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Lightweight and Audi unveil €17,500 limited edition Sport Racing Bike

Car maker Audi and carbon wheel and frame specialists Lightweight produce limited edition bike

Lightweight, the German company responsible for some of the lightest and most expensive carbon fibre wheels and frames, has collaborated with Audi’s quattro department, responsible for the four wheel drive system on some of its cars, to produce the Audi Sport Racing Bike.

The new limited edition bike, with only 50 to be sold worldwide, was unveiled at the recent Geneva Motor Show and will cost €17,500. It uses Lightweight’s Urgelstalt carbon fibre frame and rolls on Meilenstein carbon fibre clincher wheels, and is built up with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 groupset. Reportedly the bike weighs just 5.8kg (12.78kb).

Interested? The bike will be available in five sizes and as a complete build only. It won’t be cheap, but you probably guessed that already. It’ll cost €17,500. You could probably buy a watch for that.

The Urgelstalt was released a couple of years ago, and marked the company's first departure from wheels. As you'd expect from a company that produces a sub-kilo carbon fibre wheelset, the frame is light, very light. It's just 790g, though that's their claimed weight. I've even had a ride on it and been very impressed, you can read the first ride review here.

Urgestalt means 'archetype' in German – bet you didn't know that now. The frame features loads of mod cons, a PressFit 86.5mm bottom bracket and a tapered head tube. It’s a standard 1 1/8in at the top flaring out to 1 1/2in at the bottom for extra stiffness, and space for 25mm tyres. It's even UCI approved should you want to go racing. 

The finish of the bike was the work of the Audi Concept Design Studio in Munich, who were responsible for the paint finish and the custom made Selle Italia saddle with an Audi nappa leather cover, borrowed from an Audi R8 motor car.. There’s an alloy plate on the seat tube showing the serial number of each of the limited edition bikes.

Only last week we reported on the collaboration between another German bike brand, Storck, partnering with McLaren to produce a limited edition car and bike, along with watches and other premium products.

David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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Skylark | 8 years ago
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A Cannondale would still be better.

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belugabob | 8 years ago
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How the hell are IT consultants going to fit a roof rack and an Orange 5 on top of that?

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herohirst | 8 years ago
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Bought an Audi (car) last month. Could have bought it five times over for that money.
Seriously.
FIVE times.

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ronin | 8 years ago
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All these comments from people who obviously can't afford such bike...

There's only 50, not enough to go around, so I'll just take 1/100th please...  4

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Nick T | 8 years ago
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It'll go brilliantly with the Audi branded baseball cap and bomber jacket, so money.

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mingmong | 8 years ago
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I was going to go on a healthy diet plan, but hey...sod nutrition and I'm going to invest.

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Toast | 8 years ago
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On the fence about a purchase.How much weight does the plate add?  3

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nuzzle | 8 years ago
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has collaborated with Audi’s quattro department, responsible for the four wheel drive system on some of its cars

I expected to see completely original incredible Audi's drivetrain and shifting system... But I see that all components are standard and nothing new. So what's the point of collaboration?

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cat1commuter replied to nuzzle | 8 years ago
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nuzzle wrote:

I expected to see completely original incredible Audi's drivetrain and shifting system... But I see that all components are standard and nothing new. So what's the point of collaboration?

The paint?

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nuzzle replied to cat1commuter | 8 years ago
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cat1commuter wrote:

The paint?

It's disappointing that Audi's Quattro department is mostly responsible for the paint job.

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WDG | 8 years ago
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If this is anything like my Audi experience the bike will be faulty from purchase, and the dealer will lie and obfuscate to avoid having to fix it. Thank goodness for the Small Claims Court!

When I see this I think how much would the non-'limited edition' version (of which let's face it, is irrelevant on a bike costing £10k plus) cost? In which case I can't see how Audi branding adds anything to this.

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SamSkjord | 8 years ago
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I suspect these will only ever be ridden by people with impeccable dental hygiene.

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Lumen | 8 years ago
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So much fail.

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crikey | 8 years ago
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Audi input relates to the lack of working indicators, presumably?

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Grubbythumb | 8 years ago
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So we can expect riders of these bikes to race all other cyclists, pull into / out of side turnings without indication or warning, brake test any other rider who has the sheer audacity to ride inferior bikes on the 'Audi only' roads and generally act like complete knob ends.

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daddyELVIS replied to Grubbythumb | 8 years ago
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Grubbythumb wrote:

So we can expect riders of these bikes to race all other cyclists, pull into / out of side turnings without indication or warning, brake test any other rider who has the sheer audacity to ride inferior bikes on the 'Audi only' roads and generally act like complete knob ends.

Why??

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mrmo replied to daddyELVIS | 8 years ago
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daddyELVIS wrote:
Grubbythumb wrote:

So we can expect riders of these bikes to race all other cyclists, pull into / out of side turnings without indication or warning, brake test any other rider who has the sheer audacity to ride inferior bikes on the 'Audi only' roads and generally act like complete knob ends.

Why??

Own an Audi?

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Threeh | 8 years ago
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lol

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colinth | 8 years ago
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I was going to buy a gold apple watch but torn now  35

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muddyfox69 | 8 years ago
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I've just ordered mine!  13

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