SpeedX Leopard | the first ever smart aero road bike
SpeedX Leopard is the only smart aero road bike with the ability to help you train and track your progress in real time.
$1,299 USD Leopard | Early Bird
THE NEW FROG-DESIGNED SPEEDX LEOPARD
Will This Be the Most Technologically Advanced Bike?
What Tesla did for the auto industry, Speedx is attempting to do for the cycling industry with their new aero road bike, the Leopard. Speedx partnered with global design and strategy firm Frog to design a bike that is more technologically advanced than any other. To start, Speedx designed an aero frame built from Toray T1000 carbon fiber using monocoque construction. There is nothing too revolutionary about the frame itself, but the innovations happen on the inside of the frame and in the cockpit.
Attached to the stem of the Leopard is what Speedx is calling “a brain taking care of everything except the cycling.” The Smart Control system is essentially a cycling computer integrated directly into the stem (with all wires hidden) that is attached to a number of sensors throughout the frame, which are also conveniently hidden and integrated. These sensors measure stats like cadence, time, distance, speed and altitude. The computer is also compatible with ANT+ devices, giving you access to even more stats, like power output and heart rate. The computer also connects to Speedx’s Smart Coach app, which analyzes your data in real time and helps to coach you while you’re cycling. The battery life for the system is impressive as well. On a single charge, the Smart Control system will run for 800km or 40 hours, and only takes up to 30 minutes to recharge after that. According to Speedx, the Leopard is only the third bike in the world to have full integration of all wiring, the other two being the Trek Madone and the Specialized Venge Pro ViAS.
While the frame design isn’t something to run out and get in line for, the technology the Leopard packs is certainly something to get excited about. No longer is it necessary to have a bike computer, cadence meter, Strava app and power sensor connected to your bicycle. The Speedx Leopard integrates everything into one neat package and, with the help of GPS, will give you turn-by-turn directions for your ride and pedal-by-pedal motivation to be faster on the bike.
Updated: SpeedX aero bikes reach crowdfunding target in two hours
by Mat Brett March 24 2016
Go via Kickstarter and you could get Shimano Ultegra Di2 equipped model for as little as £1,345
SpeedX is launching two aero road bikes, the Leopard and the Leopard Pro, with inbuilt technology that measures and displays your performance data as you ride. They were revealed on Kickstarter yesterday and achieved their crowdfunding target in just two hours.
With 29 days of the Kickstarter campaign remaining, SpeedX has achieved 332% of the US$50,000 (around £35,500) funding goal.
The Leopard Pro is equipped with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset and looks amazing value.
The Leopard, priced at US$1,599 (about £1,130, but see below for Kickstarter prices), includes pedal and wheel sensors that measure your speed, time, distance, altitude, temperature, cadence, and more – fairly typical bike computer fare. The difference here is that the measurements are shown on an integrated 2.4in display that lives at the front of the stem.
The Leopard can also offer route suggestions and GPS navigation, and “a built-in coaching system with professional training courses and global ranking tables”.
You can connect ANT+ sensors to the computer to show more data, such as heart rate.
The bike is built around a T1000 carbon-fibre frame with internal cable routing and brakes that are positioned for aero efficiency, the front one at the back of the fork and the rear one behind the bottom bracket.
Those brakes are TRP TTVs (V-type) while the groupset is Shimano 105. SpeedX claim a complete bike weight of 18.5lb (8.4kg).
The geometry is aggressive, the 54cm model coming with a 549mm stack (the vertical height between the centre of the bottom bracket and the top of the head tube) and a 403mm reach (the horizontal distance between those points).
The Leopard Pro, priced at US$2,499 (about £1,765), is built around the same frame and offers all of the built-in specifications of the Leopard with the addition of SpeedX’s own carbon-fibre handlebar and 50mm deep wheels. The groupset is Shimano Ultegra Di2 (electronic shifting). SpeedX claims a full bike weight of 17.4lb (7.9kg).
We’ve not ridden either of these bikes so we can’t comment on the ride, but on paper they look astonishingly good value.
SpeedX reckons the battery that powers the computer will record your data for up to 40hrs and that it requires 30mins to recharge completely.
Both bikes come with a seven day return policy, 30 day free exchange and a lifetime warranty.
SpeedX has just launched a campaign on Kickstarter (link is external) with a view to going into full production in the next few weeks. All the usual Kickstarter rules (link is external) apply, of course.
Go via Kickstarter and you can get a SpeedX Leopard for as little as US$1,199 (about £850) and a Leopard Pro for US$1,899 (about £1,345).
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