English Cycles Parker’s Tri Bike

English Cycles Parker's Tri Bike

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.

Once again, Tina Buescher did a fantastic job of capturing the details of Parker’s new tri bike — head to the English Cycles website to view more details. Special thanks to Rob for the heads-up.

English Cycles Parker's Tri Bike
English Cycles Parker's Tri Bike
English Cycles Parker's Tri Bike
English Cycles Parker's Tri Bike
English Cycles Parker's Tri Bike
English Cycles Parker's Tri Bike
English Cycles Parker's Tri Bike

  • The singularity of purpose is impressive, even if this isn’t your kind of ride.

  • I think it is beautiful! The cable guides are really nice. I’ve never used this kind of bike (and I probably won’t, not that good a cyclist). What are the levers on the end of the middle/straight bars – alternate gear change levers?

    • main gear shifters these are. since this is a Tri bike it’s focused on being used in the “aero” position (hands straightened in front on the aero bars + elbows brought inside & front of the pectoral) therefore has no “usual” gear shifers…

      • Thanks mate! I guess in a tri the bunch would be more spread out, so aero would be even more important than usual!

        • no worries mate.!. you welkom’.!.

        • & thx to you also for pointing out the spreading-of-the-peloton issue affecting the need for aerodynamic concern… never made this
          connection & was wondering why it was only in TT/Tri that they pushed aero so far…

        • btw, also keep in mind that these bikes are engineered only for flat or (very-)slightly inclined roads , and , therefore would make going uphill situations impossible too… no need for normal cockpit then , since it would be painful in the first place to try & do something like this…

  • i can ‘t judge on performance & effectiveness from triathlon point of view , but ; though masterfully executed & quality as it looks i have to say i’m seriously concerned about the handling/grip/hand-comfort issue in the aero position with these totally straight/horizontal bars… still ; like the “normal” grips & the cabling with it’s beautiful integration. very much.