The rims on ENVE's SES 2. 2 Clincher Wheelset with ENVE Hubs had a grand debut this summer atop the dizzyingly high peaks of the Tour on the frames of the MTN Qhubeka team. Cummings earned the team its first ever stage win aboard these rims, and they're now available for the rest of us to use as we conquer steep grades and the long, winding roads of our favorite local climbs. There is one key difference between what Cummings rode and this model, though. On Cummings' wheels, you can clearly see the telltale red of DT Swiss 240 hubs instead of the lighter, stiffer, carbon hubs ENVE has added here. Mountain roads place heavy demands a wheel's braking capabilities, and ENVE ensured the shallow 2. 2 rims would be more than ready to take on those demands by developing a new, molded in textured brake surface. Paired with the new ENVE black brake pads, the brake track claims to improve performance by 30% over previous ENVE models. This new system addresses the challenges of braking in both wet and dry conditions, adding reassuring consistency on the days you get caught in a surprise rain shower on a winding, narrow descent. In a departure from the rest of the SES line, ENVE chose to keep the depth and external rim width the same for each wheel. We assume this is because, at just 25mm deep, the aerodynamic gains of fiddling with respective depths would be minimal at best. Instead the 2. 2s' 25mm depth and 27mm external rim width work together to achieve an ideal balance of stiffness and low weight that make these wheels capable featherweight climbing machines. Pair their generous width with of the moment 25mm tires for lower rolling resistance, plush comfort, and more confident cornering on the way back down. ENVE wheels are known for having one of the highest strength to weight ratios in the industry, and the 2. 2's are shaped using the same highly regarded Smart construction system as the rest of its wheels to ensure their stability and reliability. ENVE painstakingl...