Enve, the US brand best known for its carbon wheels, is introducing its first off-the-shelf chassis (frameset plus headset, handlebar, stem, and seatpost) in the shape of the new Melee, a road race option that, unusually, can take tires up to 35mm wide.
The Melee joins the Custom Road bike in Enve’s lineup, but whereas that initial offering is fully customizable and built in the US (all of Enve’s rims are made in the US too), the Melee is offered in seven stock frame sizes (47cm to 60cm ) and made overseas.
Send heads into new territory with Custom Road bike
So what are you getting here?
“The Melee is a no holds barred modern race bike built specifically to meet the performance demands of the discipline,” says Enve’s Jake Pantone.
“The Custom Road, while capable of racing at the highest level, prioritizes customization and personalization over specific race performance metrics such as weight, stiffness, and aerodynamics. The Melee features a monocoque construction which allowed us to refine the tube shapes, reduce weight, and increase the overall efficiency.”
Send claims a frame weight of 850g (+/-2%, 56cm, painted, no hardware).
Enve says that the Melee’s geometry (below) and handling are optimized for tires from 27mm to 32mm wide, although it’ll take up to 35mm. That suggests more versatility than most other road race bikes.
“The Melee features all the aerodynamic trappings expected to achieve top-of-class efficiency – minimal frontal area, Kamm-tailed tube shapes, and full front-end integration,” says Enve.
Enve says it has designed the Melee’s tube shapes to complement it’s SES (Smart Enve System) rim profiles. SES is the name that Enve gives to its higher-end road wheels.
Enve says that the Melee is made using various forms of unidirectional carbon fiber and is available in seven frame sizes, with five unique fork rakes “to ensure that riders of all sizes will have the same responsive handling”.
An Enve Melee is available as a ‘chassis only’ which means the frame, fork, headset, handlebar, stem, and seatpost. As well as the frame, you can order the bar, stem, fork and seatpost in the size you want.
Send has created what it calls a ‘Best-Fit Calculator’ to help with the fitting process.
“The calculator functions simply by pairing a rider’s fit stack, fit reach, and saddle position numbers with a frame geometry, stem length, stem rise, spacer stack, and saddle offset,” says Enve. “The output provides several frames and component configuration options that the rider, along with their fitter, can analyze to determine the rider’s ‘best-fit’ option,” says Enve.
You can then select an Enve SES or Foundation wheelset and work with a retailer to choose the drivetrain and accessories.
The Melee is available in one colour, called Damascus, although you have the option of designing your own decal kit.
The Enve Melee chassis (frame, fork, headset, stem, handlebar, and seatpost) retails for £5,300.
Enve’s UK distributor is Saddleback.