Carbon fibre specialist Enve has released a new all-carbon fork designed for gravel bikes and for those riding rougher roads in nasty weather – that will be us in the UK then. And to help keep you a bit cleaner the new design comes with an integrated, detachable carbon fibre mudguard.
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Enve was founded as a wheel brand in 2005 in Ogden, Utah and quickly built a reputation for the quality of its products. It branched out into forks, bars and seatposts in 2007 and has just been bought by Mavic’s parent company Amer Sports.
The new gravel bike fork is designed to accept the 12mm thru-axle front wheels, which are fast becoming a standard for disc braked road bikes. The fork is also designed to accept flat mount disc brake calipers and 140mm or 160mm rotors, while there’s clearance for tyres of up to 35mm width with the mudguard fitted.
The fork has a rake of 47mm and an axle to crown height of 382mm, which falls somewhere between the geometries of Enve’s two road forks and its cyclocross forks, so it’s designed to cater for geometries used on gravel bikes and to give a bit of extra clearance for wider tyres. It has a tapered steerer and a claimed weight of 450 grams. The mudguard is claimed to clip on and off in seconds.
At $750 (UK prices not yet announced by importer Saddleback), the Gravel Road Fork is an expensive item, but will no doubt appeal to aficionados of mixed terrain riding on road-going bikes.