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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.


  1. Hip Hop Slave Bikes / Hipster Sleds - Page 226 - London Fixed-gear and Single-speedSeptember 12, 2012 at 8:09 am

    [...] to post this. I kinda like it, but it's not porn, or anti IMO… Probably been posted already. Price tag alone should make it hipster worthy… [...]

  2. BenSeptember 12, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I can’t think of a single purpose for this bike that wouldn’t be better served by a 1970s garage sale schwinn.

  3. scottSeptember 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I feel bad for the poor guy who stops short and is flung towards that hard angled top-tube. Although the surgery that follows will add to the overall cost. It will likely still cost less that the bike, and he’ll save money by not being able to have kids in the future. Joking aside, it’s a great looking bike and will likely be in cycling books for years to come. My question is, is this the most expensive bike on the market or have there been ones (not for collectability sake) that have cost more?

  4. James SSeptember 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    You can buy a Wabi Lightning for about $1100 that weighs 17.5lbs…

  5. asdSeptember 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    seatpost looks a little flexy

  6. TerrySeptember 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Too bad it looks stupid.

  7. MikeSeptember 13, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Look at that hub. Standard round, j-bend spokes on a cheap looking hub? I guess I should get into the carbon wonder-bike business because there’s no way that wheelset justifies part of the 32K price!

  8. GregSeptember 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    It’s one thing to be loaded enough to buy this, it’s another to be loaded enough to buy it and then ride it.

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