So why are you being asked to pay this much for a pedal bike? Well, part of the story is all the heritage that's behind the company. Since this design house was founded in 1837, they've risen to design and fabricate everything from clothing to furniture, perfumes, jewelry, and even bicycles. This reminds me, back in 2013, they released two carbon machines priced at no less than $10,000 (€9,500 at current exchange rates).
As for the Odyssee Terre, Hermès is calling it a "compact carrier bike." But how compact can a bike be, and how much can it carry to justify a near-$24K price tag (without cargo carriers)? Actually, you're not paying for size or carrying capacity; you're paying for how this bike is designed and built. One of the main features of this trinket is its frame. Believe it or not, Hermès decided to explore a very difficult material to craft into a bicycle, wood, using nothing more than ash to yield the frame you behold.
puppies come out at around $10K.
Ok, so maybe I've been too harsh on this show bike. After all, if you're to judge the Odyssee based on nothing but the balance between metal, woods, and leather, it really does come across as a clean and dazzling bicycle. Then you've got that orange tone highlighting the handlebars, wheels, and the crankset. The way aluminum sits against the natural tone of ash wood is absolutely stunning.
As I dove deeper to try and understand why this bugger is being sold for its price, I discovered that Hermès is up to date with trends and aim to offer the most luxurious ride around. Aside from the cushy saddle and vibration-dampening tires, part of your cash goes to the Gates Carbon drivetrain that Hermès chose to add to the Odyssee. Very stylish, very clean, and a joy to use, I'd know; I'm testing it out as we speak.
yield some utility for that cash. With this option, the Odyssee weighs 30.8 pounds (14 kilograms).
At the end of the day, the Odyssee isn't just a bicycle; it's a fashion statement, you know, a flex, and to be seen flexing the name Hermès on any product is something to behold. But I've got to point out that inflation seems to be going through the roof. Otherwise, I see no explanation for such a price. Maybe I'm missing something, something that isn't mentioned on the manufacturer's website. No matter the reasons, this seems to be the price for mobile fashion these days.