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This versatile road bike wheelset features a reliable carbon fibre construction, which makes it incredibly stiff when climbing as well as lightweight when descending. Perfect for racing, this wheelset's shape is both drag-taming and cross-wind defying as it takes its design from the top of range SES model. This makes it a great choice of upgrade for modern, multi-purpose road cycling plus, its rim width and anti-pinch flat technology ensures that higher volume tubeless road tyres can be added for greater stability, strength and an incredibly low weight.
Built upon over a decade of carbon wheel crafting experience, the Foundation 45 brings ENVE's knowledge and technology to the masses. Blended aero properties, tubeless compatibility, and pinch flat protection for the rider looking to test the waters on carbon wheel performance. ENVE Worthy, and priced to provide the foundation for confident riding through performance-crafted carbon in the US. Ideal for cyclists and triathletes looking to move into the world of carbon.
Aerodynamics are an unalienable right for road cyclists and triathletes that allows for greater efficiency and confidence-inspiring handling, regardless of wind conditions. With more than a decade’s experience in developing some of the world’s fastest wheels, ENVE are uniquely qualified to deliver best-in-class aerodynamics to the Foundation customer.
Like ENVE's SES wheel family, the Foundation Collection and its ENVE 45 were tested and developed at the Mercedes Benz Formula One wind-tunnel to deliver best-in-class real-world aero performance. Unlike other wheel brands who only test isolated wheels at elite speeds of 30mph/48kph, ENVE develops and tests wheels in-frame at multiple speeds ranging from 20mph/32kph to 30mph/48kph. This testing, while more time consuming and expensive, ensures that the ENVE 45 delivers performance advantages to riders of all abilities.
To achieve the low drag and high stability performance the ENVE 45 offers, ENVE takes cues from its top of the line SES line up. This trickle-down approach from ENVE’s top-of-the-line products means the ENVE 45’s outperform, or perform similar to, competitor’s wheels that are upmarket in price.
Featuring ENVE’s Wide Hookless Bead technology, the ENVE 45 disperses any impact from pot holes, curbs and debris over a wide area, reducing the likelihood of pinch flats. Potholes and unforeseen impacts are part of life, but that doesn’t mean they need to ruin your ride. The ENVE 45 features ENVE’s patent pending Wide Hookless Bead which is a design element at the leading edge of the rim that dissipates impact energy and reduces the likelihood of pinch flatting your tubed or tubeless tyre.
Patented Molded Spoke and Valve Stem Hole Technology results in rims that are light and strong. Because carbon fibre gets its strength from continuous fibres, ENVE routes the fibres around the hole without cutting them which increases the strength of each spoke hole. ENVE’s patented process of moulding spoke and valve stem holes results in rims that are stronger and lighter. Because carbon fibre gets its strength from continuous fibres, ENVE routes the fibres around the hole without cutting them, increasing the strength of each spoke hole. This technique pays large dividends in the final product by allowing for a lighter spoke face while improving rim strength. Because of this process, our spoke holes are capable of maintaining higher spoke tensions, greatly reducing the risk of spoke pull-through and the need to constantly true your wheels. Strong, light and maintenance-free.
The ENVE Foundation Road Hub features ENVE’s core hub technologies. The hub shell uses simplified machining without compromising flange geometry and wheel build stiffness.
The drive mechanism uses Instant Drive 360 technology and a 40t ratchet to deliver responsive engagement, minimal drag, and low maintenance performance. The bearings are premium full contact sealed NTN steel bearings. The Rotor attachment is centre-lock.
The Foundation 45mm Wheelset comes with ENVE’s leading Lifetime Incident Protection and 5 Year warranty. The 5 Year Warranty protects buyers from defects in material and workmanship. The Lifetime Incident Protection program protects owners from damage caused to their wheels while riding, crashing, or transporting their bikes.
Tubeless is the future and the future is now. The benefits of road tubeless are as follows:
• Lower rolling resistance – By eliminating the inner-tube, the friction between tyre and tube is also eliminated, allowing the tyre roll, flex, and conform to the road with greater efficiency.
• Flat less, ride more – Flat tyres are a buzz-kill. With a little sealant you can eliminate nearly all flats that would have been caused by an intrusive thorn or piece of debris.
• Run the Best Pressure – Tubeless means you can run the pressure you want to maximize comfort, traction, and rolling efficiency.
• Hookless/Straight-Sidewall Design -Tubeless performance depends on the tire maintaining a light press-fit with the rim on the bead seat diameter. ENVE chooses a hookless tubeless rim profile as it allows the rim’s critical tolerance at the bead seat diameter to be both consistent and accurate. In short, hookless is chosen to deliver a more safe, reliable, and ultimately proper tyre fitment.
The ENVE 45 is optimised for use with tubeless tyres greater than 25mm wide.
Item Top Features Continued:
Rim Type: Clincher
Rim Depth: Front: 45mm; Rear: 45mm
Rim Internal Width: Front: 21mm; Rear: 21mm
Rim External Width: Front: 28mm; Rear: 28mm
Hole Count: 24
Effective Rim Diameter: 568
Aero Optimised Tyre Size: 25-28c
Spoke Type: Sapim CX Sprint
Spoke Cross: 2x
Freehub: Multiple options available to select separately
Axle: Front: 100x12; Rear: 142x12
Single or Pair: Pair
Weight: SRAM XD Option: 1541g; Shimano Option: 1561g
2x valve stems
1x roll of tape (good for taping 3 wheels)
2x Pressure Relief Valve Stem Nuts
Wheel Manual and Wheelbuild Card
Manufacturer's Part Numbers:
SRAM XD: EN00F451003114002
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