Video: Mike Burrows on the best bike frame material

Innovative designer on tube size, aluminium, steel and carbon

What's the best frame material for a bike? Legendary British bike builder Mike Burrows, who designed Chris Boardman's iconic Olympic winning Lotus 108 in 1992, tackles the dilemma offered by the choice of steel, aluminium or carbon in this video.

Video: Mike Burrows on the best bike frame material

Burrows, now in his 70s but still working, has constantly pushed at the limits of bike design. Besides the Lotus TT bike, Burrows also built a replica of Graeme Obree's famous Old Faithful for the Scot's hour record attempt and, during a stint with Giant, designed the compact TCR frame in the 1990s.

In this video – the first of two for MadeGood.bikes – Burrows explains how frame tube size affects performance and how a bike feels to ride. 

In the second video on MadeGood.bikes, Burrows answers the question: can you climb hills on a recumbent? This is a particular area of expertise for the designer, who developed the RatRacer SL.

Find out more about MadeGood.bikes here.

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