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I went to the London Design Museum last night because that Lotus is one of my all time favorite bikes too. Unfortunately their advertising is a bit misleading. There’s a modern Chris Boardman brand TT bike and the blue Eddy Mercx superman bike he used to break the hour record but the Lotus bike isn’t there. On the plus side there’s parts of the Obree bike, as well as the Moser and Rominger hour record bikes.
I can’t speak to the older track bike influences, but the Aston looks to me like a clear take on the Wilier TwinFoil split fork design, which in turn is reminiscent (at least to me) of the 2004 Williams FW26 “twin keel” F1 car. None of the designs are particularly attractive to me, but fast isn’t always pretty.
I’m looking at this on a mobile phone I might not be seeing details quite right, but the down tube looks split as well. Am I correct?
Yes, the downtube is split as well. As Edward pointed out, the design is definitely heavily influenced by F1 car details as bf1 systems is the company behind it.
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