Fun With Paint


The designers at Specialized did these bikes for Sylvain Chavanel and Jerome Pineau just for Bastille Day. Photo: Graham Watson.

Working for a bike company is a dream come true for most die-hard cyclists. It’s a job, to be sure, as any other job, but the motivation to get out of bed is easier to find even on the worst days.

Tour de France 2009 Cap d'Agde

Photo: John Pierce, Photosport International.

Working for a bike company that sponsors a PRO team adds a touch of excitement during the racing season. You get to see the products you’ve worked so hard to help bring to fruition take on a new life. And yes, there is a difference between riding a product you contributed to and seeing a PRO ride it on TV.

Tour de France 2009 Cap d'Agde

Photo: John Pierce, Photosport International.

Some of the companies out there have begun to take a more novel approach to equipping their teams. By now you’ve seen some shots of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador’s special bikes made for them by Trek. These bikes are no different than the others they ride, but what is remarkable is how the guys in creative were given the chance to do something fun. There’s nothing like having your boss come to you and say, “Go nuts.”

Tour de France 2009 Cap d'Agde

Photo: John Pierce, Photosport International.

Short story short—there’s nothing too remarkable about this post; I just wanted to take the opportunity to show off some creative work that has hours of effort in it. You probably won’t ever be able to see the bikes up close unless both they and you are at Interbike … which could happen, right?

Photo: John Pierce, Photosport International.

Photo: John Pierce, Photosport International.

It’s a charge for a designer to do something meant to be out of the ordinary. They deserve a nod for the fun stuff they do. These guys are stars; they eat Adobe Illustrator files for breakfast and suck on vector files like candy.


  1. Jason

    I have to say I generally have more fun drooling over the exclusive schemes and finishes than I do the racing. 🙂 Cavendish’s British Spitfire-themed Scott is to DIE for. Something about painted pinup girls always gets me!

  2. Lachlan

    It is always fun to see the custom paint jobs, shoes etc.

    But does anyone else have the impression that we’re in a bit of a lull between real tech-innovations.

    Seems this year like we have much more of the cosmetic and less of the genuine jumps, esp in light climbing bikes… maybe still to come in the Alps / ventoux of course. And to be fair lots of tweaked TT frames.

    Might just be my perception vs too much desire to see a cervelo R4, sub 1000g Zipps or the likes surprise us! :=)

  3. GuyS

    Hey Lachlan, no offense, butas most PRO-level bikes are already coming in hundreds of grams below the UCI limit do you really expect to see companies going lower still? Most PROs are using cranksets with power measuring devices that weigh a lot because without them their bikes would be too LIGHT! Lets be serious, manufacturers aren’t going to pare more weight from frames that only rich amatuers will ride. This group of riders tend to want to buy what the big boys are on. The lower weight bikes would end up appealing to people who have less to spend and the manufacturers aren’t going to do R&D for them! lol

  4. Grpx

    This particular design was done by an in-house designer at trek. The shep bike is similar, so I can understand the confusion at first glance.

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