Enve Open House

September 1st, 2019 by / In Experience

What and exciting weekend! I’ve been a big fan of Enve Composites for a long time. So when they invited us to a curated show and open house you can bet I was on board. This year was their first and they plan to make it an annual event. If you are a bike nerd and can make it next year, I highly recommend it. It was a huge success.  See their super cool video here.

There aren’t a lot of opportunities to get a tour of one of the most sophisticated plants in the business while also seeing a show with some of the most beautifully crafted bikes on the planet. And during all that, they feed you! And good food! They had a taco truck that was killing it, and the hot sauce was legit! Only 19 builders were invited which isn’t many, so we were flattered to be included.

The weekend started Thursday evening when the builders and a couple of choice dealers started pouring into the facility. We spent the evening catching up with each other. It’s always so much fun to get together and hang out. We all share so much in common, it’s almost like a family reunion. I also got to meet a lot of really cool industry people for the first time. Mark at Prova Cycles came all the way from Australia. I’ve been following his work and it’s outstanding so It was fun to chat with him and learn more about how he approaches the craft. Another person I met for the first time and someone who’s work I really dig was Bicycle Crumbs. If you don’t follow him on Instagram, you should. He’s an illustrator/designer that works for Sacha at Speedvagen and his stuff is amazing!

Tour

As you can imagine being a composites manufacturer ourselves, I was extremely interested in how Enve made their products and also the organization and quality control systems they had in place. I wanted to glean any info I could that I might be able to bring back to Pursuit. The facility is incredibly impressive on so many levels. From the design of the building and its location in town, all the way through the workflow. They didn’t spare an inch in quality and thoughtfulness. 

Enve is the real deal. And when you get an inside look and hear about the work and effort that has gone into everything they’ve done over the last 12 years, you can see why they are so good. They have their processes dialed. From design and engineering to mold making, manufacturing and finish, and fulfillment. One of the coolest things we learned was that Enve rims require no finish work. The parts are made, the flash is removed and they’re done. No paint, and no clear coat. What you see is what you get.

Testing

There aren’t a lot of companies (if any) actually making their carbon wheels in the US. That is a big deal. There aren’t a lot of companies that even make their own wheels for that matter. Enve does both. And because they make their own wheels and because they make them in the US, they do a lot of testing. They have a really nice test lab full of sophisticated machinery designed to test all sorts of stuff. From testing aerodynamics, flex characteristics, and durability, to testing tires and compatibility. 

Industry Summit

After our tour Enve took us to a swanky glass conference room and stuffed us full of good food. Then we got down to the business part of this whole deal. Enve wanted to know what we thought of the marketplace. They asked us what tire and wheel size preferences our customers have. They wanted to know if we’re having problems with tire fit and compatibility. They also wanted to know what trends we are seeing and what we wanted to see them produce in the future.

It was a very productive meeting and it was interesting to hear what the other builders had to say. There were a lot of really smart builders in the room, so when they had something to say, I listened. I’m sure we learned as much from each other as Enve learned from us. 

I was hoping we’d hear about some of the new goodies Enve has coming down the pipe and we did. They are working on some pretty cool ideas. Enve was pretty tight-lipped about a lot of it. But from what I did gather, there are a couple of items on the horizon that I’m really looking forward to.

Bike Show/Open House/BBQ

The show was a lot of fun, like I said earlier ..tacos. Starting at about 2:00, the industry part of the event was over and the rest was all about the public. Enve gave tours of the facility while us builders hung out in the exhibit area and met with people as they returned from their tour. It was just one big bike geek festival. Enve provided beer and other refreshments. They also had a band, did a raffle and had a mechanical bull. Oh, and did I mention tacos.

All in all, it was a perfect event. Enve nailed it! We learned a lot, had a great time, made a lot of new friends, and we’re looking forward to doing it again next year. I’d also like to thank our gracious hosts. Everyone at Enve had a part in the event and I don’t want to leave anyone out, but I want to personally thank a few of the key people; our inside guy Bryan Tello whom a deal with almost daily, Jake Pantone who led the Summit and whom I’ve worked with from nearly the beginning of Enve, Kevin McClelland the OE sales guy, Ian Matteson, the social media guy and the Managing Director of Enve, Jeremy Venz who gave us our tour and whom I met for the first time.

One final note: Chris King will be having a similar event of their own October 12th. I’m sure it will be every bit as much fun. Hope to see you there!

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