Mountain biking was born in the late 20th century and very soon caught the eye of adventure lovers across the globe. Of all the sports that give you an adrenaline rush, mountain biking gives you a handful of it, further intensified by the urge to conquer the toughest mountain terrains. And when it comes to passion, we cannot forget the elegance in mountain biking. So here we are with a list of world’s most expensive mountain bikes that take passion and elegance to a high.
1. The House of Solid Gold 24K Gold Extreme Mountain Bike – $1,000,000
The most expensive mountain bike in the world costs $1,000,000. It took 750 hours to finish the bike and overlay it with 24K gold. There are 13 of these bikes, all embellished with logo, “THSG” (The House of Gold), made with 600 black diamonds and 500 golden sapphires. The bike is equipped with a gold overlaid bottle encases in chocolate brown stingray. Its seat is customized with fine chocolate alligator and the bike is further engraved with the artist signature and the bike number between 1 and 13.
2. Trek Butterfly Madone – $500,000
Trek Butterfly Madone was ridden by Lance Armstrong in 2009 during Tour De France. If this is not enough to make the bike unique, then here’s more. The designer of the bike, Damien Hirst, used real butterfly wings on the bike’s rims and frames and this was enough to make the bike worth half a million dollars. Thou PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) highly condemned the design of this bike, the bike’s auction money was used for Lance Armstrong ‘s cancer research and awareness.
3. Trek Yoshimoto Nara: $200,000
Trek Yoshimoto Nara is named after its designer Yoshimoto Nara, who is a Japanese pop artist. The bike was made when Trek and Nara collaborated. The key feature of its design was that it was created to honor Lance Armstrong’s victory over cancer. Lance Armstrong rode this bike in the 18th stage of 2009 Tour De France. The bike made with carbon fiber is light-weight and fast. It is, in fact, the fastest time trial bike in the world. The auction money was used to support Lance Armstrong’s Live Strong Foundation.
4. Kaws – Trek Madone – $160,000
Kaws Trek Madone has been ridden by Lance Armstrong in 2009. The bike design was made by the collaboration of Brian Donnelly and Trek Madone. An eye-catching feature of this bike is its chomper teeth pattern on its wheel rims and frame. It gets the name Kaws from Brian Donnelly’s nick name. The black and yellow themed bike was later sold at an auction to support Lance Armstrong’s fight against cancer.
5. Aurumania Crystal Edition Gold Bike: $114,000
With only 10 of these bikes manufactured, this mountain bike is a real luxury. The name “Aurumania” means “crazy for gold”. Evident enough from its name, it is made with 24K gold. Another impressive feature of this bike is its seat that ensures maximum comfort while riding even in rough terrains. That’s not all. Its crossbar is embellished with 600 Swarovski crystals that give you a truly royal experience as you ride it. What make this bike exquisite are its hand-sewn chocolate brown leather hand grips and Brooks leather saddle. This limited edition bike should certainly on the check list of a mountain bike lover.
6. Trek Madone 7: Diamond: $75,000
Adorned with 100 white diamonds and seven man-made 1 carat diamonds on its head badge, Trek Madone 7 Diamond is one of a kind mountain bike. This bike was auctioned for charity just after Lance Armstrong won his 7th Tour De France. Auctioned for charity, this classy bike fetched $75,000.
7. Chrome Hearts X Cervelo – $60, 000
This is a mountain bike that makes its statement with bling. Made by a collaboration of renowned bike manufacturer Cervelo and American luxury brand Chrome Hearts, the bike makes it worth the price with its stunning design. The features of its design include CH motif plugs, artwork finish and, a silver cross on its leather seat.
8. The Montante Luxury Gold Collection – $46,000
Designed for women, the Montante Luxury Gold Collection, first catches the eye due to its impressive gold leaf wrapped elegant design, leather design, python leather hand grips. The bike is adorned with 1,000 Swarovski stones. The seat of this bike is designed to give optimum comfort to the rider.
9. Aston Martin One -77 Cycle – $37,905
This bike is based on Aston Martin car One-77. The light-weight bike is made with carbon fiber and has an integrated LED-based lighting system that is enabled by a computer monitoring. The bike is also equipped with the hydraulic braking system entirely housed within the bike’s frame. Hydraulic connections also remain invisible under the brake mounts, making this bike’s design look flawless. Weighing 9.5 kg, this bike has over 7 custom options to choose from for the bike’s finish.
10. Litespeed Blade: $40,788
If you want to see some innovation in standard mountain bikes then this one is for you. The bike was the result of collaboration between Litespeed and Merlin. While riding this bike, the rider is in for a wonderful experience. The bike’s head tubes enhance bike’s performance by reducing aero drag. The bike is loaded with high-end cycling features like WRAP innovation and titanium frame. Lance Armstrong has ridden a Litespeed Blade in the 1999 Tour De France. The quirks of these mountain bikes definitely make them worth their price. There are tons of mountain bikes that promise an equivalent performance on the trail, but these luxurious and classy mountain bikes are for those who are not just passionate about mountains biking but also have the money.