Swiss wheel innovators Spengle have pulled out all the stops with their latest effort... a one-of-a-kind, Gold version of their unique tri-spoke wheelset priced at £10,000, that Spengle say is "a rare opportunity to own a visual masterpiece."
Spengle claim to have been the first to produce a three-spoke bike wheel in 1988, and while they disappeared for a few years they're now back thanks to modern materials and manufacturing techniques; their range includes urban, gravel and mtb wheelsets.
Spengle offer special edition wheels in a number of loud custom paintjobs and designs, including 'Molten Lava' and 'Neon Glitch' priced between £5,640 - £7,680 a pair... but the Gold wheelset takes things up a notch in both price and luxury, with 24 carat gold leaf hand-laid over the carbon fibre. Spengle's standard gravel wheelset we reviewed last year come in at £1,290 a pair.
A "masterpiece in craftsmanship" according to Spengle, the Gold wheelset is "the ultimate expression of Kinetic Art" and designed to excite... it will certainly excite your partner or spouse if they check the bank balance after you've dropped £10k on them, probably not in a good way either. That said, Spengle say there's a 30 day satisfaction guarantee so you can always return them if you decide the cash is best spent elsewhere (why on earth would you think that?)
Very little information about the wheels or their tech specs are included on the product listing on Spengle's website; although we have a feeling any potential buyer won't be too interested in how they ride, more how they look hung up in a very expensive palace or mansion. If that person is you, the wheels ship for free worldwide and can be ordered here.
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.