5 of the Most Expensive Custom Made Bikes Ever Made
There is something extra special about having a bike custom made but you have to pick a builder who gets what you want, and understands your riding and aesthetic requirements. Here at Spoon Customs we know how to create wondrous bikes but some truly astonishing bikes have been custom made or customised over the years and depending on who's involved, the humble bicycle can get eye-wateringly expensive, with mixed results.
Here at Spoon Customs we know how to create lovely bikes made perfectly, but we thought we'd share a list of the 5 most expensive custom-made bikes we could remember, that will make you either wish you had deep pockets or glad you have too much taste.
House of Solid Gold 24K Gold Extreme Mountain Bike
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This House of Solid 24-karat gold fat bike is truly one of a kind, and it will set you aback an eye-popping £695,820. Only 13 of these golden fat bikes were ever made, and each includes an emblem set containing 600 black diamonds and 500 golden sapphires. For that price you expect more, and more is what you will definitely get. The seat is made from alligator skin and the bike comes with a gold-covered water bottle. and it will set you aback an eye-popping £695,820. Only 13 of these golden fat bikes were ever made, and each includes an emblem set containing 600 black diamonds and 500 golden sapphires. For that price you expect more though, r, and more is what you will definitely get. The seat is made from alligator skin and the bike comes with a gold-covered water bottle.
Damien Hirst Butterfly Trek Madone
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Once ridden by the notorious Lance Armstrong, this bike was designed by the world-famous Damien Hirst, who used real butterfly wings on the frame and rims. It was auctioned off in 2010 for £347,886
Aurumania Crystal Edition Gold Bike
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If a golden bike tickles your fancy, but you don’t have the £695,820 to buy the House of Solid Gold 24K Gold Extreme Mountain Bike, then you can opt for the Aurumania Crystal Edition Gold Bike instead. It is a 24-karat gold-plated bike with lots of Swarovski crystals plus a leather saddle made by Brooks. The price tag is £80,770. Only 10 of these golden bikes were made.
Chrome Hearts X Cervélo
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Great things can happen when two brands work together, and this was the case when Canadian bike maker Cervélo collaborated with American luxury motorcycle brand Chrome Hearts. Described as a “mash-up of a Harley Davidson and time trial bike,” this custom bike is based on the equally stunning Cervélo P4 TT, and has a lot of fine leather, along with an array of metals and rhinestones. The colourway reminds us of our bike, M.C.Escher’s “Butterflies” which we believe is the best visual and physical metaphor for our bikes. For this custom TT be prepared to shell out £48,375.
Lightweight Fahwerk Gold
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Car brands have been getting involved with bike companies for years. For £20,733, you might could get your hands on Audi’s Lightweight Fahwerk Gold.
If you can spare an extra £20,733, then you might want to get your hands on Audi’s Lightweight Fahwerk Gold. Cycling Weekly believe that bike’s wheels justify the price tag as the Lightweight Fahrwerk Golf comes with Meilenstein Obermayer wheels. The wheels have a combined weight of 985g. Everything is top of the line, with a golden leaf as the focal point of the bike.
Audi’s has a reputation for extravagant cars, including the R8, which has become one the most iconic sports cars of recent years. Audi has cemented its reputation for engineering by partnering with some of the most famous people in the world. These have included actor Chris Hemsworth and actress (and soon to be wife of Prince Harry) Meghan Markle. Unfortunately for Audi they won’t be providing the royal family with cars or custom built bikes as Meghan Markle’s romance with Prince Harry led to her dropping her contract with the German car company. Instead Audi will have to be content with making bikes fit for royalty like the Lightweight Fahrwerk Gold—of which only 24 units have been made—a genuine collector’s item.
Most of these are just a bit of fun, for people with deep pockets. A proper custom bike should fit the owner perfectly, and be made for the sort of riding you want to do. Lavish paint and materials can be important to that, but it's most important that the underlying machine works exactly as it should and is made to the highest standards. You put a lot of trust into a company when you ask them to design and make you a bike . We make quality bikes, and whilst we can't say we don't go weak at the knees when we see some of the crazy concept bikes that people put out, our principles and approach have been influenced by some of the best and we'll make that a Spoon Customs bike, is the best bike you've ever owned.