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Aston Martin teams up with J.Laverack for "the world’s first ‘boltless’ bicycle", the Aston Martin .1R

Luxury car brand has joined forces with titanium bike maker to craft "the world’s most bespoke, advanced and meticulously engineered road bicycle"... those are some seriously big claims!

Aston Martin and  titanium specialist J. Laverack have collaborated for the all new .1R road bike, said to be "the world’s most bespoke, advanced and meticulously engineered road bicycle". The collaboration brings claimed world-first design elements, including integrated brake calipers and a visually boltless design, all in a made-to-measure package weighing from 7.5kg for a full bike.

Aston Martin has a history of collaborating with bike brands to create special edition bikes. Back in 2017, we saw Storck team up with Aston Martin for a limited run of Fascenario.3 bikes priced at a whopping £15,777 each. 

As the .1R road bike offers a completely customised build for each owner, with Aston Martin emphasising their approach of "designing and manufacturing from scratch nearly every element of the bike to the exact measurements of the rider", it is reasonable to anticipate that it will also come with a substantial price tag.

2023 J.Laverack Aston Martin .1R road bike

While J.Laverack specialises in titanium framesets, the hand-built frame of the .1R is constructed with a blend of 3D-printed titanium lugs and carbon fibre tubes, showcasing manufacturing techniques more commonly seen in Formula One cars. 

Aston Martin says, "This ensures a frame that not only delivers an exceptional blend of response and comfort, but also sets new standards of elegance and beauty on two wheels."

It adds: "This construction enables precise customisation of tube lengths and frame angles with "micro-millimeter accuracy." 

The frame also features a 'boltless' design, with no visible bolts for a bottle cage.

2023 Aston Martin .1R handlebars

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Additionally, riders can fine-tune their handlebar width. The handlebar stem is 3D-printed from titanium based on each owner's measurements, allowing the rider to customise both the reach and width to individual preferences. 

The stem then integrates 'boltlessly' with the frame, so there are no visible bolts, screws or attachments at the headset. The brake hoses are also fully concealed with internal routing. 

2023 Aston Martin .1R crank

The customisation doesn't stop there. While crank lengths are generally only available in increments of 2.5mm, the brand says, "the owner of a .1R will be able to specify his or her crank length down to fractions of a millimetre". 

The crank arms are carbon fibre, but feature a 3D-printed titanium tip which allows for the crank length to be fully customised. 

To ensure the .1R really is made to measure, each soon-to-be owner will receive an invitation to Aston Martin's Gaydon headquarters in the UK for a full fitting. 

2023 Aston Martin .1R disc brake

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The .1R's brakes feature a clever design, claimed to be "the world's first integrated brake callipers".

"Each calliper, constructed from aluminum, incorporates four integrated titanium pistons, resulting in a cable and hose-free appearance across the entire bike", says the press info. 

2023 Aston Martin .1R crankset

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The .1R supports electronic shifting only, with a choice of three 12-speed groupsets. These are the premium offerings from Shimano, Campagnolo and SRAM: Dura-Ace Di2, Super Record Wireless and Red eTap AXS. The bespoke chainrings are machined from aluminium and the sizes can be specified. 

The .1R features its own distinctive wheels, the AERA components Æ|55 wheels, which are 55m deep carbon tubeless rims with an internal width of 22mm. 

Custom Continental GP5000S TR tyres, in a stealth black version, with a 30mm width, complete the wheel setup.

2023 Aston Martin .1R saddle

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The special-edition components and accessories don't stop there. The saddle is a special commission Brooks C13 saddle and no visible bolts at the seat clamp.

The saddle, as well as the handlebars, are available in a choice of Alcantara or leather.

To finish the look, you have the option to choose identical colour schemes and trim options offered in Aston Martin's vehicles, providing the opportunity to pair car and bike.

2023 Aston Martin .1R rear stay

Oh, and that's not all. Like buying a luxury car, the .1R road bike includes a range of extra accessories. These include an aluminium or carbon fibre case for travel or display, a matching track pump with Alcantara or leather-covered handles, and a handcrafted wooden case for storing bespoke tools. 

To catch a glimpse of the .1R in person, it will be on display at Rouleur Live from Thursday 2 November. While pricing details have not been revealed at this point, it would be safe to assume that this made-to-measure, premium build comes with a handsome price tag. 

To find out more about the J.Laverack Aston Martin .1R and to register your interest (assuming you have considerably more disposable income than us), check out the website. 

What do you think of the .1R? Let us know in the comments section below... 

Emily is our track and road racing specialist, having represented Great Britain at the World and European Track Championships. With a National Title up her sleeve, Emily has just completed her Master’s in Sports Psychology at Loughborough University where she raced for Elite Development Team, Loughborough Lightning.

Emily is our go-to for all things training and when not riding or racing bikes, you can find her online shopping or booking flights…the rest of the office is now considering painting their nails to see if that’s the secret to going fast…

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capedcrusader | 4 months ago
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I can see 7 bolts: chainset x1, wheels x2, clipless pedals x2, seat x1 and, the clamp on front deraileur hanger x1. 

Close, but no cigar. 

 

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Blackthorne replied to capedcrusader | 4 months ago
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Clap clap clap

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hawkinspeter | 4 months ago
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Gd29 | 4 months ago
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"Bolt-less".... so it's bottle cage less, that's it.

Most non-budget bikes are boltless, excluding the bottle cage nuts glued or riveted in, but arguably they are one with the frame... and an integrated thread on a component means it takes a screw, not a bolt.

No doubt their clientele will care more about such pedantry than the art of the thing. Maybe. Not.

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maxdabrit | 4 months ago
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Oh my goodness! 
That caliper and that rear disc combo. Just gorgeous.

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wtjs | 4 months ago
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The problem is that everybody will know you're a pillock, if you ever actually ride it outside

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Blackthorne replied to wtjs | 4 months ago
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Right before you hear the sound of your bike losing £25,000 the instant the tires hit the pavement.

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RoubaixCube replied to Blackthorne | 4 months ago
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Or the sound of a machete slicing through the air while held by a hooded and masked yobbo on the back of a moped 

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andystow | 4 months ago
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Do you think they'll custom build it to fit (at least) 38 mm tyres? If so, maybe you could all chip in a few hundred quid each, and I'll take it on some proper gravel and make a video.

I'm also willing to do the same with a DB11, at about the same speed.

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I love my bike replied to andystow | 4 months ago
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With 30mm tyre capacity & no bottle cage bolts, it's clearly a cyclocross bike, so you'll need three!

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andyk | 4 months ago
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Absolutely crazy money, but I have to admit, it's absolutely stunning though! (with clever detailing).

If I was minted, I would probably be one of those people crazy enough to buy it!

AM-JL how about you put one up for competition, so one of us mere mortals could have the chance to own one of these!?!  😉

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Rendel Harris | 4 months ago
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I frequently break off from my work to look adoringly at my Roubaix Dura Ace SL Pro which hangs proudly on the wall near my desk, thinking it's one of the most lovely things I've ever owned; that's all ruined for me now by realising just how hideous those bottle cage bolts are. Thanks for opening my eyes, penis extension automobile manufacturers!

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RobD | 4 months ago
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I mean, if you're going to do it then they've certainly made a decent effort of it. I really want a set of those Disc rotors, and the stem/handlebar looks pretty cool.

As others have said, no idea how you do any maintenance on it, but I guess you send it back to them after the rare occasion that you might actually ride it. I'm also surprised that a no major manufaturer has released an adjustable/customisable crank along this kind of idea

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henryb | 4 months ago
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No mudguard eyelets?! - how are you supposed to take it out on a wet Sunday club ride? yes

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brooksby replied to henryb | 4 months ago
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henryb wrote:

No mudguard eyelets?! - how are you supposed to take it out on a wet Sunday club ride? yes

I'm not sure you're supposed to take it out of the house... 

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Cyclo1964 replied to brooksby | 4 months ago
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Comes with its own special boltless hooks to hang it on the wall 😉

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Pub bike replied to Cyclo1964 | 4 months ago
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Comes with an allen key-less multitool.

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Pub bike replied to brooksby | 4 months ago
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You just need to let your close protection team know when you are going for a ride so that they can accompany you.

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Secret_squirrel | 4 months ago
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Does it come with a free Camelbak?

Anyone who buys this is destined never to ride it.....  Literal Garage queen for middle east Sheiks.

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qwerty360 replied to Secret_squirrel | 3 months ago
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Also a huge chunk of its theoretical market would probably need refitting 6 months after buying it if they actually used it due to changes in fitness/body shape.

Even those who are already regular cyclists probably should be being refitted every year or two to allow for changes with age;

I.e. having a completely custom, non-standard, to the mm stem setup that can't be changed immediately puts a time limit on how long the bike fits for, because that measurement should change...

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hawkinspeter | 4 months ago
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Pffft! Only micro-millimeter precision?

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peted76 | 4 months ago
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If I could I absolutley would this is gawgeus! 

Are we having a sweepstake on the price? @road.cc fancy throwing some socks in as a prize to the winner?

I'll go first.. 

£22,500.

 

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HoldingOn replied to peted76 | 4 months ago
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It does look very expensive.

When I look at it, my brain keeps shouting "yeah, but how will you do any maintenance on it?"

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gareth@attrill.uk replied to HoldingOn | 4 months ago
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My guess is that most will never be ridden and most of the rest will never be ridden any distance to require anything more than routine stuff, plus a regular service by whoever made it.

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gareth@attrill.uk replied to peted76 | 4 months ago
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I'm thinking higher, more like £32,500.

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captain_slog replied to gareth@attrill.uk | 4 months ago
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OK, I'm going in at an optimistic £19,950.

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cyclisto replied to peted76 | 4 months ago
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My bid is at 50.000$ straight for a wall near an oil rich desert.

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Creakingcrank replied to peted76 | 4 months ago
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Road.cc did a "most expensive bike you could build" article, which came out at about £30k. I'm going to add 10% inflation and 25% "Aston Martin premium" and go for £41,999.95, which comes out pretty close to Cyclisto's $50,000

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OnYerBike replied to peted76 | 4 months ago
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I think you're all going low - given the amount of bespoke parts and customisation available, I think it will be far more expensive than even top-end "off the shelf" parts/bikes. Closest comparison I can think of would be Ganna's custom 3D printed Bolide, so let's add a bit on top (because Aston Martin) and go for £75k. 

Not that I expect we'll ever get an answer - I imagine it will be strictly POA. 

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brooksby replied to OnYerBike | 4 months ago
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OnYerBike wrote:

Not that I expect we'll ever get an answer - I imagine it will be strictly POA. 

What is it they say? "If you need to ask how much it is, you cannot afford it."

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