Rob English’s new bike

Rob English’s new bike

Rob English is not just a talented framebuilder, but also a top-class rider and racer. He recently built this bike for himself. Even though the bike is a superlight racer, it rolls on (extralight) 700C x 32 mm Stampede Pass tires – a sign how far racing bikes have come.

The frame features many of English’s signature touches. For the down- and top tube, as well as the chainstays, Rob used our Kaisei tubes, because they are lighter than anything else he could find.

A neat touch is the upside-down stem: Rather than clamp the stem to the top of a steerer tube that is attached to the fork, the fork clamps to the bottom of the steerer tube that is part of the stem.

Equipped with a range of ultralight parts, the entire bike weighs just 7.0 kg (15.5 lb) complete. Rob wrote a fun story about his bike and its (tongue-in-cheek) 622 mm disc brake rotors on

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Comments (6)

  • Mark

    So … what did he use for the other tubes & why? And is the fork crown area the right place to have bolts, wouldn’t there be a lot of stress around there (genuine question)?

    August 23, 2020 at 4:25 am
    • Jan Heine

      For the other tubes, Rob wanted to use diameters that Kaisei doesn’t offer. The bolts shouldn’t be a problem – they clamp the fork crown to the steerer. It’s the same as a clamp-on stem, only at the bottom of the head tube instead of the top.

      August 23, 2020 at 7:49 am
  • Brian Feltovich

    I think it’s on Cyclingtips not CyclingNews

    August 23, 2020 at 1:08 pm
    • Jan Heine

      You are right. Thank you! Corrected the typo. (The link was correct.)

      August 23, 2020 at 2:05 pm
  • Erik

    Your link is to Cycling Tips but your text says Cycling News

    August 23, 2020 at 1:45 pm
  • Morten Reippuert

    Im so pretty, oh so pretty….

    skinny thin walled steel tubes: check
    Steel fork, stem, post: check
    not-removable geardrop: check
    non-tapered steerer: check
    Rim brakes: check
    Light weight: check
    32mm clearance : check
    Campagnolo Ergo’s: check
    Rene Herse tyres: check
    Aluminum rims: check

    August 24, 2020 at 10:02 am

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