By Michelle Arthurs-Brennan published
Spengle's tri-spoke carbon wheels draw enough attention when displayed in standard unpainted carbon, but the brand has sought to turn heads once again with the newest in its line up of limited edition wheelsets.
Spengle Gold is the latest in the 'Collections by Spengle' series - and it does what it say on the tin. The brand bought in 24-carat gold leaf, and hand-laid it over a carbon monocoque wheelset.
All of the 'Collections' wheels are limited run productions, but in this case, this pair is the only one of its kind. However, they're fully rideable - should the eventual customer choose to fit them to a bike and roll.
The gold leaf for the project was delivered to Spengle's HQ back in June 2019, but the set has only just been completed, having had individual flakes of gold applied, piece by piece.
The brand will be displaying these wheels at a series of shows prior to sale - first with Kolektif in Berlin on the last weekend of February. They'll later be on display at the London Bike Show (March 27-29) and Bespoked in Bristol (May 1-3).
Once the roadshow is complete, Spengle will deliver these to a buyer. They're currently listed at a cost of 10,000 Swiss Francs - which is around £7,899.
Other sets within the Collections line up include 'Molten Lava' and Neon Glitch, where each pair - at £6,708 - is painted by hand to order.
Commenting on the newest creation, CEO at Spengle, Pius Brauchart said: "The bicycle wheel represents a unique visual canvas – kinetic art in its most pure form. Art and sport are both deep passion points and with Spengle Gold we saw an opportunity to blend these two worlds together.
"There’s something very compelling in mixing the traditional craftsmanship of hand-laid gold leaf with cutting edge materials science, and it has resulted in a visually stunning wheel."
The Austria founded brand is now based in Switzerland. It is best known for its mountain bike wheels, with Spengle hoops having claimed downhill speed world records, plus wins at several Crocodile Trophies in Australia and RAAM in the US.
Cycling Weekly's Tech Editor Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper before spending a few years at Evans Cycles, then combining the two with a career in cycling journalism.
When not typing or testing, Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.
Favourite bikes include a custom carbon Werking road bike as well as the Specialized Tarmac SL6.
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