After a decade of ENVE SES – some of the world’s fastest aero road wheels – the Utah wheel maker said it’s time to finish off your rolling stock with equally fast rubber – enter the new ENVE SES road tires. Enve calls them “real world fast” balancing aero & rolling resistance performance with a tubeless construction that will stand up to real-world riding conditions and in sizes you actually want to ride – from 25mm up to 31mm…
ENVE SES road tires: lightweight road tubeless & real-world usability
Enve’s 10 years of aero product development has centered on building wheels. But at the same time their wider than the norm SES wheels and variable rim depths have put a key focus on real-world performance and usability, over simply whatever is fastest in the wind tunnel. Now their new SES road tires follow the same approach. The most lightest, most supple, most ‘wind tunnel aero’ tire might be great, and could even eke out a free Watt for you on race day. But it usually isn’t up to the day-to-day abuse of regular road riding.
So, Enve decided to create their own tires for “everyday race performance”. But being a wheel maker, they didn’t start from scratch, instead working with proven Czech tire maker Tufo for the new made-in-Europe ENVE SES Road Tires.
Starting with a modern tire shape designed to smoothly transition to their modern SES aero wheels, the new SES road tires were developed and proven to be fast in both CFD simulation and the wind tunnel.
But they are said to go a step further with more real-world usability.
SES tires – Tech details
First, that means universal compatibility. The Enve SES road tires are tubeless-ready, but use a bead that will work with either hooked or hookless tubeless wheels – that also means they are clincher-friendly too.
Then, they use a performance-oriented casing construction & tread design that were developed for any road surface. A big part of that is prioritizing class-leading puncture resistance with Vectran barriers under the tread…
While still delivering on a balanced approach to both rolling resistance & light weight. Enve says they got that balance of all-weather performance and low rolling resistance with a natural & synthetic rubber blend, infused with activated silica for the wet-weather performance element.
Lastly, they come in four widths from narrow to road fat – 25mm, 27mm, 29mm & 31mm – so you can pick the tire that best fits your rim inner width and the type of roads you ride.
The result Enve claims are “modern tubeless-ready road racing tires that promise real-world speed” out riding real roads – lightweight, aerodynamic, fast-rolling, puncture-resistant & tubeless.
ENVE SES Road Tires – Pricing & availability
All of the different SES Road Tires sell for $75, available in black or tan walls and the four sizes. The tires all conform to new ETRTO size guidelines and are compatible with 17mm and wider inner rim widths.
The 25c tire has a claimed weight of 255g (optimized for 19-21mm internal), 27c at 265g (19-23mm internal), 29c at 275g (best with 21-25mm internal), and 31c at 285g (ideal for 21-25mm internal rims).
Availability varies with size and sidewall color. Some are already available, shipping within the next week, while other combos will have you waiting until October or even December to roll on the fattest…