If ever you’re inclined to holiday in Eugene, Oregon, you should stay at Velo Bed and Breakfast. The riding nearby is superb, and apparently Eugene is a happening place. You could also hang out with Rob and Misha Dunlap English, the proprietors and find out a little more about English Cycles, makers of some of the most lithe bikes the custom world has seen.
Rob’s latest is this Tron-inspired road bike for Irvin: a sprightly mix of True Temper steel and ENVE carbon tubes. It’s designed around Shimano’s Dura-Ace 9070 group, or Di2, a system Rob has extensive experience with when it comes to integrating seamlessly into the frame. When combined with the characteristic silhouette of Rob’s frames, the result makes for a very tidy unit.
That slender rear end is carbon as well. It’s a development on Rob’s steel Superlight V3, which shaves an extra 40g from the weight which, with the ENVE SES 3.4 tubular wheels, comes in at 13lbs. The front end is a THM Scapula fork topped with a custom stem by Rob that carris the Di2 controller. Eric at Colorworks applied the paint, which gets better the closer you look at it.
Special thanks to Tina Buescher for the fine photography. See more on the English Cycles website.