ENVE fans on a budget have some new gravel options that are easier on the wallet. Purpose built for gravel riding, the AG25 and AG28 models join the Foundation Collection, ENVE’s second tier line of products, which still deliver high performance, but at a lower price point than the company’s flagship G Series gravel line.
As gravel wheels, the AG25 and AG28 models features wide internal rim widths to better accommodate the wide tires used in off-road riding. A 700c wheel, the AG25 is 25mm wide internally, while the AG28, a 650b wheel, features a 28mm internal rim width. At 21mm deep each, both models are shallower than they are wide. Both models also use ENVE’s patent pending wide hookless bead with a wide surface at each of the rim’s leading edges. This creates a larger surface area to spread out forces from impacts, reducing bottoming out and pinch flats.
You can ride worry free with a five-year warranty which covers defects in materials and workmanship. The wheels also are covered under ENVE’s Lifetime Incident Protection program, which covers damage from crashes or transportation.
Along with wide rims, ENVE also focused on bolstering the strength of these wheels. After collecting data from on-bike sensors and rider feedback, ENVE refined the laminate and rim profile to tune it for higher strength. Molded spoke holes, which allow for continuous fibers of carbon, rather than drilled holes, further increase the strength of these rims and results in a lighter overall product. Each model weighs in at 1,460 grams per set.
Both new models use the Foundation Road Hub, which benefit from the same internals and D360 40t ratchet drive mechanism as used in ENVE’s higher priced models. ENVE reduces costs by using a simplified hub shell and foregoing stainless steel bearings. Like the road models in the Foundation Collection, the gravel models cost $1,600 per set and are made by ENVE in Utah.
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