Enve’s UK distributors Saddleback have cut the price of a pair of 45 wheels from £2,100 to £1,650, so if you’re after some high-end carbon hoops, now would be a good time to check them out.
We’ve not covered Enve (pronounced ‘envy’) all that much on road.cc but we have a set of these 45s in right now so we’ll get a complete review to you shortly... Well, as soon as we've clocked up some big miles. They’re designed to be versatile all rounders. We have the clincher models which are priced at £775 (front) and £975 (rear). The tubular versions are £725 and £925 - so £1,650 for the pair.
Enve is a US brand that makes forks, bars, stems and seatposts, although they’re best known for their rims. Everything is designed and manufactured in the States. The 45, not surprisingly, has a medium 45mm rim depth and this clincher rim weighs 440g. That's the official weight, anyway.
Saddleback have begun to team up the rims with Chris King hubs although the models that you can get at the cheaper prices are built around DT Swiss 240s. That's fine with us; 240s are lightweight, fast-spinning and reliable. They’re high quality all round.
The wheels are handbuilt with Sapim’s most excellent CX-Ray spokes – 20 at the front, 24 at the rear. Our pair hit the scales at 660g (front) and 780g (rear); that’s… de-dum-dum-dum… 1,440g in total (without the QR skewers or rim tape).
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