If you paid attention to the Tour this year, then you were undoubtedly struck by the underdog success and tenacity of the MTN Qhubeka pb Samsung Team, which made history once as the first African registered team at the Grande Boucle and again with the first African rider to wear the polka dot jersey. This team stole the hearts of the cycling world with its class and determination to fight it out for stage wins against the goliaths of the World Tour, all while rolling on the new ENVE SES 2. 2 Tubular Wheelset. Built specifically to help the team conquer the giant mountains of The Tour, these featherweight wheels are now available to all of us whether we're attacking the European peloton or trying to eke out those last few seconds to conquer that coveted local KOM. Mountain roads bring with them a special set of specifications and necessary robustness in braking capabilities. ENVE tackles those requirements head on with a brand new, molded in, textured brake surface paired with the new ENVE black brake pads for a claimed 30% improvement in braking performance over ENVE's previous models. The new combination also makes for more consistent braking across both wet and dry conditions. When you're dropping through switchbacks into an unexpected thunderstorm, it's reassuring to know you can trust the braking surface to do what it's supposed to do and get you to the valley floor safely, rubber side down. In designing the 2. 2, ENVE shifts the focus slightly away from pure drag reduction with a laser focused lock on weight reduction to make this a stiff, featherweight climber to fly up the mountains. In contrast to the rest of ENVE's SES line of wheels, which feature differing rim profiles for the front and rear, the 2. 2 maintains the same 25mm depth and 27mm external rim width across both wheels specifically designed to house on trend 25mm tires for a smooth, forgiving, and more efficiently rolling ride across the miles. Even with the 2. 2 diverging slightly from its...