ENVE’s gravel grinding lineup gets wider with a new purpose-built G series flared carbon drop bar and a new fork with room for fat 650b tires. Enve’s gravel range began as more of an all-road setup adapted from the road with wider 700c tires, but starting with their carbon G23 & G27 wheels, Enve are going all in on lightweight & wider setups.
ENVE G Series carbon flared gravel handlebar & gravel fork
Enve’s G Series is getting filled out to address the growing demand of gravel riders to spend more time riding further off-road on the drop bar gravel bikes. Not really limited to hardpack surfaces, more 650b Road Plus style tires are popping up, often with increasingly aggressive tread patterns suitable for more trail riding as well. And gravel, bikepacking & adventure riders aren’t shying away from taking their light 650b drop bar bikes onto ever more technical terrain. So Enve are sticking to what they know with lightweight carbon, but they’ve pulled in experience from mountain bikes to go wider, tougher, and build in a bit of extra comfort & control.
ENVE G Series flared carbon gravel road drop handlebar
The most obvious thing about the new G Series gravel bar is its dramatic flare. The wide position is meant to give you extra leverage for controlling the bike through loose surfaces.
That flare starts just above the hood position so your brake levers flare out too, aligned with the ergonomic shape of the compact drops, that is said to offer two distinct positions in the drops – one lower at the end of the bar for easy riding, and a second higher up where you reach the brake levers for more technical descending.
The layup was dialed in from the start of this year to balance handling control, while damping the inevitable vibrations you encounter on rough & choppy gravel roads. It also only uses round sections where you have clamping surfaces, the rest being shaped for more comfort in the hands, no matter your position. “Comfort and vibration damping are leading metrics in G Series development. Riding mostly unsuspended bikes over rough roads for long distances can really take a toll on your body. The carbon laminates employed in each G Series product have been refined to help the rider go fast and feel fresh longer,” says Chief Design Engineer at Enve, Kevin Nelson.
ENVE G Series gravel handlebar – Tech Details & Pricing
The new gravel-specific drop bar has lots of flare, growing to 12cm wider at the end of the ergo-shaped drops than the hoods. The bar is available in four sizes – 42, 44, 46 & 48cm measured center-to-center at your levers, which comes out to 54, 56, 58 & 60cm center-to-center at the drops, respectively. The $350 gravel bar includes a wide 31.8mm clamping area to fit accessory mounts next to the stem; it includes internal Di2 routing, external cable grooves, and Enve’s integrated bar end plugs. With 80mm of reach & 120mm of drop, the ergonomically shaped bar ranges in weight from 246g for the narrowest option, up to 281g for the widest bar.
ENVE G Series full carbon 650B Road Plus gravel fork
Like the more dramatically shaped bar, the G Series gravel fork grows wider and more comfortable than their previous GRD gravel fork (now gets re-dubbed the All-Road fork with its 38mm tire clearance). Built now to run up to 50mm wide 650b Road Plus gravel tires or around 700c x 45mm, Enve says it can suit performance gravel or even cyclocross riding (with slightly more rake than their CX fork.) The fork replaces the proprietary integrated fender of the All-Road fork, with a standard set of fender mounts for riding gravel in any weather.
ENVE G Series gravel fork – Tech Details & Pricing
Designed for fast and technical gravel riding, the new $550 G Series fork features a cross-like 395mm axle-to-crown, 50mm of offset, and weighs 520g. The full carbon fork gets a flat mount disc brake tab for use with 140 or 160mm rotors, internal brake hose routing, fender mount braze-ons at the dropout & crown, and a bolt-on 12mm alloy thru-axle. The fork has a 350mm long tapered 1.5″ steerer tube and clearance for up to 650b x 50mm wide tires.