ENVE G Series gravel wheels launched

Tubeless wheels are lightweight with optimized rim widths

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ENVE G Series Gravel Wheels

ENVE has announced the G Series, a product line focused on the needs of gravel racers and riders. The G Series debuts at the Dirty Kanza with two purpose built gravel wheelsets: the G23 (700c) and G27 (650b). The G Series wheels meet specific design objectives that represent ENVE’s take on a purpose built gravel wheel. These objectives include lightweight for efficiency and speed, optimized rim widths for specific tire volumes, tubeless construction, anti-flat technology, structural durability, and ride quality.

ENVE G Series Gravel Wheels

Gravel is growing around the world and bicycle frame manufacturers are responding with new products that cater to the needs of gravel riders and racers. However, many high-end carbon and alloy wheel manufacturers are simply repurposing wheel models that were originally designed for road and mountain bike applications. While this is a solution, ENVE says it found this practice leaves performance on the table and fails to deliver an improved ride experience. ENVE realized that the perfect gravel wheel did not exist in the ENVE wheel line, and responded accordingly through the development and introduction of the G Series.

ENVE G Series Gravel Wheels

According to ENVE, the G Series full-carbon tubeless clinchers are the lightest weight clincher rims the brand has ever brought to production. At 330 grams and 320 grams respectively, the G23 and G27 rims can be assembled into wheelsets that weigh less than 1300 grams.

ENVE G Series Gravel Wheels

ENVE’s VP of Product and Consumer Experience Jake Pantone said, “Given that gravel bikes are generally unsuspended or at best, lightly suspended, we aimed to develop a rim with more vertical compliance and energy absorption to deliver more comfort, confidence, impact toughness, and ultimately speed to the gravel ride experience.”

ENVE G Series Gravel Wheels

The G Series features a bell shaped rim profile that aids in weight saving and lets the rim respond dynamically to energy inputs from ground’s surface allowing for a more smooth and efficient ride.

In terms of strength and durability, ENVE have been manufacturing the world’s most durable mountain bike rims for over a decade and claim that the new G Series wheels are tested to a mountain wheel standard that is tailored to the demands of gravel. As with all ENVE products, the G Series is backed by ENVE’s 5-Year Warranty which covers impact damage.

ENVE G Series Gravel Wheels

Each G Series wheel model features ENVE’s Wide Hookless Bead technology that was introduced in late 2017 when ENVE introduced their latest M Series MTB wheels. As the naming suggests, the Wide Hookless Beads are unconventionally wide at 4.5mm. According to ENVE, the purpose of this technology is to reduce the likelihood of pinch-flatting your tubeless tire or cracking the rim. The technology accomplishes this task by working in parallel with the rim’s shape and carbon laminate to absorb and dissipate impact energy thus protecting the tire from pinch-flatting and the rim from cracking.

ENVE G Series Gravel Wheels

“The inspiration for the Wide Hookless Bead technology comes from sitting on the side of the road or trail fixing flat tires. We understand intimately that nothing puts the damper on a fun ride like a flat tire. In gravel, the problem is exacerbated given that tire volumes and tire pressures are lower than you have in mountain biking, but with gravel, the bikes have little to no suspension. The Wide Hookless Bead technology can eliminate pinch-flats and allows riders to run their perfect tire pressure,” said ENVE Design Engineer Clint Child.

ENVE G Series Gravel Wheels

The G Series G23 is a 700c rim that features an internal rim width of 23mm and is optimized for tires between 35 and 45mm. Rider’s looking for maximum versatility, speed and efficiency will gravitate towards the G23 paired with a 40mm tire.

ENVE G Series Gravel Wheels

The G Series G27 is a 650b rim that features an internal rim width of 27mm and is optimized for tires between 2.0 and 2.25 inches. Riders who frequent rough and loose terrain, primarily ride dirt, and prioritize traction and stable control over flat out speed will gravitate towards the G27.

The G Series is available now and shipping to North America customers. Global shipments and availability will commence in early July.

ENVE G Series Gravel Wheels

ENVE G23 Key Features
  • Designed and engineered for 35c to 45c tires
  • Improved pinch flat and impact resistance
  • Lightweight
  • Patented Molded Spoke Hole Technology
  • Hookless bead design
  • Tubeless
  • 25mm deep, 31.5mm external width, 23mm internal width
  • Rim weight: 330g
  • Hole count: 24
ENVE G27 Key Features
  • Compatible with 27.5 XC 2.0” to 2.25” tires
  • Improved pinch flat and impact resistance
  • Lightweight
  • Patented Molded Spoke Hole Technology
  • Hookless bead design
  • Tubeless
  • 25mm deep, 35.5mm external width, 27mm internal width
  • Rim weight: 320g
  • Hole count: 24

ENVE G Series Gravel Wheels

To learn more head to enve.com.

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