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For pushing the limit and cheating the wind, the ENVE SES 7.8 Carbon Clincher's deep-profile and optimized design cannot be beaten. Its "smart" construction pairs wind-slicing carbon fiber rim tech with gold-standard DT Swiss 240 hubs.
The rim design starts with ENVE's bombproof, featherweight carbon composite, proprietary molded in spoke hole technology, and proven textured braking surface. Then, both the front and rear rims are shaped using data collected by Smart Aero Technology™, a third party research and design group run by former Formula One engineer Simon Smart. Their process relies on extensive wind tunnel testing to determine the optimal rim width and depth for reduced drag and confident handling. In the case of the SES 7.8, the front rim is 29 mm wide and 71 mm deep, while the rear is 27.5 mm wide and 80 mm deep, dimensions that were modeled on today's modern aero frames designed for 25 mm tires to take full advantage of the additional clearance and to ensure wheels whose performance stacks up on the bike, not just in standalone wind tunnel figures.
Venerable DT Swiss 240 hubs provide outstanding performance in the durability, weight and smoothness departments. And DT's Aerolite bladed spokes hold it all together, delivering exceptional strength while furthering the lightweight, aerodynamic advantage.
Hand-built in Utah. This wheelset includes quick release skewers, carbon-specific brake pads, and valve extensions.
Front wheel is 29 mm wide, 71 mm deep. Rear is 27.5 mm wide, 80 mm deep. 20 hole front / 24 hole rear. Claimed weight is 1657 g.
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