Our ENVE SES 7.8 race wheels continue to turn heads here on the colorful streets of New York City. People stop us daily to ask us about them, where to get them, how they ride, why they are so thick, what they are made of, etc. And we don't blame them, we did our fair share of gawking at these wheels before we got our hands on a few sets through our sponsorship with the Maverick Multisport Team.
Not only do these carbon fiber wheels look good, but one of the things we like most about the 7.8s is that they perform well in a variety of different weather conditions and course terrain. They handle the wind much better than other aero wheels we've used and also climb surprisingly well. As athletes who have many different pieces of gear to be concerned with leading up to race day, it's comforting to know that our wheels can match any conditions. In other words, we don't have to think about whether a disk wheels are going to make us blow all over the place and also don't have to travel with various combinations of front and back wheels.
One thing that was an adjustment for us with these wheels was changing a flat. After 10+ years as triathletes, we pride ourselves in being pretty quick flat changers. But, to be honest, changing the tubeless compatible wheels threw us for a loop the first time we had to do it. Luckily, ENVE provides great videos and instructions on how to install and operate their products. That's just an example of the kind of company ENVE is -- one that is proud of their products and loyal to the riders who use them. Oh, and by the second time we had to change a flat, we were pros!
ENVE wheels are by far the nicest wheels we've owned, and it's no surprise ENVE won five stages of the 2016 Tour de France and have taken the Ironman scene by storm in the last couple of years. Their thoughtful and highly technical design comes through in top performances on the race course.
Feel free to fire away with any technical questions about the wheels!
-Laurel and Bec