Everyone knows that a bicycle is the most affordable and common vehicle in the world. He has a lot of advantages – lightness, small size, fuel independence, mobility and low price.
Where the cars are in a multi-kilometer traffic jam, the bike will swiftly rush between the rows. But in this article we will not talk about those cheap and affordable models. Some bikes are breaking records, but not even temporary, but price ones.
Who would have thought that this object with two wheels could become a good investment of capital? Below are the most expensive bicycles on the market.
“Butterfly” Trek Madone,
500 thousand dollars. This bicycle was created in collaboration with the famous modern artist Damien Hirst. The basis for the record holder was conveyor, and without that, “Trek Madone”. This bike was created in honor of the famous cyclist Lance Armstrong, who was able to defeat cancer and triumphantly return to the sport. As a result, the American could become the most titled cyclist. To decorate this unique model Damien Hirst has specially grown hundreds of butterflies. All of them were then gently slaughtered, and their wings were glued to the main units of the vehicle. This decision, although it became very refined, caused the wrath of the animal rights defenders. They felt that such mockery of living beings could hardly be considered an art.
Trek Yoshitomo Nara Speed Concept,
200 thousand dollars. This carbon bicycle was created by Japanese artist Yoshimoto Nara. The vehicle is decorated everywhere with portraits of angry children, besides there are inscriptions “Livestrong” and “Bontrager” everywhere. And this bike was the result of inspiration, inspired by the success of Lance Armstrong. The Japanese creation went on sale in 2009. And such a price was offered for him at the Sotheby’s auction. It will be appropriate to note that at that auction about one million dollars from the proceeds received for all lots entered the fund for cancer diseases, founded by the legendary cyclist.
Kaws Trek Madone,
160 thousand dollars. This bike was sold at the same auction. And it is dedicated to the famous American athlete, or rather his participation in the race Milan-San Remo in 2009. A distinctive feature of the model were the teeth, drawn not only throughout the body, but even on wheels. The bike is the most favorite for Armstrong, and its decoration was occupied by the Kaws studio. It is her corporate style are such gnawing space teeth.
Aurumania Crystal Edition Gold Bike,
101-114 thousand dollars. The expensiveness of this bicycle is simply explained – it is almost entirely covered with 24-carat gold. This metal is present in the frame, wheels and even on spokes. In addition, the bicycle is decorated with 600 crystals from Swarovski. For the manufacture of the seat and handle the rudder used the highest quality leather. The name of the manufacturer goes along the crossbar. In total, 10 copies of this bicycle were published. Each of them has a 10-year warranty. In addition, for an additional fee of 6 thousand dollars, the lucky owner can also purchase a special rack for his treasure. Is it worth saying that it is also gilded and decorated with crystals? Again, the inspiration for the creators of this bicycle was Lance Armstrong. The profit from the sale of a cheap model will go to his fund to fight cancer.
Trek Madone 7-Diamond,
75 thousand dollars. This bicycle in its form is no different from the standard Madone 5.9. That’s just such a sample is an exclusive version of it. The thing is, as reflected in the title, “Trek Madone 7-Diamond” is decorated with one hundred white diamonds and another seven artificial diamonds in one carat. They posted a figure of “7”. The rest of the details are gilded. Created a sample of the jeweler Alan Fridman and the artist Lenny Futura.The reason for creating such a bike is easy to guess – it’s again Lance Armstrong, or rather his seventh win of the cycling “Tour de France”. The manufacturer put a price tag on this bicycle at $ 60,000, but at a charity auction in 2005 he was sold to an anonymous buyer for $ 75,000. And in this case, part of the money went to the charity fund of the athlete.
Chrome Hearts x Cervelo Bike,
60 thousand dollars. This model was the result of the joint work of the luxury brand Chrome Hearts and the Canadian bicycle company Cervelo. Its serial P4 TT bikes cost “only” 6 thousand dollars and are deprived of that luxury left to a colleague. Novelty received refined leather, artificial diamonds and precious metals for decoration. It goes without saying that the bike’s elite batch came out very limited. Rare silver mountain bike for a lady from Tiffany,
50-70 thousand dollars. This bike will certainly come to the liking of those who prefer the style of the last century, in particular the rare and unusual creations of Tiffany. This creation was created back in 1890. His handles are carved from ivory. The luxury of possessing such a vehicle can by no means many. The same bike was created especially for Lillian Russell, one of the most famous actresses and singers of the late XIX – early XX century. She became famous for her beauty and style, and also for her beautiful voice. Especially for her, Tiffany created this model, which should remind of that beautiful woman. It is expected that its price at the auction Bonhams will exceed the mark of 50 thousand dollars.
Montante Luxury Gold Collection,
46 thousand dollars. Created its high-end luxury bike for ladies. The representative of this collection is covered with 24-carat gold and is decorated with 11 thousand Swarovski crystals, installed almost at all sites. For the upholstery of the seat and the handle, a gentle python skin was used. And the elegant Italian bike company Montante Cicli produces under the direction of Antonello Montante. It is claimed that the products of this brand are considered very prestigious and are quickly bought up by a weak half. The front lamp, clutch and brakes are made in the traditional style, which was present in the company’s products back in the 1930s.
Beru F1 systems Factor 001,
33-40 thousand dollars. This product is made of carbon fiber by the British company Beru F1 Systems, in order to show the possibilities of its technologies. It is claimed that such a high cost is quite justified. The fact is that the bike is equipped with additional features. In addition to the improved design, there are facilities for the athlete’s health training. They include an on-board computer, a GPS positioning system and a radio transmitter. Despite the powerful stuffing, weighs a bicycle less than 7 kilograms. It is best to ride it on the asphalt, but such a coating will overcome long distances. The customer can express his wishes for manual production of a very light, but at the same time rigid frame.
39 thousand dollars. This device was created by the American company “Litespeed”. The manufacturer decided to pay maximum attention to the aerodynamic properties of this bike, reducing its weight. The vehicle was very speedy, just for the highway. And it weighs only 7 kilograms, because during the cooking the most modern light materials were used. So, powerful and fashionable disc brakes embarrassed their weight, like the gears. Instead of them, the bicycle is fitted with lighter brake brakes, as well as superfast and light speed switches based on the electric drive. The cost of a bicycle can reach a maximum of 39 thousand, depending on the components selected by the buyer.
KGS “Tier 3” custom bike,
30 thousand dollars. This bike is made in high-tech style.The author of such a “toy”, worth with a good car, was the famous designer Kevin Saunders. He has his bicycles in Texas, where bicycles have been created for 25 years, tailored to the individual characteristics and wishes of the client. The Saunders’ models sit no worse than a parade suit and cost from 8,000 dollars. He himself says that individual design is the only way to achieve pleasure. The same bike embodied all the newest technologies, which is designed to make the ride as comfortable as possible. The aesthetics will undoubtedly be pleased with the delicate finish of the bicycle with wood. Experts believe that this is the best creation of Saunders, such a “cycling” Rolls-Royce. “A few bicycles are produced every year, each of them is given a lifetime guarantee.”