Jurjen came down pretty hard in last weekend’s Waikanae fun ride – not much fun. His Zipp rear rim was badly damaged and needed to be replaced.
The 28 hole PowerTap hub was still in good shape so it made sense to re-build onto it. The Enve 45 rim is a great rim, much lighter than his old Zipp, and comes in a 28 hole drilling. Perfect!
Jurjen decided to have a matching front wheel built. We used an Alchemy ELF hub and a 20 hole Enve 45 rim.
The Enve 45 rims don’t get a lot of love with the 3.4 being available but they’re fantastic rims and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Spokes are DT Swiss Aerolite with two red spokes at each valve. Red had been scientifically proven* to be the fastest colour and therefore red spokes will make this wheelset faster. Plus they match the red decals.
*Ok, I made that bit up.
Bruce wanted a good quality pair of wheels for everyday training, long weekend rides and events. The super durable Enve 3.4 rims laced to Chris King R45 hubs fit the bill perfectly.
The King R45 hubs are now available to fit 11 speed Shimano cassettes – Bruce is currently using 10 speed but this means future upgrades are easy. The anodized colour of the R45 hubs needs to be seen to be believed – it’s incredibly deep, rich colour. The red and blue hubs are my personal favourite and Bruce loved the red.
Black DT Swiss Aerolite spokes hold everything together with our lifetime guarantee against broken spokes.
Bruce wanted super stealth black Wheelworks decals and BJW67 written on the rims.
Sandy wanted a new pair of wheels for his magnesium-framed Pinarello Dogma. The blue Chris King R45 hubs are going to be a perfect match for the frame and the two white spokes will highlight the Pina’s white graphics.
The Enve 3.4 rims are light, durable, and suitable for everyday use as well as events and races. This wheelset will drop a huge chunk of weight over his old Campagnolo Eurus wheels.
This is a nice way to end the wheelbuilding of the year – the last pair of wheels to leave the workshop in 2012 are Lloyd’s Enves.
We used an Alchemy ELF front hub paired to a new DT Swiss 240s rear hub with an 11 speed freehub body – Lloyd’s currently running 10 speed but inevitably the next groupset will be 11.
DT Swiss bladed Aerolite spokes were used and two spokes at each valve are white to match his Colnago.
Enve 3.4 clincher rims are light weight robust rims which will endure years of daily-duty riding.
Tobias was looking for a new pair of wheels to compliment his VWD Cerverlo S5. He wanted something aerodynamic, robust and light.
The Enve 6.7 rims are all three of these and when built up with the right hubs are a fantastic set of wheels.
To match Tobias’ weight and usage I selected the Alchemy ELF front hub and White Industries T11 rear hub. Tobias uses a Campagnolo groupset so a titanium Campag freehub body is fitted to the rear hub.
The spokes are bladed DT Swiss Aerolites with two white spokes at each valve to match the custom white decals.
Ken is soon to be a member of the Baum owners club and wanted a new pair of wheels for the new bike – the pair of aluminium clinchers I’d built for him last year are still going strong but will stay on his current bike.
This pair uses the excellent Enve 3.4 clincher rims. To keep the wheels stiff I used an Alchemy ELF front hub and a White Ind T11 rear, both with very wide flange spacing. The T11 uses a titanium freehub body which means the cassette cogs won’t dig into it, and both hubs use top quality bearings which have great durability.
Spokes are bladed DT Swiss Aerolites and are laced with Enve internal nipples.
White decal and Ken’s nickname add a nice personal touch.
On Saturday we gave a few local customers and friends the chance to ride a range of Enve wheels. Local distributor Wide Open brought a range of 26″ and 29″ mountain bike wheels and a good selection of 3.4 and 6.7 road wheels.
We set up shop on Mt Vic for the afternoon with good access to the Super D course and some of the technical tracks. The weather cooperated and there were plenty of cookies, jetplanes and beer on hand to keep the riders fueled.
If you’d like to see what all the fuss is about let me know – we have a demo pair of 29er wheels which you can use.
Carolyn Quil came along and took some awesome photos – here is a small selection of the 300+ taken on the day.
Nick wanted a pair of deep wheels for day-to-day riding as well as events and timetrails.
His previous pair of Zipp 404s wasn’t stiff enough so we upgraded him to the Enve 6.7 clinchers. I used the Alchemy ELF front hub and White Industries T11 rear hub – I seem to be using this combination a lot lately and for good reason as both hubs are top quality and work exceptionally well.
DT Swiss Aerolite bladed spokes and Enve internal nipples round-out the package.
1542 grams is lighter than a 303 but with similar aerodynamics to an 808 and much better lateral stiffness.
Misel wanted a new pair of wheels for his De Rosa R838 and the Enve 3.4 clinchers fit the bill perfectly.
I used an Alchemy ELF front hub and paired it with a White Industry T11 rear hub. Both of these hubs have very wide flange spacing and work well for heavier, more powerful riders like Misel.
DT Swiss Aerolite spokes and Enve internal nipples hold things together.
Generally I put the customers name on the rim, however Misel wanted the message GLORY.SUFFER. – I didn’t ask Misel but I assume the meaning is pretty self explanatory :-) Black Wheelworks decals on the rim and hub are super subtle and the grey message stands out really well.
Thanks for your order Misel!
John wanted a pair of all-around wheels for sunny rides, events, and the occasional race – perfect for the Enve 3.4 clincher rims.
I used the Alchemy ELF front hub and paired it to the DT Swiss 240s rear with a Campangolo freehub body.
The spokes are bladed DT Swiss Aerolites with two custom red spokes at each valve to match the red decals.
The quality of these new Enve rims really is fantastic.