In my opinion, ENVE makes some of the finest parts for road cycling and mountain biking. They certainly do spark ENVY when I see bikes wrapped in their components. I was pleased to see they recently expanded the G series lineup and introduced their Gravel Handlebar, built specifically for gravel riders and racers who are looking for a bar that can tackle adventure rides long and short. (Spoiler Alert: I have started to build my dream Gravel Bike and this was my first purchase! More on that later.)
There are many elements to the Handlebar that make it my number #1 choice. It’s all about the flare when it comes to gravel handlebars. While some may view them as eyesores, I love flare on gravel bars and ENVE produced a nice subtle amount that isn’t aggressively done. Flare in the bars offers more control while riding in the drops, giving an advantage when riding over roots on the trail and other types of rougher terrain.
Another great thing to note is ENVE’s engineering of the shifter angle. Many other gravel bars on the market seem to make their shifter angles sweep out further than the flare of the handlebar. ENVE has what they call a compound flare, which aligns the shifter with the handlebar allowing for more setup options and gives the handlebar a cleaner look and ergonomic feel.
These handlebars are rider-tuned giving you two different positions while in the drops to steer. ENVE also drilled holes in the bars to fit electronic shifting, which means setting up Shimano Di2 or SRAM eTAP is a breeze. As a full carbon layup, they offer more comfort and dampen the ride over rough terrain. Discomfort in the palms plays a determining factor whether or not I want to hang up the bike for the day and carbon handlebars help me minimize that discomfort so I can continue to ride.
ENVE’s G Series Gravel Handlebars are a hefty investment and some may argue are not where money should be spent on a bike, but to me the cockpit of the bike is everything and worth it.
Stay tuned for more post on this bike as I’ll be walking you through how I’ll be building my dream bike from the frame up. For more information on these bars visit Enve.com
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Ridden & Written by
Dwayne Burgess (Manual Pedal)
This review is based on my personal opinion and experience. All products & parts were purchased on my own and links provided are affiliate partnerships with Amazon.