When you see ENVE’s Disc Brake Wheelsets, know that the rim is engineered differently than rim brake rims. This SES 3.4 Disc Chris King Ceramic Tubeless Wheelset takes advantage of this technology in many ways, not the least of which is dropping rim weight so that the wheels come in at a light 1458g per set, despite the added spokes and bulkier disc-specific hubs. And the weight is shed at the rim, where rotational weight makes the greatest difference. 390g for the front and 397g for the rear.
The 3.4 is the ENVE wheelset that leans toward the hilly and mountainous, but has impressive aero cred as well. For racers, this is the hilly or mountainous wheelset. For those who don’t pin on a number, this is the do-everything set, a perfect blend of light and aero.
3.4 means the wheels come with different front and rear rims. The front is shallower for light weight and better control. The rear is deeper for better aerodynamics. The 3 stands for the 38mm depth, the 4 for 42mm. The rim is 27.5mm wide at the outside, 21mm inside, and is designed to mate for ideal aerodynamics with 25mm wide tires, which themselves provide lower rolling resistance thanks to the added volume. If you want to go narrow, you can go down to 23mm, but ENVE recommends going no wider than 28mm.
The rims are also tubeless compatible. You don’t have to install tubeless tires, but they’re ready if you want to. The rim wall height and internal shape has been designed to work with tubeless and the wider rim makes tubeless tires easier to install.
The hubs are Chris King R45D Centerlock Disc Brake design. These hubs are preferred by custom wheelbuilders because they’re light, durable, and look great. They come installed with King’s own ceramic bearings, which are assembled in house. 12mm thru-axles come standard, but they can be converted to quick-release easily. The cassette body comes with SRAM/Shimano-compatible eleven-speed splines only. The hubs are 24-spoke front and rear, built up with Sapim’s super-fast CX-Ray J-bend spokes and secured via ENVE-specific internal brass nipples.
The ENVE SES 3.4 Disc Chris King Ceramic Tubeless wheels come with ENVE tubeless tape, tubeless valves, and valve extenders for those who prefer the tubed route.
- Rim Weight (front/rear): 432/439g
- Total Weight (front/rear): 679/812g
- Rim Depth: 38mm
- Internal/External Rim Width: 21/27.5mm
- Hole Count (front/rear): 20/24
- Rim Diameter (front/rear): 580/573mm
- Spoke Cross: Rear/2X
- Spoke Length (front/rear): 272/276mm