2011 Geneva Motor Show:  Range Rover Evoque Concept road bike

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 4, 2011

A bike from the Range Rover Evoque family was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The bike was created by the Land Rover design team, with director, Gerry McGovern, at its helm. The Evoque bike is light and boasts a clean and contemporary design. It also offers a fast, agile and secure road-racing performance.

The bike has a high modulus carbon fibre monocoque frame, built by Karbona with the use of techniques derived from Formula 1. Meant to complement the rest of the bike are the oversized carbon fibre handlebar stem and aerospace alloy handle bars. These were built to handle the high torque developed by top-class sports cyclists and guarantee safe control of the machine at high speeds.

The advanced composite construction permitted the seat tube section to be integrated into the frame, reducing weight and extending the clean flow of the design.

The color of the steering components matches the frame, which features 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 cut drag and the steering fork is also made of carbon fibre.

The drivetrain and braking systems are indicative of the attention to luxury detailing that all Range Rover products have. These are finished in matching black chrome and the saddle is upholstered in fine leather, with padded grip tape enhanced with silicone gel.

The wheels, which make a strong visual impact, were specially commissioned for the Evoque project. They were made from aero-profiled carbon fibre and they have a deep section intended to cut through the air quickly while maintaining stability. The tire thread is made from triple-density rubber compound with hard-wearing and high-grip qualities.

Press Release

NEW RANGE ROVER EVOQUE CONCEPT ROAD BIKE REVEALED AT GENEVA SHOW

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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