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£6399 for the frameset what can you add to get it over £20,000?

Ever wanted to built the ultimate 'no expense spared' bike? Well now you can… and it won't cost you a penny.

Over the past few months we've tracked the progress of the Litespeed Blade on it's journey from drawing board, via the wind tunnel and the Radial Sheet Break Forming machine, to a bikeshop near you … well almost there. Wind tunnels and Radial Sheet Break Forming don't come cheap, oh, and of course it is made from titanium too…

All that adds up which is why the  Blade frameset will cut a £6399 sized chunk from your bank balance. We reckon that right now it is the most expensive frameset in the world which holds out the possibility of building it up in to the world's most expensive bike.

With a six and a half grand head start you'd think that would be easy, but it's a harder task than you might imagine when Scandinavians keep insisting on making bicycles out of gold and diamonds. Currently the most expensive bicycle we can find is the Arumania Gold Bike Crystal Edition – yours for a piffling €80,000 (£69,296.22) and even their standard Gold Bike weighs in at €21,000 (£18,190,58) delivered. Mind you, how likely are you to ride down to shops on a gold-plated bike? Or indeed enter one in your local 10 or 25?

So your challenge is to suggest the most expensive build up you can think of for the Blade using real components and finishing kit – the winner is the person who can get it as far as possible over £20,000 without dipping it in gold (or any other precious metal) or encrusting it in diamonds – which would anyway play havoc with the Blade's laminar flow rendering it blunt as an aero time trial weapon. The complete bike in our main pic with HED wheels and 'bars probably pushes pretty close to the £20K mark, but we think you can get it higher…

There will be a prize. IT WON'T BE A BLADE!

Our challenge will be to get it built –  Rebecca Pring from Litespeed's UK distributor, Paligap says they are up for it:

‘Building the most expensive bike in the world is a really exciting project  to be involved in – doing something just ‘because’ and just for fun is great!!! We are eager to see what products make it onto the bike, and to see how creative readers will be!’

So let's see what we can do!

All you need to do to enter the competition is paste your suggestions for the ultimate build on to this story - we will also create a thread in the forum that you can add your suggestions to as well.

Here's some more suggestions to get the ball rolling…

A nice set of Lightweight wheels would be reassuringly expensive or maybe some FFWDs.

Campag Super Record Groupset? Or maybe something a little more esoteric… and expensive

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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DaveP [412 posts] 7 years ago
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Bugger, stalled at £15,700.00, including the frame and forks.  20

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Chuffy [201 posts] 7 years ago
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Damn. £14693 here. If only I had more expensive tastes...

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thebikeboy [131 posts] 7 years ago
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Curse Litespeed for 'generously' throwing in the fork, headset, and seat post - although I think I could have gone higher if I handn't done all my shopping online  1
Oh, and I still need to find a set of skewers … though I'm not holding out much hope of finding a set for £5000.  20

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 7 years ago
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£15195.99

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DaveP [412 posts] 7 years ago
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Just thought.. If I ditch the cranks and get a Power-Meter thingy I can add a further £2k!  19http://poshbikes.com/product.php?id=159

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Tony Farrelly [2871 posts] 7 years ago
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 Then you won't need one of these… Zipp Sub 9 disc wheels with Saris Powertap

I can't find one wheel that's more expensive than this… but maybe I'm not trying hard enough?

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cactuscat [284 posts] 7 years ago
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...assuming I'm allowed to use a pair of not-very-tt-specific-but-awfully-expensive wheels  1

Can't see how i'll get over twenty grand though  2

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cactuscat [284 posts] 7 years ago
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DaveP wrote:

Just thought.. If I ditch the cranks and get a Power-Meter thingy I can add a further £2k!  19http://poshbikes.com/product.php?id=159

add another grand for the full FSA system: http://tinyurl.com/ch3n8d

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DaveP [412 posts] 7 years ago
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tony_farrelly wrote:

 Then you won't need one of these… Zipp Sub 9 disc wheels with Saris Powertap

Why not have BOTH! B)

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Tony Farrelly [2871 posts] 7 years ago
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You CAN have too much information  y'know 

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Chuffy [201 posts] 7 years ago
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...damn.  14

Does anyone make custom carbon mudguards and racks?  39

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Chuffy [201 posts] 7 years ago
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Soon baby, real soon.....  19

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Chuffy [201 posts] 7 years ago
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...my final offer.  13
Come on guys, someone must be able to top the magic £20k...  26

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thebikeboy [131 posts] 7 years ago
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Good work Chuffy, but is it all time trial kit and if the bike got built would it work?

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schmiken [36 posts] 7 years ago
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£21,180.42.

Get in!

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Chuffy [201 posts] 7 years ago
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thebikeboy wrote:

Good work Chuffy, but is it all time trial kit and if the bike got built would it work?

Yup. Well, that is it *looks* as if it should all work and it's all tri-specific. Except for the dice valve-caps...

Does it work in Real Life (tm)? I'll let you know about ten hours after the postman arrives tomorrow...  3

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Chuffy [201 posts] 7 years ago
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NOES! ROBBED!  20

You've found the Magic House of Custom Carbon, haven't you?  13

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Hammy [97 posts] 7 years ago
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schmiken wrote:

£21,180.42.

Get in!

dip it in gold? Cos apparently that's against the rules

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Tony Farrelly [2871 posts] 7 years ago
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There's plenty of time yet Chuffy - everyone's got until Monday to come up with the most expensive build - and the winner will have to list all the kit and components*

There may or may not be a 'credibility threshold to get past'

Mind you, £21,180.42 is pretty impressive… gonna give us any clues to some of the choicer bits of kit schmiken?

I wonder if anyone does gold valve extenders? I thought the £16 Schwalbe one was salty, but I bet you could pay a lot more…

 

*all there in black and white in the compo rules we will be publishing any day now.

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Chuffy [201 posts] 7 years ago
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Hammy wrote:
schmiken wrote:

£21,180.42.
Get in!

dip it in gold? Cos apparently that's against the rules

Diamond is only a form of carbon....  39

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Hammy [97 posts] 7 years ago
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yes, but I think the problem with diamonds is that they tend to be overly stiff in both the lateral and vertical planes rendering them far from ideal as a frame-making material… now stems and cranks made out of them that's another matter!

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DaveP [412 posts] 7 years ago
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As I don't 'do' TimeTrials... could I spec. a rack, guard set and lights?

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schmiken [36 posts] 7 years ago
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tony_farrelly wrote:

gonna give us any clues to some of the choicer bits of kit schmiken?

Think track....

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DaveP [412 posts] 7 years ago
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schmiken wrote:
tony_farrelly wrote:

gonna give us any clues to some of the choicer bits of kit schmiken?

Think track....

Think Silly US shops ( Can I include the P&P and Import Duty? )....
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stufield [18 posts] 7 years ago
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Damm thought I could get to £25,000 but came up a little short, will keep trying

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Chuffy [201 posts] 7 years ago
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stufield wrote:

Damm thought I could get to £25,000 but came up a little short, will keep trying

I feel hopelessly inadequate...  20

Can't wait to see your shopping list!

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stufield [18 posts] 7 years ago
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Are you allowed a fork and headset as couldn't see a mention of whether they come with frame? It looks like you get dedicated seatpost, but wasn't sure about the other bits?

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Tony Farrelly [2871 posts] 7 years ago
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 Supplied

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stufield [18 posts] 7 years ago
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I was using 1.42 as exchange rate, with no account for import taxes, vat delivery etc....

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Tony Farrelly [2871 posts] 7 years ago
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… most expensive bike so stuff from the US should be fine (after all that's where the frameset comes from) but it might make it a tad harder for us to actually get the thing built.

Whatever, when we build it we will go for a plausible set up either as a TT/triathlon, or possibly track bike 

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