When a bike becomes so unique, so exotic, and so insanely custom that money becomes no object, you’ve entered the realm of the bikes that complete our tag-team two-bike round up today – the Ventum One Signature Edition, followed only in writing by the PG Bugatti Bike.
Designed specifically for triathletes, the Ventum One Signature Edition is far more than just a bike but rather, a completely immersive bike-buying experience. What does that entail? Well, aside from purchasing a super-aerodynamic racing machine sporting many of the finest components money can buy, the bike is just the beginning. Included in the cost is a first-class ticket to the Ventum facilities in Scottsdale, Arizona, where you won’t believe the treatment they provide.
Spending two days and nights at a five-star resort, the “Signature Experience,” as they’re calling it, starts at their in-house Faster Wind tunnel, which happens to be the same facility where the bike was developed. A full day with engineers and fit specialists ensures that every aspect of the bike and riding position is fully optimized to you for maximum performance.
These speed gurus know better than to leave it at that, as you’ll then move out to the beautiful open roads of the Arizona desert to test your new speed weapon. Of course, what’s the fun in just riding when you can be professionally photographed with stunning scenery in the background? Yep, they have that covered as well.
What about the bike itself? After all, this whole experience simply wouldn’t happen without it. Prepare to let the dollar signs roll as we take a look at the beauty that is the Signature One…
The uniquely-aero frame with a patented built-in water bottle begs to be ridden at top-speed in a straight line for miles on end, and the fully-custom graphics all but guarantee to create that rider-to-bike connection crucial for maximum enjoyment. After the custom frame, the other most eye-catching components have to be the CeramicSpeed 3D Printed Hollow Titanium pulleys and the Lightweight Autobahn Schwarz-Edition wheelset.
Rounding out the build are Shimano Dura-Ace derailleurs and shifters, crankset with Pioneer Shimano Dual Leg Power Meter, a Pioneer head unit and more ceramic, carbon and titanium bits to make you say, “Did they just do that?” The answer is “Yes, they did,” and it can be yours in a full-size range for a cool $32,500.
Certainly, no bike can come close to a price like that. Oh wait, the PG Bugatti Bike can…
Smooth, fully-carbon joints and clean lines are just the beginning in this ultra-high end, singlespeed, urban bike. Luxury retro bike-brand “Pimpgarage,” aptly known as “PG” by the likes of Orlando Bloom, Lady Gaga & Christolph Waltz, partnered with über-car brand Bugatti to create a bike that strives for perfection.
Have they done it? CEO Manual Ostner, who started the company in 2004 and has since transformed it into a premium brand known for state-of-the-art hybrid custom bikes and exclusive E-Bikes, seems to think so.
He states, “We had the vision of building the ultimate bicycle to go with the ultimate car; ultimate in design, workmanship and performance.” One look at the bike and you can quickly tell that it’s not your ordinary hipster city-bike.
PG partnered with numerous of the world’s top carbon-component companies whose products find their way into 95% of the bike. Utilizing a company named Bernd Kussmaul, the precision processes they design for building the Bugatti auto line find their way into collaboration with each of the component-specialized manufacturers.
Merelli Performance Carbon Technology, who designed, developed and manufactured several best-in-class carbon products for Formula 1, was responsible for the futuristic-looking frame. Weighing less than 5kg (~11lbs) for the complete bike, it forms the basis of the only 667 bikes to-be-produced available in 8 unique colorways. On that note, Bugatti customers can even have their bikes matched to their cars, that is, if they can afford it – the PG Bugatti bike is reported to cost around $39,000.
With the ability to have the bike “individually tailored” to its owner, there’s no doubt that you’ll end up with one hell of a bicycle showpiece. However, anyone actually considering riding their new $39k bike should probably read the fine print. The website includes this little addition with an asterisk – “The special bike is a piece of sports equipment which is not intended to be used on public roads.” However, if you can afford a bike this expensive, you can probably afford your own private roads as well.
By: Hunter Armstrong