Photo: Oliver Baker

Wheels: Enve SES 4.5 Carbon Clincher


$3,500, Enve.com

The draw: A lightning-fast, all-around wheelset with tons of attention to detail

Upon opening the Enve SES 4.5 wheel box, you get the sense you’ve joined a special club: Inside are individually packaged skewers, pads, valve extenders and even a special hub lube all tucked within a fancy carrying case. The experience continues with the wheels themselves: A unique textured braking surface makes for some of the best braking in wet or dry conditions tested, and the lightning-fast ceramic bearings glide like butter. One of the most responsive rides of the group, the SES 4.5 finds the absolute sweet spot between aerodynamics, weight and feel.

1,479 grams

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