Meet the bikes that cost more than a car. —Ari Notis
Every guy knows that cycling is on an unstoppable rise here in the U.S. Right now, the number of two-wheeled commuters is up a whopping 60 percent over the last decade, and, in many bike-happy locales, long rides are successfully supplanting golf outings as the new pastime of preference among dealmakers. But if you’re looking to join the cycling elite, you’re going to need a much cooler set of wheels than that old 1980s-era Huffy lying in your garage.
From ultra-flashy designer models to ultra-high-end, high-performance ones that can get you a speeding ticket, here are the best new luxury rides for spring. And yes, they’re expensive. But think of them like the Jaegar-LeCoultres of cycling: you’re not just buying them for yourself—you’re also holding onto them for the next generation. And if you're in the market for other wildly cool luxury items—such as a classic car, a racehorse, even a private island—here's our complete guide to buying anything.
1. Madone Race Shop Limited, by Trek
$13,000; Buy now at trekbikes.com
Meet the iconic American bike-maker’s spaceship of a “superbike,” an ultra-light beauty you can buy (for a limited time) in head-turning, Dodge Viper red. Put simply, this beast is all aerodynamics, speed, and efficiency. If you’re biking with you boss, try not to leave him in the dust.
2. Road Disc, by Bastion
From $9,300; Buy now at bastian-cycles.com
As sleek as a panther and light as a house cat, this bike from Bastion seemingly defies physics. Considering that complete models weigh in as low as 14 pounds, two questions come to mind. (How? And: When can I ride one?) If you’re patient, though, we suggest waiting until June, when their updated model, the CX, comes out.
3. Vintage E-Bike, by Lord Bike
From $5,800; Buy now at lord-bike.fr
Inspired by the motorcycles of the early 20th century, Lord Bike’s creation is both a beauty and a beast. Despite ebullient curves and vivacious color options, a rear-mounted motor ensures this thing can top 40 mph. Zoom, zoom.
4. New Series Double Pylon, by Moulton
$16,400; Buy now at moultonbicycles.com
You can’t go wrong with a classic. Back in 1962, Moulton came out with the first-ever “small wheel” bicycle. Ever since, they’ve been refining. And refining. Until now, finally, perfection: the sturdiest, most comfortable commuter bike the company has ever designed.
5. Samedia 27 x2 Tandem 2017, by Moustache Bikes
$5,400; Buy now at e-bikeshop.co.uk
Meet the best damn tandem bike on the market. Best of all: it’s battery–powered, so you and your ladypal can have an extra-breezy ride.
6. Twin Blade Ultegra 2017, by Cicli Mattio
Price upon request; Buy here at ciclimattio.com
For the speed demons and road racers out there, this one’s for you. By treating wind and airflow as assets instead of obstacles, the engineers at Cicli Mattio have created an aerodynamic bike that is nearly resistant to turbulence. Just don’t expect to stop on a dime.
7. Fashion Milano Lady, by Montante
Price upon request; Buy here at montantecicli.it
Montante has been making bicycles for nearly a century. And this model, in particular, seems lifted straight from the time period when the company was founded. Complete with a magazine rack and dual Pineider bags, it’s the perfect ride for peddling from café to café in a bustling European metropolis—like, say, Milan.
8. Malle Bicyclette, by Moynat
$35,900; Buy now at moynat.com
When you’re going on a picnic, check off everything on your shopping list: cheese, crackers, caviar, wine, and a bike (equipped with a picnic basket) that costs as much as a BMW. Moynat’s basket is bound in sumptuous leather and comes with a set of dinnerware, napkins, and a handmade bicycle from the masters at Abici Italia.
9. LIOS Nano Monaco, by Lios Folding Bike
$4,900; Buy now at liosfoldingbike.com
The tiny bike trend was supposed to be a trend. But Lios has breathed new life into the trend, by creating an actually aesthetically pleasing iteration, without sacrificing any sturdiness or functionality. As a bonus, it can be folded in seconds and carried around, like a briefcase. Or, given the price tag, a baby.
10. Leonardo da Vinci, by Cicli Art Lab
Price upon request; Buy here at cicliart.com
Every bike made by Cicli Art Lab is handcrafted and –decorated. Each one is a unique piece of art. This design just so happens to be based on a manuscript from the 16th century, about a man you may have heard of: Leonardo da Vinci.
11. Red RSR 5 KW, by B2G Bikes
$5,000; Buy now at back2green.ch
This wonderful monstrosity sacrifices everything—elegance, whimsy, precision, meticulous design—associated with modern bicycle design in the name of one thing: pure, raw power. B2G Bikes installed a 5,000-watt engine on the Red RSR and, when pushed to the max, the bike can hit speeds of nearly 50 mph. Wear a helmet, please.
12. ST2, by Stromer
$7,000; Buy now at nycewheels.com
Stromer has created the perhaps most digitally integrated bicycle on the market. The ST2 syncs up with your smartphone to provide GPS tracking, remote tuning capabilities, and even theft protection: if someone tries to take your bike, it will power down, and become nearly impossible to pedal. Then the GPS tracking kicks in, and points you right to the thief.
13. SRAM eTAP, by Métier Vélo
From $13,250; Buy now at xn--mtier.com
You can 3D-print anything these days, even a bullet. Or something as fast as a bullet. It takes three months for an order from Métier Vélo to be completed—because it is expensive and time-consuming to 3D-print titanium. But when the ready-to-race beast lands on your doorstep, you’ll cover more ground in three weeks than you possibly could’ve in the intervening months.
14. Stella, by Petrini
$3,900; Buy now at petrinicicli.it
Lorenzo Petrini has dedicated 40 years to dreaming of and conceptualizing his perfect bike. The result, the Stella, is stunningly simple and sophisticated, elegant where it could be gauche, subtle where it could be loud, and marvelously artistic where it could be anything but.
15. Arvak, by Keim
$10,400; Buy now at keim-cycles.com
The designers at Keim treat bikes like the Samurai treated their swords—as an extension of the human body. So, while the Arvak might be the strangest looking bike on the planet, each bike is custom built to naturally fit your body. And speaking of nature, the frame is made entirely of white ash. Rub that in your biker hippie friends’ faces.
16. De Rosa SK Pininfarina Luxury
$11,900; Buy now at pininfarina.com
A car company shouldn’t make bicycles, right? This team up between bike manufacturer De Rosa and Pininfarina, the legendary Italian car design firm, proves otherwise. The mash-up—to use the word du jour—looks like it belongs in the MOMA, but is tried-and-true as any other road bike out there.
17. BestiaNera Thermic, by T*Red Bikes
Price upon request; Buy here at tredbikes.com
The BestiaNera is proof that “fixies”—or fixed-gear bikes—are not only still alive but thriving. Look at this thing. It is the pinnacle of futuristic design. If James Bond makes it to 2117, this is the bike he’ll be riding. In addition to looking cool as hell, it’s also chock full of accessories and amenities: LED kits, a proprietary anti-vibration system, and a handlebar that adjusts to the millimeter. If that’s not spy-approved, we don’t know what is.
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