The new Smart ENVE System just got better with the availability of the 3.4 clincher model. Shallower than the 6.7 or 8.9 sets, the 3.4s are aimed at the average cyclist, designed as a multi-purpose wheelset -climbing, training, racing- and open the Smart System up to average roadies that aren’t going to commit to tubulars.
The Smart ENVE System wheels are designed and tested inside frames from various bike brands to optimize the interface between the frame surfaces and the wheels, creating an integrated system that works well in conjunction with a bike, not just on their own in a wind tunnel. They’re designed by Simon Smart, an aerodynamicist that’s done work for Mercedes, Formula One as well as Scott and Giant. More tech info on the SES rims here.
The front rim is 26mm wide and 35mm deep while the rear is 24mm wide and 45mm deep. ENVE says the 3.4 wheel system is capable of producing very low drag numbers similar to other company’s 50-60mm deep wheels, while creating a higher stability index given its shallower depth. Ronnie Points, ENVE national sales manager, told us they’re actually more aerodynamic than the tubulars, something we’ll have more info on when we visit their factory in a couple weeks.
FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:
- Fastest in class when installed in a bike with mannequin
- Shape allows for predictable response to transient cross winds
- Extensive wind tunnel and ride testing
- Molded Spoke Hole Technology allows for higher spoke tensions and more durable wheel builds
- Molded in braking surface for optimal braking power and modulation
- Best Strength and Stiffness to Weight in Class
Smart ENVE System 3.4 Clincher Rim Technical Specs:
- Hole Count: 20 front / 24 rear
- Width: 26mm front / 24mm rear
- Depth: 35mm front / 45mm rear
- Weight: 435g front / 450g rear
- ERD: 584 front / 564 rear (includes internal nipple)
- Nipples: Pillar Internal 3/16” Hex
- Spokes: DT Aerolite
Rims will retail for $975 each, and complete wheel options include Chris King hubs ($3,050 – 1,411g), DT Swiss 180 hubs ($3,475 – 1,379g) and DT Swiss 240 hubs ($2,900 – 1,426g). Available now.