Using 15 of the most expensive parts, a handmade frame, and a wireless groupset you could build a bike worth over £17,000+. You could also buy 2 or 3 cars for that!
If anyone is familiar with Viceland, you may know that they put together some pretty interesting shows. One of my personal favourites is called “Most Expensivest”, the show is hosted by rapper/entrepreneur 2 Chainz and has him jetting around the U.S tasting, sampling and enjoying some of the most expensive items on the planet.
2 Chainz doesn’t think twice about dropping $800 on a bottle of beer, $5000 on some chicken wings, but he doesn’t seem that convinced by the $165,000 kittens he meets.
Watching the show got me wondering “what are the most expensive items in the mountain bike world? And would we be as happy to swallow them as 2 Chainz?”
The resulting list builds a hyper mountain bike with an RRP of over £17,000, get those credit cards out and let’s go shopping.
How to build a £17,000+ mountain bike
This list is in price order starting with the cheapest first, and I’ve used today’s exchange rate to convert non-UK pricing (expect this to change by March…).
Schwalbe Magic Mary SnakeSkin TL Addix Soft – $103 each (£82.42 each)
- Price: $103 each
- From: Schwalbe
Schwalbe makes all sorts of pricey rubber including a set of handmade tubular Rocket Rons for CX bikes that cost a cool £99 each! The most expensive they offer for mountain bikes though is the Magic Mary SnakeSkin TL Addix Soft. This is a newly listed tyre for 29ers, but there are more compound options for 27.5in for the same wallet swallowing price. Remember that these prices are per tyre, so to get two of these 29 x 2.6in black circles you’ll be shelling out £160.85 a pair.
Revgrips – £100
- Price: £100
- From: Cyclorise
Are these the most expenzsivest MTB grips on the market? Quite possibly, but Revgrip is eager to point out that these are a little more versatile than a standard MTB grip, and even F1 teams are using them! No, not on their cars but on trolleys and jacks.
The Revgrip houses a small, elastomer based suspension system that can be adjusted to suit your riding style or the amount of twist you fancy. Once on the bike Revgrip claims the grip reduces arm pump and fatigue. We actually unboxed a pair here, and we’re testing them right now so watch out for the review coming soon.
Rust Components Titanium riser bar – £195
- Price: £195
- From: Rust-Components
These Rust Components titanium bars might be pricey but they’re proving to be popular and have already sold out until March! The 800mm wide bar is manufactured from triple butted titanium tubing for a comfortable and fatigue resistant design.
Rust offers a 10-year warranty on the £195 bar and that’s for XC, Trail, All mountain and Enduro usage. If you do manage to crash on them and need a replacement, Rust will knock 40% off a new pair for you.
Drift Products Carbon Flat Pedals – $299 (£254)
- Price: $299
- From: Drift Products
We’ve written about the Drift Carbon flat pedal before, and it was actually the first item we thought of when putting this list together. The Drift brand has its fingers in many pies, mainly snow sports, but using the knowledge they picked up at ENVE they’ve also created these carbon pedals.
In all honesty, we’re not too convinced by the £254 carbon flat pedal, sure they’re made in the U.S, have 4mm replaceable brass pins and sealed bearing, but the axle is chromoly and the platform is just 95 x 95mm. They do weigh just 262g though.
ENVE M7 MTB Stem – £270
- Price: £270
- From: Saddlback
We’re pretty surprised how few of ENVE’s items made it on to this list. Originally we figured that their carbon handlebars and wheelsets would be a shoo-in, but believe it or not ENVE aren’t always the most expensive.
The M7 stem is ENVE’s Gravity-Rated carbon bodied stem meaning this is the model you’ll want on your expensive all mountain or enduro bike, although the ENVE site doesn’t mention if it’s suitable for DH use. The M7 comes in 35,50 and 65mm lengths has titanium hardware as standard and weigh as little as 85g.
Chris King Dropset Ceramic headset – £240
- Price: £240
- From: Saddleback
Chris King does make more affordable headsets, but we’re going all out here so we want the best ceramic bearings in the business. For £240 you’ll get an upper and lower ceramic bearing race, seals, a Chris King top cap and… and.. nothing that’s all you’ll get but it should last longer than your bike.
Ceramicspeed BB €369 (£324)
- Price: £324
- From: Ceramicspeed
We’re keeping with Ceramic bearing for the bottom bracket to ensure long life too. This time you’ll need to head to Ceramicspeed for the most expensive BB on the market. Ceramicspeed also makes super pricey hubs, and also shocked the world at Eurobike 2018 with this wacky, 13-speed, chainless drivetrain.
SRAM AXS wireless RockShox Reverb Dropper – £700
- Price: £700
- From: SRAM
SRAM’s latest RockShox Reverb dropper post also happens to be one of the most expensive droppers you can buy. What makes the AXS Reverb different to the one you’re using now is the wireless technology it uses for activation. Instead of a hydraulic hose that needs threading through your frame and bled up occasionally, the AXS Reverb uses Bluetooth and a bar mounted remote. The fact you don’t need hoses also means you could quickly swap this wireless Reverb from bike to bike. So if you had around 4 bikes, and one AXS Reverb, you’re actually saving money?! Good luck trying to convince your other half though.
Trickstuff Maxima Brakes – €800 (£703)
- Price: £703
- From: Trickstuff
If you’re going to be building the most expensive bike in the world, then you’re going to want the most expensive brakes in the world too. It also helps that the Trickstuff Maxima could quite easily be the most powerful brakes on the market too. Trickstuff manufactures the Maxima in Germany, where the company developed the brake based on what they learned from the Direttissima disc brake system. If you did opt for the Maxima for your build then you’re in good company. Atherton Racing will use the brake for 2019 as will the Polygon UR Team.
Cane Creek eeWing Powermeter – £1499
- Price: £1499
- From: Extra
Did you read Fresh Goods Friday 435? If you did you would have seen that we have a set of Cane Creek eeWing cranks in for test. They’re a lovely looking bit of kit, manufactured from Titanium and featuring luscious, buttery welds. Sure these highly polished cranks look the part, but they also offer some benefits too. Cane Creek claims that they are as much as 30% stiffer than a carbon crank, and at only 400g they’re lightweight too.
Our test eeWing’s though are the ‘budget’ £999.99 set, to build the world’s most expensive mountain bike, you’re going to want to get the Cane Creek eeWing with integrated power meter costing a much more respectable £1499. Imagine how well they would spin on that Ceramicspeed bottom bracket.
Herzog Eberhardt saddle – €1850 (£1630)
- Price: £1630
- From: Castlecc.de
There are a lot of expensive items on this list, but its the Herzog Eberhardt saddle that really has surprised us. When hunting for an expensive mountain bike saddle we thought we would max out at £300 for a nice leather, Ti and carbon model, how wrong were we. The Herzog Eberhardt saddle does use carbon and is made for real leather, but it also has a logo made of 24 karat gold. The 95g saddle is suitable for riders 85Kg and under, so keep this in mind before you order one.
SRAM AXS Eagle XX1 groupset – £1950
- Price: £1950
- From: SRAM
Another entrant from the SRAM camp. The SRAM AXS Eagle XX1 is currently the most expensive drivetrain on the market, more expensive than Rotors 13-speed hydraulic system and more expensive than Shimano’s XTR. XX1 obviously means that this drivetrain sits at the top of the SRAM line-up while Eagle indicates that this is another 1×12 system.
What you won’t need to do with the SRAM AXS Eagle XX1 drivetrain is to hunt down some super expensive, ultra exotic gear cables, because this system is totally wireless. SRAM introduced AXS Eagle at the same time as the AXS RockShox Reverb dropper. When used in conjunction it makes for a neater and easier to set up system, just remember to charge before you charge.
Trust Performance Message Linkage Fork – $2700 (£2100)
- Price: £2100
- From: Trust Performance
Trust Performance wants to “to touch as many riders as possible and to make as many riders lives better as possible.” and this is why they’ve created a full carbon linkage fork that costs £2100. Really, it’s a wonder that we don’t all have one by now.
The Trust Performance Message fork is very different from anything on the market today, even other rival linkage forks like Motion Ride’s E18. For starters, the Message is only available as a 130mm travel option, and it is designed to work with either 27.5in or 29er wheels. While travel is limited to 130mm, Trust says the fork is suitable for replacing telescopic forks with up to 150mm of travel. There are other details that make the Trust Message different, but you can read our first ride review here, and keep an eye out for our full, in-depth review coming soon.
Syncros Silverton SL Wheelset – £3100
- Price: £3100
- From: Scott
Syncros Silverton SL wheels are a full carbon wheelset, meaning that the rim, spokes and even the hub are made of carbon fibre. From a distance, they appear to be made using separate components, i.e a hub, spokes and a rim or laced together, but in fact, each wheel is made in one piece.
This method of construction is unique and means that Syncros has built a wheelset that weighs in at only 1250g. Obviously, Syncros didn’t build these wheels to meet a budget so the carbon hub bodies receive DT Swiss internals and high-end ceramic bearings too.
Unno Dash Frame – €5000 (£4400)
- Price: £4400
- From: Unno
We’ve opted for the Unno Dash for this build, but really you could choose the Unno Burn 27.5in bike and build a bike for the same price. Each Unno frame is hand made in Barcelona, and the bikes are so exclusive that they only come in one size, although more sizes are incoming.
The Unno Dash is a 29er only bike, so it will work perfectly with those pricey Syncross wheels, and as it has 130mm of travel it should match the Trust Performance Message fork well too. Unno ships each Dash frame with an Öhlins rear shock and bearings are all top of the range Max XO with “50% more balls”.
Is this the bike you would build with £17k?
If money was no object and you had £17k+ to spend on a bike are these the parts you would go for? Share your dream builds with us below and see if you can beat our £17,000+ hyperbike price.