Inside ENVE’s new 78,000 square foot factory

Revised manufacturing process claimed to deliver better finished product

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ENVE Composites Factory Tour

Each morning the day’s wheel builds are staged and by the end of each day all these wheel builds are completed. In other words, if 250 rims are being produced that day, 250 rims will be assembled, decaled, and packaged. Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

This completes the final step in the one-piece flow model for ENVE and nets a 35% efficiency gain from old facility. Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

Three years ago, ENVE scaled to be able to produce more components in the USA. Part of this requirement was to be able to finish and paint these components. Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

After lackluster results from three different paint shops, including one that had a mil-spec certification, ENVE decided to take matters into its own hands and brought paint in-house 2.5 years ago. Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

ENVE hired a painter with expertise in carbon, and uses a process that is PPG certified with water-based paint. Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

The facility has the capacity to paint 120 parts during a 6-hour shift. Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

ENVE’s tubing business supports the small frame builder community and while a very small portion of overall revenue, it’s an essential part of ENVE’s DNA. Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

The brand has a long history, dating back to its beginning as EDGE Composites in 2007. The name was changed to ENVE in 2010. Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

ENVE CEO Sarah Lehman is undoubtedly one of the most successful (and powerful) women in the cycling world. Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

In 2016, the parent company of Mavic (Amer Sports) purchased ENVE for a reported $50 million. Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

ENVE’s core team. The company has 168 employees total. Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

Photo by Ian Matteson

ENVE Composites Factory Tour

The ribbon has been cut. Now back to business for ENVE Composites. Photo by Ian Matteson

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  • blaklabl says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t see this as a good sign for prices coming down any time soon.

  • Chris says:

    Jesus Christ. No wonder their wheels are so expensive. Holy crap. What a ripoff.
    Hopefully they take care of their employees, too.

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