The ENVE Classic 45 Clincher wheelset is the racer's favorite of the Classic stable. Deep enough to really enjoy the aero benefits while still light enough to climb well. This means if you're looking for a single wheel for all your riding and racing, this could be it.
ENVE's Classic 45 is, not surprisingly, 45mm deep. This is mid-depth these days. The width is 22mm, which both helps improve aerodynamics as well as lowering rolling resistance. The weight for the rim is 470g, and the wheelset builds up into a light 1491g.
One of the things that separates ENVE from most other wheel manufacturers is that they come from a composites background. So they had benchmarks they had to hit in strength and heat tolerance as well as weight and aerodynamics before releasing any product. These wheels are strong thanks to ingenious molding. They not only get great compaction, but are able to remove bladders so all the weight counts. They molded the spoke and valve holes and run the spoke nipples inside the rim all in an effort to maximize strength. They even designed a unique internal conical nipple seat for greater strength—and patented the technology. They were able to develop a lay up that has heat tolerance on par with aluminum wheels, which is not only important for better braking, but also safer riding. And they both mold and finish the brake track for consistent braking power.
ENVE builds these wheels with DT Swiss 240 hubs and DT Swiss Aerolite spokes. The 20/24 radial/two-cross pattern is light and aero while still being strong. The cassette body is available in either Campagnolo or Shimano/SRAM splines, and if you ever decide to switch drive trains, the body is easily swappable.
ENVE ships the wheels with ENVE rim strips, brake pads, titanium-shafted skewers and valve extenders. All are packed in a nifty zip bag for convenience and security.
ENVE build their rims and wheels in the USA. The company is as solidly behind these wheels as these wheels are solid. They not only have a five-year warranty on their products, but they also have a lifetime crash replacement policy where they'll replace any destroyed ENVE product for 50% of MSRP, provided the customer has the paperwork to prove original ownership.
The ENVE Classic 45 Wheelset is the single-weapon arsenal.