What is the most expensive bike in the world? The winner is still Trek Butterfly Madone, checking in at half a million dollars. No less than Lance Armstrong used it in the 2009 Tour de France. Would you buy one? Or maybe you can settle for the “cheaper” bikes on our updated 2018 list of the most expensive bikes in the world:
Cycling is great for the environment as a bicycle does not emit any noxious fumes and biking is also wonderful for health. There are many reasons why you should take up cycling according to Bikeradar.com. The health benefits of cycling include:
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Cycling also helps you to look younger, improve your brain power, beat illness, live longer, and save the planet. Plus, you can ward off cancer, lose weight, reduce pollution, enjoy family time, boost your sporting performance, improve your lung capacity, and develop a positive addiction. For these and other reasons, cycling has become popular all over the world. Statista.com reports that the global bicycle market value is expected to zoom up to $62 billion in 2024, from $45.08 billion in 2016.
In this article, we provide a list of the most expensive bikes ever made. These bikes are costly because they are adorned with precious materials and were made for a special occasion. They fetched high prices at auctions which is why they find a place in this list of most expensive bikes. Now, let’s get down to action and elaborate the list:
Besides carbon fiber and chrome, the bike includes custom parts and a frame made by Cyfac. The cycle has a shiny, reflective appearance thanks to chrome paint and mirror-polished parts. Tr!ckstuff supplied the rear and front disc brakes, making this attractive bike an amalgamation of creative design and outstanding parts.
This innovative bike offers unmatched stoutness and quality. It provides an amazing cycling experience with its well-shaped head tubes that reduce aero drag and enhance performance, massive tube, and knife-edged backbone. This bike is the result of collaboration between Litespeed and Merlin in the late 1980’s. Renowned European bike brands such as Eddy Merckx have marketed this bicycle.
Another highlight is this bike’s battery that can last up to l0 years or 50,000 kilometers. This modern bicycle is ideal for wealthy bikers who do not wish to pedal all the time. Though most e-bikes retail for between $1,000 and $5,000, this one commands a hefty price tag of $44,000 because of its extra features.
This bike is correctly called a human-hybrid machine. Your pedaling effort charges the bike’s motor and battery, and the faster you pedal, the quicker you go. The vehicle has no separate handle or acceleration pedal as a motorcycle has. Its weight is 100 kilos which means you need to find a parking spot for it as you would not be able to carry it up to your apartment.
This women’s bike is has an impressive design and a leather saddle, traditional dynamo, road brakes, and hand-sewn attractive python leather grips. The precious materials embedded into the bike lift up its price to a hefty $46,000.
This luxurious and charming cycle is worth the lavish price tag because of its stunning design and workhorse efficiency. Its highlights include CH motif plugs, a silver cross, leather seat, and artwork finish. Cervelo is a renowned maker of racing bikes and they have collaborated with American luxury motorcycle accessories brand Chrome Hearts to dish out this beauty. It resembles a mash-up of a Harley Davidson and a time trial bike. This bike is based on Cervelo’s P4 TT that usually retails for about $6,000. But this special edition commands $60,000 for its numerous costly accoutrements.
This bike was auctioned at the annual Lance Armstrong Foundation Gala in New York in 2005 and went for $75,000. The astronomical price is because of its precious embellishments such as a Diamond 7 emblem set in a spoke pattern with stunning diamonds. Plus, there is a Diamond 7 plaque in 14-carat yellow and white gold studded with seven one-carat yellow Gemesis diamonds.
French company Auramania came up with this beauty that goes for a commanding $114,000 thanks to its gold-plated frame, wheels, and spokes, and the Swarovski crystals. The grips and saddles are made of high-quality leather and a leather badge at the front of the bicycle displays the limited-edition number. Auramania also sells a crystal- and gold-adorned wall rack for more than $6,000.
This bike fetched a handsome $160,000 at an auction. This shows that any bicycle associated with Lance Armstrong gets a fortune. The bike features Kaws’ signature “chomper” teeth design on its frame and wheel rims. It also boasts splendid aerodynamics, stunning accessories, and loads high. Now, you know why it is worth the astronomical price tag.
This bike sold for $200,000 at a Sotheby’s auction. Yoshmito Nara embellished it with a cartoon theme of kids in boxing gloves, flying UFOs, and a Livestrong logo. This bicycle was ridden by Lance Armstrong in the 18th stage of one of the Tour de France races. In the same Sotheby’s charity auction, Trek sold other bikes for about $800,000. These vehicles were designed by famous artists and based on the bikes ridden by Armstrong in top cycling events.
Damien Hirst placed the real butterfly wings on the bike’s concrete frame and rim. This bicycle was used by Lance Armstrong in the 2009 Tour de France race. It fetched an amazing $500,000 at a Sotheby’s cancer benefit charity auction, making it top of the pops in our list of most expensive bikes. However, the use of butterfly wings attracted the wrath of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) which termed it a “horrific barbarity.”
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