NEARLY AS EXCITING AND FAST AS ITS NAMESAKE, THE AKHAL SHEEN IS A WILDLY STYLED, LUXURY ROAD BIKE THAT PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES OF CALIBER AND CONSTRUCTION
BY ARCHANA AITHAL ROSE
For thousands of years, Akhal-Teke horses have been revered for their speed, endurance, and distinctive metallic sheen. Inspired by this premier pedigree, Extans, a British design house known for its legion of bespoke bikes, has created a limited edition bike that will stop everyone in their tracks. Handmade in the U.K., the Akhal Sheen, a bejeweled midnight blue version that’s contrasted with 24K gold accents, features a monocoque carbon fiber frame with a CNC machined head, wheel dropouts, and seat clamp. The single speed bike features technologically advanced Shimano Dura Ace rim brakes, Mavic Ellipse Pro carbon wheels with Pirelli’s P Zero tires, Shimano Alfine crankset, and MOTO Reflex flat pedals for proficiently tracking trails. The meticulous engineering and clever choice of luxe materials makes the Sheen light as a feather at just 21 lbs.
Akhal Sheen, price upon request extans.design