Every time I open the box and peer inside it's Christmas morning and I'm a kid again. The gloss-black Record Gruppo packaging is as pretty as any wrapping paper. Inside the mechanical jewels sparkle and gleam. I don't know what to pick up and play with first, and play is the operative word. The best presents were always the toys you assembled and played with, the same ones you'd put together hundreds of times in your imagination as you counted down the days to December 25th.
So it is with a new bike build. You spend weeks, months or years (take your pick) assembling your mental prototype; carefully considering potential components, consulting the online oracles and covertly siphoning funds to offshore accounts fearful your family could be plotting a last minute intervention. Carbon after all is the new crack and your crack pipe must be titanium.
If my Enigma Eulogy project has an inspiration, perhaps it's a hot rod in the minimalist tradition of a Chip Foose ride like Impression. The Eulogy is a thoroughly modern bike but details like the tapering down tube and the sensual seat stay transition from titanium to carbon suggest an older, retro influence to me.
I want the finished bike to very clean, so my Eulogy's brushed titanium finish will feature a single bead-blasted Enigma wordmark on the down tube and debossed logo on the head tube. If the carbon rear triangle and my choice of a Reynolds Ouzo UL fork up front doesn't provide enough bling, then some slick Reynolds MV32Cs should do the trick.
The Rotor S1 stem should be a nice addition. It's impossibly light at 99g with a unique headless-bolt clamping action. The rest of the details are in the table and dancing around in my head.
|Frameset||2008 Enigma Eulogy, Ti Carbon Rear Triangle|
|Custom Geometry||Seat Tuble Angle:73°, Head Tube Angle:72.5°, Top Tube Angle:8°
Top Tube:54.5cm, Seat Tube:47.9 cm, Head Tube:15.4 cm
Wheelbase:98.6 cm, Trail:6.1 mm, Seat-to-Bar Drop:42 mm, Seatpost Setback:21mm
|Fork||Reynolds Ouzo UL 43 mm rake, 300 g|
|Seatpost||USE trimmed for safe minimum insertion in integrated tube/post|
Wheels, Tires, Tubes
|Wheelset Option1||Reynolds MV32 Clinchers with branded DT Swiss 240 hubs|
|Wheelset Option 2||Topolino AX3.0 Clincher 650g, Rear 846 g|
|Tubes||Michelin Latex 60mm stem|
|Crankset||2008 Campagnolo Compact Ultra Torque, 50/34, 172.5,|
|Chain1||Campagnolo Record Ultra Narrow|
|Chain Accessory||Dog Fang|
|Rear Derailleur||Record Medium Cage|
|Cassette1||Campagnolo Record 12-25|
|Cassette2||Campagnolo Record 13-29|
|Stem Option 1||Rotor S1, 90 mm, 7.5°|
|Stem Option 2||Deda Forza Carbon, 100 mm, 8°|
|Handlebar Option 1||FSA K-Force Compact 44cm|
|Handlebar Option 2||Deda Phazer 44cm|
|Tape||Fizik Microtex Black|
|Brakes||Campagnolo Record Skeleton Black|
|Levers||Campagnolo Record Ergo|
|Saddle||Fizik Aliante Carbon with ICS compatible seatbag|
|Bottle Cages||Enigma Carbon|
|Bling||TISO custom bolt kit: Machined Black Chain Ring, Cassette Lock Ring, Pulleys etc.|
|Pedals||Shimano A-520, powder coated black bodies|
|Computer||Garmin Edge 305 with Cadence|