If carbon fibre road racing bicycles weren’t expensive enough, supercar manufacturers have been slapping their names on the sides of bikes and charging a premium for the privilege of owning one.
While some models from certain car makers are “affordable” – starting at around R15,000 – other cost more than the high-end sedan you drive to work everyday.
Some of the featured bikes were made as part of a manufacturer’s anniversary celebrations, while others were produced in limited quantities.
Brands like Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, though, sell their bicycles as a part of their lifestyle ranges, which can be purchased online.
Detailed below are some of the bicycles from the likes of Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Lexus, and Caterham.
Porsche Bike RS
Porsche jokingly refers to its RS Bike as the first vehicle is has produced with two accelerators, but the rest of the road racer is far from a joke.
Weighing 9kg and made from carbon fibre, the RS sports Shimano XTR equipment – including a 20-speed gear system – hydraulic disc brakes, and Crankbrothers Cobalt 3 wheels.
As with most RS branded items from the German manufacturer, the bike is not cheap, selling for $8,299 (R99,000) in the States.
BMC Lamborghini Road Bike
In 2013 Lamborghini celebrated its 50th anniversary by launching the Impec Lamborghini bicycle, which was limited to 50 units.
The frame was made of carbon fibre, sported Campagnolo Super Record Skeleton brakes, Campagnolo 11-speed Super Record EPS shifters, and the word Lamborghini painted on the front fork.
The name, and the fact that the bike only weighs 6.85kg, meant owning one would hurt your pocket. Unless €25,000 (R326,000) is small change to you.
Aston Martin One-77 Superbike
The Aston Martin One-77 sports a carbon frame, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 7970 groupset, disc brakes, and carbon wheels.
The bike also features a data logging system which gives the rider information on speed, external temperature, rate of climb, power, respiration rate, and body temperature.
Safety features include built-in front and rear LEDs which are controlled via hood-mounted controls, and the words “Aston Martin” painted on the side of the frame.
The carbon design means that the feature-packed bike weighs 9.5kg.
When the One-77 launched it sold for £25,000 (R446,679 ) and only 77 where made.
BMW Cruise M-Bike
The BMW Cruise M-Bike, inspired by the manufacturer’s M series of cars, features an aluminium frame, Shimano disc brakes, and the title of Reddot Design Award Winner 2014.
While not as pricey or as feature-packed as the Aston Martin One-77, the BMW will still cost you €1,099 (R14,350) to hang in your garage.
What it lacks in features it makes up for in looks, with a clean and racey design worthy of the BMW badge.
Lexus F Sport Bike
Toyota-backed Lexus launched its sleek-looking road bike in 2013 and made 100 units.
The bike sold for $10,000 (R119,694) when it hit the market, and featured a frame made from the same carbon fibre-reinforced plastic used in the Lexus LFA supercar.
“Advanced carbon fiber components, lightweight shifters and a high-tech braking system were developed for outstanding performance. The bikes are constructed by Lexus Takumi, skilled craftsmen who create the highest-quality vehicles,” said Lexus.
Caterham Duo Cali Limited Edition
Another limited edition bicycle from a brand famous for its racing cars, the Caterham Duo Cali Limited Edition carbon frame is designed and built in Germany – promising 100% even and safe pressure on the system when under stress.
Only 73 units of the bike will ever hit the road, and with a price tag of $19,730 (R235,000) we understand why.
The Duo Cali, which refers to the aerodynamic frame shape and an acronym for Caterham Advanced Lightweight Innovations, also features Schwalbe tubes and tyres, a Vector Power Management System, and Garmin Edge 1000 GPS.
Mercedes-Benz Fitness and Road Bike
The Mercedes-Benz Fitness Bike is another “budget” option for those looking for an affordable branded bicycle, selling for just over €1,000 (R13,000).
The bike’s frame is made of aluminium, is equipped with 29-inch wheels and hydraulic disc brakes by Shimano, and Shimano DEORE shift components.
The manufacturer’s limited edition road bike is a bit more upmarket, and sold for $3,670 (R43,800) when it launched. Only 199 units were produced.
The bike’s frame is carbon fibre, aiding in the road racer’s total weight coming in at 8.2kg. Shimano takes care of the rest, with its Dura-Ace drive system, gears, brakes, and wheels all installed.
While not made by a supercar company, this bicycle is a supercar beater.
With rockets strapped to the back of the modified two-wheeler, the bike will accelerate from 0 – 333km/h in five seconds and has no problem in beating a Ferrari F430 Scuderia in a drag race.
A video showing the drag race is embedded below.