Audi, the manufacturer of exquisite cars has now come up with a new series of road bikes called the DUO. The road bike, in the literal sense means pedal-powered bicycles. This new product is designed in collaboration with Renovo Hardwood Bicycles. This launch is observed after Mc Laren unveiled its S-Works Venge Bicycle.
This Audi inspired bicycle collection is named DUO. It is named so as to blend the two different worlds of Luxury and Performance. The Duo series of road bikes features a monocoque frame. The highlight of this frame is that it is made out of hardwood. This ensures Audi, a better brand value by providing products that are biodegradable and recyclable. Audi also emerges as the first auto-maker to come up with a bicycle crafted out of wood.
The Duo range of bicycles retains the very essence of an Audi – Light weight structure, Stunning style and of course, High performance. They also use other hi-tech materials used in most of their flagship models viz Carbon fibre and Aluminium. The intention of using wood in these bicycles is to offer the smoothest of rides as wood absorbs more shocks and other vibrations better than metals.
All these bikes are hand-crafted at Renovo’s Portland, Oregon studio. Audi has launched three models of duo bicycles – duo City, duo Sport and duo Road.
The duo City is designed keeping in mind, the regular cyclists who use these bicycles as a basic mode of transportation. It enables the rider to sit in an upright position enabling better visibility within the city.
It has wide puncture-resistant 32 mm tyres, LED lights, fenders and a rack. The drivetrain features a grease-free Gates CenterTrack belt drive mounted to a Shimano Nexus 8- speed gears. The price inclusive of shipping and handling is US$ 6530.
This bike is for those who seek comfort at times of long journeys. The Sport drivetrain of the sport model features the smooth, quiet and grease-free Gates CenterTrack belt drive coupled to the Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal gear hub, for effortless and maintenance-free shifting.
Other features include drop bars for long distances, minimum fenders, medium width and puncture- resistant 28mm tyres. The price inclusive of shipping and handling is US$ 7350
As the name suggests, this is a performance road bike. It sports narrow tyres, no fenders, minimal accessories and a SRAM Red, compact 20-speed gear train.
The price inclusive of shipping and handling is US$ 7460.