Pinkbike Poll: 39 Custom Painted DH Bikes - Which One is Your Favorite?

Sep 7, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  
There's a very good chance that Lenzerheide, Switzerland, currently has the highest concentration of custom painted downhill bikes in the world. With the rainbow stripes on the line, teams have gone all out to ensure their riders are on the fastest (and flashiest) bikes possible. Pinkbike's photographers snapped photos of 39 eye-catching machines - which one is your favorite? Scroll through the gallery, and vote below.




Eddie Masters' Pivot Phoenix

DH World Champs 2018


Luca Shaw's Santa Cruz V10

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Neko Mulally's YT Tues

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Troy Brosnan's Canyon Sender

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Emilie Siegenthaler's Pivot Phoenix

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Sam Blenkinsop's Norco Aurum

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Laurie Greenland's Mondraker Summum

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Charlie Harrison's Intense M29

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Loic Bruni's Specialized Demo

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Wyn Master's GT Fury

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Mick and Tracey Hannah's Polygon Xquareone DH's

Mick and Tracey Hannah s Polygon Xquare One DH9 s Bluegrass helmets and custom Alpinestars kit.


Loris Vergier's Santa Cruz V10

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Henry Fitzgerald's Norco Aurum

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Angel Saurez's YT Tues

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Max Hartenstern's Cube Two15 29er

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Brook Macdonald's Mondraker Summum

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Dean Lucas' Intense M29

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Kade Edwards' Trek Session

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Phil Atwill's Propain

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Adam Brayton's SCOTT Gambler

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Alex Marin's Saracen Myst

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Marcelo Gutierrez's Giant Glory

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Aaron Gwin's YT Tues

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Matt Walker's Cube Two15 29er

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Connor Fearon's Kona Operator

Connor Fearon s custom Kona Operator


Dakotah Norton's Devinci Wilson

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Greg Minnaar's Santa Cruz V10

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Jacob Dickson's Giant Glory

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Matt Walker's Saracen Myst

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Vali Holl's YT Tues

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Mark Wallace's Canyon Sender

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Martin Maes' GT Fury

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Jack Moir's Intense M29

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Danny Hart's Saracen Myst

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Myriam Nicole's Commencal Supreme

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Jure Zabjek's Devinci Wilson

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Kye A'Hern's Canyon Sender

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Tahnee Seagrave's Transition TR11

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Which DH World Champs Bike is Your Favorite?




146 Comments

  • + 96
 Correction: 37 custom painted bikes, 2 custom stickers on the Glory's. Expected a bit more from a company like Giant.
  • + 58
 They're in full savings mode to afford Gwin
  • + 72
 @genericmk: not even gwin could make a giant desirable...
  • + 11
 Seriously Propain, nothing?!
  • + 6
 38 custom bikes. Loris's second bike is not shown
  • + 2
 @genericmk: to afford how to build a long travel 29er
  • + 1
 Still has more stickers than Shaw's bike.
  • + 11
 And what about mondraker. Brooks and Lauries bikes look the same other than their names are different
  • + 3
 The only thing that"ll make the v-10 look good isn't paint, its photoshop.
  • + 2
 The best looking bike is the one that wins. Minnaar's bike looks like something I left from behind the other day.
  • + 3
 @spaceofades: Have you ever tried one? I hired one and was totally surprised of how well it felt!
  • + 1
 @pbullard2017: That's because his first one looks like a 13 year old mental patient designed it.
  • + 1
 @fracasnoxteam: Phil's is in there.
  • + 1
 @Rubberelli: yes, and they did nothing!
  • + 56
 Peatys spit fire themed v10 still the coolest looking dh bike ever.
  • + 7
 my most memorable peaty bike was the old black /hazard yellow 224. still sick. dont know how to pick a favorite here, but theyre mostly all sick AF, im sure all the riders are stoked to rip these bikes apart... even giant's
  • + 2
 @lyleo: yes, i remember seeing that rig on the big pages of decline
  • + 2
 That's the one I was looking for ????
  • + 1
 My thoughts exactly, Peatys bikes for worlds were outstanding.
  • + 37
 I'm a sucker for that red on Mark's sender
  • + 12
 I'm on the same page here. That red is luxurious (no other word for it) and the Canadian graphics are very clean and subtle
  • + 2
 I couldn't stop staring at it in the vital video, it looks ridiculously good in motion. They did an incredible job with that bike
  • + 4
 Any metallic colors like that look so damn good
  • + 34
 I've always loved the weird forest service green. Such a good on the intense, and for a good cause!
  • + 11
 There was some serious effort put into some of the other paintjobs but overall Charlie’s just looks good!
  • + 33
 I want Vali Holls bike!!!! Tell YT to make this a purchasable color way on the CAPRA!!!!
  • + 3
 It is pretty spectacular. I love Wallaces red chrome, but had to give the nod to Vali's. Would love something like that on my Norco.
  • + 15
 Does anyone else read Jure Zabjek’s name in Rob warner’s voice?
  • + 3
 I totally did.
  • + 2
 Jure subject
  • + 10
 Finding it hard to look past the Kestrel's metallic paint job, but Eddie's Camo Phoenix is hard to ignore, Siegenthaler's themed paintjob is a thing of subtle, understated beauty, Norton's Wilson belongs in a showroom and Höll's Tues should be prescribed learning for all maunfacturers on what a 2-tone paintjob should be. I can't choose. I am happy that I have my desktop images sorted for the next while at least though.
  • + 13
 Man, that Cube is just absolute butt.
  • + 3
 should take a few riders and do some sort of "d-o-n-k-e-y" competition where the loser has to ride a custom paint job that the others design
  • + 7
 I'm probably the only one not liking brunis demo, it looks kinda cheesy with the chrome and gold... (I know he has the right to wear gold as he is the current world champion...)
  • + 4
 You need a gold chain necklace with exposed chest hair to rock that bike.
  • + 9
 Holl’s ftw...the best custom paint I’ve seen in a while def goes to Bryn Atkinsons artist though,that thing is primo
  • + 8
 All the senders are tight, love the red on Wallace's. I want that in a production bike!
  • + 1
 Canyon nailed it. I went with troys bike, but all the canyons look so slick.
  • + 6
 Angle’s YT and Bruni’s Demo are drop dead gorgeous Drool I do like the simplicity with Emilie’s Pivot with the chair lift and Vali Holl’s YT with the tree line tup
  • + 6
 mondraker didnt get the memo this year... brook became a brit and borrowed lauries spare bike.. if your gonna do a custom bike dont do it the same colours it comes with stock!
  • + 2
 The chance to do a black mondy and they chocked
  • + 2
 @shakeyakey: a black mondy would of looked rad!
  • + 2
 Well it does sorta have a muted nz flag on the tt. Still barely distinguishable from stock.
  • + 5
 I voted for Kye A'Hern - that matte green/yellow fade looks ridiculously good in the sun IMO.

But Vali Holl probably takes it overall.
  • + 1
 So did I, that fade. I'm a sucker for yellow mavics too
  • + 2
 Agree. It's the standout. Canyon seem to have nailed the team prize.
  • + 6
 Got to say Dakota Norton's bike looks like it was stolen from Evel Kenevil. Is he wearing a cape this weekend?
  • + 6
 Minaar may be a legend but that paint job ain’t going to win any awards ????
  • + 5
 The view from the drive side of Loic's bike does not do that paint job justice!
  • + 6
 I'm torn between Greenland's and Macdonald's
  • + 3
 Picking the best is impossible and will always be up to one's personal bullshit. The worst however is easy to spot- Greg Minnaar has the ugliest bike in World Champ History. Still smashing records.
  • + 2
 Even though there might be one or two bikes with better paint jobs than my favorite this year, Adam Brayton's, I think it would be hard to argue that anyone has a better spec list. Especially considering all the tricked-out, custom anodized and laser etched Hope bling his bike is decked out with. His bikes are essentially my dream bike every World's race.
  • + 1
 Tippie's Custom Painthouse 2014 Rocky Mountain Flatline

A custom paint job that still to this day is as badass as it is a motherhucker!

www.pinkbike.com/news/Tippies-Custom-Painthouse-2014-Rocky-Mountain-Flatline.html
  • + 2
 There is some strange thinking going on at Scott. Adam Brayton's bike doesn't have a bashguard and the 2019 Ransom doesn't even have ISCG tabs! Are there no rocks in Scott-land?
  • + 5
 Bruni’s DEMO.....OMG!!!!
Near perfect.
  • + 5
 come on, nothing for atwills propain??? that thing is beautiful
  • + 1
 I voted for Phils Machine, I like it simple.
  • + 5
 Vali Holl has the best YT Tues. Sue me.
  • + 2
 Lot's or really nice looking bikes here... The one I would pay to own and ride however is Myriam Nicole's Commencal Supreme. Find a way to tie the wheels in and you have a winner.
  • + 4
 It's a shame the best looking bike won't be on the track. Heal up Neko!
  • + 1
 YT wins for sure.
Looks like they invested in the painting in 2018...

2013-2015 paint was good, but then 2016-2017’s paint fell off if a bee flew within 20 yards.

2018 capra’s paint is the best yet....
  • + 1
 Has anyone else noticed how Danny Hart’s bike is the only one that doesn’t have the tyre logos matched up with the rim logos. Thought these were supposed to be the best mechanics in the world!
  • + 1
 I actually tin-foiled that Bruni's mechanic might not have had the time to match so they removed the wheels Big Grin
  • + 0
 They are all very nice. I voted for Moir's Intense M29. Maybe because I ride the M16c now but I really like the green. I wonder if they keep these bikes when they are done racing or do they go back to the team. It would be cool if they auctioned them off for charity.
  • + 6
 charlie harrison is auctioning his for the wildland firefighters foundation! pb just lit it up in an article, kudos to intense and harrison!
  • + 2
 WHERE IS THE "SELECT ALL" AND "ADD TO CART" BUTTONS????

Yeah it's in all caps, because I'm yellin'. Haven't you seen Sam L Jackson movies?
  • + 2
 No counting grams this race! Each bike has about 2 pounds of paint on it Wink
  • - 1
 Dear Canyon... South Africa's colours are Green and Gold. Autralia's colours and Gold and Green... I mean seriously! The Amarula floats on top of the peppermint liqueur in a Springbokkie. There's only one patch of green topping off the desert that is Austrailia. Easy to remember... It's the way it is. The way it always has been... Wink
  • + 1
 I'm not sure if it is what they were going for but it reminds me of Jack Brabham's F1 cars.
  • + 2
 usually im not a fan of our (austrian) flag, but damn, looks so awesome on a YT tues Big Grin
  • + 1
 No votes for polygon? You could've knocked me over with a feather! I thought there were so many pinkbikers that loved it that they're gonna break sales record.
  • + 3
 Some true works of art, there!
  • + 0
 I get that Vali Holl's bike, especially the attention to detail, is amazing, but come on man. The whole thing is made up of two colors. I personally do not know how it's winning by such a big margin
  • + 2
 The trees, dude, the trees! Attention to detail requestedWink
  • + 1
 Troy has repped some sick Worlds bikes over the years, but those Commencal Vallnord rigs are dope! Their regular season bikes weren't bad either.
  • + 2
 Siegenthaler my fave. Bruni & Brayton's are up there to.

Diggin' Minaar's theme 'All eyes on me'?
  • + 2
 Vali's so fire, Myriam and Tahnee are such a great way to end this - feels to me the grils got the best looking bikes !
  • + 3
 Those Intense are green... with Enves. Sorry. I'll see myself out.
  • + 1
 All of these bikes are amazing but Dean Lucas’ Intense combines the perfect mix of patriotism, Intense heritage (check old M1 decals), and racer.
  • + 1
 I'd be glad if bike manufacturers wouldn't spec their lower priced bikes in awful colour schemes on purpose. Yes Scott I'm looking at you.
  • + 1
 One of my favorite articles every year! I like how they couldn't be bothered to put wheels on Loic's bike~who needs em anyways
  • + 1
 best custom paint is on Jack Readings Nicolai its called “raw aluminium”
  • + 1
 Brayton all the way. Holl's is also sick, but I can't get enough of all that hope on Kestrel's rig
  • + 2
 Why do I have to pick just one?
  • + 1
 Changed my vote after a second look. Loris' bike has the most soul... that looks like the sort of bike you win with
  • + 1
 Most of you have good taste. I would kill for that bike. Such a nice detail that tree line. Like a chainsaw!!!
  • + 1
 Brayton’s hands down. Attention to detail, multi stage anodising... looks incredible and ticks all the boxes
  • + 1
 Dear Kona. Please make Connor's kit available to the public. That green/gold bike/helmet...
  • + 2
 Mathieu Van der Poel's Canyon Lux
  • + 1
 It’s good to see the Polygons getting so much love
  • + 2
 Josh Brycelands 2016 V10
  • + 1
 Charlie Harrison’s because of the thought behind his scheme.
  • + 1
 Erik Irmisch`s YT Tues for sure
  • + 1
 All eyes on Greg Minnarr then...
  • + 1
 Charlie's because he's raffling it off .
  • + 1
 Greg has a RED spring. his bike wins ok. good.
  • + 1
 I thought we did this already?
  • + 1
 I’m really digging those Cube Two15’s
  • + 1
 YEAH! WE GOT A POLL! Fab
  • + 1
 is luca shaw v10 custom or just next year colors?
  • + 1
 I thought most of those YTs look fugley!
  • + 1
 No way I can vote for just one
  • + 1
 The YT'S and the Scott looks great
  • + 1
 This is why I love Down Hill mountain bikes %100
  • + 1
 Alex Marin's Saracen Myst looks like a freaking hornet
  • + 1
 Transition for the win on this one
  • + 1
 ruined by the muck off sticker though
  • + 1
 Not all DH bikes, only a few have chain idlers... ahahahaha thb!
  • + 1
 Why do the giants look fucking gash
  • - 1
 They look like a trek session. Wouldn't swop my bmx for that.
  • + 1
 Not very exciting this year
  • + 1
 Pivot will be my next bike... they're aaaaaaaawesome
  • + 1
 All the females' bikes look better
  • - 1
 Eddie Masters' bike is horrific, cant believe anyone voted for that. Something i would come up with if i was 12, had Photoshop and too many red bulls
  • + 1
 Troy , your painted frame is unique ;]
  • + 1
 There's too many to choose from!!!
  • + 0
 Not sure about the Mondrakers imo..! Rest look ace! Still I’ll hope to see one on the top step...
  • + 2
 What do you mean? They’ve put loads of effort in by applying that Union Jack decal to Lauries top tube
  • + 1
 That last Canyon!
  • + 0
 where is the "none...they are all shite" option
  • + 1
 All eyes are on Minnaar.
  • + 1
 Pottie got robbed ????
  • - 2
 i don't know are they all 29ers?
  • - 1
 O [None of the above]
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