If Spengle's retro-looking tri-spoke didn't already have a "unique aesthetic" in the words of its CMO Martin Cox, the new Collections by Spengle limited-edition range comes with eye-popping prices as well as head turning designs. All have been developed in collaboration with artists in Europe and the USA with the most expensive costing £7,378.80.
Limited to a run of just 10 wheel sets per colour way, the bespoke wheels will be launched early September at this year's Eurobike and available to buy directly from the Spengle website with free shipping.
The Molton Lava version of the Spengle wheel is the most expensive at £7,378.80. According to Spengle, lava is unique and timeless and a smouldering cauldron of passion. Furthermore, says the brand: "When in sunlight the layered patterns of this wheel dance before your eyes, shimmering as if the earth's molten core is moving before you."
The other colour options include the high-sheen Chromeo for £5,418.00, which takes 40 hours of painstaking paint application and emerges with a finish that "catches reflections of the world around it ... an ever-changing testament to the power of motion and emotion, forever capturing that fleeting essence of life."
The Iridescent costs £6,450.00, Neon Glitch £6,708.00, and Popping Cherry has a price tag yet to be confirmed.
"The Spengle brand has what can be described as a unique aesthetic; it’s never going to appeal to everyone," said Martin Cox, Spengle CMO. "Right at the outset we made our peace with that idea – but what if we tried to appeal to people from a different perspective? What if, instead of approaching this as a wheel, we approached it as a dynamic canvas?
"We started looking at the finer details within the curves of the wheel more, changing the thinking from performance and the properties of carbon-fibre, towards a study of how light moves across the blades, how the elbow works with shape and shadow, and how that movement can affect the mood of the viewer.
"It was a wormhole for us, and it led us down a path that we’ve loved spending time travelling and exploring, the result of which is the exciting Collections by Spengle that we have now and which we are thrilled to be sharing with the world".
Established in 1988, Spengle is best known in an off-road capacity, and has race titles ranging from the Crocodile Trophy, an epic 10-day mountain bike stage race in Australia, to downhill speed records to its name.
Hannah Bussey is Cycling Weekly’s longest serving Tech writer, having started with the Magazine back in 2011.
She's specialises on the technical side of all things cycling, including Pro Peloton Team kit having covered multiple seasons of the Spring Classics, and Grand Tours for both print and websites. Prior to joining Cycling Weekly, Hannah was a successful road and track racer, competing in UCI races across the world, and has raced in most of Europe, China, Pakistan and New Zealand. For fun, she's ridden LEJoG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, win 24 hour mountain bike race and tackle famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.
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