Design house Extans has launched the Akhal, a new luxury bicycle showcasing stunning craftsmanship and beautiful design in two limited editions, the Shadow and Shine. The aim was to create a design that expresses a modern, simplistic and elegant style, with a focus on the use of quality lightweight materials to create an iconic object that lasts.
The Akhal bike was inspired by the Akhal-Teke horse, one of the rarest purebred horses In the world, known for their endurance, intelligence, and a distinctive metallic sheen. The pure form aesthetic of the bike reflects its namesake, with the black and shimmering Cremello coat of these horses inspiring the volcano black and silver-sand white finishes on the Shadow and Shine editions respectively. Like these beautiful creatures, the Akhal has been shaped with energy, harmony, and balance, poised with elegance yet employing a design language that movement and finesse.
Featuring a carbon monocoque frame, the Akhal also sports a CNC machined head, dropouts, and seat clamp all from a single solid aluminum billet, and is handmade in England. There are ninety-nine limited editions of the black chrome-plated Shadow and the bright chrome plated Shine available, made to order. Presenting a bold personal statement in biking, Extans offers bespoke customization of the Akhal to allow the rider to co-create a one-off piece that expresses their individuality.
Devoted to creating artistry in personal biking, The Akhal hopes to inspire a strong emotional connection between rider and bike, with a refined beauty designed to elevate the riding experience.
- Shimano Dura-Ace BR-R9100 front brake
- Shimano Dura-Ace BR-R9100 direct mount rear brake
- Paul Components brake levers
- FSA integrated headset 1-1/8
- Full carbon wheelset
- Pirelli P Zero tires 28-622
- Fabric Scoop Pro saddle
- Moto Reflex flat pedals
- Shimano Alfine crankset
- Gates Carbon Drive CDX transmission with single speed gear ratio 55/22
- Monocoque carbon frame
- CNC machined head, dropouts and seat clamp from a single aluminum billet
- Full carbon fork
- Full carbon seat pos
- Full carbon handlebars with integrated stem
- BSA bottom bracket 68mm
Frameset Monocoque carbon frame
Color Volcano black with black chrome plating
Size One frame size for riders between 170 and 195 cm tall with seat post and handlebars stem cut to length.