Team GB Lotus x Hope track bike design ‘stolen’, claims Dutch bike brand

Kú Cycle threatening legal action for patent infringement if British Cycling refuses to recognise its claimed ownership of the wide fork design

Ku v British Cycling
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The design of the revolutionary Team GB Lotus x Hope track bike was stolen from a Dutch bicycle brand according to its co-founder, who plans to take legal action if British Cycling refuses to recognise its claim.

The wide, arched fork of the Lotus x Hope HB.T bears a close resemblance to that of the Kú Cycle TF1, and the Dutch brand’s co-founder and CEO Alex Bok told Cycling Weekly that Kú was first to file the patent in 2016 - and that British Cycling's international patent application was declined in March this year with reference to Kú's relevant patent.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.