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Peter Tanshanomi November 20, 2018 Last Call 22 Comments

Alex, I’m going to go with, “How can you tell that you’ve paid too much for a bicycle.”

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  • Batshitbox
  • 0A5599

    If you can’t ride with the big dogs, stay on the Porsche.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j03LKhZa8UE

    • Vairship

      The ClubSport is a special Porsche edition where you pay more because you get less. The Porsche in that video must therefore be even more expensive!

  • outback_ute

    Bet it’s not that expensive as far as bikes go; about 20 years ago a friend had $40k of bikes stolen from him and his housemate. That was 3 bikes!

  • Their bikes are expensive, yes, but in my eyes only by a moderate, single-digit factor. From their marketing poetry, my translation in italic:

    A Porsche bike will inspire you to put your cycling skills to the test and to improve your technique.
    You can practice cycling on a bicycle.

    Cycling fans love the reliability of these bikes and their unique design.
    It’s expensive, and it shows.

    With a bike from Porsche Driver’s Selection, your enjoyment of cycling will enter a new dimension.
    You can practice cycling on a bicycle.

    The exclusive design is perfectly complemented by the technically advanced materials, such as carbon fiber and superlight aluminum.
    It’s expensive, and it shows.

    The performance and the resilience of these bikes is exceptional.
    It’s expensive, and it shows.

    A Porsche bike is more than just a means of transport or a piece of sports equipment: it helps you to enjoy life and gives you a sense of freedom.
    You can practice cycling on a bicycle.

    • outback_ute

      I’m comforted that they have managed to make a reliable bicycle

      • The next big thing I hear. They’re planning to build a dedicated production facility in China, no less!

      • You might want to have a reputable Porsche bike tech check out the intermediate shaft bearing on the triple crankset if the bike is out of warranty.

        • outback_ute

          Hmm, didn’t think about that… I suppose the bearings are made out of unobtainium too?

    • Vairship

      “With a bike from Porsche Driver’s Selection, your enjoyment of cycling will enter a new dimension.
      The 4th dimension, of course, is time. This bike is so expensive you will have to defer your retirement, thereby learning the importance of time

  • Maymar

    A mid-engined Porsche though? That’s just crazy.

    • 0A5599

      It’s aircooled to satisfy the purists.

      • I think the power plant relies on evaporative cooling which is an air/water technology hence the water bottle on the frame.

  • neight428

    If you don’t get the optional color matched leather derailleur guard, you’re really not trying.

  • P161911

    Everybody knows that it is just a VW Trek with a few tweaks and different badges.

    • You should get a Skoda Schwinn instead. Not as much cachet, but screwed together well, too.

  • SlowJoeCrow

    Porsche’s bike was just rebranding, the first BMW MTB had an actual tie-in since they used a Whyte frame which used the same Telelever front suspension as BMW’s motorcycles. Also as a bit of trivia, BMW made bicycles after both world wars to keep the business going.

    https://forums.mtbr.com/attachments/bike-frame-discussion/815872d1373805856-bmw-branded-bike-bmw-q6.s-xt-folding-bike.jpg

    • neight428

      What, no shaft drive?

      • SlowJoeCrow

        While it’s been done on bicycles, shaft drive is heavy and complicated compared to a chain so it’s not worth it. OTOH toothed belt drive, as used in BMW F series bikes, and Harley Davidsons actually works well on a bicycle with an internally geared hub and/or crank and there are a number of city bikes using toothed belts plus it’s popular as a timing drive on tandem bicycles.

        • neight428

          Must be the weight, BMW isn’t shy about expensive and unnecessary complication.

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