Enigma Etape Ultegra Hydraulic review

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Although a bit more pricey than a carbon, steel or alloy bike, the Enigma Etape is an attractive option if you’re after an endurance machine with the adaptability to take on more specialised duties. It comes with a quality spec and ride and is well adapted for UK conditions.

Reasons to buy
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    Quality frameset with the durability of titanium

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    Adaptability to ultra-endurance riding, bikepacking and softroading

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    Easy maintenance

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    Comfortable ride

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Reasons to avoid
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    Conti tyres are wide but can’t be run tubeless

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    12cm stem and wide bars lead to a slightly elongated ride position for an endurance machine

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Titanium retains its allure for the committed cyclist, and the Enigma Etape is one of the nicest fast ultra-endurance machines we’ve tested. It’s got all you’d want for epic adventures, including wide clearances, predictable all-day handling and enough mounts to bolt on all you need to set off into the unknown. We’ve selected it for our Editor’s Choice awards for 2018, highlighting the top products we’ve used in the last 365 days.

The Enigma Etape had a refresh at the start of 2018 and the newest model falls into that new category of endurance bikes which can take on a bit of anything.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.