• Mar 18th 2011 at 7:58AM
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Range Rover Evoque bicycle – Click above for high-res image gallery

Automakers designing bicycles is nothing new. Sometimes they're radical departures on the age-old wheeled machine, and sometimes they're new takes on the same classic form. The latest appears to be the latter, but that doesn't make it any less desirable.

Designed by Land Rover's design team to compliment the Range Rover Evoque, this road bike consists of a carbon fiber frame crafted by Karbona using F1-derived technology. The aerodynamically-optimized frame is fitted with an integrated seat tube, alloy handle bars, a 20-gear Shimano Ultegra system, black chrome trim and leather saddle.

This truly is a Land Rover-badged vehicle with no hope of ever traveling off the beaten path.

What's more, the crossover used to transport it, naturally, comes extra. Details in the press release after the jump, with high-res images in the gallery below.

[Source: Land Rover]
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•New Range Rover Evoque concept road bicycle
•Created by the Land Rover design team, under the direction of design director, Gerry McGovern
•Areodynamic and lightweight with Karbona carbon fibre monocoque frame

Geneva, 3 March 2011
Light, nimble and boasting a design that is clean, cool and utterly contemporary, the newest member of the Range Rover Evoque family breaks cover at the Geneva Motor Show. Created by the Land Rover design team, headed up by director, Gerry McGovern, the Evoque bike is a machine designed in every aspect to deliver fast, agile and secure road-racing performance.
The central element is a high modulus carbon fibre monocoque frame, crafted by Karbona using techniques derived from Formula 1. The oversized carbon fibre handlebar stem and aerospace alloy handle bars were specified to complement the rest of the bicycle, and are engineered to cope with the high torque developed by top-class sports cyclists and ensure safe control of the machine at high speeds.

The advanced composite construction allowed the seat tube section to be integrated into the frame, saving weight and extending the clean flow of the design. The steering components are colour-matched to the frame, which carries Range Rover and Evoque branding graphics. The transmission is a 20-gear Shimano Ultegra system.

The steering bearings are integrated into the head of the frame to reduce drag and the steering fork is also made of carbon fibre. Echoing the attention to luxury detailing that is fundamental to all Range Rover products, the drivetrain and braking systems are finished in matching black chrome and the saddle is upholstered in fine leather, with padded grip tape enhanced with silicone gel.
The wheels were specially commissioned for the Evoque project and have a strong visual impact. Formed from aero-profiled carbon fibre, they have a deep section designed to cut through the air quickly while maintaining stability.

Secure performance is further supported by the tyre tread, which is constructed from triple-density rubber compound with hard-wearing and high-grip qualities.
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover design director, a keen cyclist himself, said: "I wanted to create the ultimate accessory for the Range Rover Evoque – and what could be more perfect than an utterly contemporary, beautifully designed, bespoke Evoque bike. Like the Range Rover Evoque, the bike not only looks fantastic but is precision engineered for ultimate performance."

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait, did the press release itself refer to 'steering bearings' and 'steering fork'?? I guess they should have had an actual cyclist look over the (badly translated) Chinglish that the Taiwanese had written down for them. They spend probably hundreds of man-hours devising this idea, doing the graphics, and working on the spec of the bike, and then they don't even bother running the marketing copy past someone who is either an avid cyclist or works in the cycling industry? Wow....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Racist much
        • 4 Years Ago
        To clarify my earlier comments:

        1) Karbona is a Taiwanese carbon factory that makes components and bicycle frames. http://www.karbona.com/
        2) Whoever wrote the marketing copy doesn't understand the English terminology for bicycles, using "steering bearings" instead of "headset" for example.
        3) "Chinglish" is the combination of Chinese and English, similar to Singlish and Hinglish, both of which are in the Oxford Online Dictionary (Singapore/English and Hindi/English, respectively).

        So to me it sounds like whoever wrote the marketing copy probably worked at the frame/assembly factory in Taiwan and Land Rover didn't bother running it through a native English speaker / cycling enthusiast before putting it out to the press. Happy?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does the Evoque remind me of those dogs in people's purses? That's right, because it is a fashion accessory, not in any way a proper Land Rover. It's FWD based, has a tiny engine, unicell, and is just an overpriced (and under-reliable) crossover car that will never see dirt in its entire lifetime. It's a pity, because the styling is a major breakthrough and looks nicer IMO than the box on wheels (only thing with a round edge is the wheels) design of every other LR model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry to be a pedant, but it's 'complement' with an e
      • 4 Years Ago
      There is something wrong with that image ... the Evoque is not that big. It looks like they pasted a lower scaled bike on there or perhaps they are offering Mini Bikes? Maybe its early and i haven't had any coffee and such ..
      • 4 Years Ago
      How big is this vehicle, as big as Murano or Rogue or Juke?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Last time I ever read comments under a story on Autoblog.
      90% cliche and stupid - so depressing
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least you know the bike is about 1000x more reliable than the LR.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Pinarello built a car - now that would be a story worth writing about!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's for when your Land Rover breaks down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wouldn't a mountain bike be more appropriate?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, not really. The car and the bike are both equally likely to go off road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah... here is an off-road automobile and an on-road bicycle ... WTF??
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm guessing Maynard meant:
        Both the car and bike are UNLIKELY to go offroad.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its fitting since the majority of the Rover's buyers will park it on a grass field on the way to soccer practice with the children at max and consider that off roading
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Automakers designing bicycles is nothing new".

      Shouldn't that say "Bicycle makers designing automobiles is nothing new".

      J.K. Starley of Coventry, England first gave us the Rover Safety Bicycle, and then the Rover Motor Car company before the British government contracted the Rover Motor Company to design an 'off road' vehicle which would be built at a disused tank engine factory in Solihull, Warwickshire.

      Maybe if journalists did some research and got their facts correct, they would be taken seriously.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't see what the confusion is. I frequently use my 4-wheel drive ute to get to roads... oh, okay, now I see.

      I think the logic here is that Land Rovers are supposed to be the "Ultimate Off-Road vehicle." They can't very well sell one with something strapped to the roof that's better off-road.
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