Hanging out in the Lexus booth at the Tokyo Motor Show was this concept bike dubbed the NXB, for “Neo Xtreme Bike”. Oh my.
The Y-shaped frame looks like a relic from the 90’s (where it should have stayed) but the construction is fairly high-tech, being built from Lexus’ carbon-fiber loom that was previously used to build the Lexus LFA supercar.
Some of the parts are decidedly “normal” for a mountian bike: SRAM XX-1 drivetrain, Magura brakes. Others are customized for the build: IRC tires, Xentis wheels. While others like the shockingly dangerous looking aero handlebar extensions and clip-on mounts are purely one-offs. I’m not sure what kind of mountains you’d ride with those…
Anyway, it seems when car makers put their names on bikes they are usually re-badged BSO’s (bicycle-shaped objects, from big-box stores) or crazy-expensive and bizarre prototypes. Do you have a favorite you’ve seen?
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