Enve SES 4.5 wheelset review

They certainly sit up there amongst the most desirable and bling wheels money can buy, but are the Enve SES 4.5 clinchers worthy of their high price tag? We put them to the test for several months.

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Impressively fast wheels that are superb in all areas, apart from braking, which despite the new textured surface, still needs work.

Reasons to buy
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    Fastest 40-50mm depth wheels we have tested

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    Amazing hubs

Reasons to avoid
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    Very Expensive

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    Braking still not where we want it to be

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    Not tubeless yet

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The moment you take them out the box, the Enve SES 4.5 feel a little bit special. There’s something about them. Enve works in collaboration with the famous aerodynamicist Simon Smart, who has a strong background in Formula One. Smart has worked closely to optimise the shape of Enve's wheels for minimum drag and maximum speed.

>>> Buyer's guide to aero wheels (video)

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.