We meet again, said BMW to Mercedes-Benz and vice-versa – not in the automotive field, but in the high-end bicycle arena.
We’ll start with Mercedes‘ limited production “ROTWILD GT S inspired by AMG”, not for anything else but its outrageous price of €9,990 or about US$10,600, which places it in a whole different level altogether.
Drawing design cues from the Mercedes-AMG GT S sports car and made in cooperation with German bicycle specialist Rotwild, production of the mountain bike will be strictly limited to 100 examples.
According to the two German firms, it was “specifically developed for sporting competitions with all components meeting the highest racing requirements”. These include a new frame handmade with high-modulus carbon fiber, 29-inch carbon-fibre wheels, a hydraulic Formula AMG R1 Racing FCS disc brake and Shimano XTR drive technology actuated by electronic gear shifting that allows several gears to be shifted in sequence.
BMW’s Cruise M-Bike can be had for a fraction of the price in Germany at €1,400 or US$1,486 (at least as long as the Euro continues to drop like a rock), with the Bavarian firm to limit production to 500 units, all finished in the M4’s Austin Yellow Metallic.
It has a hydro-formed aluminum frame and carbon components, an adjustable handlebar and hydraulic disc brakes from Shimano.