There wasn’t much newness on show at the, umm, show, but this collection of titanium bikes from new brand Engima certainly were new. The guys behind the brand have only just set the business up, but the offerings already look good and they certainly aren’t holding back in their aspirations for their bikes. According to the blurb we’ve got, ‘…every Enigma has been fashioned to imbue prodigous power transfer and sublime comfort, every detail tweaked to reach cycling nirvana.’
Sounds good to us, and they’ve got an impressive array of choice. In fact there’s a frame to suit most riders, from the racer to the sportif/etape riders, and even a touring bike with rack and mudguard mounts. Closer inspection revealed that they’re very tidily built, the welds were very neat, and best of all prices are competitive, starting at £995 with a raft of spec builds. The website doesn’t do much at the moment, but check out www.enigmabikes.com.
They even do custom build options for no extra expense. They were even measuring people up at the show, we’ve got ourselves measured for a custom test frame, watch this space…
We’ve already brought you the 2007 bikes from Specialized, but this is the first time we’ve seen the 2007 Langster. The Langster has been a very popular bike, we’ve seen loads around London as they make great commuters. We’ve even seen one or two duking it out on the track, sans brakes of course. But next year’s model, with it’s new livery looks fantastic – check out those graphics.
Hot on the heels of our recent flurry with the much-loved RC2, Kinesis were excited to show us their latest frame. The new KR-810 is the first all-carbon frame from a company traditionally founded in aluminium, but their reasons for not rushing onto the carbon bandwagon was their desire to take the time to launch a frame that is worthy of the Kinesis stickers. It’s a full monocoque made from 3k carbon, and designer Dom Mason has tuned the frame to give a unique ride. From the chunky KBox bottom bracket, the neatest dropouts we’ve seen in a while, the A Frame seatstays and the reinforced headtube, it all looks good and promises a stiff and responsive frame. The 52cm (of five available sizes) frame weighs 1kg, and they’ve even developed a specific fork to match the frame, weighing just 358g. No price yet, but production models should be hitting the shop floors in November.
We also spotted this interesting saddle on one a Kinesis display bike. Interchangeable covers, hmm…