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Mercedes Benz launches high-end bicycle range

 

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All Mercedes Benz bikes feature carbon-fiber components and disc brakes

All Mercedes Benz bikes feature carbon-fiber components and disc brakes

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Before the invention of the automobile, cycling was a popular way to get around and even today many developing countries feature far greater numbers of cyclists then motorists. That at least goes some way into explaining this new range of bicycles from Mercedes Benz, which the automaker claims feature the same level of quality as its cars.

The range of two-wheelers from Mercedes consists of a folding bike, a new mountain bike and a racing bike. The folding bike features a patented mechanism that Mercedes says allows cyclists to fold the bike down in just a few seconds without any tools. The bike can be folded into two different positions, one which allows the bike to still be pushed and steered, which is useful for public transport situations and the other that completely folds the bike down to fit into small spaces. Featuring eight gears, the folding bike from Mercedes uses disc brakes and has a luggage rack, but its premium quality means it commands a fairly hefty price of €1,699 (approximately $2,410).

The Mercedes mountain bike on the other hand is designed for off-road tracks and is a more serious machine than the commuter friendly folding bike. Limited to a production run of just 100 units, the mountain bike features a lightweight fully sprung aluminum frame and 27 gears. It also features carbon-fiber pedals, special disc brakes and custom wheels from DT Swiss. Available in matte black or white, the mountain bike will set customers back close to €4,000 ($5,670).

Finally, the most expensive of the Mercedes bikes is the racing bike, which uses extremely lightweight materials to facilitate a final weight of less than 7kg. Also limited to just 100 units, it uses a high-end carbon-fiber frame, a Carbotec monocoque carbon-fiber fork, 20 gears, carbon-fiber pedals and DT Swiss wheels in white. With all that high-tech construction, the Mercedes racing bike comes in at a jaw-dropping €4,999 ($7,085).

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  1. Are you kidding me? I hope Mercedes cars are a better value than those bikes. Anyone who even thinks of paying $5,670 for that mountain bike is a complete fool. It is an utterly mediocre suspension design, and I would be very surprised if that is not a catalog frame. There are far higher end bikes out there for far less money by companies actually respected in the cycling community.

    If Mercedes slapped their badge on a Ford, would you pay a Ferrari price for it? If so, buy this bike. It will give people who actually know bikes a good hard laugh.
     
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  2. This is just the next logical evolutionary point for MB. They're running out of niches to pull idiotic cars out of their asses so a bike is the next step.

    Then perhaps a motorcycle. After that it will be a lawnmower and weed whacker combo (AMG, of course), a complete range of kitchen appliances and a small but powerful boombox

    The sky's the limit for MB boys...
     
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  3. All been done before. Every luxury car maker has built a bike, heck, most started out building bikes! Look at Gottleib Daimler and Karl Benz's first designs; they were skinny wheel tricycles with less than one hp. So you could say they're returning to their roots. Ferarri, Lambo, Alfa, and Porsche have all had bikes in recent years. I remember the Porsche ones, about the year 2000 or so, they were absolute crap! Some of the heaviest bikes I've ever felt! My over a decade old Cannondale weighs less than any "luxury-car-maker" bike I've ever felt. Sure it did cost about the same as this M-B mountain bike (when new), but it's definitely a better deal considering the price I actually paid for it. Who knows, maybe these may actually be decent; but I wouldn't bet on it. No doubt the neo-riche suburbanites will flock to these as a complement to their S-class'. "Look, dear, we're saving the environment!"
     
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  4. Haha, just noticed the "Kid's Bike"; wonder how much that costs ;) And why would a folding, small-wheel commuter bike need disc brakes? Way overkill on that application!
     
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