Enve are best known for its range of premium carbon wheels which cover mountain bike, gravel, and road. The American carbon specialists have been busy expanding its range into other areas too, producing forks, handlebars, stems, and even a full road bike frameset. Now Enve has released a gravel-specific dropper post.
Developing a dropper post is a serious undertaking for a brand that doesn't have a history of producing suspension or dropper components in the past, however, Enve believes its new G-Series dropper post can compete with the best short travel dropper posts around.
“Gravel riding and racing is dynamic and having a dropper post in your toolbox can provide riders with a meaningful advantage due to the increase in control and therefore confidence that lowering your center of gravity delivers. With that in mind, we set out to develop a lightweight dropper post that ensured confidence inspiring reliability in every aspect,” stated VP of Consumer Experience, Jake Pantone.
The G-Series dropper post features 40mm of travel allowing the saddle to be dropped lower in order to offer more control on technical descents. The most interesting design aspect is that Enve has opted for an inverted design which brings with it a few unique advantages over more traditional models. Having the upper slide over the clamped seatpost section isn't new, DT Swiss has a similar design, but it does offer a few unique advantages for gravel and adventure riders.
The most significant advantage is for riders who are looking to run bikepacking bags as saddlebags can be attached to the seatpost without touching the sanction surface and causing potential damage with bag rub. Enve says the inverted design allows for a more reliable cartridge mechanism and also reduces the amount of dirt collecting around the seals so service intervals should be longer too.
The position of the cartridge also means the post can be trimmed if you are running a smaller frame or your seat tube has a unique shape. Enve doesn't state how long the G-Series post is or how much can be chopped off though. The seatpost itself weighs a claimed 395g with a further 50g that can be trimmed off if cut shorter. It comes in 27.2mm diameter and includes shims for 30.9mm and 31.6mm to ensure compatibility with nearly any frame plumbed for a dropper post – you will need internal dropper routing though.
The new G-Series dropper post will work with most existing dropper levers or left shifter conversions, although Enve has added its own drop-bar dropper lever to match. The lever has been designed to be actuated from both the hoods or drops by using a push and pull design.
The G Series Dropper Post and Lever are available now and will retail for $325 USD, while the dropper post lever retails for $65.