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ENVE SES 7.8 Wheelset - Chris King Hubs

£2,900.00 – £3,350.00

The ENVE SES 7.8 Wheelset is ENVE's fastest aero wheelset, perfect for experienced triathletes and road racers seeking maximum aero performance, stability and stopping power... Read more

£3,100.00
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SKU: EN00781003104012
DESCRIPTION

PRODUCT DETAILS

The ENVE SES 7.8 Wheelset is ENVE's fastest aero wheelset, perfect for experienced triathletes and road racers seeking maximum aero performance, stability and stopping power.

Designed by aerodynamicist Simon Smart and utilising in-frame aero development at the Mercedes AMG Petronas wind tunnel, the SES 7.8 brings together dissimilar front and rear rim depths, widths and sidewall curvatures. This combination optimises the aero efficiency of the wheels and bike as a whole, giving blistering real-world speed and outstanding crosswind stability.

Like all ENVE SES wheels, the SES 7.8 gets its name from its rim depths – 71mm front and 78mm rear. The wider front rim shape features the best compromise between steering stability and drag reduction when taking into account the relatively clean oncoming flow of air. The rear sees a more turbulent flow and larger frame interaction, negating stability concerns and allowing for a narrower wheel that improves overall airflow attachment for reduced drag.

For the rim brake rider looking for uncompromised braking performance, there's nothing better than ENVE's full carbon moulded brake track. This textured surface with high temperature resistance achieves exceptional stopping power and equal performance in wet and dry conditions. Braking force at the levers is also decreased by 30% compared to the previous generation brake track, allowing you to brake late with confidence through sweeping bends.

The clincher version of the SES 7.8 also utilises advances in road tyre and frame technologies to add user-friendly tubeless compatibility optimised for 25mm tyres. This gives real-world gains in rolling resistance, comfort, traction and reduced chances of pinch punctures.

Industry leaders in carbon fibre, every ENVE rim is handmade from raw uni-directional carbon at ENVE's headquarters in Utah, USA. The bespoke construction process utilises rim-specific carbon laminates, moulded spoke holes, removable bladders, and a gorgeous paint-free finish to reduce weight while maintaining strength, stiffness and allowing the beautiful handmade quality to shine through.

Every single R45 hub is engineered, manufactured and assembled in-house at Chris King’s HQ in Portland, Oregon. Fully serviceable and with a five-year warranty, you can be confident that you’re investing in an elite performance product that has been built to last. R45 hubs are synonymous with silky-smoothness, unbeatable quality and of course that distinctive angry bee sound that resounds from the hub body.

R45 hubs utilise an innovative 45-tooth RingDrive system for minimal drag and almost instant engagement, translating power from your legs directly into forward propulsion. As engagement systems go, this really is the best of the best. The legendary bearings and heat-treated, surgical grade steel races employed in the R45 not only form a super-smooth integrated system but actually become faster as they burnish with use – wearing in, rather than wearing out. Because every R45 is fully serviceable, you can enjoy peak performance for years to come.

Available in a wide variety of colours, R45 hubs enable you to give your bike a truly custom flair. Please note that some colours may require bespoke shipment for the USA and may take a little longer to acquire.

Key features:
  • The ultimate time trial and triathlon wheelset
  • Designed by aerodynamicist Simon Smart
  • Tested in the Mercedes-AMG Petronas wind tunnel
  • Used by Team Dimension Data at the Tour de France
  • Optimised for 25mm tyres
  • Rim handmade at ENVE headquarters in Utah, USA
  • Full carbon moulded brake track
  • Moulded spoke holes
  • Natural uni-directional carbon paint-free finish
  • 5-year warranty
Wheelset supplied with:
  • Tubeless setup kit (clincher only)
  • Skewers 100/130mm
  • 2 pairs of specially formulated brake pads (SRAM/Shimano or Campagnolo as per freehub choice)
  • Warranty/information book
PLEASE NOTE

All Saddleback-supplied wheelsets are built with black Chris King R45 hubs with steel bearings and Sapim CX-Ray spokes unless stated otherwise.

All images used are for illustrative purposes only. We may show a wheelset image to cover several hub or spoke count options. However, the options listed are correct. Please contact us if you want more details on a specific option. Wheelsets/wheels do not come with disc rotors or cassettes.

Rim Specification
Front
Rear
Depth 71mm 78mm
Internal Width 19mm 19mm
External Width 29mm 27.5mm
Hole Count 20 24
Effective Rim Diameter 516mm 504mm
Aero Optimized Tire Size 25c 25c
Tubeless Compatible Yes Yes
Clincher Specification

Clincher
Front
Rear
Set
Rim 541g 578g 1119g
Wheelset - Chris King R45 779g 944g 1723g
Tubular Specification

Tubular
Front
Rear
Set
Rim 436g 468g 904g
Wheelset - Chris King R45 631g 796g 1427g

ABOUT ENVE

Known for the fastest, strongest and lightest handmade-in-the-USA carbon wheels, ENVE has had a spectacular rise to the top of the cycling world. Truly made for riders by riders, ENVE's product range of full carbon wheels, carbon stems, bars, seatposts and forks is the result of the team's desire to make the sport we love even more enjoyable. Meanwhile strong ties to the top levels of road cycling, mountain biking and triathlon mean pro feedback has helped hone ENVE's products into the ultimate performance upgrades. Read more about ENVE.

ABOUT SADDLEBACK

Founded by real cycling enthusiasts in 2004, our passion for elite performance runs through everything we do at Saddleback. Our team of dedicated roadies, mountain bikers and triathletes practice what we preach to bring you the finest cycling products and a superior service to match. We're the official UK home of 3T, Castelli, Chris King, ENVE, HJC, Intense, Moots Cycles, Peaty's, PUSH, Sidi, Silca, Stages, Troy Lee Designs and Wolf Tooth.

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