The technological advances road cycling has seen in the last decade are, to say the least, remarkable. But another big step forward has just been revealed. In a collaboration between Aston Martin and J.Laverack, the .1R is a groundbreaking vision of titanium and carbon, described as the “world’s most bespoke, most advanced and most meticulously engineered road bike.”
Sure, you’d expect the precision engineering gods behind this two-wheeled work of art to say that; but drilling down into what they’ve achieved, we’re tempted to take them at face value. The frame is constructed by mating carbon fibre tubes to titanium lugs that are 3D printed; while there’s barely a bolt or section of exposed cabling to be found on the bike’s surface.
“The J. Laverack Aston Martin .1R is essentially a titanium hypercar on two wheels, elevating bespoke bike design to unprecedented heights and re-writing the rule book of their development and customization,” says Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer. “The simple, clever genius is how we’ve fused the engineering advancements throughout the bike with a purity of performance design, delivering a viscerally exhilarating riding experience.”
In total, the bike requires no less than 515 hours of CNC machining, and a total of 1,057 hours from start to finish, making it one of the most labour-intensive road bikes on the market today.
Other details include a bespoke fit designed to perfectly meet the physiology of each individual owner; a hand-stitched leather saddle and graphics that are 40 microns thick (i.e. half the thickness of a human hair).
Understandably, all of this bike-based bleeding edge tech costs a small fortune, but if you’re looking for a road machine at the true cutting edge, you can’t go past this one. While Porsche and Audi have recently thrown their hats into the electric bike ring (with Red Bull Racing and McLaren making electric scooters), this two-wheeled Aston Martin project is the best of the bunch. The price is on application, with all the details at the link below.