Between Rob English and Fair Wheel bikes we’ve seen some pretty amazing custom builds. Now, they’ve thrown Artist Geoff Mcfetridge into the mix to create this striking townie which leads a double life as a CX bike as well. As usual, there are a number of custom touches that result in an extremely clean build. Between the modified shifter set up, hidden wires and extra junction boxes, and eye catching paint, this bike should turn some heads… READ MORE ->
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We’ve seen some pretty sick custom builds from Rob English in the past, proving he’s one of the most creative frame builders around. He’s also pretty darn good at making steel both aero and lightweight.
But for this Seattle customer, English Cycles used paint to make a commuter bike really stand out, especially at night. Featuring a special “Glowbee” clearcoat that glows in the dark, it will definitely be seen on the roads after the sun goes down.
See what happens when the lights go out below…
For a limited time this summer, Brooks England and Levi’s have teamed up to produce a Denim version of the Cambium saddle.In lieu of the traditional leather and spring design, the Cambium model uses a soft rubber base covered in organic cotton, to replicate that famous Brooke ride at a lower price point.
This Denim edition will only be available this summer at Levi’s Commuter Workspace stores in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and London, and at the Brooks online store in October.
If you bring clean used denim to one of the three Levi’s Commuter stores, the company will re-use the material to manufacturer saddle, and give you a coupon good for 20% off any Levi’s Commuter or Brook’s Products, plus you’ll be entered in a contest to win one of the saddles.
Full press release and teaser video after the break
As our NAHBS coverage wanes, we’ve got a few more roundups and posts to mix in with the rising Sea Otter news. Above, Rob English didn’t have a booth this year, but he peppered a couple booths with his fantastic looking bikes. This road bike sat in Campagnolo’s space, but was paired with TRP’s Spyre mechanical discs, not Campy disc brakes (we think you probably won’t have to hold your breath too much longer).
Check out the rest of the frame and many more from several builders below…
Over the years, Rob English has shown us some of the lightest bikes around, which is saying a lot since he builds from steel! And usually, at least one of the very impressive bikes in his booth is for himself. And those bikes usually push the limits of what’s possible to streamline aerodynamics and shave grams. Look here, here and here for examples that’ll blow your mind.
This year, at least one of his bikes will be heavy, yet still likely very quick. The big guy shown above is part of the Gates Belt Drive e-bike competition at the show.
In his own booth, look for While he won’t have his own booth this year, opting to just send the motorized beaut for Gates’ expo, here’s what else he’s been up to along with several customer bikes…
BIKERUMOR: What are your main building materials?
ENGLISH: Fillet brazed steel with the occasional carbon or titanium tube.
BIKERUMOR: What’s new with your company since NAHBS last year?
ENGLISH: Up until last year’s show I was still working part time as the engineer for Bike Friday. Shortly after I made the decision to concentrate full time on English Cycles, and also to support my wife’s new venture of Velo B&B. The extra time has enabled me to build a few more bikes and take on some additional design work.
IB13: Fair Wheel Bikes, Part 3 – Holland Ti-Carbon Di2 Breakaway Road Bike & Rob English’s Streamlined Steel Ride
The last two bicycles in Fair Wheel Bike’s booth were this titanium-and-carbon Holland road bike using Di2 and a Ritchey-style breakaway design and a sleek white road bike from Rob English decked out with prototype eeBrakes.
At first glance, you may just admire the carbon fiber inside titanium tubes that Holland’s known for bringing to the handmade bike shows. What’s impressive about this one is that Fair Wheel’s build puts a foldable travel bike on the scales at less than 14 pounds. That, and their quick disconnect wiring for the Di2 makes the whole process much faster.
We love us some Rob English. His bikes are always heavy on trick details that simply amaze, and his three showpiece bikes this year didn’t disappoint.
Normally, Rob rides a singlespeed. But, he built this new 29er because he wanted gears but the same short stays and 2.4 tires as his 1×1. This required a single front ring, but it put the chainstay length at 16.3″ (415mm). The frame uses a split top tube with his trademark super thin seatstays. The tricky part here is each tube houses a cable, rear shift on the right, brake hose on the left. And that’s really just the beginning.
Click on through for some of the most custom bikes we’ve seen…
Over the years, we’ve become quite enamored with Rob English’s steel bicycle handiwork. Anyone that can build up a 10.8lb road bike with this material earns instant respect.
His latest is a full custom stealth Di2 time trial bike for an Oregon customer. The frame is similar to his own TT bike with an ultra low front end that creates a one-piece fork/aerobar/bullhorn assembly. All wiring and cables are minimized and run internally, and a custom battery is hidden in the seatpost with a micro-USB charging port.
UPDATE: The frameset would run about $5,000. Built as shown with the Zipps you’re looking at around $11,500!
What we love about his bikes is the attention to detail, and this one in particular has some really slick details…
Providing the end of the world Mayan plot falls through, early next year we’ll have another brand of fixies to gander at the bike racks. Quella is shipping out their first series titled “One”, on January 3rd. A similar build to US based Pure Fix, they get a 4130 Cro-Mo frame with 50mm deep v wheels, pursuit bullhorn bars, and a street-centric 46×16 ratio. Pricing varies from 350-400 GBP depending on model (roughly $560 – $640).
Glam pics and multicolours after the break…