Enve Composites 2.0 Road Forks

3.5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $407.00

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Enve 2.0 Road Fork(0x8020f968)

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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bikelove

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2014

Strengths:    Look good

Weaknesses:    Not straight

Bottom Line:   
I wanted to believe that this fork was the best but I'm afraid that I've come to believe that it's just another over-hyped bike part. I have a titanium road frame that is currently fitted with an 'ordinary' Columbus Carve carbon fork. A good friend has a titanium frame with an Enve 2.0 fork and he naturally raved about his 'wonderful' new fork. I took a look at it on his bike and immediately noticed that it wasn't straight (the tyre was off centre at the crown). I then borrowed it to put on my frame and went on a ride with some steep climbs and bumpy descents with corners. It was fine but in no way was it better than my £95 Columbus fork. I've since seen the same fork on a high end steel frame and it was also not entirely straight. I will say though that to my eyes the Enve 2.0 fork looks really good. I ended up with a Ritchey WCS fork. It is a bit lighter than my old fork and it has more tyre clearance. The tyre clearance improvement was why I made the switch but there is definitely no performance gain.

I have been subscribing to bike magazines for more than 10 years and have spent a great deal of money based on their glowing testimonies and incredibly nuanced descriptions. However I have been invariably left wondering what all the fuss was about. It very much reminds me of the countless pages of nonsense that used to be written about speaker cables. I will continue to buy high end bike parts because it impresses my mates but I'm no longer fooled by the reviews and marketing claims.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by thinking thing

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2012

Strengths:    everything.....stiff, light, comfortable, smooth, light, extreamly well made, and LIGHT.

Weaknesses:    Price??? it is an expensive fork, but in my opinion every penny is justified.

Bottom Line:   
Incredible......This fork is everything all at once, and I mean it. First, the level of quality in enve's composite engineering is demonstrated very clearly in this fork. I've owned 3t's, alpha q's, and even a storck stiletto, but none are finished as built as nicely as this one. It has some bizzare ride characteristics that were hard to get use to at first. It flexes over large bumps almost exactly like steel would, muting out all the rough stuff. So at first I thought it was a "comfort fork" and not good at the stiff diving into corners type of fork. BUT I couldn't have been more mistaken. For some reason when you start carving into corners and violently hammering out of the saddle it just starts responding the way an ultra stiff crit specific fork would. All my past fork experience tells me that comfort=no fun and stiff=pain and there's no fork that does both without being a muddy brown green compromise. Thankfully there's finally a manufactor who found a way to give all the good with none of the bad......oh and if that weren't enough they went ahead and made it SUPER light. Buy this fork.....period

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Similar Products Used:   alpha q gs40 (only fork that comes close to the 2.0), 3T funda team, Storck stiletto

Bike Setup:   Independent Fabrication Crown Jewel SE, Sram Force, Zipp Carbon Cockpit, Fizik Airone CX, Zipp 303 firecrest tubulars

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