • Double check that the tape is fully adhered around the whole rim. If there are any wrinkles or gaps the seal may be compromised.

Tech Note: The tape needs to be seated below the rim’s hook bead. Using a tire lever, gently press the tape down around the entire circumference of the rim to ensure that it is 100% adhered and that there are no gaps along the edges of the tape.

  • Press the valve stem through the tape at the valve stem hole and firmly seat the stem in position. It should completely conform to the shape of the rim channel. Install the valve stem lock-ring with the rubber O-ring between rim and lock-ring. This should be only as tight as what you can accomplish with your bare hands.

Installing the Tire

Tech Note: ENVE Composites mountain rims are designed around tubeless standards and for maximum tubeless performance we recommend using UST certified tires. Most tires labeled Tubeless Ready will work equally as well, but are not guaranteed to follow the strict dimensional requirements of UST. The use of Non-UST or Non-Tubeless Ready tires may require the use of more than one layer of tape and possibly an air compressor.

If you have questions related to tire choice please contact ENVE Customer Service 888-358-2869.

  • Determine the recommended rotational direction as suggested by the tire manufacturer. Not all tires are directional but an arrow will generally be present on the sidewall of the tire to indicate the proper rotational direction.
  • Using only your hands, mount one side of the tire bead onto the rim aligning the tire’s logo with the rim’s valve stem hole.
  • Mount the opposite tire bead, starting opposite the valve stem and working down both sides of the rim towards the valve stem. Leave enough tire bead (generally 5-8 inches) exposed so that you can install your tire sealant of choice.

Tech Note: Latex based sealants are safe to use in ENVE mountain wheels. However, there are many tire manufacturers that do not permit the use of sealant with their tires. Check with the tire manufacturer if you are unsure whether your tires are sealant approved.

  • Install sealant, and rotate the wheel so that the sealant is opposite of the open tire bead.
  • Insert the remaining portion of tire bead into the rim. This will definitely require two hands and some muscle.
  • Inflate the tire to lock the beads into the rim. You will hear and feel them snap into place.
  • Verify that the bead is fully seated by checking that the bead seat indicator line is equally displayed above the rim edge around the entire rim. If not, deflate and retry.

Tech Note: Never exceed maximum pressure rating of the rim while attempting to seat the tire bead. Use soapy water as a lubricant on beads that don’t want to seat.

  • Inflate tire to riding pressure (see chart on pages 3-4).

Removing the Tire

  • Deflate the tire.
  • Opposite the valve stem, push one bead of the tire into the center channel of the rim and then remove the bead. You will most likely need to use a plastic tire lever, but before you do make sure the bead is completely loose and resting in the center channel.
  • Repeat for opposite bead.

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Rim maintenance

WARNING: In the event of a bicycle accident, discontinue riding the bicycle until it has been thoroughly examined by a qualified bicycle mechanic, and any damaged parts replaced.
All damaged parts should be repaired or replaced by a qualified bicycle mechanic before the bicycle is used again. Continuing to use damaged parts may lead to loss of control of the bicycle and cause injury or death.

Before You Ride:

  • Check that your axles, dropouts, and quick release mechanisms are clean and free of dirt or other debris.
  • Ensure that your quick releases or thru-axle wheel retention devices are secured properly. If you are unsure whether your quick release or axle is installed correctly, please consult your dealer.
  • Check spokes for tension or damage.
  • Check that your tires are sized properly. ENVE recommends the following tire sizes:

Pre-Ride Inspection

  • Close the brake caliper quick release mechanisms and check that your brakes are functioning properly. For a mountain bike with disc brakes, spin your wheels to ensure that your rotors are not rubbing and that the brakes are working properly.
  • Make sure that both your front and rear wheels are centered in the fork and frame. If they are not you will need to loosen the quick release and re-seat the axle in the dropout. Double check that the quick release retention springs are installed correctly (smaller end facing inward). If after several attempts you are unable to center the wheel, consult your local ENVE dealer or a professional bike mechanic.
  • Preferably with your bike in a stand or by picking up the rear end of the bike, shift through the gears to ensure that the shifting system is working properly and that the wheel spins true.

General Care and Maintenance

  • To clean your full carbon ENVE rim you may use soap and water.
  • Store you wheels in a dry location.
  • Store your wheels away from direct sunlight. Extended exposure may cause discoloration of rim over time.
  • To remove tubular glue or adhesive from the rim you may use alcohol or acetone.

NOTE: If using Acetone, avoid contact with the decals as this will damage them.

  • Inspect your wheelset regularly for proper spoke tension, vertical and lateral true, bearing play, and bearing smoothness. Service related to any of the above issues should be performed by a professional bike mechanic.
  • Once a year, inspect the inside or your rim using a flashlight to check for nipple corrosion.
  • If any damage or questionable wear is discovered while inspecting your rim, contact ENVE Customer Service (888-358-2869) for assistance before your next ride.