A quar­ter mil­lion rands do not leave a lot of change for this de­signer bike.

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - BEN COXWORTH

WHICH bike that stood out at LikeBike Monte Carlo, an in­ter­na­tional lux­ury bike show that’s cur­rently in its sec­ond year?

Well, it helps if it looks like it rolled straight out of a Flash Gor­don comic — and Ecce Cy­cles’ Opus cer­tainly does.

The Opus was cre­ated by Bel­gian ar­chi­tect-de­signer Pierre Lalle­mand, and was de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with Bel­gium’s Ri­p­ley Bikes.

Al­though a wooden-framed model is on the way, it’s cur­rently be­ing of­fered in two car­bon fi­bre ver­sions — the Opus Cruise and Opus Sport.

Both mod­els fea­ture a leather Brooks sad­dle and han­dle­bar grips, along with a Gates Car­bon belt drive, an 11-speed Shi­mano Alfine rear hub trans­mis­sion, and a nice retro-look­ing head­light. There’s no word on weight.

The Cruise is a lit­tle more “rus­tic”-look­ing for lack of a bet­ter word, fea­tur­ing ac­cents in nat­u­ral brown leather and chrome. While the Sport is equipped sim­i­larly to the Cruise — al­beit with lower han­dle­bars — its colour scheme is pure stealthy black.

If you like what you see, you can place a pre-or­der through ecce-cy­cles.com/home, with ship­ping ex­pected to be­gin at the end of Septem­ber. Should you wish to hold out for the wooden Opus, it ought to be ready by the be­gin­ning of next year.

Be aware, though — a com­pany rep tells us that prices start at €9 500 (R159 251) for the two car­bon mod­els, while the wood will start at €15 000 (R241 284).

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

A quar­ter-of-a-mil­lion rand will not leave a lot of change for this de­signer bike by Ecce cy­cles.

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