ENVE Classic 45 wheels – in brief review

Aero carbon clinchers

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £1,700.00 RRP | USD $2,049.99
ENVE Classic 45 clincher wheels

Our review

Excellent quality, decent-handling lightweight rims on adequate, affordable hubs
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The company’s Smart System wheels may be grabbing the limelight but these new, more basic DT Swiss-hubbed Classic 45 hoops make ENVE rim quality more affordable than ever. 

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Handbuilt in Utah, US, and rigorously tested for build quality and heat tolerance, these are some of the strongest and most reliable carbon wheels available. At 22mm wide and 45mm deep, they handle obediently in all wind and speed conditions. 

While the DT Swiss 350 hubs are fairly portly, the overall weight will still flatter your bike, and they accelerate and climb well for aero wheels. Braking with the supplied grey pads is reliable if not remarkable. 

Freehub engagement is relatively slow though, and the rims really deserve the extra investment in the silky, instant engagement Chris King hub option (£2,000/US$2,499).

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This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine, available on Zinio.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Classic 45 clinchers (13)
Brand ENVE Composites

Description Rim depth: 45mm, Rim width: 22mm
Weight (g) 1600
Front Wheel Weight 726
Rear Wheel Weight 874