As a speed bike of the 21st century (and the first ever smart aero road bike), it’s no surprise that the brand new SpeedX Leopard has blown past its Kickstarter funding goal. After all, the computer behind the bike (the SpeedForce) raised nearly half a million dollars last year on Indiegogo. And now this technology has been integrated into a sleek, carbon fiber road bike that is as much built for speed and aesthetics as it is for smart cycling. You can’t really blame the Kickstarter community for getting the SpeedX Leopard 980 percent funded in just 48 hours. That’s right, as of press time, this bike has raised over $735,000 of its $50,000 goal from 405 backers, and it’s still got 26 days to go.
So what’s making everyone go gaga over this bike? As its Kickstarter campaign notes, the Leopard is “the only smart aero road bike with the ability to help you train and track your progress in real time.” Promising to give riders the ultimate road experience, the bike is every bit as impressive as the computer that catalyzed its creation. With a T1000 military-grade carbon fiber frame, it weighs just around 2.65 pounds, and loops braking and technical wiring into the frame to reduce drag.