2008 Enigma Eulogy Build – A Sum of Parts

the big box of bike parts fo the Enigma Eulogy

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.

The Bike

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
Skewers TBD
Tires Continental GP4000S
Tubes Michelin Latex 60mm stem

Drive Train

Crankset 2008 Campagnolo Compact Ultra Torque, 50/34, 172.5,
Chain1 Campagnolo Record Ultra Narrow
Chain2 KMC X10SL
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

Other Components

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
  Component Gallery

5 Responses to 2008 Enigma Eulogy Build – A Sum of Parts

  1. sam says:

    the bike will be sweet! when does the frame arrive?

  2. Still not quite sure Sam. Estimated delivery time for a custom Enigma is about 90 days. I’m just around that mark now, but then I need to work through the final brand treatment with Mark Reilly the designer, and then it’ll take a few days for shipping. I’m hoping early May.

    Aside from the obvious thrill of a new ride, it will be great to have two road bikes and a second set of good wheels, when one bike needs to go into the shop for service. I just had the crankset bearings replaced on the Cervelo and now I’ve got strange sounds coming from the rear hub that indicate it needs serious attention.

    I’m almost certain that both problems began, almost imperceptibly on the Rapha Ride up Mt. Tam. Next Rapha ride I may have to take a Roubaix approach to bike prep. (oh, that means road bike three, doesn’t it ;-)

  3. sam says:

    when i bought my moots last year, i swore it would be my last bike, hence the investment in it. one year later and i find myself ogling some nice shiny carbon fiber frames…

  4. Tim says:

    Hi Velodramatic (great name),

    Following you from the comments on Flandrians blog, I just wanted to say how completely stunned I was with the photography from your Scottish trip – absolutely fantastic. I hope you don’t mind, but the one of you carrying the bike on the beach at sunset will be my wallpaper for years to come….

    Good luck with the build – it’s not an addiction, honestly (I’m on number 6, and I only started becoming obsessed 3 years ago).

    Best wishes

  5. Tim,

    Glad you liked the photography. I’ve still got a mountain of landscape stuff to work through, but as usual cycling takes precedence. We’ll definitely be going back to the Hebrides.

    Six bikes in three years, that’s a pace I could live with. I’m thinking a single speed would be nice, and I did really like the Pasculli brand, Brian Palmer featured on the Washingmachinepost a while back.

    I’ll probably end up creating wallpapers from several of the images for the blog. In the meantime, I’ll contact you privately and get you something optimized for your desktop.