Already famous for their minimalist spoked wheel that defy reality, yet still capable of winning WorldTour races, longtime French wheel maker Corima wheels is introducing a new “all-road” wheel intended to be the perfect fit for the mixed use of road and gravel performance.


Press Release

CORIMA has announced its latest hand-built carbon wheelset; ESSENTIA 40. The product of more than two years of development alongside gravel racers and CORIMA-supported teams in the WorldTour peloton. The ESSENTIA 40 wheelset has been put to the test on some of the world’s most demanding gravel, cobble, and imperfect roads.

Designed to offer a bridge between the brand’s high-performance road racing wheels and gravel-specific G30.5 wheels, ESSENTIA 40 is an all-road (TSS), hookless tubeless wheelset. With a 40mm rim depth and a competitive weight (1600g / 3.5lb per pair), the wheelset is designed for riders who want great handling and unmatched ride quality regardless of their set-up and terrain.

Like every CORIMA wheel, ESSENTIA 40 is designed, manufactured and hand-built at the brand’s factory in France.

The ultimate all-road wheel
ESSENTIA 40’s hookless rim profile and width allow for lower tubeless tire pressures, giving riders greater comfort and stability on mixed terrain and uneven surfaces. CORIMA’s curated selection of resins, carbon fiber and spoke lacing result in efficient power transfer without a loss of comfort. Together, these features ensure ESSENTIA 40 is formidable whether ridden on asphalt with 28mm tires or on gravel roads with up to 50mm tires.

Unique, hand-made carbon rims

CORIMA has leveraged years of experience designing and manufacturing performance wheels for the road, track, and gravel to develop this new all-road design. Owing to the 3k carbon fiber and structural aerospace foam core, ESSENTIA 40 absorbs vibrations while offering a high level of durability and reliability.

R2 lacing system
Hand-crafted in CORIMA’s workshop in the south of France, ESSENTIA 40 utilizes CORIMA’s R2 lacing system and external nipples to ensure both stiffness and reliability whilst allowing for easy repairs on the road.

An all-new all-road hub

CORIMA has developed a new freehub mechanism to meet the specific demands of gravel riding. The freehub ratchet design can handle the higher levels of torque experienced during gravel riding, ensuring exceptional reliability and durability. Featuring a precision star ratchet, CORIMA’s system includes 36 teeth and a 10 degree angle of engagement offering riders the optimal distribution of power. Likewise, the oversized bearings have been selected specifically for disc brake and off-road use.

Hugo Poudrel, Category Manager, CORIMA Wheels, said: “The ESSENTIA 40 is the ultimate all-road wheel, destined to erase the borders between road and gravel. Fast, lightweight, ultra-versatile and hand-built in our workshop, the wheel benefits from the full extent of CORIMA’s unmatched know-how in performance, reliability and design. The ESSENTIA 40 both strengthens CORIMA’s range and enables more riders to experience CORIMA quality and performance.”

Price: $1590

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