Conor McGregor is the undisputed king of the UFC ring, known around the world for his record-breaking boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr., but what is not so widely known is that the Irishman also loves cycling.
Road biking is an important part of McGregor’s training regime, so it was really only a matter of time before the 29-year-old had to have the thing that every cyclist dreams about – a totally custom carbon rig that reflects his unique style and his commitment to performing at the highest possible level.
The connection came through Dr. Julian Dalby, who is now a member of McGregor’s coaching staff. The brief was simple, so once a frame was hand-built to the UFC’s star’s bespoke measurements, the real work began, creating a distinctive design that did justice to one of professional sport’s most fashionable personalities.
When asked about how much of a part McGregor had in the creation of this bike, the company’s founder, Aidan Duff, a veteran of the bike business and former professional rider revealed it was a surprising amount.
“What we tried to do is build it within his character, I would say. Obviously, when you’re dealing with gold leaf, it’s a balancing act between making it look distinguished and classy, and looking tacky. Hopefully, we’ve achieved that. We’ll find out for sure when he gets it. He requested the gold leaf.”
A ghost paint effect carries both his name and his “Notorious” moniker across a rich, deep black frame that’s accented with real 24 carat gold leaf, painstakingly applied by hand in small pieces to create a truly extraordinary result. Roadies might think that the custom Crankbros flat pedals, finished in black and gold and inscribed with “Notorious” to match the frame, don’t belong on such a dream racing bike, but they were a special request from the McGregor camp, owing to an old ACL injury that he has to carefully manage while training.
And, when will McGregor get his new ride? “We’re hoping to take the bike with us to NAHBS, and then after that it’s over to Conor,” Duff said. “By that time, there should be a date announced for his next fight. Once that happens, they typically work back on 120 days and then it’s full-on focus.”