The 99th Tour de France begins on Saturday June 30 with a time trial in the Belgian city of Liège and while there’s been a few TT bikes featured on Cycle EXIF, few are as impressive or sculptural as those by Rob English. When Parker Gregory requested a TT / triathlon bike that was fast, stiff and the ideal evolution of his current setup, Rob replied with a frame that’s both elegant, brutally fast and has been described as a suitable addition to the garage of the Dark Knight.
Parker’s new ride looks like a skinny cousin of the Northrop Stealth Bomber and looks like it will have a devastating effect on Parker’s competition. The custom cockpit is completely adjustable, allowing Parker the minute adjustments required to be completely comfortable in a race. The bike is ready to fly, literally — the seat mast is shortened and able to fit a travel case. Rob incorporated tubes with a slightly greater wall thickness for the seat mast, top tube and chain stays to gain increase stiffness without resorting to over size tubes. As shown, the bike weighs in at an impressive 18.5lbs.