Lance’s road bike

Lance’s road bike

Lance is part of a group out of LA, who ride and train under the Stoller name (yes, it is a Breaking Away reference, cycling-movie fans). He was looking for a performance bike that would help his back which is recovering from surgery. I suggested we build around an Ergon CF3 seatpost, which is constructed of dual carbon leaf springs to provide vibration absorption. This combined with 25C tires on a wide rim (Pacenti SL23s) should keep things comfortable. The geometry was then set up to give enough seatpost extension for the post, with the stem and toptube angle matched and head geometry chosen to ensure no toe-overlap. Lance opted for the carbon headtube insert, which saves a few grams and gives a nice aesthetic.

The frame is setup for full internal Di2, with a custom boss for the control box on the stem, has an aero downtube and s-bend chainstays for clearance for upto 28C tires. For the paint, Roger from Stoller, Eric from Colorworks and I went through several iterations with Lance to end up with what I think is a very nice retro-modern design. The two-tone fork came out particularly well.

I was able to join Lance on his maiden ride when he came to stay at Velo to collect the bike, which is always a pleasure.

Lance’s bike marks the first of a project between English Cycles and Stoller that is focused on bringing awareness and funding to a great local animal sanctuary called Sanctuary One. There are only so many animals we are able to rescue here at EC HQ (currently one cow, two chickens, one duck, three cats and one guinea-pig); Sanctuary One has a lot more space and facilities to offer many needy animals a safe and happy home – donations there make a clear difference to those lives. Misha and I have been supporting the sanctuary for several years, and are very excited to be able to increase that support through the partnership with Stoller.


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