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Why Should You Buy Titanium?

Today titanium framed bikes are far more affordable, but generally are still more expensive than aluminium or steel framed bikes. So what is it about titanium that makes it the ultimate metal in cycling? Just why do I hold it in such esteem and what makes it worth the extra money? So what is it that makes titanium such a fine fit for bike frames? What are the reasons to buy a titanium framed bike?

Firstly, durability. A properly made titanium frame such as all those offered by ENIGMA in the UK should last a lifetime when manufactured in titanium.

Secondly, weight. Titanium is lighter and stronger than its nearest metal rival… steel.

Thirdly, ride quality. It’s well known that titanium has great dampening qualities to ensure the smoothest of rides without compromising performance.

Fourthly, stiffness. A well built Enigma titanium frame is extremely stiff which improves power transfer and results in better pedalling efficiency without compromising ride comfort.

Fifthly, corrosion resistant. Titanium does not rot,rust or oxidize as other metal frames do. Maintenance is very easy with a quick squirt of WD40 and the frame will look like new.

Finally, titanium is tough. Really tough, and will withstand impacts that would write off most frames built from standard materials.

The frames built by ENIGMA are stunning and are vailable in a variety of finishes to compliment the raw naked beauty of Titanium. The reason the cost of titanium framed bikes is higher than most steel of carbon frames is two fold. The material itself is very expensive and requires special skills and equipment to build titanium frames. ENIGMA, down in Sussex have all these elements in house to build exceptional titanium frames. An Enigma titanium framed bike is a long term investment in your cycling future, a trusted companion for life! Join me on the ENIGMA EXPERIENCE and enjoy every ride.

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Guided Bike Rides… Lake District Electric-Bike Guided Rides On or Off Road

A unique opportunity offering a complete way to get to know this beautiful southern fringe of the Lake District National Park, now recognised as a World Heritage Location. Its nature, its landscape, its history, its lakes, its sites of interest all delivered by our knowledgeable guides. Guides who live and have been brought up in this area, and have an intimate understanding of this rural area with it’s maze of tranquil lanes. The guided tour on comfortable Electric Bikes is suitable for all levels of cyclists over the age of 14. The off road tour does require a more competent cyclist and will be along rough and smooth country tracks and smooth lanes. But the effort will be worth it to experience the thrill and excitement of off road cycling. Groups are small and cannot exceed 8 cyclists and must be pre booked, the E-bike needs booking separately via this web site. Each tour takes approximately 3 hours, starts at 10am and starts/finishes from our base in Lowick Green. Longer day tours are also available to enable a comprehensive days cycling with a lunch stop. All tours and e-bikes must be pre-booked.

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E-Bike Myths Debunked

Are you in the market for an E-bike but not sure just how they work?Or what you need to ride an E-Bike on the road? The hire E-Bikes offer you the ideal opportunity to try cycling on one for a day without any sales pressure as we hire bikes and do not sell new E-Bikes so my view is very impartial.

Here are a few E-Bike facts;

  1. No tax or insurance is required to be legal on the UK roads
  2. Just like a normal road bike no licence is needed either
  3. Pedal assisted E -Bikes boost your power as you pedal. Stop pedalling and the power stops too, so its safe and easy to ride and handle.
  4. Works exactly like a normal geared road bike when the power assistance is turned off.
  5. All my Bosch motors on the E-Bikes have 4 different power modes ,giving you just the amount of power you need when you need it.
  6. Children need to be 14 years or older to legally ride an E-Bike on UK roads
  7. The maximum speed of assistance is 15mph go down hill at 16 mph and the motors assistance automatically turns off.

Hire an E-bike from my fleet and experience for yourself the pleasures of cycling longer,further and with out as much effort ,but remember no power without pedalling!

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Enigma Titanium Echo Bike to Race Around Ireland

This round Ireland race of 1,350 miles with 22,000 meters of ascent to be completed in 132 hours is a true test of rider and bike. Father and son are doing a relay duet with always one of them on the road while the other rests. James has hire the Enigma Echo titanium 59 bike as he has ridden it in the Lakes while visiting his dad Norman in Coniston. The bike has been completely serviced prior to this race with new DT Swiss RR 55 wheels, new Continental 4 seasons tires ,and a complete new drive train. Enigma Bike works have donated an Enigma shirt for James to wear during this epic race.

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TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2019

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Fred Whitton Challenge 2019… ENIGMA Evoke

The 2019 Fred Whitton annual challenge is regarded as the toughest one day sportive in the UK. This year the riders were rewarded by a perfect day,blue skies, no rain, no wind, and a warm temperature, the weather could not have been better. Mark was riding the “Fred ” for the first time after starting cycling in 2018.He saw this as a distant goal, and after being accepted for the “Fred” upped his training, nutrition, and attitude to cycling. His new Enigma Titanium Evoke bike with the most recent Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset consisting of a compact front mec and a 11-34 cassette offered the optimum gears for attempting all the passes.

“The best day ever on a bike” was Marks spluttered remarks on completing the “Fred” in less than his target 8 hours. “Everything was perfect,the weather, my preparation and my Enigma is a fantastic bike, I love it”.

“Roll on next year I want to do it again but faster now I know I can do it, and know the route”. You need a certain selfishness to train for months and put in the time to complete the “Fred”. But as all cyclists know time on a bike is their time, time for themselves to ride at whatever speed and effort suits their individuality. Keep Cycling… keep fit.

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Two New Ladies Bikes Added to the Hire Fleet

Two Trek bikes, a Trek Lexa with a 50 frame size for ladies betwen 5 ft and 5 ft 4, and a Carbon framed Trek 48 frame size for the smallest of lady riders. The Lexa will be permanently fitted with a pannier carrier and is geared nicely for touring the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales. These two Trek additions to my hire fleet will fill a gap in the ladies bike range. This ladies range, coupled with the mens range, now offers female cyclists a vast range of sizes from the smallest 48 frame up to a massive 60 frame.

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Hunt 50 Carbon Wide Aero Wheel

Quote the review in Cycling weekly “an impressive ride at a very competitive price”. I have a pair of these wheels which I ride in summer on the Enigma Excell Disc bike. I must say I am impressed especially with the wheels seeming indifference to cross winds. One of my regular rides is along the shores of Morecambe Bay where the off- shore winds can be ferocious. Other deep rimmed wheels would have had me all over the road,in fact totally dangerous in such cross winds.They are here to be tried on the Enigma disc bikes and I can supply them to you with the trail fee knocked off the price.

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Book an Enigma Bike for the Fred Whitton Challenge

My stable of Enigma bikes all have the experience to guide you over the passes ahead of you in ” The Fred”. These light titanium frames coupled with shimano ultegra gears give you the optimum chance to climb theses steep ramps. All attired with Continental 4 Seasons tyres they are ready to withstand everything the weather will through at you… except ice. Think about it, is your bike up to this challenge? Are you up to this challenge on your bike? Give yourself a better opportunity of completing “The Fred” in a great time on an Enigma bike.