Cycle Show 2009: The lowdown on Sabbath's Silk Emperor

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, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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