Following BMW, McLaren, Audi, Shelby, Mercedes-Benz, and Maserati is not something that Porsche often does. This time, however, the brand is the next in a long list of automakers to introduce a set of road bikes with the Porsche Design Bike S and Bike RS.
The cream of the crop is the Bike RS -- RS standing for Rennsport, or motorsports -- and has adapted many of the weight reduction technologies from Porsche’s four-wheeled racers. The chassis of the Bike RS is a carbon fiber monocoque frame, and hydraulic disc brakes are controlled by carbon brake levers. 29-inch Crank Brothers wheels put the cyclist’s power -- which, by the way, is routed through a 20-speed Shimano XTS gearset -- to the ground.
The Bike S, on the other hand, is a little less avant-garde.It’s built on a high-strength aluminum frame and uses an 11-speed, toothed belt drive system. It also has a set of hydraulically controlled disc brakes that should have no trouble brining the 29-inch wheels to a stop in a hurry.
Both bikes come standard with a theft-prevention system of sorts, by way of an identification label on the frame embeddedintothe finish. For the technophiles who want to keep track of their new wheels, the ID labels have QR codes and the bikes can be registered and tracked on a dedicated website.
Pricing has not been announced yet, but the Bike S and Bike RS will both be available worldwide this fall in small, medium, and large-frame sizes.
Source: Porsche Design