Specialized Concept Museum Tour, Part 2 – Fun Bikes: Cruisers, hot rods & party bicycles

Now that the Fast Bikes have flown past, we’re on to the Fun Bikes from Specialized’s concept bike museum. Above is the Urban Cowboy, complete with horse saddle, lasso, cowhide and mini bullhorns. Check out the closeups and lots more wild and wacky cruiser and city bikes below…

More than just slapping a few accessories on, the concept bikes produced by Robert Egger and team are full of details. Like leather stitching holding the fender and tube halves together.

The Suicide Sled pairs sprung snowboards with foot pegs and a bike saddle. On the right is a commuter bike retrofitted with a banana seat and front fender. And a coffee mug holding handlebar. In the background is the Speed Queen…

The Muscle Car cruisers borrow inspiration from the Ford Cobra and put a ball-handled shifter on the top tube.

The trailer is a paint (and tire!) matched charcoal grill with six-pack tray.

The Hemi matched the style with a Dodge motif. There’s no shortage of banana seat concept bikes on this level.

The Cobra 427 swaps in stylized headlamps and a steering wheel, and even sticks a paint-matched fender off the saddle.

The Ned Rock is a play off their long-time sponsored athlete and product development consultant Ned Overend and their Hardrock hardtails.

It’s complete with sundial cycling computer…

…helmet, and multitool.

The Bigger Wheel gets a hand brake and streamers, and real rubber tires.

This one’s the Drag Stripper. Note the dice shift lever…

…and parachute pull.

They’re not all super crazy. This Dutch-looking step-thru is tame compared to the others, but builds in clever touches like a single-sided fork, retractable kickstand, attached pannier bags, integrated saddle and slim fender.

If you’re gonna bring the party, might as well Bring. The. Party.

The Go Girl (in pink) hides a mini bar in the back…

…and mini makeup counter up front.

Last but not least is the Police Strike Force bike. The story goes like this: They invited the local police station over to check it out, explained the features and everyone thought it was pretty cool.

It had the lights, built in necessary accessories like a flashlight and emergency gear. And then they asked what this was:

To which the Specialized person responded: “It’s a donut holder.” And the police officers’ smiles immediately disappeared, and the excitement was instantly gone. Still funny though. This, however, is not funny.

Ready for more? Check out Part 3: Moto Bikes!

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Beat_the_trail
Beat_the_trail
5 years ago

The “Ford Cobra?” There was the AC Cobra, which was a collaboration between AC motors and Carol Shelby and used Ford engines. There is the Mustang Cobra, which is a Ford, but not referred to singularly as a “Cobra.” Just once, please do a little research.

Bicycle Pubes
Bicycle Pubes
5 years ago
Reply to  Beat_the_trail

shut up nerd. this aint a car forum.

AK_Ben
AK_Ben
5 years ago
Reply to  Beat_the_trail

Right, because looking up and fact-checking that bit of automotive trivia would be a good use of a cycling journalist’s time. Jeez, get off your high horse.

comrad
comrad
5 years ago
Reply to  AK_Ben

Using the word “journalist” a little too loosely there.

iloveschlampe
5 years ago
Reply to  AK_Ben

Yep, because god forbid that you present accurate facts to people reading a story involving things possibly outside of their usual field of interest.

I didn’t come here to learn things damn it!

AK_Ben
AK_Ben
5 years ago
Reply to  iloveschlampe

Well, I sure as shit didn’t come to the site to learn the finer points of hotrod esoterica. FFS, it’s called BikeRumor.com, not Road and Track.

Padrote
Padrote
5 years ago
Reply to  Beat_the_trail

Just once, please log off.

Darth Baller
Darth Baller
5 years ago
Reply to  Beat_the_trail

Captain semantics to the rescue.

rich hargus
rich hargus
5 years ago
Reply to  Beat_the_trail

ford, chevy, shelby, who cares. this is a bike forum. just once, please get stuffed with the overly critical comments regarding a puff piece about pretty bikes. Also, if the question mark is not part of the quoted material, it goes outside the quote marks- “Ford Cobra”? – not “Ford Cobra?”

geez! do some grammatical research!

Colin M
Colin M
5 years ago

oh that youtube video was painful to watch. Rollerbladers, carbon wheels, and cops were so lame in the 90s.

Sean Fissel
5 years ago

No one has more fun than Egger, but I can’t imagine anyone has been more prolific in the realm of bike design, either.

Anon
Anon
5 years ago

When do we get to see where the bikes are made?

LGonBikerumor
5 years ago

Those dutch / vespa looking bikes are amazing – Still would like to see them produced!