Known for the fastest, strongest and lightest handmade carbon wheels, ENVE has had a spectacular rise to the top of the cycling world, quickly building strong ties to professional road cycling, mountain biking and triathlon.
Partnerships with Team Dimension Data in the WorldTour and the Santa Cruz Syndicate have helped the ENVE embrace pro-supported development as well as establish a reputation for being the best in both road and MTB disciplines. Meanwhile ENVE's work with renowned aerodynamicist Simon Smart means the world's fastest triathletes can be found aboard ENVE-specced bikes.
Whether built on Chris King or ENVE's own carbon hubs, with or without disc brakes, ENVE wheels equal more speed and a better riding experience. The brand's incredible wheels are complemented by a growing range of bars, stems, seatposts and forks covering every discipline.
Founded by carbon composites expert and cycling enthusiast Jason Schiers under the name Edge Composites in 2005, the company immediately built a strong reputation for the quality of its wheelsets. The secret sauce was a combination of passion, fanatical attention to detail and, crucially, the decision to keep all design and manufacture in-house in Ogden, Utah.
It's this made-in-the-USA quality and appreciation of the tiniest detail that has been essential in quickly establishing the brand's strong reputation and led to rapid expansion of a small company into a key player in the cycling world.
With the brand's wheels of various sizes and depths catering for a wide range of road and MTB riding situations, rider feedback was sensational, creating demand for the company to add components too.
The brand expanded into forks, bars and seatposts in 2007, utilising that same mentality of high-end, perfectionist design shown in its wheels. Designed by Kevin Nelson, the brand's first road forks, which were launched alongside the new wheel range at Sea Otter in 2007, used a unique design that saw continuous fibres running from top to dropout and even featured a moulded brake mount hole – exemplifying a complete aversion to settling for what had come before.
In tandem with its own lines, the company's expertise was increasingly being utilised for the creation of carbon tubing for prestigious bespoke bike builders such as Parlee, Independent Fabrication and Alchemy, partnerships that came about as Edge's sterling reputation for ground-breaking carbon engineering spread.
While the company sponsored local teams and athletes – many of its staff riding at a high level themselves – it was overseas interest that necessitated the name change to ENVE as the company burst into the European market in 2010, the brand upscaling location, staff and production.
ENVE's first major professional road cycling contract came with sponsorship of the UCI Pro Continental United Healthcare team for the 2011 season. The team gave vital feedback that would help inform wheel designs for continued use at the top of the sport and paved the way for ENVE's work with renowned aerodynamicist, Simon Smart.
The collaboration meant a new approach to aero wheel creation that focused on improving aerodynamics regardless of the frame, as well as optimising stability. The resulting Smart ENVE System wheelsets featured different front and rear depths for the best possible real-world performance.
ENVE's off-road ranges have proved no less spectacular. A partnership with the Santa Cruz Syndicate has provided invaluable product feedback, which, paired with ENVE's obsession for performance, has seen development rapidly outstrip the competition. By the simple expedient of producing the best carbon fibre MTB wheels in the world – and the only carbon wheels to be UCI DH World Cup winners – ENVE has grown an off-road reputation worthy of its name.
2015 was a landmark year for ENVE, with its sponsorship of the UCI Professional Continental team MTN-Qhubeka. Just as that team exceeded all expectations, so did ENVE's wheels, the brand new SES 2.2 wheelset helping Steve Cummings score a historic Tour de France stage victory for the African team. Now Team Dimension Data, ENVE's wheels and cockpits were used to score no less than five stage victories in the 2016 Tour de France.
ENVE joined Saddleback in October 2013, our master wheel builder Aran Large building each ENVE wheel around Chris King hubs for the ultimate in smooth performance and strength. Highlighting our success in growing the brand in the UK and Ireland, ENVE presented Saddleback with its King of the Mountain award in 2014 and 2015.
Designed as the perfect accompaniment to the big clearance adventure bikes that are causing such a stir with the cycling community, ENVE's 4.5 AR Disc wheelset allows you to run a wider tyre at lower pressures for luxurious comfort on rough surfaces.
Naturally, being ENVE the 4.5 AR wheels have also been optimised to balance aerodynamics with wind-tunnel testing leading to the 49mm front and 55mm rear rim depths. The wide, 25mm internal rim width is about the same as ENVE's M70 mountain bike wheels – telling of the 4.5 AR's exceptional stability even over loose surfaces.
Whether you choose the tub or clincher version, you'll be getting ENVE's legendary wheel strength along with a disc-specific rim design that does away with the rim brake track – meaning these really are no-compromise wheels for times when pure road riding just doesn't cut it.
With the SES 2.2 wheelset, ENVE has created the world's most advanced lightweight climber's wheel. Proven at the 2015 Tour de France, Steve Cummings (Team Dimension Data) used a pair of SES 2.2 wheels to earn a compelling stage victory in ENVE's first year as a sponsor.
The profile of the ridiculously light rims was honed in the Mercedes GP-Petronas wind tunnel for maximum stability in even the most extreme weather conditions. The 2.2s also feature ENVE's latest moulded-in brake track design, which levels the playing field between alloy and carbon braking performance in both wet and dry conditions. The wheels are also built around the US brand's new ultra-smooth and extraordinarily light ENVE Carbon Road Hubs.
This clincher version backs Enve's beautiful design with the practicality borne of tyre and tube set-ups, offering riders otherworldly weight with real-world usefulness, making the SES 2.2 the darling of every would-be King of the Mountains.