Shaun Wallace posted a few awesome photos of his Lotus tt bike on facebook. Aram at Predator Cycling showed me these photos and told me “This is the bike that we have to beat”. Single side fork and chain stays to reduce drag, the cog sits on the outside and i still can’t figure out how they tension the chain (I don’t see an eliptical bb either) a bike like no other. Sadly, UCI made these bikes Illegal, much like the Graeme Obree bike (at least the Lotus is much more eye pleasing).
This is what Shaun mentioned on his FB: My opinion of the bike? It was certainly aerodynamic, and on an indoor wood track rode very nicely. But on a bumpy cement track it was far too rigid and the rear wheel skipped a lot. For me I should have insisted on my usual handlebar set-up as the flat-arm position never worked for me; my form and lap times dropping off far more radically than the previous year when riding the smooth-as-silk Kestrel 200EMS. Definitely a compatibility issue that didn’t work between me and the bike. I’m certainly not blaming the bike for being beaten that year as I had every opportunity to say no, and given the same information again (reputation of the bike) I’d undoubtedly make the same decision.
I wonder how this bike would compare against the new Great Britain bikes or the German new FES bikes.