Some additional info on the relevance of Roberts Cycles.
Bitd, One of our English Mountain bike Magazines had got wind of an American magazine getting involved with a Bicycle company.
To help with the Design of what they considered to be the Ultimate Mountain bike, and the Ultimate solution to many problems we were facing at the time as off road mountain bikers........
These Problems were of course, Chainsuck, Mud clearance, and Chainstay length.
The Bike design that was causing the stir was of course the Now legendary...................................................."Yeti Ultimate"...
Not a Nation that ever wants to get left behind, our Uk Magazine Quickly looked to the Best regarded frame builder we had at this time.....
Chas Roberts was the man they called.....and after much conversation and coercion, it was agreed That Roberts would build the Uk a race winning Elevated chainstay Mountain bike.
I say Coercion, because i feel that Roberts felt the elevated chainstay design was fundamentally flawed in many ways, and i think he felt as a frame builder there were other ways to face the chainsuck/mudclearance/chainstay length issues without having to resort to using this design. And potentially trade one set of problems for another.....ie The weight penalites steel estays had. The Yeti was and is No lightweight.
But with the market as it was... Chas Roberts set about Building us a lightweight E-Stay off road Racer. This Bike was aptly named the "STRATOS".
( A beautifully Fillet Brazed mix of top of the Range tubes from Columbus and Reynolds, carefully mixed to reduce the overall weight penalty inherent of the early steel Estay design)
Call it a Combintation of market pressure, fashion or magazine coercion, call it what you will......but to my mind this bike along with the Yeti of course, Spawned a succsession of E-stays in the fourthcoming years, from other Uk framebuilders from Lloyd to Yates, and even further down the line, from Saracen and other Uk manufacturers......Even Halfords had Saracen building E-stays in the end, which sold by the bucket load, branded Carrera.
Suffice to say, Chas Roberts original thoughts on the design were borne out, and subsequently only 12 were ever built.
I only Know of Four left in existants.....and i would like to thank Mr kawasaki for furnishing me with some fantastic pictures of His own "Roberts Stratos" being Raced at the 2009 mountain mayhem race event.
(one of only four known to have survived...and to my mind a very Important Bike for us here in the Uk, clearly demonstrating we too were taking the development of the mountain bike seriously.)
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(quote) WE RIDE THE FRAMES OF LEGENDS, BUT UNTIL WE RIDE THEM, THEY CANNOT BECOME LEGENDARY. SINNERMAN..13/11/10.Zinn z753
, Clockwork Club
, The D.O.G.S. B.O.L.O.X
, Dave Lloyd Chaos Theory 753
, Yates Diablo/Orange Prestige
, Roberts White Spider/Bontrager OR
, Hardisty-Jason McRoy-Hardisty Teambike-pre Specialized.
, Aluminium 'O'
, TBG Explosive
, Show the Steel
, Bontrager 'Experimental'
, Bring out your Bontrager
, Yeti Ultimate/Fro,Roberts Stratos-ESTAY
, DAVE YATES VULCAN-ESTAY-MAVIC
, ZINN-CAMPAGNOLO THE IRON LADY.
, CHAS ROBERTS WHITE SPIDER CR753-XT