Gravel Grinder News: Enve Debuts New Gravel Handle Bar And Fork- by Guitar Ted
Enve, the high end carbon wheel and components company based in Ogden, Utah, has just announced a couple of new components aimed at the gravel road/back road riding and racing rider. The new components are simply named; “Gravel Fork” and “Gravel Bar”. Let’s take a closer look here at what they have come up with.
Enve Gravel Bar: The new handle bar developed by Enve was born out of a comparison to many bars marketed as gravel bars and then mixed in with what Enve employees thought was missing in those bars. Here is what they have to say:
Similar to our gravel wheels -we saw a need in the off-pavement world for a barthat didn’t exist. Taking all of the lessons we’ve learned through road cycling, mountainbiking, and our own gravel riding, we’ve formulated an entirely new bar shape and used ourexperience in carbon tuning for the best possible ride quality. Equipped for compatibilitywith modern brake and shifting components, our gravel bar pushes the leading edge ofgravel and bike capabilities.
In evaluating the needs of gravel riders, we found that the perfect forkcombination didn’t exist in our stable, or in our opinion, anywhere at all. Working with long-standing builder relationships, we determined all of the technical featuresneeded for modern gravel riding, and applied them using our vast experiencein producing trusted bicycle forks. Blending all of these elements together,we bring you the best features, ride quality, and trusted durability for thetoughest of gravel and cyclocross riding demands.
Comments: The handle bar looks like a great option for anyone looking for a premium quality bar. Some may scoff at a carbon bar, but until you have tried one, you should hold off on your skepticism. There are definite and palpable benefits to how a carbon bar rides versus an aluminum one. Sure, the price is high, but something like this might save you a lot of hand issues in the future. The tops are wiiiidddde!! This spec sheet seems to make the Enve Gravel Bar out to be the widest available.
The fork is a welcome change from their earlier efforts, in my opinion. Hopefully they have tuned in a more compliant ride as well. The press release doesn’t specifically call that out though. It does mention “gravel comfort and performance” and they allude to having mixed in the best “ride quality” into this fork, which may mean it is better than their old fork, or not. The trend for multiple mounting points is forsaken in this example. You will have to decide whether that is a positive or negative. Obviously Enve didn’t see that as something necessary in a high performance, lightweight fork. At 450 grams claimed, I cannot imagine mounting points would have worked without some significant weight gain here.
Finally, some news concerning Enve and RidingGravel.com. Their A 23 Gravel Wheels are coming to Riding Gravel for test and review, so stay tuned for that introduction coming soon.
Note: Riding Gravel used images and information provided by Enve in this post. We were not paid nor bribed for this post by Enve.