Lust, according to dictionary definition, is an emotion or feeling of intense desire that comes from deep inside the body. Lust can take many forms. Lust for knowledge. Lust for power. Lust for riches. Lust for sex. And, of course, lust for bikes… beautiful, shiny, fast, sleek bikes.
During our recent three-day stint in the City of Sin (appropriately) we encountered a heaping helping of lust worthy bikes. Super light carbon fiber climbers. Wind cheating aero assault weapons. Beautiful disc-equipped works of custom painted art. Electronic shifting all-day gravel grinding adventure companions. You name it.
If we could have brought them all home for long term testing, we surely would have. But baggage fees being what they are, for now we’ll have to settle for extolling the virtues of a few of our favorites. Here then are six lust-worthy bikes spotted in the halls of the annual Interbike trade show. Read up, then dream on.
Guru Photon HL
Canada’s Guru has long had a rep for building top-end custom steel, titanium and carbon fiber road steeds. Now it’s thrust itself into the super light frame game with the Photon HL (aka hyper light). Using what it calls quantum carbon concept, Guru is offering a claimed weight sub-670 gram frame (size 54cm) that’s the lightest the company has ever built.
In addition to the revamped carbon lay-up process, the bike uses a special proprietary sub-5 gram clear coat paint. Other frame features include a ride stiffening PressFit 30 bottom bracket, shock absorbing 27.2mm seatpost, full carbon dropouts, and stealth internal cable routing that’s mechanical and electronic compatible. Rider weight limit is a reasonable 200 pounds.
Not surprisingly, all that weight savings doesn’t come cheap. The Guru Photon HL is available only in custom geometry, with a frameset running $8,500 and a top-end Shimano Dura Ace Di2 builds going for $15,500. Nobody said lust was cheap. More info at www.GuruCycles.com