The Fastest Speedbikes in the World
(creation date, country of origin, speed, cyclist)
Teledyne Titan (1974, USA)
Vector (1980, USA)Former world hour (36.94 miles, Eric Edwards) and sprint record holder (58.89-MPH Olympian Dave Grylls). Three wheels.
Moby (1985, USA)Former world sprint record holder, long wheelbase. (59.10-MPH, Olympian Carl Sundquist)
Bluebell (1982, UK)Former world hour record holder (1985, 41.2 miles, Richard Crane)
Lightning X2 (1986, USA)Former "low-altitude" sprint record holder. (64.19-MPH, Olympian Carl Sundquist)
Gold Rush (1985, USA)Former world hour (1986, 41.64 miles, 1989, 45.36 miles) and sprint record holder (1986, 65.48-MPH) Olympian Fred Markham. Winner of the $18,000 DuPont Prize for first bike to break 65-MPH. On permanent display in the Smithsonian Museum.
Cutting Edge (1989, USA)First to beat the Gold Rush in competition. Demonstrated effectiveness of short wheelbase "lowracer" geometry now dominant in top speedbike designs.
KingCycle (1990, UK)Former world hour record holder (46.96 miles, Pat Kinch)
Gold Rush LeTour (1991, USA)Kilo sprint record holder. (53.43-MPH, 60.36-MPH/Colorado)
Cheetah (1991, USA)Former world sprint record holder. (1992, 68.73-MPH, Pro Chris Huber). Team declared on CNN nationally that "The envelope of speed for mankind has come to a close… we’ve reached the limit." Read about the World’s Fastest Bike Challenge 2000 where the envelope was swiftly opened by the Varna Mephisto and the Kyle Edge.
Kyle Edge (1992, USA) Current United States sprint record holder (Oct 2000, 6.44 seconds, 69.46-MPH, Matt Weaver). First known extensive laminar body ground vehicle. First known bicycle driven solely by video.
Varna Mephisto (1994, Canada)Current world sprint record holder (2000, 72.74-MPH, Sam Whittingham), and previous world hour record holder. 1998, 49.17 miles)
Varna (1994, Canada)– Women’s World Sprint Record (2000, 54.04-MPH, Andrea Blaseckie)
M5 (1994, Netherlands)Former world hour record holder
Virtual Edge (1995, USA) First publicly revealed (1995/1999) extensive laminar body ground vehicle. Second video bike. First video bike over 50-MPH. First partial test runs January 2000, accelerated to 56-MPH easy before shut down due to mechanical problem.
Tomahawk II (1996, Germany)Former world hour record holder. (48.49 miles, Pro Lars Teutenberg)
White Hawk (1999, Germany)World hour record holder (50.44-MPH, Pro Lars Teutenberg)
Kyle Edge (1992) Matt Weaver. First raced October 2000. Current U.S. sprint record holder (6.44sec, 69.46-MPH) and second fastest sprint in the world.
Virtual Edge (1995) Matt Weaver. First partial test runs January 2000, accelerated to 56-MPH easy before shut down due to mechanical problem.
Coslinger Special (2000)Sean Costin, Charlie Ollinger, Thom Ollinger, Richard Myers. First raced October 2000.
Richard Brooks (2001)
I was informed this week courtesy of Jean Anderson of the observations by Paul Lowing and Dave Larrington, editor of the British Human Power Club Newsletter, of initial testing (March 24) by the third video bike team. Richard Brooks, the designer, executed the first test runs on the famous Manchester Velodrome in the U.K. Congratulations! His vehicle has what is arguably a very promising laminar body profile. Here are two photos courtesy Paul London.