When we first reported on the SpeedX “smart bike” a month ago, we were pretty confident that this innovative product would capture the imagination and hit its $50,000 Kickstarter funding goal. What we didn’t expect was that the project would smash that goal by more than 2,000%.
Yes, the SpeedX smart bike has raised over $2,000,000 (and counting), with more than 1,000 putting their money towards one of the two models that the American company plans to release. But why has it proved so popular?
Well, the standout feature is the computer that is built into the handlebars and stem, which measures a whole load of metrics including (but not limited to) speed, time, slope, GPS, calories, cadence, heart rate, weather and power. Furthermore, it will take all of this data and use the ‘X Coach’ feature to analyse your performance and train you in real time.
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Aside from the computer, the SpeedX features all the aero features that you’d expect to see on the latest aero road bikes, such as the Trek Madone and the Specialized S-Works Venge ViAS, with fully internal cable routing (going through the bars and stem into the frame).
There are two different versions of the SpeedX that will be made: the SpeedX Leopard and the SpeedX Leopard Pro. Both will have the same frame and integrated computer, but the Leopard Pro will come with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset, while the standard Leopard will be equipped with Shimano 105.
However, probably the most impressive thing about the SpeedX bike is the price, with the Leopard being sold for £1,000, while the Leopard Pro will cost £1,800, both of which look like incredibly good value.