CycleOps G3 SES 3.4 CLINCHER / Joule GPS Wheelset - $3,392.98

While some may still scoff at the mere notion of carbon clinchers, we sleep well at night knowing that these same naysayers are secretly drooling over the likes of the CycleOps G3 SES 3.4 Clincher/Joule GPS Wheelset. And after combining the engineering techniques from Utah carbon innovator, Enve, with the power training technologies of CycleOps, we argue that the incessant comparing and contrasting between tubulars and clinchers becomes utterly irrelevant. Now, there's finally a wheelset that utilizes the very latest in carbon wheel design, the G3 PowerTap rear hub, and the all new Joule cycling computer. Led by aero-engineering legend Simon Smart and Enve Composites, the rims of this wheelset are identical to those found on the Enve Smart System 3.4 carbon clinchers. Enve used its most sophisticated technology and engineering techniques to create this fast, stiff, and aerodynamic wheelset. The 3.4's aerodynamic design starts with the size differential of the wheels. Enve accounted for the different behaviors of front and rear wheels and designed the 3.4s with a front wheel that's 35mm deep and 26mm wide, while the rear wheel is 45mm deep and 24mm wide. The front wheel's shallow profile and wide stance helps decrease drag in windy conditions. On the other hand, the rear wheel's depth decreases drag because stability is less affected at the aft position of the bike. But, the SES 3.4 clincher is not only aero, it's also light, stiff, and strong. The Enve SES series boasts the highest strength-to-weight ratio on the market, and its due in part to Enve's patented process of molding in spoke holes, nipple seats, and valve stem holes. This means that when you combine the hand-built Enve carbon clincher hoops with the new CycleOps PowerTap G3 Wireless Hub and a super-light CycleOps Front Hub, it adds up to one of the lightest and stiffest carbon PowerTap clincher wheelsets ever produced. - $3,392.98