We’ve seen gold plated bikes before – Peacock Groove had their gold plated 29er at NAHBS, there are gold plated BMX bikes like this Hutch Trick Star, and a number of other custom builds out there if you look around. Earlier this year, Aurumania introduced their Gold bike Crytal Edition, a 24k gold plated Swarovski crystal adorned fixed gear that claimed the title of the “most expensive gold bike in the world.” At just under $110,000, the Aurumania fixed gear is certainly an example of opulence, but the House of Solid Gold fatbike takes things to the extreme.
It’s safe to say the 24k Gold Extreme Mountain bike now holds the title for the most expensive gold bike now. How much? Find out next.
Tagged with an outrageous price tag of $1,000,000, the 24k gold plated fatbike is making the rounds this week, first spotted on MTBR, and for good reason – love it or hate it, this thing would certainly turn some heads. Most gold plated bikes we’ve seen usually include the frame, fork, and some of the components and wheels depending on the build. On the Beverly Hills Edition 24k Gold Extreme Mountain Bike (that’s its actual name by the way), nearly everything is plated, right down to the brake rotors. Which begs the question; how durable is 24k gold plating? Especially when used for a disc brake?
Ah, who are we kidding. If you’re spending one million dollars on a gold plated bike you would have the coin to buy an ordinary Salsa Mukluk to actually ride. This one stays on display so you can say you own the world’s most expensive fatbike, which is what The House of Solid Gold is all about. After all, where else can you find $15k shoe laces, or a $375k soccer ball? If the entire bike cloaked in 24k gold isn’t enough bling for you, the THSG head badge is made from 600 Black Diamonds, and 500 golden saphires, while the bike is adorned with chocolate brown alligator leather.
As an added bonus, the bike includes a gold plated water bottle complete with chocolate brown stingray covering. Built with the help of Iditabike founder Dan Bull, and Sukeun Chun the owner of Veloworks Bicycles (Editor’s Note: THSG lists Veloworks as the contributing bike shop, though we assume they mean Veloworx), Santa Monica, each part was electroplated with 24k gold in the US. Claiming over 750 hours to complete, sale of the bicycle includes white glove delivery by the artist anywhere in the world.
If you are fortunate enough to have $1,000,000 burning a hole in your pocket, the Beverly Hills Edition will be limited to just 13 pieces, which will be laser engraved with the artist’s signature, date, and include a certificate of authenticity. Each bike will be customized to suit the owner’s needs so you won’t be forced into owning a 21″ Mukluk if you’re 5’7″. Hugh Power, The House of Solid Gold’s CEO says that the majority of the proceeds (80% or more) from the gold bike will go to The Way to Happiness Foundation International – which is a non profit associated with the Church of Scientology.
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