Just Landed: The Enigma Elite HSS ST is a stunning steel bike that's just arrived in the Cycling Weekly office from a brand better known for its work with titanium. We take a first look at what this Anglo-Italian beauty to see what it might offer before heading out for a ride.

Product Overview

Enigma Elite HSS ST


Enigma Elite HSS ST


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We have a lot of good-looking bikes come through the doors here at Cycling Weekly and it can take something a little bit different to really catch the attention of the office.

Something, for example, like Enigma Elite HSS ST.

It might seem strange to start by discussing a bike’s paintjob, but it’s difficult to know where else to start with this eye-catching orange and white design. The unique look is thanks to the work of Engima Paint Works, Enigma’s in-house paint division, which offers a range of custom and semi-custom designs, and will even spruce up your existing frame with a new look.

Engima Elite HSS ST steel tubing columbus

The Enigma Elite HSS ST comes with Colombus steel tubing and a custom paintjob

However, there’s much more to the Enigma Elite HSS ST than just good looks. Beneath that snazzy paintjob is a frame made of Columbus Spirit HSS triple-butted steel tubing which Enigma says is designed to make you think again about steel bicycle frames. We’ll have to wait and see whether that holds true on the road, but it’s certainly good to see steel being valued for something other than its sturdiness.

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Thankfully though it’s not a case of steel all-round, and there’s a smattering of carbon-fibre in the fork and seatpost which should help to iron out rough road surfaces at the front and the rear.

Enigma elite hss st campagnolo chorus chainset

The attractive four arm spider for the carbon fibre chainset

The other places you can find carbon-fibre is in the Campagnolo Chorus groupset, which features carbon cranks and rear derailleur. The gearing is a pretty standard compact set up, with 50-34 rings at the front and an 11-25 cassette at the rear (although Chorus will go up to a 29 tooth sprocket if you feel the need).

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However as is the case with most steel bike manufacturers, custom builds are the name of the game, and Enigma will happily equip the Elite HSS ST with whatever spec you desire.

campagnolo chorus rear derailleur

Hopefully Campagnolo Chorus will offer the same shifting performance as Shimano’s superb Ultegra groupset

We’ve gone for a largely Italian build to go with the Columbus steel tubing. The Chorus groupset is matched with Campagnolo Zonda wheels, medium profile numbers which sneak in underneath 1500g for the pair that look like a good set of all-rounders.

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The bike is also equipped with a Fizik Arione saddle and Deda handlebar tape to complete the Italian look. In fact, attach a pair of Vittoria tyres and this Enigma Elite HSS ST would be almost entirely Italian aside from the name on the down tube, but instead we’ve got some 23mm Michelin Pro 4 Service Course tyres – great rubber nonetheless.

campagnolo zonda wheels

Italian wheels on an Anglo-Italian bike

This build will set you back £3,390, although you can save £140 if you decide against having the seatpost and stem painted to match the frame. And if you want to put your dream bike together from the ground-up, the frame on its own is available for £1299.

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We can’t wait to see if this steel machine can tempt us away from the world of carbon-fibre, so stay tuned for a full review in Cycling Weekly in the near future.

Visit the Enigma website for more details, and scroll down for more photos.

enigma elite hss st stem

Enigma’s own brand stem, painted in orange to match the frame

enigma elite hss st bottom bracket

The skinny bottom bracket is a far cry from the bulbous appearance of this area of many carbon fibre frames

enigma elite hss st stem bars fork front end

The front end sees a move away from steel, with a carbon fork and aluminium stem and bars

enigma elite hss st campagnolo chorus drivetrain

It’s become a rarity to see a bike arrive in the CW office with a Campagnolo groupset

enigma elite hss st

Stay tuned for a full review of the Enigma Elite HSS ST in the coming weeks

Full Specification

Frame:Enigma HSS ST, Colombus Spirit HSS niobium steel tube set
Fork:Full-carbon monocoque tapered fork

Shifters:Campagnolo Chorus
Front Derailleur:Campagnolo Chorus

Rear Derailleur:Campagnolo Chorus
Chainset:Campagnolo Chorus, 50/34t

Cassette:Campagnolo Chorus, 11-25t
Chain:Campagnolo Chorus

Brakes:Campagnolo Chorus
Stem:Enigma aluminium

Handlebars:Enigma aluminium
Seatpost:Enigma carbon

Saddle:Fizik Arione
Wheels:Campagnolo Zonda

Tyres:Michelin Pro4 Service Course

Sizes Available:53, 55, 56, 57, 59cm