Interbike 2013: Six Lust Worthy Bikes

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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

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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  • Robert Rheault says:

    There is one characteristic I look for in a bike, in addition to all those thar are discussed here: a beautifull curved fork! Unfortunately. One of the last and best representative of this dying era when bikes wee actually nice to look at, is gone. R.I.P the Xenith SL. One can always lust for the Masi Evoluzione or VeloVie Vitesse 300R (which I own and is a killer bike for the price and looks nice in my living room). The straight fork clones are now legion and do not even catch my attention, except maybe one or two exceptions.

    • Robert Rheault says:

      Sorry for the typos. Using an iPhone in the train during Tokyo’s rush hour makes me keyboard challenged 🙂

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