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 has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. 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.