Cycling Plus - - BIKE TEST -

Rural back­wa­ter? Per­haps. But Sus­sex is home to Orro, which ‘rig­or­ously’ tests its bikes at Ditch­ling Bea­con – which has fea­tured in the Tour de France and Tour of Bri­tain and is in the heart of wine­grow­ing coun­try – and to Ki­ne­sis, which is based in Wor­thing, not far from High­down Vine­yard.

Both th­ese com­pa­nies man­u­fac­ture their bikes abroad, and while this is true of some of Enigma’s bikes, many, in­clud­ing the Echelon we tested, are welded at Enigma Bikes’ Hail­sham fa­cil­ity. You could even com­bine a visit to Enigma with trips to nearby vine­yards, or the English Wine Cen­tre in Ber­wick, East Sus­sex, where you can choose from 150 English wines. Prob­a­bly best to have a des­ig­nated driver…

Brighton, mean­while, hosts Reilly Cy­cle­works, which was founded by Da­mon Fisher, Neil Fitzger­ald and renowned frame­builder Mark Reilly, of Omega and Enigma fame. Reilly makes car­bon fi­bre frames in Sliv­er­stone, but steel and ti­ta­nium in bonny Brighton.

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