Behind the Scenes Look into the Process of Designing & Painting a Custom Frame for Rampage

Oct 18, 2019
by YT Industries  
Shot by Isac Paddock

Red Bull Rampage is one of the most prolific events on the mountain bike calendar, it puts our niche sport into mainstream viewing, and is potentially the most important date in many brand’s schedule. Every year, fans anticipate Red Bull Rampage like no other, and it’s not just the riding. As is tradition, most riders get custom painted bikes and gear.

In 2019 we’re proudly supporting Andreu Lacondeguy, Cam Zink, Ethan Nell & Bienvenido Aguado Alba compete in Rampage. Andreu & Ethan are both sponsored by Fox Clothing, subsequently our custom TUES designs for this year’s event are in collaboration with Fox. Join us below for an in-depth insight into the process that YT works through to produce the custom frames.



The clothing designed by Fox for Ethan and Andreu quickly shaped the vision of the graphic direction and colouring of the frames. The frame should pick up and complement the design of the outfit.

The inital step for YT was to get an overview of the past years and the frame designs. Theme, design language and possible colour combinations play an important role in the initial phase. In order not to get lost in small details, the whole frame is considered in the first sketches.

bigquotesThis year our frames are special, they’re different, they are a result of a big team, working for the same goal - to support our athletes as best as we can. It‘s challenging for sure, especially when you have different offices, time zones, languages and a lot of people involved, but that’s what it makes so special! We are stoked to have worked with FOX on this design. It‘s important to work together to make these special projects a reality.YT Industries

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After assessing possible patterns and colours Dennis Dastig, one of YT’s Graphic Designers, drew the camo pattern onto the frame, adapted in colour and transferred to different perspectives. Graphics and logos were then incorporated into the design and the various mock- up versions discussed with the team.

When the final drafts were set, the colours had to be defined and prepared with the vector data in tech sheets for painter Lars Diedenhofen. YT has worked with Lars on a number of custom frames in the past, including last year's 80’s themed Ramapge frames.

Lars, starts by disassembling the frame, sanding down the old surface to get a perfect surface for the new paintjob. Before he can start to apply the basecoat, he has to prepare the frame by taping all holes. This basecoat is really important to make it durable and for getting the exact correct colour matching. Once applied, things get colorful. Adding layer by layer brings the design to life. Getting to the finished frame that riders and fans hopefully go crazy for is a lengthy process and takes weeks of preparation and several stages of re-design. Because its complex, Lars says staying ‘Focussed and Motivated’ is key.

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bigquotesThe hardest part in my opinion is to get the designs perfectly onto the frames. It’s definitely not as easy as it looks. The frames have rounded edges, corners and sides and the designs sometimes go in all different directions so that is not always as easy to apply perfectly.Lars Diedenhofen

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bigquotesThe best thing about it for me is that you become more skilled in the work you do and you really give it your best so that the frames are perfect for the riders. It’s a pleasure to work together with YT on projects like these, they have really good graphic designers and all that combined makes one hell of a team!Lars Diedenhofen

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bigquotesThe best part of the whole process is seeing the self-designed frames of some of the best riders in the world in action. Seeing the guys send it on these frames during Rampage is awesome. It is an honor to be part of this project.Dennis Dastig, Graphic Designer YT Industries


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Stay tuned for the full builds & the rest of the Rampage action!

Photos: Isac Paddock


36 Comments

  • 99 6
 It would be great to see custom frames like these be auctioned off to benefit the crowdfunding effort to help Jordie's family cover his medical costs.
  • 16 0
 The same as they did in 2015 with #irideforpaul
  • 32 4
 Excuse the dumb question... I know this is gonna sound stupid to some of you but why would they need to raise money for Jordie? He passed away so I don’t get what you mean by medical costs. Other than a funeral obviously.

Please do not take this as being hateful toward Jordie or any of his friends and family!
  • 7 0
 @syeve: thanks bro!
  • 8 1
 @syeve: I’m still wondering how his family could be on the hook for the medical charges as he was an adult. Did the parents authorize being charged?
  • 2 0
 @LittleDominic: Economics sucks sometimes, but debt gets passed on. He is technically "in debt" the 90k worth of expenses, and it doesn't just disappear after you pass, but rather is passed on to immediate family, spouse, etc... depends on how the will and all is set up.
  • 30 0
 I could watch an entire video of the masking/taping process, for each of the layers. *hint hint* The artist in me is very curious... Great article!
  • 3 1
 I second this.
  • 5 2
 @BsampSy: I triple this!
  • 5 2
 I quadruple this!
  • 5 0
 Not a YT, nor a mountain bike, but I found this to be an interesting video on the process, from someone generally figuring it out as he went

www.youtube.com/watch?v=70783KG2mq8
  • 7 0
 I thought this video from Danny Hart's World Champs bike was pretty enlightening too:
www.pinkbike.com/news/video-danny-harts-custom-world-champs-bike-comes-to-life.html
  • 2 1
 Anything from Impact Designs
  • 7 0
 because the riders weren't already hard enough to see coming down the hill... Camo!
  • 6 0
 Do the camo print in desert camo and Andreu will look like he's floating like a ghost down the mountain.
  • 7 1
 YT.
S :out of stock.
M :out of stock
L :out of stock.
Cool paint job though.
  • 1 0
 I guess the carbon frame makers production load in Taiwan is around 100%.
  • 1 0
 Im curious why did manufactures stop using aluminum headset races? It sucks not being able to adjust the reach and head angle with a change of cups.
  • 1 0
 After spending $900 on a two colour respray of a beloved steel frame...I hate to think of the actual cost of doing all this marketing...
  • 3 1
 HAHAHA, the designers pants match the color way on the monitor.
  • 4 0
 I don't see any pants
  • 1 0
 tiger cam vs digi
  • 4 2
 Has anyone else noticed a lack of on site rampage coverage from PB?
  • 4 0
 Its still a week away, is anythig even happening yet? Media might not be allowed during initial build phase anyway. It’s happened in the past.
  • 3 1
 One week from tomorrow!!
  • 1 0
 Nothing is gona top Lunns, Andrea's and Silvas 2018 bikes.
  • 1 0
 So much effort by lots of talented people, great article PB!
  • 1 2
 and now for the ten month wait for the bike....................
  • 2 0
 Got both of mine in under a week...
  • 3 0
 @TypicalCanadian: I ordered mine on New Years Day, six months later it still wasn't here so I cancelled my order. Four months later I got my money back finally. Total disaster. Bought a Commencal and couldn't be happier.
  • 1 3
 Have we reached peak YT...? Seems everyone on PB loved them 2-3 years ago...now not so much?

The Gwin effect real?
  • 4 3
 They repeatedly failed to add BOTTAL CAGE
  • 2 0
 @Steventux: wear a back pack
  • 1 0
 @crag222: 2 Capras later I've found drinking puddle water is fine, I lose weight quicker that way.

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