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  • Photo: Tina Buescher

    There's no denying that the handmade bikes Rob English crafts are beautiful, from aggressive, angular time trial cycles to swoopy cruisers and mountain bikes. But English, a U.K.-raised, Oregon-based builder with a master's in mechanical engineering, didn't win top honors at this year's North American Handmade Bicycle Show on looks alone. His bikes are designed for performance: an elite cyclist himself, English has won three state time trial championships riding his own machines, like the Time Trial Mk2 pictured here.

    If you want a bike from English Cycles, be prepared to be patient—the wait time for one of Rob's creations is almost two years. In the meantime, here are nine custom builds to drool over.

  • NuVinci Cruiser

    Photo: David Haines

    NuVinci Cruiser

    This cruiser features a Gates belt drive and an internally-geared NuVinci hub for a silent, smooth ride

  • Rob's 29er

    Photo: Tina Buescher

    Rob's 29er

    Each of the twin toptubes on this geared big-wheeler houses an internally-routed cable, the right shifter on one side and the brake line on the other

  • Project Right

    Photo: Tina Buescher

    Project Right

    A close-up of a single-sided road frame by English, with custom art by Geoff McFetridge

  • Superlight Road Bike V3

    Photo: Tina Buescher

    Superlight Road Bike V3

    With a custom-made carbon integrated seatpost and head tube inserts, this featherweight road rig weighs in at just 10.8 pounds

  • Folding Road Concept Bike

    Photo: Tina Buescher

    Folding Road Concept Bike

    Designed in response to rising airline fees for oversized baggage, this race bike is built to fold into an airline-ready case without sacrificing performance

  • Parker's Tri Bike

    Photo: Tina Buescher

    Parker's Tri Bike

    Designed for a customer, this distinctly Batmobile-ish frame is built for stiffness and speed

  • Custom 29er Recumbent

    Photo: Courtesy of Rob English

    Custom 29er Recumbent

    One of English's more unusual builds, this full-suspension recumbent is equipped with shocks from Fox

  • Black Rainbow Divide Ride

    Photo: Courtesy of Rob English and Gates

    Black Rainbow Divide Ride

    English poses with one of his latest creations, a long-distance mountain bike built for the owner of bag maker Black Rainbow Project

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