From an outsider’s perspective, high-end road bikes appear to be very much in vogue. Over the past six months, some of the finer creations we’ve encountered have included everything from the Specialised S-Works Aethos – the lightest disc road bike ever made – to RCC x Canyon’s equally stylish set of performance wheels (and don’t even get us started on eBikes). But if we’re talking about aesthetics alone, it’s safe to say none of the above holds a candle to the latest market entrant: the Extans Akhal Sheen.
Inspired by the “impeccable essence” of high jewellery and named after one of the world’s oldest horse breeds, the Akhal Sheen presents a devastatingly gorgeous monocoque carbon frame in regal blue, richly adorned with 24-karat gold accents for good measure; as well as featuring a chrome-plated head tube, seat clamp, and wheel dropouts CNC machined from a single aluminium billet.
Performance hasn’t exactly taken a backseat in favour of extravagance, either. Reportedly equipped to meet the demands of “hardcore cyclists“, the Akhal Sheen’s other components are as follows:
- Shimano Dura Ace BR-R9100 front brake
- Shimano Dura Ace BR-R9100 direct mount rear brake
- Paul Components brake levers
- FSA integrated headset 1-1/8
- Mavic Ellipse Pro Carbon UST wheelset
- Pirelli P Zero tyres 28-622
- Fabric ALM Ultimate Shallow saddle
- Moto Reflex flat pedals
- Shimano Alfine crankset
- Gates Carbon Drive CDX transmission w/ single speed gear ratio 55/22
The total weight comes to 9.5kg.
The Extans Akhal Sheen bicycle will be limited to just 19 examples and certainly won’t come cheap. While pricing can only be revealed by direct inquiry, for context, previous iterations such as the Extans Akhal Shine and Extans Akhal Shadow were priced at US$20,000 and US$25,000 respectively.