This Porsche is a glorified hybrid bike. There’s no 3.6ltr flat 6 engine here. Just a pair of legs and a full Shimano XTR drivetrain and a set of Porsche brake calipers. At £5k it’s an incredibly expencive hybrid bike and let’s face it, although 19lbs is respectible, for £5k you could be riding home on a 17lb race bike or a similarly weighted XC race bike. This Porsche is for Porsche car owners who just have to have it.
This isn’t the first time Porsche have dabbled in the bike market. The following models were heavy and didn’t really ride very well. Nonetheless, they were alternative looking bikes that attracted Porsche car owners and non-Porsche owners alike. One Aluminium framed model, one carbon and an Aluminium road bike!
Porsche isn’t the first car manufacturer to dable in bicycle manufacture. Does anybody remember the Mercedes-Benz B3 or F4? The B3 and F4 were actually re-badged AMP Research bikes which – back in the day – made the Mercedes a real-life great bike. Unlike Porsche, Mercedes-Benz did their home work, then opted for the best full suspension design (there weren’t many back then) to put their name on.
How good were AMP? Well the company was started by an ex-motorcross racer who adapted a motorcycle suspension design and applied it to mountain bikes. The four-bar linkage was born. Many know it as the Horst Link after Horst Leitner (designer) and many will be more familiar with it as the FSR design now owned and patented by Specialized. Specialized and many other brands still use this suspension design today! Tried, tested, proven and proven again.
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