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This ultra high-tech road bike looks like a cyclist’s dream

But is it too good to be true?


Mike Wehner


Posted on Mar 25, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 1:07 am CDT

When SpeedX launched the all-in-one SpeedForce cycling computer on Indiegogo last year it became a massive success thanks to its sleek design, advanced data tracking, and suite of features like GPS and real-time coaching. Now, after raising over 2,000 percent of its goal for that initial campaign, SpeedX is back with a ridiculously gorgeous product for cyclists. 

This time you can actually ride it.


The SpeedX Leopard is an aero road bike designed to please both traditional riders and those who crave the highest of high-tech, and somehow it also manages to be a good deal cheaper than many of its contemporaries.

It checks all the boxes for a road cycling enthusiast including a carbon fiber frame (as well as fork and seatpost), high-end Shimano 105 components, aerodynamic tubing, and fully hidden wires to both enhance the look and reduce overall wind drag.


As you might have guessed, coming from the company that built one of the most highly anticipated cycling computers in recent memory, SpeedX has also packed the Leopard with its own wealth of gadgetry. The company calls the Leopard’s computerized brain SpeedX Smart Control.

Complete with a 2.4-inch screen, the Smart Control unit multitasks as GPS tracker, cycling computer (tracking cadence, laps, speed, and so on), and even an LED headlight that automatically turns on as soon as dusk creeps in. On top of all that, the Smart Control unit syncs with ANT+ devices like heart rate monitors and other gadgets to provide instant feedback on your power output.


How much will all this professional-grade cycling hardware cost you? If you were to look at bikes with similar specs from top brands like Trek and Cannondale you’d likely guess north of $2,000. During its Kickstarter campaign the SpeedX Leopard is available for $1,399. The company notes that this is hundreds less than its planned retail price.

As impressive–and shockingly affordable–as the Leopard is, SpeedX has an additional option for cyclists who refuse to settle for anything less than competition-grade hardware. The Leopard Pro trades up from the Shimano 105 to the lighter Ultegra Di2 line, along with the addition of a carbon fiber handlebar and carbon fiber aero wheels. The Kickstarter price of the Leopard Pro is $2,499, which is $200 less than the planned retail figure. 

Leopard Pro

Leopard Pro


Investing in a bike is not something to take lightly, considering the overall costs involved. SpeedX’s debut cycles definitely appear to be top-of-the-line road machines, and considering the success of the company’s SpeedForce computer, there’s a lot to be excited about here. We’ll be working on getting our hands on one to put it through its paces, so keep an eye out for a verdict in the not-too-distant future. 

Photo via SpeedX

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*First Published: Mar 25, 2016, 5:43 pm CDT