David's ENVE Melee

Build Kit


ENVE Melee Frame Module


ENVE SES 3.4 Wheels


Sram RED/XX1 AXS Mullet Group


Rene Herse Orondo Grade Tires

For Bike of the Week this week, we’re featuring David's artistically built ENVE Melee, a blend of form and function that’s perfect for his intended use of bombing up and down the hills of Connecticut in supreme style.

This build was carefully curated to David's particular tastes in color, design, and aesthetics. Some of the build was from a previous bike that David owned, and the additions and changes really pull the whole thing together.


This isn’t the first Melee we’ve built. We love this ultra-modern, super versatile aerodynamic carbon frame from our partners in Utah that comes with 35mm of tire clearance so that you can take the rough with the smooth. David knew he wanted an all-road bike that could also handle some light trail use, so the ENVE Melee fit the bill wonderfully.

The Melee comes as a chassis – a canvas on which to build out your dream bike. Out of a choice of three colors, David chose the stunning Damascus (the other two are Aegean Blue and Enve Black).


For the drivetrain, David knew he wanted to stick with his tried-and-trusted Sram Red/XX1 AXS Mullet 12-speed group for its reliability, ease of use, shifting precision and expansive gearing options. The combination of a 48-tooth Red aero chainring and a 10-52 Eagle cassette will give him ultimate range and is also just about the most aero drivetrain setup possible. Add in a CeramicSpeed bottom bracket and CeramicSpeed Oversized Pulley Wheel System and we’ve got ultimate friction reduction as well.

So that it really stands out from the crowd, we ordered the cassette and chain in Sram’s stunning rainbow finish.

BOTW ENVE David 10

This sort of machine deserves the best wheels available and that’s why we’ve specced a set of ENVE SES 3.4s. This is a wheelset that can do it all – super lightweight at 1,380g while a wide internal rim width of 25mm gives big-tire capability and differential rim depths supply optimal aerodynamics. The perfect match for the ENVE Melee frame in both performance and aesthetics.

The Melee rolls on Rene Herse Orondo Grade 700x31mm tubeless tires – with tan walls of course – for all the comfort, speed and grip David could ask for on the road. He enjoys that a 35mm tire will clear easily, leaving him space for a more aggressive tread pattern for the trail.

To top off one of the classiest builds to come out of Signature Cycles lately, David has chosen a mint-green 3D-printed Fizik saddle and matching mint-green handlebar tape for a clean, fresh finish.

We are thrilled with the outcome of this project, and we are delighted to have been able to help David realise his dream bike. We hope he joins us on many group rides in the near future.