Enigma Bicycle Works, a highly regarded steel and titanium frame specialist based in Sussex, has launched the Ezona, which at £799 is the most affordable steel frame it has ever offered. A complete bike with Shimano 105 parts will cost £1,499.
The new Ezona is made from Columbus Zona double butted steel tubes with a Columbus Life seat tube to provide a bit of extra stiffness. It uses the same geometry as Enigma's long-running Etape model. Features include mudguard mounts, an integrated headset, and external cable routing. It'll take 25mm tyres with mudguards fitted.
This new model is aimed at those cyclists wanting a steel frame for winter training, touring or commuting (or all three) but don't have the budget for one of Enigma's pricier steel offerings. The Ezona looks like an ideal winter training bike, for those long training rides in horrible conditions and on horrible roads in the depth of the winter. Steel is an ideal choice because it's both very comfortable and durable.
Frame weight is a claimed 1,550g for a size 56cm. There are three colours to choose from, Lotus Racing, VW Ice Metallic and Jaguar Red.
The frame will cost £799, and the complete bike will be £1,499. The specification of the complete bike includes an Enigma Etape carbon fibre fork, Shimano 105 groupset, Mavic Aksium wheels and Continental Ultra Gator Skin 25mm tyres. Finishing kit is Enigma's own handlebar, stem and seat post, with a Selle Italia saddle and Deda aluminium 27.2mm seat post.
More at www.enigmabikes.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.