The English team (Team GB) always has a strong tradition in the track arena (velodrome). To maintain strength at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics later, they also prepared special weapons. A bicycle named HB.T, a collaboration of Hope and Lotus.
This bike is really eye catching . Designed to exploit all the gaps in the UCI regulation book. Especially regarding the fork cavity and seatstay , which is allowed up to 8 cm from the side of the wheel.
Hope and Lotus also made HB.T forks and seatstays so wide, “straddling” the front and rear wheels. Thus, this bicycle becomes more superior in terms of aerodynamics. Something that is very important in the track arena , when the bike easily drove above 70 km / hour.
This is not the first bicycle project Hope, a British component manufacturer. They have made a number of MTB bikes. While Lotus has a long history in the bicycle arena. Helped Chris Boardman win a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Although designed for the Tokyo Olympics, this bike will already be seen in a number of events at the end of 2019. Although the price is not mentioned, according to regulations, this bike must also be available to interested publics.
For the British Team, this is also not the first time making a bicycle with a special design. For a long time, they had a special team tasked with optimizing all team weapons.
Ahead of the 2012 London Olympics, they also have a special track bike . If the public is interested, the price at that time was above USD 20 thousand! (riding bicycle)