English Cycles NuVinci Cruiser

English Cycles NuVinci Cruiser

If the single-shift Shimano Di2 electronic system we featured yesterday wasn’t enough for the techno boffins out there, maybe the latest creation from Rob English will be enough to placate them. Rob has concealed not only a Gates carbon belt drive but Fallbrook Technologies’ NuVinci continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmission into an elegant, candy-coated cruiser frame.

If you haven’t come across the NuVinci CVP before, it provides a completely seamless transmission between low and high ‘gears’ with no fixed ratios. A series of balls inside the hub tilt against the input and output components to vary the speed of the transmission. No clicking, no clunking.

Rob has already established a reputation for exceptionally tidy racing frames with ingenious cable routing solutions, and he’s applied that ethos to this cruiser. The cables for the rear disc brake and rear hub travel through the twin spar top tubes, while the front disc cable runs inside the stem, steerer and twin-bladed fork. It’s his heaviest build yet at 30lbs, but the 29″ wheels, fork and the NuVinci hub result in a very smooth ride. It’s also extremely silent and clean, thanks to the Gates belt drive which has no metal-to-metal contact and requires no grease. Wooden fenders by Washington’s Creative Openings complete a bike with vintage sensibilities and the latest in functional innovation.

For those who enjoy brilliant engineering, read more about the CVP system on the Fallbrook Technology website (there’s also a very informative video that illustrates how it works). You can contact Rob through the English Cycles website, and view his other projects, including a stealthy matte black road frame with gold accents built for Simon Tyler. It’s superb.

English Cycles NuVinci Cruiser
English Cycles NuVinci Cruiser
English Cycles NuVinci Cruiser
English Cycles NuVinci Cruiser
English Cycles NuVinci Cruiser
English Cycles NuVinci Cruiser
English Cycles NuVinci Cruiser
English Cycles NuVinci Cruiser
English Cycles NuVinci Cruiser
English Cycles NuVinci Cruiser
English Cycles NuVinci Cruiser
English Cycles NuVinci Cruiser

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  • Anonymous

    Amazingly well crafted bike, with very cool details throughout. The NuVinci and the belt drive actually detract from the wonderfulness, IMO. That and the ‘My Little Pony’ seat.

  • http://www.bikeexif.com Chris Hunter

    Simply beautiful — amazing detailing and eye for color. Love the discreet touch of blue on the belt drive.

  • Anonymous

    Why does he have a Union flag logo when his name is English?

    Anyway, that aside, whilst the frame is full of pleasant enough details, the black components, particularly the disc brakes, contrasted with the ditzy-pink colour-scheme make for a cumbersome-looking machine. I think he should have ditched the discs, gone for a rim brake for the front only (perhaps one of his custom pulley brakes), used silver components, white bars and tan-wall tyres.

    When he gets it right, with his custom time-trialer, or his Di2 Racer for example, he makes simple, stunning bicycles, yet he seems to have dropped the ball with this one.