Technical mastery, engineering acumen, and high performance are the calling cards of Mr. Rob English. All of these qualities are on display with this stunning road bike. In fact, this bike is so clean that it’s easy to miss the details that make this a very, very special machine.
Brake hoses run internally from stem to stern. To make this possible, Rob machined custom headset bearing seats to match up perfectly to the BMC carbon fork that features factory equipped internal hose routing. The bearing seats were then brazed to the ovalized aero headtube for an extremely sanitary front end assembly that is second to none. For the rear hose run, English used a T47 bottom bracket to allow the hose to route around the SRAM DUB bottom bracket spindle without exiting the frame. At the rear caliper mount, Rob used his own custom-made steel flat mount disc brake bosses that are actually lighter than a typical carbon flat mount brake mounting boss!
The top tube is custom ovalized to improve ride quality while allowing Rob to use a smaller, lighter tube with the same lateral stiffness as a larger round tube. The aero seat tube is custom machined to tuck the rear tire in nice and tight. Not content to stop there, Rob engineered a super clean, stealthy removeable front derailleur braze-on to allow the customer the option to switch to a 1x drivetrain in the future without having an unused fitting hanging out in space.