G23 Disc Wheelset
There's a special place that lies between the mountain and the road. It's filled with adventure, turbulence, challenges, and a different sense of discovery that we don't find in either of the other disciplines. Gravel riding defines its own category with rule-breaking style, and fierce dedication to push harder, further, and delve into a bit of type two fun. It takes a different kind of self discipline, and while you can commit your body to the work, its harder to tell your anorexic road machine to push beyond the pavement without a ride filled with chatter. Bolder bikes are being built to take on the rougher terrain, so its only appropriate that ENVE would surge forward with a wheelset built to match, with the G23 tubeless Disc Wheelset. Built to handle it all, the G23 features a wide 23mm inner diameter for rolling with lofty 35mm-45mm tires that provide ample control and traction on variable terrain.
Hookless rim beads first appeared on ENVE's last generation M-Series and are currently used on all of its mountain rims. They provide a vast improvement over the former XC, AM, and DH rims offering easier tubeless setup, improved rim durability, and increased weight savings. After a few seasons, the only complaint is the narrow bead hook can prove sharp on bottom outs, often leading to sliced tires. With the G23, it employs a wider hookless bead that's the culmination of over 2 years of development met to address both rim and tire durability. The rim shape features a broader leading edge on the bead which creates a more forgiving platform for the tire to bottom out, thus reducing the likelihood of pinch or snake-bite style flats. The design also allows for greater impact resistance for the rim when smashing it through washboard descents and chunky gravel. You can now confidently run lower tire pressure improving traction and decreasing rolling resistance without fear of a dreaded pinch flat miles away from civilization. The 23mm internal width on the G23 is designed for gravel tires between 35-45mm wide providing the ideal profile for improved offering better cornering stability, braking, and rolling efficiency.
What we find so remarkable is how durable the rim is given its feather weight. The team and its sponsored athletes put countless miles on samples and absolutely refuses to drop weight if it means a drop in durability and the testing yields the exact carbon laminate, resin, layup, spoke counts, and even lacing patterns to achieve the desired durability, weight, and all important ride qualities for the wheel's intended use. The end result builds the G23 which is a no-compromise gravel wheelset and the lower rim depth, relative to its road offerings, offers greater vertical compliance helping to reduce fatigue over the long miles in the saddle without losing its prized lateral stiffness which corners like it's on rails. The 24-hole count further improves the ride comfort and sheds every gram possible.
Unique to every ENVE rim is the patented molded in-spoke holes, nipple seats, and valve holes, offering the highest strength-to-weight ratio in the industry. The nipple pocket is super strong and pull through is a thing of the past. When laying up the rim, ENVE places pins in the layup at the spoke hole locations so it can maintain continuous fiber integrity versus the industry standard of drilling post cure, which cuts into the fibers and weakens the structure. This results in increased rim rigidity, a stronger anchor point for the nipples and weight savings at the spoke face.
The internal nipples are able to articulate in their pockets much like a ball-and-socket joint. This yields a higher and more uniform spoke tension key to strong, true wheels from day one and throughout the many years of ownership. To save every gram possible, ENVE removes the bladder after curing where other composite manufacturers leave the rim-shaping, inflatable bladder in the rim. This process takes more time and expertise, but the end result is a lighter wheelset and one that is more perfectly balanced.
Just as you'd expect from ENVE, the G23's are crafted from a precise carbon layup, bonding the industry's top-tier carbon and resins for a resilient rim that can hold up to the demands of the ride. The rims feature a molded bead-lock to bond your tires and rims together securely, and are intended for tubeless setups for improved flat protection. ENVE laces up the rims with 24-bladed Sapim CX Ray spokes that provide stiff bracing, while reducing drag, and connect to ENVE's house-crafted hubs for snappy engagement, and quick rolling speeds.
- An up-for-anything wheelset that won't limit you to the tarmac
- Rim bead width is optimized to boost durability on rim and tire
- Lofty gravel-sized tires seat neatly on wide internal rim width
- Lightweight carbon construction for fast acceleration
- Laterally stiff for sure tracking
- ENVE continues to redefine the carbon fiber bicycle wheel