Whoever thinks that steel is a material suited only to romantic randonneurs and fully-dressed porteurs obviously hasn’t encountered the work of English Cycles. With each new build, Rob English defines his innovative style a little further and his latest brings carbon and steel together in a lithe frame that seemingly defies physics.
This is the third iteration of a frame that has gradually been developed as Rob’s personal racing steed. It’s a highly refined fusion of strength and weight, combining custom ENVE seat and head tubes with a True Temper S3 down tube, top tube and chain stays. A heady mix of SRAM’s RED Quarq Power Meter crankset, Ciamillo brakes and Lightweight wheels contribute to a total weight of 13.7lbs.
English Cycles may be based in Eugene, Oregon, but the V3 Road is the perfect embodiment of his native flag that adorns the aero down tube: light and fleet, traditional yet progressive, strong and confident. You can see more details on the English Cycles website, but keep an eye out for his lightweight, packable road bike. Special thanks to Tina Buescher for the photography.