September 11th, 2017
On first glimpse, you may pick up on the very pronounced diamond shape of the frame. Those seat stays are as straight as they come, and having a 31.6mm seat post should give you an indication that this bike is no bouncy sofa. Out on the roads, it certainly feels a lot more direct than the usual humdrum of titanium endurance bikes, but it is by no means uncomfortable. In fact, I might go as far to stay that it’s high time titanium was complimented in this way, as it brings a nice middle ground that seemed to hit the spot between comfortable long rides and being so soft it’s sluggish. And a slouch it is not.
The Evoke has the exceptional ride quality that I’ve come to enjoy from Enigma; the handling is nippy, but not flighty, it has a spring in its step without being wallowy, and the geometry compliments all of this by offering a comfortable all-day position without being upright and away from all the action. So you might be getting the picture by now, the Evoke is most certainly a “fast endurance” bike, and puts to rest the argument that one bike can’t be both.
No, it’ll never be as light as a carbon bike, but a carbon bike will never ride like this, with this level of comfort and pezazz (did I just say that?!), and with that cornering characteristic I’ve come to expect from good handmade metal bicycles; tracking corners from the hips and driving big sweeping turns without a struggle or hesitation. Basically, it’s a joy to ride.
It’s always hard to review a bike that’s good as this leaves very little to say about it, but in my experience, that’s a really good thing. The Evoke’s desires to be fast and comfortable have been achieved, probably better now than they ever have with the discs, axels and a few tweaks here and there that have really helped hit the nail right on the head.
The Evoke is still as beautiful as it ever was, not succumbing to butch oversizing along with other disc bike fads with the carbon lot, and the tart inside of me quite likes the contrast of the shiny Shimano discs and dull glow of the Ti frame. It truly is a modern bike with that quiet, understated style, all of which is reflected in its riding too.
**Frame only is £1,750 and our Shimano Ultegra build would expect to cost around £4,199, although we went for British made Hunt Wheels over the suggested Mavic Ksyrium Elite Disc.