• Apr 15th 2011 at 8:27AM
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When an automaker designs (or at least lends its name to) a bicycle, it serves more than just as a two-wheeled mechanical transport: it embodies what the brand stands for. So when Lexus made one, it was a hybrid. When McLaren did, it was streamlined and made out of carbon fiber. The BMW M division's is made of aluminum and painted matte anthracite, while Audi's is made of wood. (You'd have figured Land Rover's would be a mountain bike, yet it wasn't – but all-wheel-drive champion Subaru's was.)

The latest to join the field is Maserati, which has teamed up (appropriately enough) with Sicilian bicycle workshop Montante on this decidedly retro ride. The 8CTF pays tribute to the eponymous Maserati racer in which Wilbur Shaw took the checkered flag – two years running – at the Indianapolis 500 seventy years ago. The deliciously detailed, made-to-measure bike features only one speed and a single disc brake, and will be strictly limited to 200 examples, each selling for €3,600 ($5,200) through the online Maserati Store.

[Source: Maserati]
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Unique details and an exclusive design for the new limited-edition bike made by Montante Cicli for Maserati

The new Montante for Maserati 8CTF was designed to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Wilbur Shaw's victory of the 500 miles of Indianapolis behind the wheel of a Maserati 8CTF.

The Sicilian company, famous for the amazing bikes it produces, has teamed up with Maserati in order to deliver a product which embodies the excellence and the Italian style from both brands.

The Montante for Maserati 8CTF is produced in a limited edition of just 200 pieces individually numbered. Montante for Maserati bicycles are made-to-measure to fit the rider perfectly. As sizes vary from person to person it is important, when purchasing the frame, to choose the perfect size.

The 8CTF model, a single speed bicycle, comes from one of Montante's original designs which made it one of the leading industries in the field.

Developed and produced by Montante Cicli in Italy, the Maserati 8CTF is embellished by unique and distinctive details: the silver Trident on a grey background on the hubs are inspired by the Maserati's supercharged three-litre engine; the Maserati logo in a Thirties' style on the frame reprises the metallic plate identifying the car's chassis; the enamelled oval is a faithful reproduction of the one on the car's bonnet.

And last but not least the number 1 is the same as the one featured on Shaw's car with which he won, twice in a row, the world's most famous American race. From the Montante-Maserati collaboration, a new bicycle has been produced for all the admirers of the Trident Marque.

The limited edition Montante for 8CTF Maserati bike is made to order and is available through the online Maserati Store: www.maseratistore.com at a price of £3,204 (3600 Euros) plus shipping.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      So does this help with the corporate fuel average?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The disc brake really throws off the look. And not only that, but it's
      a mechanical disk brake on a $5200 bike. I mean, I guess it would make
      it even less retro if it was hydraulic, but still...
      • 4 Years Ago
      This will look nice next to my $40,000 Ferrari book in my "Things I Got Ripped Off For" collection.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Simplistic. Beautiful.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i can only ride suspension bikes these days but i want one of those in my living room just to look at
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad you can't stop in the drops...
        • 4 Years Ago
        If its a fixed gear you can - with some skill.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You lost me on the disc brakes. Poseur.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bought an 'end of the season' Masi Speciale LTD Drop for $450 and it kills this thing in just about every category. If you are looking for a single speed bike there are tons of options out there now for those interested. I'm not really into the trend, I just loved the look of the bike and the feel of riding a steel frame (as opposed to carbon or aluminum road bikes). Check out Bianchi, Masi..etc if in the market. If you just want a neat bike, a big bill and a Maserati sticker, this is the bike for you.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For all those complaining about how it isn't retro because of the brakes and other various things...News flash - Retro does not mean you can only use old tech and classic styling. Is the Munstang, Comaro, HHR, PT Cruiser, and Thunderbird are all considered retro and they don't have 8-tracks, drum brakes, bench front seat... so why is this not a retro bike? It takes classic styling elements and mixes it with modern technology.
      • 4 Years Ago
      sorry. That thing ain't retro. That's as contemporary as Maserati's cars are. The only 'retro-ish' item is the steel tubing, and that's stretching it given modern properties of steel.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You serious? Steel tubes and chrome luggs are just the start. That sexy classic italian style pista crankset, San Marco Rolls saddle, threaded headset and quill stem with those deep drops, that is pretty great retro styling. Keep all of the old tech that works well, and replace the brake with a modern tech, this is one awesome bike.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't forget Lotus, back in the day!
      • 4 Years Ago
      There will be some very wealthy hipsters lining up to buy this fixie. Only the best ironic T-shirts, shaggy hair and scraggly beard trimmed by the finest salons, and an iPad under each arm.
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