SES 3.4 Disc

Carbon Fiber Wheelset

Description

A climbing wheel with an aero advantage, designed to be ridden in the mountains and optimized for use with modern disc brake road bikes.

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SES 3.4 Disc

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Tire Compatibility

Since its introduction in 2009, the Smart ENVE System 3.4 has established itself as ENVE’s most versatile and consequently most popular carbon fiber aero road wheelset amongst road cyclists of all abilities. The new SES 3.4 is wider than its predecessor (27.5mm wide external, 21mm internal) to improve rolling resistance and improve aerodynamics for use with 25mm tires and is available in both rim and disc brake models. In addition to added width, the versatile and reliable nature of the SES 3.4 has been augmented by incorporating road tubeless tire compatibility. Road tubeless compatibility means improved rolling resistance, comfort, traction, and a reduced propensity for flat tires. 

Like all SES models, the SES 3.4 features dissimilar rim shapes and geometries between front and back wheels to maximize aerodynamic efficiency and rideability in variable weather conditions. The front rim is 38mm deep and shallower than the rear rim to aid in cross wind stability while the rear rim is 42mm deep and therefore improves overall airflow attachment. 

Disc Brake Construction

At ENVE, we do a lot more than just slap decals over the brake track and lace the same rim to a disc hub. Drawing on our expertise gained developing the world’s best mountain bike wheels, our disc-specific road rims are fully optimized for the format. Freed from the constraints of a heat-proof carbon braking surface, the optimal construction of a road wheel can be reconsidered. The result is a rim that is even lighter, stronger and faster than our standard-setting, group test-winning rim brake wheels.

Carbon brake tracks dictate a lot of rim design. By taking them away and re-engineering the rim we have improved the lateral stiffness, the impact resistance and the weight by 40-60g per rim. While disc hubs mean that total wheelset weights will remain near identical between rim and disc brake wheelsets, the disc brake wheelset will feel more responsive in acceleration, steering and braking because the mass has been shifted from the rim (higher rotational inertia) to the hub (lower rotational inertia).

Need to know:

• Disc-specific construction with no brake tracks
• Rims are lighter by 40-60g per rim
• Impact resistance increased
• Greater lateral stiffness

Rim Brake Technologies

Rim models use our patented molded carbon brake track technology while disc models are designed with a shape and laminate specifically for compatibility with disc brakes.    Text text text about rim brakesEqually at home in the mountains as in the valleys, the SES 3.4 is the most versatile Smart ENVE System wheelset. 

Since the introduction of the original SES 3.4, we’ve implemented new design concepts across the SES lineup that result in a faster wheel and improved ride experience. The SES 3.4 now features road tubeless compatibility, 25mm tire optimization, and optimized SES aero rim shaping to ensure maximum efficiencies for a shallow aero wheel. 

The second generation SES 3.4 features the latest evolution of our patented Smart ENVE System aerodynamic rim shaping to take its performance and versatility to another level. This is a lightweight wheel for the mountains with real aerodynamic performance to boost your speed on the flat and exceptional stability. BikeRadar.com said “They sure feel fast [and] immune to the wind.”

Differentiated rim depths are fundamental to the SES range, delivering optimized aerodynamics along with incredible stability thanks to the highly developed rim profile and the shallower front rim. For the second generation of the 3.4, the depths have been revised to 38mm at the front and 42mm at the rear, with the extra benefit of a more refined aesthetic.

The external width of 27.5mm is set for optimal aerodynamic integration with a 25mm tire, allowing you to enjoy improved comfort, grip and rolling resistance without sacrificing speed. Inside the rim, the tire bed shape and width also play important roles in maximizing the performance of the tire, providing more volume which leads to even lower rolling resistance.

Need to know:

• Second generation SES rim profile
• Exceptional stability in gusty conditions
• Class leading balance of aero versus weight
• Refined depth ratio of 38mm front to 42mm rear
• Optimized width for 25mm tires

 

Molded Carbon Brake Track

With near equal wet and dry performance, 30% less lever force required for the same stopping power and exceptional heat management, it’s no wonder that BikeRadar.com said our latest brake track “sets new standards for carbon wheels”. Your rim brake bike will be given a huge braking performance boost.

There are three elements of the brake track, all the product of relentless research and development. First is the molded-in brake surface texture which provides more friction and allows water to be cleared almost instantly. Second is the advanced high-temp resin system which eliminates the heat build-up issues that other carbon clinchers can suffer, so you can ride long descents with total confidence. Third is our unique ENVE Black pad compound which is designed to work with the molded texture to provide incredible all-weather stopping power along with good durability.

Need to know:

• The best carbon braking, period. Near equal wet and dry performance
• 30% less lever force required for the same stopping power
• Advanced high-temp resin system eliminates heat build-up issues during heavy braking on long descents
• Specific ENVE Black Carbon Brake Pads included

Tubeless Compatible

Greater speed, comfort, grip and puncture resistance – what’s not to like about road tubeless? With the selection of a high performance tire at the right pressure, you can achieve lower rolling resistance and more speed. Tubeless also allows you to run much lower tire pressures for far greater comfort, traction, and efficiency, especially over poor road surfaces and gravel, all without sacrificing speed. The potential for pinch flats and, with sealant, debris punctures is all but eliminated.

ENVE recognized early that road tubeless technology is here to stay and we drew on our years of experience making the world’s best mountain bike wheels to optimize the SES range for tubeless (excluding the current SES 4.5). With rims going wider and frames giving more tire clearance, the key aspects of bike design were aligned to make tubeless the best choice: wider rims make it easier to mount tubeless tires. Disc brakes add even more benefits for tubeless, typically allowing larger tires as well as removing issues of heat at the rim.

Need to know:

• Tubeless optimized design
• Faster rolling
• Higher grip
• Greater comfort
• Outstanding puncture resistance

Road cyclists who require maximum versatility for riding in mountainous terrain and variable weather conditions.

• Tubeless Kit:

• 2x valve stems
• 1x roll of tape (good for taping 3 wheels)
• 2x Pressure Relief Valve Stem Nuts

• Valve Extenders (34mm set)
• Skewers 100/135mm (QR only)
• Accessory Bag
• Wheel Manual
• Wheelbuild Card

“… Those ENVE 3.4s are so smooth and quick they would probably make a Huffy ride like a Pinarello.”- Outside Magazine

“The stability continued to impress every ride, but the highlight for me was the braking. Compared to my own carbon clinchers, it’s a night and day difference. They even out-perform my aluminum wheels, for smooth progression as well as sheer power. The wet braking is impressive, too. It still feels ‘wet’, but it’s really predictable and vastly superior to what I’m used to.” – Ben Skinner | SES 3.4 Demo

ENVE SES 2.2, 3.4, 5.6, 7.8, 3.4 Disc, 5.6 Disc, 7.8 Disc, SES Rear Disc Wheel – There are no limitations on tire compatibility with these wheel models. Your ENVE SES wheels may be set up and run with inner-tubes and non-tubeless tires or tubeless (TL) and tubeless ready (TLR) tires alike. We recommend the use of a Tubeless (TL) or Tubeless Ready (TLR) 700x25c tire set up tubeless to maximize aerodynamics, rolling resistance, crosswind stability, and your ride experience.

Non-Tubeless Setup (i.e. I want to run inner-tubes) – Each ENVE SES wheelset is delivered with one roll of RED, model specific, ENVE tested and approved tubeless rim tape. This tape should be installed regardless of whether you intend to run your wheels tubeless or not. Do not run cloth or plastic (including ENVE) non-tubeless compatible rim tape or strips. Plastic rim strips and cloth tapes are too thick, bridge the drop-center rim channel, and will make installation and removal of tires extremely difficult. Click here for our tubeless tape installation video.

Cotton and/or Natural Fiber Sidewall TiresENVE does NOT RECOMMEND the use of cotton or natural fiber sidewall non-tubeless tires with ENVE SES wheelsets for EVERYDAY USE. These tires are intended for high-performance racing applications only. If you choose to run these tires, please inspect your tires after each ride for cuts, tears, and any signs of abrasion and/or wear in the sidewall and at the location of the rim/tire interface. If any wear and/or damage is identified, replace before riding. Riders who choose to run tires with cotton or natural fiber sidewalls do so at their own risk.

Product Specs

Clincher Front Rear Wheelset
Rim Weight 387g 393g 779g
ENVE Alloy 645g 775g 1420g
i9 Torch Road CL 628g 771g 1399g
King R45 CL 656g 778g 1434g
Rim Specs Front Rear
Depth 38mm 42mm
Internal Width 21mm 21mm
External Width 27.5mm 27.5mm
Hole Count 24 24
Effective Rim Diameter 580mm 573mm
Aero Optimized Tire Size 25c 25c
Spoke Information* Spoke Cross Front Length (NDS/DS) Rear Length (NDS/DS)
ENVE Alloy 2X 282mm / 284mm 280mm / 278mm
DT240 CL QR/12mm/15mm | QR/142mm 2X 278mm / 280mm 276mm / 274mm
Chris King R45 2X 276mm / 278mm 274mm / 272mm
*This wheelset is built with Sapim CX Ray spokes. Those built before May 2018 may use a DT Swiss spoke equivalent. DT Swiss spoke heads are stamped "DT".

Technology

3.4 Rim Shape Explained

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Disc-specific construction

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Textured Full Carbon Brake Track

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Road Tubeless Compatible

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Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

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    SPEED

    theclimber

    How many hours/week do you ride? 6-15

    What is your age bracket? 56+

    One thing I noticed right away was how much faster these wheels go .I saw my max speed just coasting down hills increase by about 4 to 5 mph.

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    Fast and Fun

    Peter Gray

    How many hours/week do you ride? 6-15

    What is your age bracket? 46-55

    I fitted these wheels to my new racing bike build (BMC SLR01). They are not quite as deep as my previous set of 50mm carbon wheels, but feel just as fast, are lighter, and are more comfortable in the cross winds. I love that they are a bit wider than a lot of other wheels, so my 25mm tubeless tires blow out to almost 28mm.
    I did also run them for a while on my gravel bike for a multi-day touring ride, and with a nice set of fast tires, they transformed that bike into something that was very happy riding in a fast road bunch.
    They look great too, which is always nice.

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    The best all-around climbers

    Steve S

    How many hours/week do you ride? 6-15

    What is your age bracket? 26-35

    I live in SLC, UT where virtually every ride is a mountain climb. I needed a wheelset that could handle the vert, but didn’t leave me wanting on aggressive descents in narrow canyons. After a full season I can confidently say the 3.4 disc was the perfect choice for a capable climbing wheel without compromising on the descents and flats.

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    Good All Around!

    Ali R

    I’ve been riding these wheels for about a year now, and am in love! They make the flats feel effortless, and climb very well, and the disc brakes are awesome on mountain descents! I have a set of 25c tires and on these rims, they ride like 28s.

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    • Mauri Galvez

      Fantastic upgrade from my Roval 40s! Live on Maui, so virtually every ride has loads of climbing.. and NOT mainland climbing. “Flat” 20-30 mile rides here have 2000+’ vertical, same distance “mountain” climbs 5k-10k’ vertical so a fast, easy accelerating wheel is super beneficial. The original Roval 40s on my S-Works Tarmac disc were ok, but these are loads better climbing and accelerating and MUCH better in our constant trade winds!!

      Running Continental Grand Prix 5000 Tubeless 25, and comfort and handling are fantastic, even coming down the volcano @ 40+ mph for 20-30 minute stretches.

      Highly recommend these: climbing, handling, wind.. fantastic!

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