The Smart ENVE 5.6 Disc are specifically designed as a multi-purpose road disc wheelset that can be used in virtually all weather conditions, terrains and disciplines.
WHAT IS IT? – The ultimate disc brake specific, aerodynamic, and lightweight road race wheelset.
WHO IS IT FOR? – The Smart ENVE 5.6 Disc is optimsed aerodynamically and structurally for road disc use. Road cyclists and triathletes on disc brake bikes will benefit from the SES 5.6 Disc’s reduced drag, lightweight design, and rim shape optimised for larger volume road tyres.
WHY DID WE MAKE IT?
Most “disc brake” wheelsets are simply repurposed rim brake wheels with disc hubs. The elimination of a braking surface opens up the realm of aerodynamic and structural possibilities. When you don’t have to engineer a flat braking surface and manage high temperatures from braking, you can reduce the rim’s weight, adjust shape for improved aerodynamics and provide better tubeless performance.
Disc brake technology offers improved braking performance for amateur and professional road cyclists alike. Carbon fiber braking surfaces are a major design constraint that limits weight savings and rim design. By removing the constraints of a braking surface, we can completely rethink the shape of the rim. The SES 5.6 Disc features patented SES rim curvature but has been further optimized for disc brakes. Additionally, the SES 5.6 Disc carbon fiber clinchers and tubulars are very lightweight because the material used for heat management can been eliminated. This allows for a more structurally efficient and impact resistant rim. Finally, the SES 5.6 Disc carbon clincher is road tubeless compatible and can still be run with standard inner tubes and tyres. Like the current generation SES carbon clinchers and tubulars, the 5.6 Disc has been aerodynamically optimized around 25mm tyres. There is an informative piece here on the ENVE site.
Hub choices – currently the Chris King R45 disc , DT Swiss 240 and DT Swiss 180 and Tune Prince + Princess are available in 24 hole for building with these rims.
- ENVE 5.6 Disc Clincher Front Rim
- Weight: 450g
- Hole count: 24
- Rim depth: 54mm
- Rim width (outer): 28.75mm
- ENVE 5.6 Disc Clincher Rear Rim
- Weight: 470g
- Hole count: 24
- Rim depth: 63mm
- Rim width (outer): 26m
Weight: wheelset weight (pair) with DT 240 hubs 1528g or with Chris King R45 1605g.
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INTRODUCING THE SMART ENVE SYSTEM – the recipe for a fast wheel is no one single element; rather, it’s a combination of factors. When you start with in-frame development and blend proven aerodynamics, optimized stability, lightweight, stiffness and durability, the result is a revolutionary wheel design.
SPEED – The Smart ENVE System optimizes the interface between the frame surfaces and the wheels, creating an integrated system. The front and rear wheels interact differently with the air and the rest of the bicycle. Rim shapes are optimized to allow airflow to stay attached at higher yaw angles, thus reducing drag and improving ride performance. The front wheel is wider and shallower to improve stability and reduce drag in any wind condition. The rear wheel is deeper to reduce drag where stability is less affected. Wheels were tested on multiple frame designs in order to produce the maximum drag reduction. The result is a wheel system, which handles predictably, and displays superior drag results when installed in multiple bicycle frame designs.
STABILITY – Steering feedback in variable conditions needs to be predictable to have total handling confidence. Less predictable wheels have a non-linear steering response, resulting in erratic and unpredictable handling in unsteady conditions. The shape of the Smart ENVE System rim is optimized to ensure even and predictable airflow attachment. What the rider experiences is a balanced build up of side force as the angle of crosswind changes. This allows the rider to accurately predict the handling mannerisms of the wheel and avoid dangerous over correction cycles. The focus on steering stability resulted in improved handling and confidence in varying crosswinds. Therefore, the wheel shape was optimized to produce a predictable and linear response.
STRONG, STIFF, LIGHT – THE ENVE PROCESS
ENVE is renowned for developing the strongest, stiffest and lightest rims on the market. This durability is proven across all disciplines of the sport including being the first and only carbon wheel to podium at World Cup DH events. All ENVE products, including the Smart ENVE System, share this advanced manufacturing technology. These technologies involve:
Highest strength to weight ratio in the industry.
Proprietary moulded in spoke hole technology.
Jason at ENVE says – “We want to create only the best. ENVE is a zero compromise company.”