Friday, 4 March 2011

Range Rover Evoque concept bike: hard ride

Carmakers have had a long and sometimes glorious relationship with cycling, ever since Peugot took its team to glory in the Tour de France, which is an anomoly in itself given the simmering hatred between riders and drivers.

Occasionally car manufacturers decide to churn out a cycle, with varying results. Audi did a mountain bike once which disappeared into the mists of time and more recently Italian cycle maker Milani wheeled out a Maserati collaboration. At least there is a common theme of Italian beauty with that one.

But a Range Rover road bike?

The Evoque Concept Road bike has been developed with Karbona and will be released with the new Evoque Range Rover car that shares its name.

On the face of it this seems like a marketing gimmick afterthought but Range Rover have actually produced a respectable machine, thanks to the input of Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director; mainly because he's a keen cyclist himself.

As well as the carbon fibre monocoque frame the bike features an Ultegra groupset, specially commissioned carbon wheels, and handlebars made out of aerospace alloy.

Quite a machine and all the better if it didn't have Range Rover plastered all over it.

More info here

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