Why is it like it is? Sabbath's techical guru talks us through the design

If there was one bike that turned heads and divide opinions more than any other at the bike show it was probably Sabbath's new top-of-the-range Titanium road machine, the Silk Emperor. It's certainly a unique looking beast; opinion as to whether that unique look was a good or bad thing was pretty fiecely divided amongst the people we spoke to at the show.

Whatever the opinions, there's some fairly detailed thinking behind the design decisions, it's not just an odd-looking bike for the sake of it. We asked Sabbath's resident expert, Dr Ian Roach, to tell us about how the Silk Emperor came about, and here's what he told us...

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.


TRs Blurb n Blog [199 posts] 7 years ago

With all that extra stiffness it probably rides like a lightweight aluminium frame, a really expensive one.

Tony Farrelly [2893 posts] 7 years ago

I wondered about that, really like to try one though

DaSy [737 posts] 7 years ago

I agree TR, that must ride just like an Alu frame.

I chose the Litespeed Icon over the Archon for exactley that reason. The Archon was very stiff and much more carbon like in it's ride, not at all what I wanted from a Ti frame.

For me the joy of Ti is the steel like ride with much reduced weight and corrosion resistance.

Plus the Icon actually looks like a proper bike.