What Makes a $21,776 Bicycle So Ridiculously Expensive

A featherweight carbon-fiber frame, a Shimano electronic shifter, and a computerized crank make up most of the cost—but you’ll still need almost four grand for the wheels.

A $21,776 bike

Photo: Anna Knott


Serious cyclists want serious bikes—ideally those built just for their weight and riding style and equipped with the latest and greatest technology. Get a Grip Cycles (see the “Best Bike Shops” sidebar) sold this made-to-order roadster last year.

1. $8,200
Parlee Z-0 customized frame set with carbon fiber tubes is featherweight (2.2 pounds) yet strong.

2. $6,032
Shimano Dura Ace Di2 7970 electronic shifting system with ceramic bearing upgrades and a bottom bracket allows instantaneous gear changes.

3. $3,895
SRM Wireless PowerMeter DuraAce 7900 Compatible high-tech crank has a computer that measures power output.

4. $3,649
Enve Smart 3.4 wheel set with carbon clincher rims maximizes stability and performance. DT Swiss 180 ceramic bearing hubs reduce friction.


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