The $32,000 UBC Single Speed Bicycle
One of the more popular images from our Eurobike coverage was of this UBC carbon fiber bicycle, crafted in the same quarters and under the same quality control as some Formula 1 cars and the highest end of European car manufacturing. The bike was designed in-house at UBC, with the carbon layup for adequate strength coming together once the overall form was nailed down. Appropriately enough the 17 lb bike uses a Gates Carbon Drive belt system, and has custom parts all around to keep the unique look — check out the tight clearance on the stem, enough so that in person it nearly looks seamless. For better or worse such a bike is likely out of your price range, at 25,000 euro ($32,000 USD) there aren’t going to be many of these hitting the streets, so if you do find yourself with one of these in-hand I’d invest in a better front door lock. No one needs a luxury car, no one needs a $32,000 bike (…or arguably a $3000 one, even if I have a couple in the basement) but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be built in the first place. While I wouldn’t expect to see this design in mainstream production next year, sometimes the ultra expensive bikes out there can shed a light on what will be more common in years to come. Or perhaps it is just nice to look at and dream. I should have taken it for a test spin.