In recent weeks we've seen paint jobs inspired by heavy metal
and even search and rescue planes
but there haven't been many as striking as this Project12 Cycleworks Vertigo that was inspired by a Nike Airmax trainer from the '90s.
We've previously covered Project 12 for its Dutch Downcountry Victor
but this is the much bigger sibling, the Vertigo. Rather than the 95mm travel the Victor frame had, the Vertigo is 153mm of travel with 27.5" wheels and is designed to tackle the bikeparks outside of its native country. This particular one belongs to a retro bike collector who was attracted to the straight steel tubes with fillet brazed joins from the builder Michiel Burgerhout, but to make it even more retro he added this wild paint job.
It apparently took 6 months of sourcing and de-anodizing and polishing parts for the build to come together and then it was finished off with a paint job from Cyclepaint.nl. Even Michiel himself chipped in by swapping out his normal brass headtube badge for a custom machined aluminum one. Let's get into all the details.
Michiel works loads of cool details into his frames
The pink to blue fade is done by Cyclepaint.nl
A mix and match of Ingrid, SRAM and Garbaruk parts make up the drivetrain.
The silver details include a custom machined aluminum head tube badge.