They may not exist in the wild, but now there is a unicorn coming to a bike shop near you. Start-up bike maker SpeedX this week unveiled the Unicorn bike, which brings the performance and training benefits of its SpeedX power meter to the bike via a slick piece of integration.
Utilizing the integrated computer head unit it launched earlier this year on its Leopard aero road bike, SpeedX has added an integrated crank-based power meter to the new Unicorn.
The new bike also features frame technology designed to absorb bumps and smooth out vibrations, while improving comfort, control and speed. (What bike doesn’t have this?) SpeedX “Hyper Carbon” is being billed as a new process to fabricate the Unicorn frame, making it durable, flexible and light. Hear more from the makers in the video below.
As for the integrated power meter, SpeedX is claiming it makes the Unicorn the first smart road bike with this feature. It’s claimed to last 400 hours or 8,000km, and they say they tested it against the industry-leading SRM and it recorded a 99% accuracy figure.
The integrated SpeedForce cycling computer has a 2.2” touchscreen, is removable, and uses technology based on Android OS. It also features a wireless button “Black Dot” that you can put anywhere, for example, your handlebars, to easily switch screens when riding.
To get this new bike off the ground and into production, SpeedX has raised $15 million in series A funding and is setting out to become a global cycling brand through design and first-class technology. SpeedX’s own app SpeedX Cycling provides data recording, riding community and other functions. It has been active for six months, and has already accumulated more than one million users.
Complete details and pricing can be found on the SpeedX Unicorn Kickstarter page.