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First Look: Enve G23 rims

Chris Case / Updated
Enve's new G23 gravel wheels are designed to be paired with gravel tires between 35 and 45 millimeters, and feature Wide Hookless Bead anti-flat technology, which provides a larger, more forgiving surface during bottom outs. Photo: Brad Kaminski | VeloNews.com

Editor’s note: Enve is sponsoring our coverage of Dirty Kanza 200 in 2018. We rode Enve’s new G23 gravel rims for the 200-mile race across the Flint Hills of Kansas on June 2.

With Enve’s new G23 rims, the Utah-based brand has targeted rim geometries that favor the wider tire treads and volumes that have proven to be the most fun. With an inner rim width of 23 millimeters, the G23 is designed to be paired with gravel treads between 35 and 45 millimeters. While tires of those widths provide plenty of control and traction, for most gravel riding endeavors they don’t offer much in the way of pinch-flat protection.

Enve understands that despite any sidewall warnings about ‘minimum PSI’, many riders are experimenting with pressures in the 20s. The G23 is designed with a “Wide Hookless Bead” anti-flat technology, which provides a larger, more forgiving surface during bottom-outs, protecting the tire from pinch-flats. The technology allows you to more confidently ride the tire pressures you want. The G Series rims are intended for tubeless setups, and feature a molded bead-lock to ensure that tires remain secure and sealed to the rim over even the roughest terrain.

What it amounts to is the perfect rim to test at Dirty Kanza 200, one of the most punishing gravel races on wheels and tires.

Enve G23 rim features

  • 330 gram rim weight
  • 25-millimeter depth
  • 23-millimeter internal width
  • 31.5-millimeter external width
  • 24 hole count
  • Designed and engineered for 35 to 45-millimeter tires
  • Improved pinch flat and impact resistance
  • Patented Molded Spoke Hole Technology
  • Hookless bead design
  • Tubeless

 

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