ENVE unveils lightweight carbon hub and climbing wheel

New SES 2.2 carbon clincher wheel is ENVE's first tubeless ready offering

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Weight: 74g front 158g rear = 232g hubset. That's light!

Weight: 74g front 158g rear = 232g hubset. That’s light! (click to enlarge)

Utah’s ENVE Composites has a pair of new high end offerings, including a carbon road hub that won a Eurobike Design and Innovation award and made it onto our list of Best New Products from Interbike.

The ENVE carbon road hub features patented molded in spoke holes in the hub’s full carbon flanges, which both save weight and make the hub stiff and strong. The front hub weighs 74 grams while the rear comes in at 158 grams.

“Whenever possible, ENVE rims and components incorporate continuous, uninterrupted carbon fibers. Doing so ensures that there are no excess or redundant fibers to compensate for deficiencies in a part’s design,” explained Scott Nielson, ENVE’s VP of research and development.

Features include a patent pending full carbon hub shell and molded spoke holes in the hub flanges.

Features include a patent pending full carbon hub shell and molded spoke holes in the hub flanges (click to enlarge).

In addition to the lightweight full carbon hub shell and inclusion of DT Swiss internals for the drive mechanism, each ENVE carbon road hub comes standard with Ceramic Speed bearings. The new hub is manufactured and assembled at ENVE’s factory in Ogden, Utah, and is now shipping as hub set only or complete with any Smart ENVE System wheel.

The hub set alone will retail for $1350 while a complete Smart ENVE System clincher wheelset will retail for $3500 and a tubular for $3300. Here’s a complete rundown of features.

Ceramic Speed bearings help keep things spinning smooth.

Ceramic Speed bearings help keep things spinning smooth (click to enlarge).

ENVE Carbon Road Hub Key Features
  • Weight: 74g front 158g rear = 232g hubset
  • 20 hole front / 24 hole rear
  • Available in Campy, Shimano, SRAM
  • Patent pending full carbon hub shell
  • Molded spoke holes in hub flanges
  • Ceramic Speed bearings
  • Easily serviceable DT Swiss internals
Continue to page 2 to learn about ENVE’s new SES 2.2 carbon clincher wheels »
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