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 Post subject: ** Enigma Ego Ti 29er **
PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:49 pm 
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Have been looking for inspiration to get out more on the bike... they spend more time propped up against a wall in the back room than they do outside :oops:

I bought some carbon forks for my last build but it just wasn't doing it for me... so I started the hunt for a new frame to bolt them to... as you do! :roll:

After my carbon 29er Ibis Tranny, my next favourite bike was the Black Sheep Ti, but it always felt a little too short for me.

The carbon EPO was perfect for reach, but was lacking in the 'welds' department that I'd been so impressed by with the Black Sheep.

So another titanium frame was the search criteria!

Having seen FFTC's beautiful Salsa El Mar Ti with its bomb pop blue front end, and having owned an A La Carte ti, I knew these were nice frames, and conveniently, one duly appeared on eBay! :D Unfortunety it was too small and for collection only... :facepalm:

This process led me to the frame that is now on its way across the water to me as I type this... an Enigma Ego Ti 29er 8)

Long in the top tube and with a bolt through rear end it was exactly what I was looking for, and will give me something to fettle with and tweak in the finish department, the beauty of ti is being able to rejuvenate the finish!

Here's a pic from the eBay ad.


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Almost all my parts will swap across so should be a straight-forward build when the frame arrives.

I've ordered a shim from USE for my seat post from 31.6 to 30.9 which takes care of that easily enough.

But this frame features a 44mm head tube so necessitates yet another new headset... there are so many styles of headset these days it's ridiculous!

So ordered this morning was a Chris King Inset 7 in matte slate... my third CK headset in as many bikes! :roll:

Anyway, I'm really looking forward to this build, will post up more pics and continue the build thread as things progress!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:28 pm 
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Gorgeous frame


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:41 pm 
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Some pics of the welds and some of the nice features... the chainstays and seatstays that change from round to square profile, the bottom bracket area, the down tube that is ovalised at the bb join, the dropper hose hole and the head tube badge which I've now mirror polished.

I was thinking I would refinish the frame, but actually I think I'm just going to leave it as it is, I really like the bead blasted finish even though there are a few imperfections... it's something I can revisit in the future.

The CK headset was a total pig to fit, but it's in... finally!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:42 pm 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:02 pm 
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All assembled apart from the chain... was sure I had some joining pins but can’t locate them! Will have a proper look later.

Looks great, even the wife commented “it’s the nicest looking one you’ve had”.... high praise indeed! :lol:

Just a few bolts to torque and seat height to set, then play around with the steerer spacers a bit.

Here it is in the meantime! 8)


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Completed 8)


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First time I've used a 160mm disc on the rear, the 180mm would easily lock-up so I'm sure this will be fine.

Looks better without the adapter too!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:35 pm 
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velofrog wrote:
Having seen FFTC's beautiful Salsa El Mar Ti with its bomb pop blue front end, and having owned an A La Carte ti, I knew these were nice frames,
Aaw shucks! :oops: :mrgreen:

Looks very nice indeed. 8) The green fork brings back memories of the Ibis you had at Dunkeld! Would be nice if you could find something else to colour match it up front just to tie it in, even just a set of grips would do if they matched well enough.

Now go get it filthy! :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:52 pm 
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what does it weigh? Good to see rigid front


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