The new SpeedX bikes promise to offer un-rivalled performance and integration, innovation and value. SpeedX has just launched on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. What makes this bike special is that it is the first ever fully-integrated smart (aero) road bike.
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The first thing that sets the new SpeedX Leopard bike apart from the competition is its integrated computer, with built in coaching software. ‘XCoach’ uses a range of cycling data to analyse your performance and train you in real time with its 2.4” inch screen. In addition to this, the computer offers a host of metrics, including but not limited to speed, time, slope, GPS, calories, cadence, heart rate, weather and power.
The system is comparable to a Garmin Edge 1000 used in conjunction with a Strava Premium subscription. which SpeedX’s makers rightly point out comes with a much more pricier outlay. The computer also contains an integrated light, which, being smart, automatically turns on and off when required.
The computer’s battery lasts approximately 800km or 40 hours. It only takes up to 30 minutes for a full charge. This bike doesn’t just feature a fancy integrated computer, it’s aero too.
Here at Cycling Weekly, we have done a few experiments looking at whether aero bikes are, as the marketing claims suggest, faster than traditional road bike frames. The results have consistently shown that yes, aero bikes offer a significant and quantifiable advantage, however, top end aero bikes such as the Trek Madone and Specialized Venge Vias are not very affordable.
Much like the Trek Madone and Specialized Venge Vias the new SpeedX features the same wind cheating design features of no visible wires, wind cheating tube profiles, integrated brakes and cockpit. In fact, following Trek and Specialized, the SpeedX is only the third bike to offer fully integrated wiring. The difference, and it is a big difference, is the price. Available in two models – the SpeedX Leopard Pro has a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset and carbon fiber wheels and will cost £1800, while the SpeedX Leopard has a Shimano 105 groupset and is available for just £1000.
Although significantly less expensive than its rivals, the SpeedX does not sacrifice on quality – The frame employs military and aerospace grade Toray T1000 Carbon Fibre with every individual frame consisting of 207 individual pieces in the layup. The bike has been subect to nearly 300 production and testing processes, including stiffness testing on key frame parts to ensure the bike’s stiffness.
All this results in a frame that SpeedX believes so strongly in, it is offering a lifetime warranty. Something that not even all top Italian brands offer. The SpeedX Leopard frame is respectably light for an aerobike too, hitting the scales at just 1.2kg
Smart Bike Fitting too
The biggest problem with direct sales? Consumers are worried about choosing the correct size. With a huge amount of experience in the bike industry, SpeedX recognises this and has created a unique Smart Bike Fitting System to provide every rider with the best possible bike-fit. The system requires you to just take a photo and upload it.
From there the Smart Bike Fitting System will do the rest for you, automatically selecting the most suitable model, frame, handle bars and stem. Everything can be handled by the SpeedX Smart Bike Fitting System – no more worrying about which size is right for you.
However, if you are not happy with your purchase there is also a seven day no questions asked return and also a 30 days free exchange.
- Shimano Ultegra Di2
- Carbon Front wheel
- Carbon Fiber handle bar
- Fizik R7 Road Saddle
- Total Weight 7.9 kg
You can support the Kickstarter campaign by clicking the link here and heading over to the page. Below is a proposed timeline for the companies production of the SpeedX Leopard. The SpeedX Leopard looks like it will surpass your every riding need: whether for intense training and competition or a Sunday spin with friends, all in a neat, aero package. The icing on the cake is that you don’t need to rob a bank or remortgage your house to afford one.
March 2016 Prototype of Leopard Version 3,
Prototype of cycling computer
Small batch manufactory