Enve SES 4.5 wheels review

The latest Enve SES 4.5 are versatile wheels designed for the riding you actually do

Enve SES 4.5 Wheelset
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Everyone makes a fast wheel but features like 25mm internal width and an edge that won’t cut your tyre show Enve thinking beyond race day. These are the fast wheels designed for the riding you actually do.


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    Hookless bead anti-flat technology

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    25mm internal width

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    Deep rim channel makes tyre installation easy

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    Aero testing at 20mph instead of 30mph

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    Specifically designed for rough roads

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    Handbuilt in the US


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    Stickers are less premium than printed graphics

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Enve as a brand has long had a solid reputation for making wheels that compete with the best available, but road bike wheels are high technology and as such, things move fast, so they've started to be in need of a rework. Cue the unveiling of an update to the entire SES lineup including the AR models that covered riding past the end of the pavement. 

Instead of a multitude of options, there now stands a cohesive vision. There are no more tubular options and everything is disc brake only. For the climbers, the SES 2.3 offers an incredible lightweight choice. For those who previously might have chosen something from the AR lineup the SES 3.4 and SES 4.5 now pick up features from those wheels and offer a one-wheel choice for whatever your road might look like. Then, finally, for those who are looking for the pinnacle of aerodynamic performance, the SES 6.7 is there to offer it. 

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Testing scorecard and notes
Ride QualityExcellent at holding speed, stable and confidence inspiring10/10
StiffnessYou'll never hear a brake rub because of flex, but they aren't in any way harsh10/10
AestheticsGorgeous wheels but stickers aren't as nice as printed graphics9/10
Tubeless CompatibilityMounting was easy and Enve has a compatibility list with options from every major manufacturer10/10
HubsPerfect Preload system and long lasting bearings10/10
Value for moneyExpensive, but a better product than similarly priced competitors10/10
Overall ratingRow 6 - Cell 1 98%

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx