A dream design

The spellbinding J.Laverack Aston Martin .1R was developed from scratch, using the same processes, skill and care devoted to creating Aston Martin’s cars.

Developed over several years by the combined talents of specialist bespoke bicycle company J.Laverack and Aston Martin, every part and component is uniquely made to the individual measurements of the rider.

The result is a beautiful, timeless bicycle, brimming with innovative features – truly the world’s first hyper bicycle.

Creating the world's first hyper bicycle

A combination of ground-breaking innovation and virtuoso engineering laid the foundations for the J.Laverack Aston Martin .1R. Designed in the same studio as Aston Martin cars, the bicycle was developed using the automotive industry’s go-to software for creating highly complex forms. Aston Martin’s highly skilled, in-house modellers then translated the design concepts into 3D.

Maintaining the uninterrupted fluidity of the .1R’s complex and elegant profile over a full range of frame sizes was a particular challenge, overcome by the skills of the modeller and engineering teams. The seamless transition between the 3D-printed titanium lugs and carbon fibre tubes, borrowing techniques from Formula One, creates a clean and sculptural design that delights from every angle and in every detail.

The start point for this unique degree of integration between adjoining parts was elevating J.Laverack’s renowned bespoke bike fitting service to unprecedented heights. By making to measure every element of the .1R, its designers and engineers have been able to eliminate or conceal every bolt, screw and cable, creating the world’s first ‘boltless’ bicycle.

“Like Aston Martin cars, the .1R was developed by a team of experts united in their passion and pursuit of perfection, British engineering excellence and beautiful performance design.”

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer

The ultimate precision of 3D printing

The extreme accuracy demanded by the titanium parts of the .1R can only be delivered by cutting-edge 3D printing. Engineering gurus at Renishaw, the global engineering technologies company, are responsible for this additive manufacturing process, which is more commonly deployed in aerospace and facial reconstruction applications.

Renishaw was heavily involved in the development of British Cycling’s track bike for the last Olympic Games, which saw Team GB riders win seven medals, including three golds, and is working with Great Britain Cycling Team once again to create an even higher performance track bike for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

For the ultimate intersection between phenomenal strength and light weight, the titanium components of the .1R are built up from high grade 6/4 titanium in powder form. Lasers melt each ultra-thin, 30-micron layer of titanium at temperatures of about 1,200 degrees Celcius, allowing for a manufacturing tolerance of less than 0.1mm.

It takes 65 to 70 hours to 3D print the lugs for one .1R, each lug not only a meticulous representation of its CAD design, but also visually perfect to create this beautiful bicycle.

Built to fractions of a millimetre

Creating the cleanest looking, most coherent and integrated design of any bicycle depends on bespoke measuring and manufacturing every element of the .1R to its rider.

This meticulous approach avoids the compromises that blight other bicycles, which require bolts, screws and fastenings to allow for adjustments demanded by riders of different heights and body shapes.

The handlebar stem, with echoes of the Aston Martin Vantage’s bonnet, does a particularly fine job of expressing the .1R’s overall philosophy, its unique design classically elegant yet totally innovative. The stem is 3D printed from titanium in the ideal length for each owner, then perfectly integrated into the frame, completely concealing the brake hoses and blending seamlessly with the handlebars.

Aston Martin design cues

Globally recognised as creator of many of the world’s most beautiful cars, Aston Martin has added subtle flourishes from its finest designs to the .1R.

Brake rotors don’t have to be attractive, but why settle for anything less when they are being individually manufactured? The design of the .1R’s 160mm rotor is inspired by the honeycomb pattern of the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s alloy wheels.

Even the tiny brake piston caps undergo a time-consuming spark erosion process to mirror the Aston Martin Valkyrie’s wheels, evidence of the detail to which the designers have gone to create this captivatingly beautiful bicycle.

Mesmerising Symmetricity

An integral part of our design process involves the careful “lay-up” of the high strength, low weight, and high modulus carbon fibres, strategically positioning them to fine-tune the frame’s unique ride characteristics. The very same material is used in the demanding, performance-focused world of Formula 1 racing.

Skilful hands and seasoned expertise of our finest technicians handcraft each frame with remarkable attention to detail, ensuring each strand of carbon fibre is meticulously aligned with its adjacent strands along the centre line of the frame. 

The mesmerising herringbone pattern finish of the carbon fibre, which takes 10 times longer to make than standard carbon and requires surgical precision to hand lay into the mold, comes straight from the iconic Aston Martin Valkyrie.

A badge of exceptional beauty

The jewel-like head tube badge is one of multiple features of the .1R that deserves its own story. The origin of this exquisitely beautiful badge can be traced back to the development of the Aston Martin Valkyrie, whose engineers considered a regular bonnet badge to be too heavy for the race-bred hypercar. Replacing it with a sticker, however, was not ‘befitting’ of the values and image of this incomparable car.

So, the Aston Martin Design Team developed its own solution. Using a skeletal rather than solid design to maximise the weight savings, it constructed a honeycomb mesh to fill the gaps between the ‘bones’ of the badge. The result was a chemical-etched stainless steel badge, just 40 microns thick – 50 percent thinner than a human hair, and a remarkable 99.4 percent lighter than the standard enamel wings badge.

The .1R’s head tube badge is crafted by the same, highly complex manufacturing technique, and weighs only 0.1g before it is applied to the bicycle with a perfectly smooth coat of lacquer.

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Supercar inspired twin strakes

The twin strakes in the bottom bracket lug trace their origins to the deliciously sculpted vents that run through the front panels and doors of Aston Martin’s One-77 supercar.

The wide aperture of the ‘Fortis’ alloys inspired chainrings, made from a single piece of lightweight 7075 aluminum and fixed to the crank arms via hidden bolts, reveal the supercar inspired twin strakes as the chainset rotates.

Inspired by the beautifully purposeful and technically exceptional Formula One wheel nuts, the threaded bottom bracket’s intricate and labour intensive design seamlessly joins the frame to the chainset.

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