The Etape is Enigma’s best-selling model and for good reason – it does everything! The Etape suits almost all road riding styles and is intended for riders that are focused on endurance, long distance comfort and efficiency, together with all-season versatility. It can cover a huge range of conditions such as club runs, audax, endurance racing, touring, light gravel, winter training, commuting, and more.
Enigma’s design brief in developing the latest version of the Etape was to create a versatile road bike, suitable for a wide range of riding conditions. The bike should be supremely comfortable, but should also be able to cover long distances efficiently. The geometry should provide nimble handling and a classic road bike feel, but offer enough stability to carry loads confidently if needed. The tubing used in the Etape has been tailored to the frame size, so that tube diameters increase with the frame size; meaning a small frame with a 50kg rider can experience the same beautifully smooth ride as a 100kg rider on a larger frame. This has the added advantage of keeping the frame weight to a minimum across the size range. The ultra smooth, endurance focused ride uses smaller tubes than Enigma’s other models, together with a tapered headtube that better matches the thinner tubes, resulting in a supremely elegant package.
Tyre choice has evolved rapidly over the past few years, with larger volume 28mm rubber now considered the minimum for endurance road riding. It was important to Enigma that the Etape was able to comfortably fit a 28mm tyre with a mudguard, be ‘future proof’ for further increases, but also not lose the classic road bike look by having huge gaps around the wheels. They settled on having the clearance optimised for a 28mm with a mudguard fitted, but with enough room to also fit a 32mm. Without a mudguard in place there’s enough room for a 35mm tyre, which adds further versatility to the bike making it capable of light off road/gravel riding.
For the style of riding the Etape is intended for; where you may end up a long way from a bike shop, Enigma felt that keeping the cables external for ease of maintenance was the best solution – and we fully endorse this decision! The main cable run attaches underneath the downtube, out of sight for a neat and tidy solution. The cable guides bolt in place and can be adapted for 1x, 2x or electronic groupsets.