Mèlee, frames and complete bikes from ENVE

The ENVE brand, long known for its wheels and other bike components, had already started making bikes in 2021 with its Custom Road made in Odgen, Utah.

It was not a first attempt, as I discovered at the Pro Days show, the Melee. With the race in sight, the Melee is intended to be responsive, precise and nimble.

Seven frame sizes (47-60cm) are available to suit riders of all sizes and needs. The Melee fork also has five different offsets to ensure optimal handling regardless of frame size. Offered from €5499 for the frame kit (with handlebars, stem and seatpost), complete bikes range from €9599 to €14099.

Source: press release

Unlike the Custom Road, the Melee is not made in the US, but in an Enve factory located in Asia.

Of course, the Melee was developed very much with aerodynamics in mind. An aero that combines perfectly with the brand’s range of SES wheels to offer the best compromise in terms of performance, of course (whether at 32 or 48 km/h), but also in weight and versatility.

For example, there is a fully integrated cable system. The cables run through the stem and then through the steering stem, between the pivot and the bearings. The Melee’s unibody design allows for narrower tubes and more worked shapes for better airflow.

In practice, the Melee features all the aerodynamic elements you’d expect for efficiency, minimal frontal area, Kamm Tail tube shapes (tubes truncated at the rear) and full integration.

Each pair of wheels will give the Melee a different personality and specificity for each type of course.

  • Melee + SES 2.3 for the mountain
  • Melee + SES 3.4 for hilly fields
  • Melee + SES 4.5 for racing
  • Melee ++ SES 6.7 for triathlons

Optimized for use with tires from 27 to 31 mm in section, the Melee can accept sections from 25 to 35 mm. 35mm, that’s just about enough for soft gravel with the right tires. A bike that is therefore designed to meet the high performance and versatility requirements of road racers, but also very versatile.

In terms of streaming, the Melee accepts almost everything. If for the mechanical part only Shimano transmissions are compatible, on the other hand, you can mount any electronic transmission, whether wired or wireless, single or double plate.

Enve offers their Melee in 7 sizes as well as 5 different fork travel.

In terms of construction, the Melee is made with various types of unidirectional carbon fiber depending on the design process.
ENVE Optimized Materials (MOD).

But that’s not all, as “à la carte” handlebars, stems and seatposts are offered to complete the frame. No dimensions imposed by frame size.

However, to help customers choose the right size frame and peripherals, ENVE is developing a tool that will give the recommended size of stem, handlebar, seatpost, frame, number of spacers under the stem and offset.

Jake Pantone. Vice President of Products and Brand:

Your road bike should be an extension of your body and we want people to have that perfect feeling from the first pedal stroke. Our calculator aims to simplify the installation process for the installer and the customer. The calculator works by simply entering the rider’s main data, which will show the saddle position, frame geometry, stem length, saddle extension, number of spacers under the stem and saddle setback. .

Customers will be able to opt for ENVE components such as AR handlebars and stem. The seat post is specific, with its aerodynamic D shape. It is offered in two lengths and two different reverses.

Like many manufacturers, the bottom bracket is in T47 format.

ENVE allows you to customize the colors of the frame stickers, but only one color is offered.

Prices

Frame kits

friendly Products € RRP (VAT included)
FRAME KIT Kit MELEE FRAME with handlebar, stem, seatpost €5,499.00
FRAME KIT + FOUNDATION MELEE FRAME kit with handlebar, stem, seatpost, Enve Foundation 45 or 65mm wheels €7,399.00
FRAME KIT + FOUNDATION PLUS MELEE FRAME Kit with handlebar, stem, seatpost, Enve Foundation 45mm or 65mm wheels, handlebar tape, Enve tires, 2 bottle cages, titanium saddle, computer mount €7,899.00
FRAME KIT + HIS MELEE FRAME kit with handlebar, stem, seatpost, Enve SES 2.3/3.4/4.5/6.7/7.8 wheels (Enve hubs) €8,599.00
FRAME KIT + ITS PLUS MELEE FRAME kit with handlebar, stem, seat post, Enve SES 3.4/3.4AR/4.5AR/5.6/7.8 wheels (Enve hubs), handlebar tape, Enve tires, 2 bottle cages, carbon saddle, speedometer mount €9,399.00

Complete bicycles

Products Details € RRP (VAT included)
SRAM
Complete MELEE with 45 or 65 mm base wheels SRAM RIVAL AXS 2x €9,599.00
SRAM FORCE AXS 2x €10,499.00
SRAM RED AXS 2x €12,799.00
Complete MELEE with SES 2.3 / 3.4 / 4.5 / 6.7 wheels SRAM RIVAL AXS 2x €10,899.00
SRAM FORCE AXS 2x €11,799.00
SRAM RED AXS 2x €14,099.00
SHIMANO
Complete MELEE with 45 or 65 mm base wheels SHIMANO ULTEGRA Di2 12s €10,999.00
SHIMANO DURA ACE Di2 12s €12,799.00
Complete MELEE with SES 2.3 / 3.4 / 4.5 / 6.7 wheels SHIMANO ULTEGRA Di2 12s €12,299.00
SHIMANO DURA ACE Di2 12s €14,099.00

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