Titanium bike builder J.Laverack has paired up with Aston Martin to develop what looks to be the world’s most custom road bike. And possibly the most expensive real performance bike we’ve ever seen. Even if maybe not quite priceless. Mixing 3D-printed titanium joints, carbon fiber tubing, a new level of integrated details, and more custom finishing options than you can shake a stick at, this J.Laverack Aston Martin .1R takes bespoke further than we’ve ever seen.
I mean, come on – just look at those 4-piston brake calipers tucked into the frame and fork. This bike is sick!
J.Laverack Aston Martin .1R custom road bike
Hand crafted in the UK, this undeniably a jewel of a luxury road bike debuts this week at Rouleur Live in London after 4 years in development.
But Aston Martin and J.Laverack sought not only to create a ultra-premium super bike. (And it looks like they did that.) But to build a user-configurable ecosystem that gives buyers another level of customization, down to visualizing each and every color and finish choice in an interactive way.
At its core, the J.Laverack Aston Martin .1R is a parametrically designed custom road bike. Buyers establish their individual requirements through a custom bike fit at Aston Martin HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire in the UK. Next, J.Laverack 3D-prints a unique set of 6Al/4V titanium lugs then bonded to sculpted carbon tubes. Then, Aston Martin & J.Laverack finish off the bike and its integrated components in a mix of Cerakote, wet paint, and exposed carbon weave to suit the buyer’s tastes.
In fact, bike buyer pick from the exact same color palettes and trim choices offered on Aston Martin’s cars, delivering “the opportunity to pair car and bike, should they wish to.“
That whole custom process is completely individualized to each buyer.
And we expect it to come with a pricetag worthy of an Aston Martin motorcar.
What’s so unique?
Oddly, 3D-printed ti lugs bonded to carbon tubes are surprisingly more and more common these days. Just like fully integrated internal cable routing. This frame is certainly sleek looking. But this J.Laverack Aston Martin .1R road bike takes it to the next level in the details.
Custom integrated 4-piston road brakes
The custom brakes were one of the first to capture our attention. Neatly integrated into the 3D-printed ti dropouts, the .1R features custom 4-piston brake calipers. Aston Martin machines the brake bodies from a single block of aluminum, and the pistons from titanium, created for unparalleled stopping power and smooth pad retraction. Interestingly, Laverack appears to be able to pair them from standard brake levers from Shimano, SRAM, or Campagnolo.
The custom brakes also get their own matching custom Aston Martin Valkyrie wheel-inspired 160mm brake rotors. They sport a titanium carrier and semi-floating stainless steel braking surface.
Sorry, I can’t help drooling over those custom brakes.
Custom integrated carbon & titanium cockpit
On top of that, the .1R features a sleek 3D-printed titanium Sphyr titanium stem with a hollow cutout, and noticeably… no clamping bolts. A vaguely defined “patent-pending triumph of engineering ingenuity” results in no visible bolts securing the stem to the steerer tube or allowing for the tightening of the headset.
The cockpit exhibits a seamless transition from the ti hammerhead stem to the exposed carbon of the handlebar tops. Presumably it’s all bonded together like the frame. What we do know… the bars are also custom sized to fit each rider.
Finishing off the cockpit is a hand-stitched bar wrap job in lieu of conventional bar tape. Pick from natural leather or suede-like synthetic Alcantara, if you prefer – of course color matched to your saddle and the complete bike’s detailing.
At the other end of the rider contact points is an integrated carbon seatmast, topped off by a titanium seatpost head and a Brooks C13 Cambium saddle, material matched to your bar finish.
Custom carbon & ti cranks, too
Why stop now, right?
The .1R features a custom crankset, as well. J.Laverack constructs the custom length cranks from molded carbon fiber with an integrated proprietary direct mount interface.
Then, at their tips, more 3D-printed titanium provides the pedal thread interface and protects the ends of the arms. All that comes together with a two chainring setup machined out of a single block of billet aluminum like a Cannondale SI crankset, but in a gearing combo of your choice.
J.Laverack Aston Martin .1R – Priceless pricing, options & availability
Officially, Aston Martin offers the .1R road bike for sale through bike builder J.Laverack, who operates the online customizer tool. But the process clearly leans towards the more ultra-exclusive feel of Aston Martin.
As for actual pricing… We were told the end consumer price is available only “on application”. We take that to mean, ‘if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.’
But maybe reassuring for you investment, each numbered bike comes with a matching numbered carbon & alloy luxury travel case, plus a customized crankbrothers track pump and handmade wooden tool case.
You do get to pick from any modern wireless disc brake road bike groupset. Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, Campagnolo Super Record Wireless, or SRAM Red eTap AXS. Rolling stock are a 55mm deep tubeless Aera Components wheelset on customized alloy hubs, Sapim CX-Ray spokes and finished with 30mm Continental GP5000S TR tires in stealth black.
So who wants to venture to say what all this will cost you? Feel free to experiment with the online customizer tool, then…
Give us your guess in the comments below.