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Fan’s ‘Tron’-inspired lightcycle meets its Kickstarter goal

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Fan’s ‘Tron’-inspired lightcycle meets its Kickstarter goal

If you’ve ever dreamt about riding across the neon, grid-like expanse of Steven Lisberger’s 1982 digital “Tron” frontier on one of the series’ iconic lightcycles, you might finally be in luck. After three years of work, the creators of the Cyclotron Bike debuted their campaign on Kickstarter. Now, it’s been funded.

Check out the bike below:

The Cyclotron Bike really does look like something out of “Tron.” A space-grade carbon fiber composite frame allows for a wholly unprecedented appearance, blocky and dark just like a lightcycle. Spokeless wheels make the bike look like it’s propelling itself, and the extra room means utility slots on either side (a great place to store some cold brews or your identity disc). The wheels, of course, light up neon blue, along with an integrated front-facing light and two red brake lights on the back.

Because this is a luxury bike Kickstarter in 2016, the Cyclotron also comes with an app that lets you record cycling data, navigate your route and track your bike if it ever gets stolen. Perhaps most surprising, though, is the price, which is staggeringly reasonable.

If you just want a 12-speed manual gear Cyclotron Bike, a Kickstarter pledge only has you doling out about $1,300. There’s no telling what the bike will actually be priced when it hits the market, but in terms of luxury bicycle prices this is a drop in the bucket. In the competitive cycling tier, you could be spending tens of thousands, easy. The highest Cyclotron Bike pledge tier is for the 18-speed, E-Gear variety, which boasts a digital braking system that lets a computer handle the actual, physical process of braking. This puts you in the $3,000 range.

The biggest question for the Cyclotron Bike is: Who is it for? Professional touring cyclists have likely dumped all their money into their chosen brand, and few casual bikers are going to fork over this kind of cash when a Craigslist bike is a click away. The campaign has met its funding goal, though, so surely there are some avid “Tron” fans out there dying to glide through their ‘hood like Rinzler. Can’t say that doesn’t sound appealing…

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