Here's an exclusive on something rather exclusive – the Enigma Yatesy, a new steel and carbon frameset made in a limited edition of 25 inspired by, and with design input from, cycling legend, Sean Yates.
Enigma's designer and framebuilder, Mark Reilly has built Sean's personal bikes for many years now, and he is acknowledged as a master of the welding torch, so there could be only one man for this job. Sean's input on design and geometry and most crucially of all, frame material are clear to see. As Mark explains: “ Sean, throughout most of his incredible career rode steel framed bikes and so his choice of material was no real shock and steel rides absolutely brilliantly.”
Only 25 frames will be made, and orders are being taken now on a first come first served basis – so you will be getting a true exclusive. All the frames will be custom built – so don't worry you don't need to be Yates-sized. And although Sean has had a lot of input on the bike's geometry the riding position is a more standard set-up than the stretched out position favoured by the great man in his pomp.
One other cool touch, is that wherever possible each frame will be handed over by Sean himself, along with an autographed CAD drawing. So if you buy the Yatesy frame you will also get to meet the man himself. The frames are 100% custom built and paintwork too can be designed to personal choice. A Yatesy frameset will set you back £1599 – which given the level of exclusivity, not to mention the custom element, seems a bit of a bargain.
The mainframe is made from Columbus Spirit tubing, but this is no exercise in recreating a race bike of from back in the day, both Yates and Reilly wanted to make something with a more contemporary performance edge to it – so they added carbon. Back to Mark: “ Steel has a legendary ride quality and carbon is known for its stiffness and light weight, so we married the two. This fusion of materials takes steel framebuilding to another level, the carbon bringing better power transfer and the steel adding a sublime ride quality. The frame comes complete with Columbus super muscle front forks and rear stays and is finished off with an Enigma titanium headset.”
Both carbon components are made from a combination of Toray T700 and HM high modulus carbon. The forks have forged steel dropouts and Kevlar woven into the steerer tube which reduces the risks of dents caused by clamping aluminium stems to it, and the stays attach to the bottom bracket via a one-piece cnc's plug which attaches slightly lower than most rear stays to further beef up what Columbus reckon is an already very torsionally stiff unit.
The 'Muscle' bit is because both forks and stays are shaped in a way that mimics the shape of human muscle, it is this shape combined with the carbon layup that Columbus says gives them such excellent vibrations damping characteristics. All that should add up to the Yatesy being both stiff, light and comfortable.
Columbus Spirit tubes
Columbus Super Muscle carbon fibre forks and rear stays
Mirror polished stainless steel fittings
Seamlessly fillet brazed
Mirror polished logos
Fully custom made
Price including forks and headset £1599.00
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.