OGDEN, UT (BRAIN)—Utah based Enve Composites, formally Edge Composites, have announced their year-long development partnership with top UK aerodynamicist Simon Smart of Smart Aero Technology.
Smart, an ex Formula One aerodynamicist with 15 years of engineering experience at the highest level of motor sport, earned global recognition from his design and development of the Giant Trinity and Scott Plasma 3 TT frames in the wind tunnel—both manufacturers realizing overnight success in the ProTour with wins in team and individual time trials, according to a press release. Smart Aero Technology is based at the Mercedes GP - Petronas team headquarters and wind tunnel in Brackley, Northamptonshire in the United Kingdom.
Now renowned as the most successful time trial frame designer in the world with no less than six bikes in the top 10 at this year's Tour de France individual time trial in Bordeaux alone, Smart also co-developed the new Scott F01 aero road frame as ridden by HTC-Columbia team members and his distinctive designs have influenced a number of time trial/triathlon bicycles on the market today.
When asked about the timing of the partnership, Enve founder Jason Schiers said, "We had already established our reputation as a manufacturer of wheels with the highest strength to weight ratio in the industry and we were really looking for that aerodynamic edge to make them truly superb. Strength and integrity are woven into our foundation and something we've always been extremely proud of.
"Simon's expertise in aerodynamics specific to cycling is the perfect complement, so as a company with a passion for innovation and leadership we just had to get this done," he added.