A passion for craftsmanship, a love of cycling, and decades of experience in building and riding some of the world’s finest lightweight bicycles lies behind every bike that bears the Enigma name. Enigma are a small British company of craftsman frame builders and are located on the south coast of England, near the 11th century village of Westham. In their workshop they design and build the Enigma range of high-performance bicycles.
This makes Enigma something of a rarity these days, an enigma – a British bicycle firm making bicycles in Britain. Britain’s heritage for bicycle building is as old as the bicycle itself, but sadly over the last few decades almost all British bicycle manufacturing has disappeared. Enigma is passionate about and committed to the frame builders art, and all of their steel, stainless steel and bespoke titanium frames are made by them, by hand in rural Sussex, within an easy Mark Cavendish sprint of the oldest Norman church in England.
The frame is the heart and soul of any bike. Components can come and go, but the frame is the frame and has to be perfect right from the start. That’s why all Enigma frames are made from the finest seamless titanium or the lightest strongest grades of aerospace-age steel, materials they believe not only give Enigma bicycles a timeless grace and elegance, but also offer genuine competitive alternatives to the ubiquitous carbon fibre when it comes to making high-end bicycles that meet the demands of today’s exacting riders. For quickness, responsiveness and ride quality, they are second to none.
There is no production line at Enigma, and no shortcuts are taken. Each length of tubing is individually selected, precision cut, mitred, then fitted together by a master frame-builder with a legacy of thousands of frames behind him. No detail is too small, from the rider’s measurements, to the scrutiny of the raw tubing at the start of the build, to the impeccable finish at the end.
Enigma are proud of all the care and attention they lavish on their frames, and believe it imparts a special quality and character that can never be found or felt in something that’s been mass produced out of a carbon-fibre mould on a factory floor. And while the values behind the building of an Enigma frame may seem a little old-fashioned in these hurry-up days, the frames themselves are at the cutting edge of 21st century technology, design and innovation. They are very proud of that, too.
But the proof, as they say, is in the riding and on the road. And on that front Enigma bikes regularly receive top scores and highest praise in magazine test reviews written by some of the most respected and discerning cycling writers and critics in the business. We invite you to read their reports in the links on their website.
Pictured left is the Enigma Excel the top of the range Enigma, built using 6V/4Al Ti the tougher & stronger of the two popular grades of titanium. The Enigma Excel is one of our more popular frames at Hewitt Cycles, due to the proportions and the higher specification tubing.
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