Road Bike Tire Test: Enve SES Road Tire Tubeless

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  • Enve SES Road Tire Tubeless
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)
Pro Members get 9-point radar charts

Enve SES Road Tire Tubeless road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

The Enve SES Road Tire is a tubeless-ready road bike tire optimized to deliver low rolling resistance while minimizing the trade-offs that come with low rolling resistance tires. These trade-offs are the usual suspects like durability, longevity, puncture resistance, and wet grip. The most interesting thing about the SES Road Tire is that it comes from a European factory that is also new for us. This might be a tire that can show a surprise-performance.


As Enve is known for the aerodynamic performance of their wheelsets and components, they've put a lot of development into the aerodynamic performance of the SES Road Tire. This tire will give the best aerodynamic performance when used with one of their recommended wheelsets, but they also claim it will improve the aerodynamics of any aero wheelset. We don't test the aerodynamic performance of tires so we can't verify their claims, but we believe they've taken this seriously during the development of this tire.


The SES Road Tire is made up of an unspecified TPI tubeless-ready casing with a Vectran anti-puncture strip under the (slightly thin) tread. We don't see the use of Vectran specified a lot, but we know Continental uses this on many of their high-performance tires that perform well in our tests. The SES Road Tire is available in the 25-622, 27-622, 29-622, and 31-622 sizes with black or tan sidewalls.


We've tested the 25-622 version with black sidewalls. Please be aware that all versions of the SES Road Tire have a relatively low maximum air pressure. While most 25-622 sized tires can go up to 110 - 120 psi, the SES Road Tire has a maximum inflation pressure of 90 psi. We think 80-90 psi is close to the optimal air pressure for 25-622 rated tires, but if you still like high air pressures or you're a bit heavier, you should be aware of this. We did test this tire at 120 psi and 100 psi to keep the data consistent across the site.

Manufacturer Specifications


Manufacturer Specifications
Brand Enve
Model SES Road Tire Tubeless
Year 2020
Tire Type Tubeless
Supplied By Bought in store
New or Used New
Mileage 0 km
Price Range Very High
Buy At
Manufacturer part number 300-1022-001
TPI -
Compound
Bead Folding
ETRTO 25-622
Size Inch 28"
Specified Width (mm) 25
Specified Weight 255 grams
Max Air Pressure (psi) 90
Made In Members Only
Available Sizes 25-622 (700x25c)
27-622 (700x27c)
29-622 (700x29c)
31-622 (700x31c)

Enve SES Road Tire Tubeless Test Results

Enve SES Road Tire Tubeless road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine

Size, Weight, and Thickness Measurements


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Size, Weight and Thickness Measurements
Specified Weight 255 grams
Measured Weight 243 grams
System Adjusted Weight
(tire + valve + rim seal)
263 grams
Measured Width 27 mm (un-round)
Measured Height 24 mm (un-round)
Total Tire Thickness Center 2.2 mm
Total Tire Thickness Sidewall Members Only
Unmounted Casing Width 66 mm
Unmounted Tread Width Members Only
All size measurements are taken at an air pressure of 100 psi / 6.9 bars on a 17.8 mm inner width rim.

Rolling Resistance Test Results


Rolling Resistance Test Results
Inner Tube None (20 ml sealant)
Rolling Resistance
140 PSI / 9.7 Bar
Not Tested
Rolling Resistance
120 PSI / 8.3 Bar
11.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00342
Rolling Resistance
100 PSI / 6.9 Bar
12.4 Watts
CRR: 0.00372
Rolling Resistance
80 PSI / 5.5 Bar
Members Only
Rolling Resistance
60 PSI / 4.1 Bar
Members Only
All numbers are for a single tire at a speed of 29 km/h / 18 mph and a load of 42.5 kg / 94 lbs.

Use the formula: RR (Watts) = CRR * speed (m/s) * load (N) to calculate rolling resistance at a given speed and load.

Puncture Resistance Test Results

Enve SES Road Tire Tubeless road bike tire on a rolling resistance test machine
Puncture Resistance Test Results (higher is better)
Total Puncture Score Tread 64 Points
Total Puncture Score Sidewall Members Only
Tread Puncture Force Sharp Needle 15 Points
Tread Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Tread Total Tire Thickness 2.2 mm
Sidewall Puncture Force Sharp Needle Members Only
Sidewall Puncture Force Blunt Needle Members Only
Sidewall Total Tire Thickness Members Only

Conclusion


  • Enve SES Road Tire Tubeless
Performance compared to all other road bike tires
(100% is fastest - lightest - thickest - strongest)

Pro Members get 9-point radar charts

The Enve SES Road Tire rolls quite fast at high air pressures (which it isn't rated for), but the drop off at lower air pressures is relatively large. The strongest point of this tire is the performance in our puncture resistance test of the tread area. We suspect Enve uses a thicker layer of Vectran than many other brands as the tread is quite thin and the sidewalls show only average puncture resistance in our tests.


We think this is a good tire as the few watts more rolling resistance will be hard to notice. When you own an Enve wheelset, you might also gain back the few watts lost in rolling resistance as they have been designed to provide the best possible aerodynamic performance on Enve wheelsets.

RATING: 4.0 / 5
TEST VERDICT:
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