Pinkbike Poll: Wild or Mild - What Makes A Bike Look Great?

Nov 25, 2020
by Brian Park  


Colour and graphics are hard. Long after the engineers engineer, and the industrial designers design, it's the graphic designers who are the last step in a product's looks before it gets released into the wild. Balancing brand identity, market trends, and opinions from literally everyone with an internet connection, it's easy to get overwhelmed and rely on anecdotal advice and gut feelings—"taste may be subjective, but everyone who disagrees with me is wrong!"

Jokes aside, just like the subjective nature of riding style, I wonder if there's more consensus than we think. I have a hunch that more than a few product managers will take a look at this poll, so here's your chance to tell them what you're more likely to want in 2022 and 2023.





The Giant Trance X is available in this wild paint job. I can't decide whether I like it or not, but it's unique for sure.

In general, how loud do you want your bike to look?



Specialized is doing some unique solid colours with minimal branding this year.

What are your favourite bike colours?

Choose all of the colours you like, but remember this for a one-colour bike, so if you choose yellow, green, and orange you're NOT choosing a bike with all 3 colours, you're just saying you like yellow bikes, green bikes, and orange bikes.



Dangerholm takes colours, fades, and graphics to the next level.

How many colours do you want on your bike?

If you like blue bikes with no graphics (or tone-on-tone graphics), choose 1 colour; if you like blue bikes with black or white graphics, choose 2 colours; if you like half blue half yellow bikes with a black wordmark, choose 3 colours; etc.



The Kavenz bike is available with a sandblasted, then chemically polished and black anodized finish that looks amazing.



Purple ano's popularity is cyclical.

Which of these aesthetic trends do you DISLIKE?

Choose all that apply.



How matchy do you want to get?

What do you like your components to look like?

Controls, bars/stem/cranks, etc. Choose all that apply.



Santa Cruz Megatower review
When brands like Santa Cruz mix Fox and RockShox suspension they usually take care to match up the fork and shock colour regardless.



The BC Originals Podsol has no graphics at all, save for an embossed head-tube logo.

What kind of graphics do you like on your bike?



Can't scratch paint that isn't there.

What's more important, paint/finish looks or paint durability?



Tom Richards photo
Ibis's distinctive industrial design is sometimes polarizing in the comments.

Assuming equal performance, is good industrial design (bike shape) or good colour/graphics more important to you?



Yeti has one of the nicest headtube badges out there.

How do you feel about headtube badges?



Most of the models in Trek's Slash lineup are available in two or three colourways, and it's also available in their custom Project One program.

Do you want more choices or less when it comes to bike colours?



Less than 37lb 16.8kg Incredibly fast
Would you ride it if the performance was there?

How important to you are a bike's aesthetics?







What trends did we miss? What other factors do you look at in terms of aesthetics? What do you think designers and product teams should be doing?


352 Comments

  • 453 4
 Gathering information for the first production batch of grim donuts...... Just do them pink........with sprinkles. All the sprinkles...... And a metal unicorn headtube badge!
  • 26 0
 Multi layer hot pink paint with foil 'sprinkles' under clear coat.... oh yeah!
  • 160 1
 And I'd have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!
  • 71 0
 And jam in the downtube so when the headtube snaps off it was a grim jelly donut.
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: Zoinks. Save it for solitary confinement, Miner Forty-Niner.

incorporate the term pinkers using ghost sprinkle graphics and you've got yourself a winner.
  • 13 2
 Unicorns are kick ass!!
  • 8 0
 Well, there are two extremes for me. One is black murder machine looks, other is bizare mismatch of everything, like pink with sprinkles and bright neon green components with oilslick or gold chain.
  • 1 0
 And.... a subtle sticker of a really overweight cop, under the clear coat!
  • 1 0
 For all the Pinkers our there
  • 3 0
 @whattheheel: and Depeche Mode is a sweet band!
  • 2 0
 @tincancharlie: My Mom would agree! lol
  • 2 0
 @Andykmn: ???? this needs more upvotes
  • 2 0
 @tincancharlie: enjoy the silence.
  • 1 1
 @Andykmn: this is the best comment in the herstory of comments.
  • 2 0
 It goes against everything I just voted for, but I'd buy one. Give me the sprinkles.
  • 2 0
 @tincancharlie: best film ever
  • 1 0
 I have unicorns on my e-MTB, thanks to DYEDBROS
  • 137 0
 What I want, what I really, really want, is to paint my frame without voiding the warranty
  • 6 0
 @iiman ^^ this guy gets the bigger picture
  • 19 1
 How much base material did you remove when prepping? Did you use a chemical stripper, is it compatible with your frame material? Way too many dumb people out there who shouldn't be doing restoration or mechanical work thinking they can handle it because they read or watched something on the web. There is just too much liability with how many variables there are.
  • 8 8
 @kleinschuster: Really? Ho many people would actually repaint the frame, like 1:10000? And most of people who would consider it would pay for professional painting anyway. Companies must understand that a warranty policy which favors customer attracts buyers.
  • 24 0
 I want that too. But then you have some dumbass who would think it's a good idea to strip his carbon frame with an angle grinder and a wire wheel. I've just gotten over having warranties. What I really wish is that you could buy unpainted frames. That would save hours of work.
  • 19 1
 @lkubica: Customers must understand companies are not going to warranty a product that has been modified in a way that cannot be verified as done correctly or to the standards the company wants. It doesn't matter if it is 1 in 10 or 1 in 100000, a company can't tolerate damage to their reputation and open themselves up to litigation as a result of some person modifying their product. Example, someone strips a carbon frame with a chemical stripper that has an adverse effect on the resin, they don't notice, repaint the bike and begin riding it. The frame fails at some point in the near future. You think the original manufacturer should be on the hook? Nonsense. Maybe there is a business case to develop a network of authorized refinishers but I simply don't think there is a large enough market or people would actually step up to pay what it would cost for an "authorized" refinish.
  • 10 0
 I want that for helmets. Gimme a full face in undercoat ready for artistry. Sure, the manufacturer could specify what types of paints to use and anything other than that can void the warranty, but helmets are one place where custom is nice.
  • 6 0
 This is exactly why I've been vinyl wrapping my frame, as the warranty has come in handy twice so far.
  • 1 0
 Say it louder for the ones in the back
  • 1 0
 @kleinschuster: doesn't need to be DIY. It can be a shop designated by the dealer/brand in each country to guarantee the process.
  • 1 0
 @DemoB: I have been wondering about frame wraps for some time and if they would void the warranty as well. We have been told that applying vinyl or tints etc... to our windows would void their warranty(commercial windows).

This may be the case for bike frames. There could be a chemical reaction from the glue on the wrap with the frame resin etc...
  • 3 0
 @iiman: I said that in my last sentence. Still don't believe there is enough of a market to build a business off it it though. How many people would actually put down the likely $1000-2000 for an "authorized" refinish? Not many. The cost to establish the network of authorized shops, train the staff, and then continuously verify they're doing what they are required is simply too much. Manufacturers would rather just not deal with the hassle and send you a new frame if you have a valid warranty complaint on an original product they manufactured and finished.
  • 2 0
 @kleinschuster: oh, I hadn't read the whole thread.
No need to build a new business or anything complicated, just an agreement between the distributor and a stablished shop local to them.

I they manage to design in California, outsource manufacturing and QC to China, then ship acrosss the globe to every country and straight to your door... I'm sure this is just a small step
  • 2 4
 @kleinschuster: buy metal and pretty much who cares? Yet another fantastic plastic failure.
  • 2 0
 @kleinschuster: I recently built up a frame using three segments from three different bikes(same model bike)> All three sections were different colors. I've done the full paint removal methods in the past(sandblast/solvents..then layers of automotive paints), but on this I wanted a quick and simple job so I used rattle can spray paints and did a pretty sweet fade job , added some clearcoat and it looks like it came from the factory! Then again I'm not worried about warranty on this bike..I just wanted it to look cool, and so far the paint is holding up really well and I doubt I'll ever do the full paint removal like I have in the past
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: if it like 1:10000 customers who want to paint their frame, manufacturers aren’t going to bother to carve out exceptions
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: that hypothetical ratio would actually make sense for them to not void the warranty if you think about it.
  • 1 0
 @hmstuna: yes! Last winter I Dangerholm'd my Evil (with the same knife even!) And it was easy too much work. Many years ago, when I had a hook up, I got an S&M frame raw from factory to paint myself, and that was awesome.
  • 3 0
 @kleinschuster: yea right, the frame "may bend or buckle" after this procedure
  • 2 1
 @kleinschuster: “Customers must understand companies are not going to warranty a product that has been modified in a way that cannot be verified as done correctly or to the standards the company wants.”

Frames are assembled with poor quality parts and improper tools all the time, without any manufacturer oversight. Should the frame fail in the future it can be returned. The manufacturer will assess the cause of failure and decide if the warranty claim is valid. This could be the same for repainting a frame.
  • 1 0
 Hell yes. I'd get it done every 3 seasons.
  • 1 0
 @iiman: why can’t someone just offer blank frames? A million companies do this with single-speed bikes, skis, snowboards, etc. All the liability is in the stripping process, not in painting, right?
  • 1 0
 @bmxslinger: Morakniv for the win. Mine has been great.
  • 1 1
 @hevi: sure until someone gets a little too wild and excessively sands down a weld too far. It is a certainty that some percentage of the human population will find a way to fail at a task when given an opportunity.
  • 1 0
 Simple solution: Wrap it. At my shop we have several companies that wrap cars or whatever that are happy to do the same for a bike frame. Cost is about the same as a one-color paint job, but you can pick pretty much any color/pattern combination you can think of for the same price.
  • 1 0
 @fabwizard: at least in my experience with Yeti's warranty, haven't had an issue. My last warranty frame was a random colour as the distro mentioned to Yeti that I'd be wrapping it anyway, so colour wasn't important. But for wrapping, I've stuck to 3M's 1080 and 2080 ranges, and it peels of cleanly, no residue or marking to the frame. Just don't by cheap stuff, makes everything difficult.
  • 1 0
 @DemoB: for your wraps, you were doing the entire frame? As in couldn't tell what the original color was/is?
  • 2 0
 @bman33: Sorry it took me so long, I've been knocked out by Covid and haven't been online much but getting better now. Yes, full wrap, no original paint showing. You can see the seams where the wrap meets under the tubes, but from a few feet away it isn't obvious.
  • 1 0
 @Anomie-X: does look good. Curious is the cost? Trying to weigh that versus a custom paint for a carbon cross frame
  • 85 1
 I don't mind when a bike comes in one standard color like black, white, green or whatever. However, if you are going to give your bike/spec a wild color like purple, neon green or bright orange then there should be black or standard color available.


I'm looking at you Norco, Salsa, etc.
  • 28 1
 Santa Cruz does a nice job with this. They usually do a bright gloss color and a more subtle matte color.
  • 91 1
 @NWuntilirest: yeah SC gives you the option of either matte baby poop grey or glossy dog poop brown, your choice!
  • 1 2
 In atleast Salsa's case, they atleast offer an awesome neutral frameset. ie. the Cassidy, carbon gx build is DISGUSTING, but they offer a frame (with a factory x2) in raw carbon. Obviously nice if you could get a top end full bike thats not circus colored but they atleast make it possible.
  • 4 0
 You forgot Kona, who save millions each year by using leftover neon paint bought by the truckload.
  • 11 0
 @NWuntilirest: I miss the (very) old Santa Cruz web site from where you could play with the 20 colors on the color picker for hours, including separate colors for front and rear triangles.
  • 1 0
 @dthomp325: that too. Hit or miss. Some color schemes are fire some aren’t.
  • 2 0
 @dthomp325: TIL babies poop is grey.
  • 2 0
 @MumblesBarn: only if you feed them raw porpoise and lead-based paint chips.
  • 109 42
 fuck tan wall fuck oil slick
  • 7 4
 Yeah! I remember when I bought my bike, my lbs wanted to sell me a couple of tan Maxxis cause it was cool and diferent! No way, not for me
Funny that oil slick is a thing nowadays, but lots of people actually doesn’t like it according to this poll
  • 14 0
 You want Exxon to take a giant shit all over your bike? That'll cost extra.
  • 8 11
 Say ist louder: f*ck TAN/SKIN WALL AND f*ck OLI SLICK Smile
  • 5 2
 @Pyres: I used to like it, but I feel it’s had it’s time. Like cammo
  • 47 7
 nah bullshit nothing wrong with tan walls
  • 1 0
 @CustardCountry: You're gonna love my tyres if you think camo is out of style.....
  • 2 0
 My man !
  • 2 1
 "Which of these aesthetic trends do you DISLIKE?"

All of the above!?
  • 3 0
 @Curse-of-the-foot-long-sub: I read this in an extremely Aussie accent to the best of my abilities, in my head
  • 1 0
 @Pyres: I think with oil slick it is quite polarising. A lot of people hate it, a lot of people love it. Not as many are like "Meh, take it or leave it" so even though a lot of people don't like it there is a big market for it.

Something plain and uninteresting which has everyone like "Ok, whatever" will not have as many people who dislike it and also not have as many sales.
  • 5 0
 It depends on the bike. Just throwing these on any bike doesn't look good. But if you have single colour dark framed bike with some oil slick - bam! Now that's fire. Or you grab those tan walls and put them with the right scheme, you've got some trail art happening.
  • 1 1
 @rrolly: f*ck you!
  • 52 3
 Two things.
1. If you don’t like purple ano are you even a real mountain biker. That is what made it in the 90’s
2. Headbadges are ???? necessary on a bike.
  • 27 2
 Headbadges are 100%
  • 38 43
flag tomhoward379 (Nov 25, 2020 at 12:07) (Below Threshold)
 Purple should stay in the 90’s
  • 25 5
 Speaking of 90s can we have silver components back, please?!?!
  • 3 9
flag Chuckolicious (Nov 25, 2020 at 14:18) (Below Threshold)
 @p0zi: 100% cringey old-timey hipster, for sure.
  • 1 1
 #make3Dvioletgreatagain
  • 1 0
 @gotohe11carolina: hard to get silver components these days, but not impossible. but yeah, i want them back too.
  • 55 10
 Colored cables/hoses is the most abominable.
  • 13 3
 Don't draw attention to a part of the bike that never looks good anyways.
  • 6 0
 I didn't know that existed. I dont think I wanted to know
  • 46 6
 Murdered out is so boring and bland.
  • 32 4
 wear a clown costume when you ride, it will offset the blacked out bike.
  • 10 1
 @fabwizard: It's called Moto style in this industry mate
  • 10 0
 @tempest3070: the clown costume, or the murdered out bike?
  • 9 0
 @Grosey: check TLD website for answer.
  • 2 0
 True, it only looks good on the very first ride
  • 39 3
 All about color and style and no mention of your friends in Asheville? Check's in the mail, I swear!
  • 58 1
 Can you fill us in? I’m always curious about what Cane Creek is up to!
  • 33 1
 @unrooted: well played, rider.. well played.
  • 35 3
 Where's GIANT FCKING TYRE LOGO'S on the dislike choice
  • 9 0
 You don’t enjoy lining them up with the rim graphics?!
  • 7 1
 @tobiusmaximum: oh definitely as long as they subtle,it helps me find the valve when my brain ain't working. it's the GIANT LOOK AT ME IM A FREE BILLBOARD ADVERTIMENT LIKE ALL MY FAVOURITE SPONSORED PRO'S that suck, looking at you Michelin, I mean shwalbe are big but still subtle an those stupid fckng names. An shit, while I'm at it do I really need like 10 different things on my tyres telling me all the specs an compounds an sized etc etc
  • 5 0
 Big hot patches look great on flat/murdered out bikes IMO.

They do make already busy bikes look even worse though.
  • 5 1
 I'm looking at you Maxxis
  • 8 0
 @nojzilla: daaaam boy try meditation
  • 3 0
 @nsp234: words of a man who's never seen michelin tyres.
  • 4 1
 This. But not just applicable to tyres.

I don't wanna wear a dayglo f*cking logo.
I don't want my bike plastered with f*cking logos, the graphics won't make my riding less shit.

IMO all the branding makes mtb so/too much about status and this leads to dumb f*cking prejudice, watch the behaviours when you roll up to a group of riders you don't know, the bike check is immediate, you are being quantified before anyone has seen you ride.

As many videos on PB and elsewhere prove, a shit bike can be ridden really f*cking well.
Pick a colour you like but DEBADGE NOW!
  • 4 1
 @Steventux: I look at people’s bikes immediately. Because I like bikes. Not because I give a shit what bike you ride. Or how you ride.

Relax. Not everyone is judging you.
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum: I'm not that fussed about it, much of what I wrote before was meant as good humoured hyperbole (or hyper-bile), use of caps is a honeypot Big Grin
I think this sort of behaviour is very much part of human nature.
It's much like folk comparing their 4x4s and Porsche's in the golf club car park.
Some of those people, like you, will 'just like cars', and some will be identifying the status symbols and forming a pecking order. Mountain biking is very similar, including the what-you-drove-to-get-here part.
Compare it to something like skateboarding or BMX though and the tech doesn't matter so much, there is less interest in the machine and more in the human capability, I think I prefer that on the whole as I assume most people go biking to aquire and hone skills, not categorise or be categorised on their possessions.

Also I've paid for a bike, an advertising deal isn't implicit in that so I'd prefer less branding in general.
  • 1 0
 No one can read mine as they are always rolling...
  • 35 3
 I like silver spokes
  • 6 0
 As do I. They're cheaper than the black ones now too!
  • 8 1
 oh yeah. add to that silver spokes on silver hubs, love that clean look. IMO its best on I9s w/ those thick ass spokes lol
  • 2 0
 I don't understand the hate tbh, is not something I even think about
  • 5 0
 Also they are lighter, so they are faster.
  • 1 3
 @iiman: my new bike has polished nipples up front, with black rims and spokes. I've never had a bike with polished nipples, and whenever I ride I cannot un-see the polished nipples going round and round in my peripheral.

It is very frustrating. (1st world problems)
  • 6 0
 @jaycubzz: Dude, stop saying polished nipples. You're making me uncomfortable!
  • 5 0
 @Stoaks: p o l i s h e d n i p p l e s
  • 29 2
 Remember kids, if you are getting a product for free - that means you are the product.
  • 2 0
 And that, for most people, it's absolutely fine to be the product. Only the very marketing-vulnerable need to worry about it.
  • 40 16
 The number of ppl who like or want plain black bikes is staggering. Where do you plan to ride it, at board meetings?, or do you guys think that by having a black bike your so much menincing and/or cool?..., well, I have news...and the news are, you guys are just lacking imagination. It is an effin bike!, you buy to have fun on it, to do crazy, shitty stuff on it, not to get to funerals on it or to board meetings at the bank.
  • 21 6
 Once youve seen your new rider friend on a neon blue & yellow bike with matching neon blue and yellow parts and kit, you tend to step back and reconsider things.
  • 8 1
 I've had both loud and drab, and the boring / black was always about not wanting to call attention to my bike...
  • 17 3
 You've missed the point entirely. If all brands always have a black model, new bike purchases are much easier to do under the radar. It's the constant color variation that makes covert bike purchases challenging.
  • 11 3
 Or we just prefer black...
  • 17 1
 @rickybobby18: Exactly. If it's the same colour she'll never know.
  • 5 3
 There are two possible colors for bikes in my mind: black, and non-black. And I prefer my bikes black, thank you very much.

On a related matter, what's going on with Santa Cruz and their colour pallette? Are they picking up the sale remnants at Home Depot?
  • 6 3
 Or we simply want a bike that doesn’t clash with everything we already own, and don’t want to have to buy new stuff.

Then you can swap over components without the end result looking absurd. Same with kit/helmet/etc.

Also, when did black become uncool? A black anno Banshee looks pretty sweet to me. Like something Darth Vader would ride, or a stealth bomber.

Looks don’t matter tons to me, but If I’m choosing between a black (or other relatively neutral) frame, and a neon purple/tie die frame, I’m going with the non crazy option 8 times out of 10.
  • 6 2
 Blacked out bikes are easier to adapt to all the colour trends that change every year. It’s easier to change out grips and saddles than to change the frame lol.
  • 6 1
 This is dumb. Do you think you are cool or special because you have a colorful bike? I guess not, you probably just like how it looks. Same for most people.
I don't see how the average joe has more imagination because he has a frame color the bike came with stock and some anodized parts like many thousand other people too. Choosing a slightly different combo of these parts isn't really that special or artistic.
In the end that stuff shouldn't even matter and the fun you mention should come from riding and not from subjective bike fashion
  • 4 0
 My wife had a black one once, said she really liked it. Said she’s probably never going to go back to another since that day.
  • 2 0
 you know what they say - "if ain't black..."
  • 3 0
 @hambobet: I you don't vote for me you ain't black
  • 4 0
 @ocnlogan: sad to admit, I've got this problem. My last bike was grey with some orange ano bits. So I had quite a lot of orange in my riding kit (helps with not getting squashed on the commute too). Bought a new bike in bright green/yellow (in the same do couldn't choose colour). Now I look somewhere between a lime and orange tictac or an advert for highlighter pens. Guess I need to crash more to put holes in the clothes so I can replace them...
  • 2 1
 @eugenux :there is an inverse relationship between how much color/bling people have on their bikes to how much skill they have on that bike.
  • 2 5
 @ranke: I think you are making a confusion here...I did no say you should matach the color of your hubs with the color of your grips(although, it looks nice imo) and the color of your thongs..., I only said black bikes are borring af and show that the rider has no freakin' imagination. It is exactly the same way ppl buy silver cars...or companies buy black german sedans for their employees. It is rarher sad, actually.
But yeah, keep saying that black is "THE" "color"..as it is not, in both ways.

Ppl with black cars, bikes, mtbs, clothing, sunglasses, etc bore me to death. They have no style, no imagination and basically, no culture. They cannot project a coherent image of their inner self in the outside...as they aren't developed as a person(grumpy teens usually wore in some of their phases..); it get's complicated...let's simplify it for you(and others like you): you're basic...as in the memes.
  • 4 0
 @eugenux:

So because people don’t share your favorite color, you think they are all boring, uncultured, style-less, basic, non-imaginative, non-developed (as a person) people, who only attend funerals and board meetings?

Wow.

There are tons of reasons why people might like black, or other “boring” colors.

They might just like them. Their personalities might be more introverted/subdued. They might want an easier color to resell, or one that attracts less attention, or tons of other reasons.

My favorite color isn’t black, or any other neutral color, but I tend to prefer more subdued colors for my bike, that I can do more low key accents on with my favorite colors. IMO, that looks better/more tasteful than a really loud bike covered in oil slick, anno purple, and neon clear/fluorescent clown/whatever.

And, that doesn’t make me right, as it’s just my preference. But hearing you say people with different preferences are boring/lame seems wildly inaccurate.

Just like if I said that people who like neon metallic mauve frames with color shift decals were all socially awkward, obnoxious, annoying people would be kind of weird, and probably wildly inaccurate.
  • 2 0
 @ocnlogan: well said.

I say it once more, that whole imagination statement is just dumb and the questionable developed person here is the one who can't understand that different poeple may just prefer different aesthetics without having psychological issues.
  • 2 0
 I want to be noticed because of my riding, not because of my bike. Black is utilitarian and functional. Black says leave me alone and don't ruin my vibe.
  • 1 0
 @Sscottt: I’d rather just not be noticed.
  • 1 2
 @derechtefux: I can very much understand...but, you're wrong in your assumption. Color is not something like sram vs shimano or fox vs rs , etc-etc.
Color relates directly to (perceived)personality type. Wink
  • 2 3
 @Sscottt: Also translated to "PLEASE NOTICE ME SENPAI" "WHAT EVER YOU DO DON'T NOTICE MY BLACKED OUT STEALTH BIKE" "NO REALLY JUST LOOK AT MY RIDING" "PLEASE JUST LEAVE ME ALONE (BUT SERIOUSLY NOTICE ME, JUST SAY ANYTHING I NEED ATTENTION)" "YOU ARE RUINING MY VIBE (THANKS FOR PAYING ATTENTION FOR ME, SIMPS HAVEN'T UBOATED MY REDDIT OR INSTA ENOUGH AND MY EGO HURTS CAUSE THEY DONT LIKE MY BLACKED OUT BIKE THATS EXACTLY LIKE ALL THE REST)"
  • 5 0
 @JoshieK: woah bro... rough day?
  • 1 0
 @JoshieK: Well yah. There is two sides to everything. Just like black... Mysterious...
  • 1 0
 @brandaneisma: Well that's just sad.
  • 1 1
 @BuildSendRinseRepeat: NO BODY NOTICE MY ALL BLACK BICYLE. I DONT WANT TO BE NOTICED FOR MY ALL BLACK BICYCLE!
  • 19 1
 would be great if component manufacturers had access to exact color specs used by bike companies
  • 28 0
 They often do, and vice versa. But actually colour matching is incredibly hard. Especially when people attempt to match paint to anodizing, or wet paint to powder coat, etc.
  • 11 1
 hey shimano i need 1000 anodized pink xt cranks for the gim doughnut.
  • 2 0
 Someone should come up with some sort of Matching System for colors. I have some contacts at Pantene, ill run your idea up the flagpole and see if they can work something out. Maybe a book of color chips?
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: What Pantone?!?! Give me pantone for the purple ano.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: Anodize is difficult since it is entirely dependent on how clean someone's process is. Liquid paint and powder coat are easy to match, literally no excuses. Any reputable body shop can color match a painted component you bring them. Prismatic Powders will mix custom powder based on a sample panel or Pantone reference.
  • 4 1
 @RonSauce: 100% doesn't work that way. Pantone only deals with solid colours and maybe a few metallic colours. Paint and especially anything with any effect or sparkle is created by layering multiple paints, effects and materials. Car paint has a really cool ways to deal with this. They have massive databases that catalog mixing ratios, products and layering to match the desired effect. Bikes is different because there are so many more manufactures in more countries with more colours/effects and less organization. typically you will request a paint code out of a specified asian paint catalog. The factory will then produce a sample to be confirmed. The colour sample is king and they catalog there own mixing ratios and methods of production. If you go to a different factory and ask for the same colour they could produce it completely differently. Even if you had all paints and colours of all bikes cataloged does not mean that all bikes produced with X paint code will actually match.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: that makes a lot of sense, so how come almost every brand tries to colour match a sticker on the fork with paint on a frame? It sort of matches, but doesn't really match (especially once the sun has been on the sticker for a year or so) and then a bike that costs many thousands of your chosen currency ends up looking like a poorly made child toy
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 @theredbike: I 1000% understand how it works. Im a professional color guy. PMS stands for pantone matching system, thats what its developed for. Obviously different processes and materials are going to have variety.
Thanks for trying to mansplain my job to me, that was pretty entertaining.
  • 4 0
 @RonSauce: What is a "professional color guy"?
  • 10 1
 @kleinschuster: A white guy paid to act in movies portraying a black person?
  • 3 0
 @Bobadeebob: the worst is when a front triangle comes from one factory and a rear triangle comes from another, and even with PMS and shipping sample tubes between factories, etc. they still end up looking slightly different for whatever reason.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: We've tried to match a red across powder, wet paint, decals, and injection molding... not an easy task
  • 2 0
 @Alvey72: the solution is to take the data above to your board meetings. Smile
  • 1 1
 @kleinschuster: I am paid to ensure color consistency with products across platforms. Color is my specialty, paint, print, digital, photo. Im a highly skilled industrial artist. Simply put, a color guy. Im the guy who gives the thumbs up or thumbs down on when brands release products making sure all of their "iconic" colors are correct.

Its 2020, as an artist im not legally allowed to say much about where I work or what I do, due to the internet and its trolls.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: and a ladies triangle?
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: I see. Surprised to hear a company would rely on human interpretation for that task. I would think it was done with a computer vision system from someone like Cognex or similar used in vehicle manufacturing or a spectrophotometer like used in auto body shop paint matching systems.
  • 1 0
 @fabwizard: Robert Downey Jr?
  • 1 0
 @kleinschuster: there is always a person involved. Somebody has to calibrate that equipment, somebody formulates the color. You need a wrench to turn a nut, you need still need a mechanic to turn the wrench.
  • 19 0
 GOD, I must be bored.
  • 15 1
 I'll never buy another matte bike- too hard to clean. Honestly I seem to go back and forth on brightness- my latest is grey, the one before was purple, the one before was white, etc.
  • 17 1
 Matte looks fine in the showroom, but it looks like crap as soon as it gets dirty and scratched. Gloss cleans up well with a quick hose and/or wipe down and still looks good even if it's not 100% spotless.
  • 5 0
 @dthomp325: I hate matte. I had a matte bike, but it is impossible to get it to look like factory unlike gloss which you can easily get the scratches out using touch up and a buffer.
  • 1 0
 @dthomp325: and you can easly make it like brand new with few car paint care stuff
  • 5 2
 People who voted for matte have never owned it. Worst.
  • 2 1
 @healthy-not-sick-biker: Wait - people touch up their bikes?

Why?
  • 5 1
 The only response I’m surprised by in this whole poll is the love for matte frames. I’d only ever prefer matte finish on a black or very dark bike.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: the only matte finish I've ever liked is the one on my dark blue 2005 Cannondale Prophet. Otherwise I don't like them either.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: potentially that stat correlates with the number of riders who like black/dark frames?
  • 5 0
 @facelessghost: because touching up people can get you arrested. My court case is next Thursday...
  • 1 0
 And heli tape doesn't stick properly, and really shows up where it's applied. Gloss for go, matt for show?
  • 12 0
 I think everyone is overlooking one of the the most important points:

Hideous paint schemes = Awesome discounts

The colour scheme nobody else will be seen dead on i will happily ride for the right [heavily discounted] price.

Prime example: 2017 Nukeproof Mega 290 Comp. My first proper mountain bike that i had a huge discount on (which i attribute to how awful the colours looked on CRC website, where it was described as 'Lime/Red'). To be fair, colours looked a lot better in person than the pictures and i'm still awfully fond of it.
  • 16 1
 I don’t mind bikes that are all black, but I can’t stand the term ‘murdered out’
  • 11 1
 Fades are sick. Raw is cool. Tan walls are awesome on the right bike. Dressing to match your bike is also important for aesthetics.

but ultimately its all about making your bike look like your bike. if you want to run a tan wall in the front and a red tire in the back on your neon green bike with a pistachio fork go right ahead its gonna look gross but thats your bike. Will the ¨cool kids¨ with murdered out bikes make fun of you? Probably. But do whatever you want.
  • 5 0
 I always thought that if you're gonna be putting the brightest neon stuff on your bike, you'd better be able to ride at a high level to match the loudness. that's why I rock all black.
  • 11 1
 Sad to see people don't like oil slick. I think when paired right, it looks pretty sharp. My build is blacked out with oil slick bolts and gold stanchions and rear shock to match. I suppose it just comes down to it being my bike and doing what I like!
  • 3 11
flag southoftheborder (Nov 25, 2020 at 17:07) (Below Threshold)
 It was tacky in the 90s and it's still tacky today. Get over it.
  • 9 0
 according to PinkBike the perfect bike comes in black/raw metal or gray/raw carbon at each spec, has a matte finish, small branding with a headbadge, angular lines, and all the components (including shafts) are black

... I would totally buy that
  • 7 0
 I think aesthetics of your bike are fairly important! When I used to be a saleperson at a shop I liked to tell people that it made me feel good to open my bike shed, see my rig and have it make me tingle a bit. Different strokes for different folks, but sparking that "little kid" desire in people can go a long way to get them thinking about their bike or taking it out for a ride.
  • 7 1
 Both of my Orange bikes are grey.

My hardtail is stealth, with black components as I don’t want it to be too noticeable when riding through town etc. However I have a few purple components on my full suss, as you need to have some bling on your pride and joy. I haven’t gone mad though, I don’t have any 2 purple components touching. So (pedals and chainring in purple, but black cranks).

I’ll probably get downvoted for this, but I like the way the full suspension Orange bikes look, you don’t need a big logo, or headtube badge to know it is an Orange.
  • 29 0
 Are you even from the UK if your bike doesn't have all your components in 5 different colours of mismatching ano? I thought that was a rule.
  • 9 1
 Beauty is in the eye of the hinge-folder.
  • 4 1
 @teethgrinder: like every other suspension design, name me one that does not “hinge” around its main pivot!!
  • 8 0
 @Murfdog: my Spitfire. That hinged around the top tube when the downtube snapped.
  • 4 0
 +1 for having a stealthier bike for cycling through town, less chance of it getting stolen
  • 9 0
 I never noticed this before, but the Yeti headbadge depicts some kind of dentist tool on top of horrific looking teeth.
  • 5 0
 I understand the draw of murdered out bikes, but I prefer some colour to make it stand out a little bit. There have been some really cool understated single-colour paint jobs in the past few years that I really liked. My favourites have been the 2016 Rocky Mountain Altitude 790 MSL's deep purple metallic paint job, and the 2020 Specialized Enduro's iridescent dark red.
  • 5 0
 i LOVE the red of the specialized. very eye catching. it just *looks* expensive haha
  • 9 1
 White sidewalls. White forks. White bars and leopard skin saddle.
  • 8 0
 I just wear wild socks. Not so committed with a $20 investment.
  • 5 1
 Raw all the way. We all know more than often colour schemes are designed by the manufacturer so people can tell what model year the bike is. They know it makes the previous versions look old although nothing has actually changed in the physical design. A plain colour makes the bike look clean and timeless.
  • 9 1
 Black bikes are boring and matte finish looks terrible
  • 6 0
 Raw aluminum (or Ti) is where it's at y'all. It doesn't show scratches and always looks great. Also, it's lighter than a painted frame!
  • 4 0
 I hate it when companies do their cheaper builds in horrifying color schemes, trying to get people to spend more just to get something that doesn’t look like my 5 year niece/nephew chose the colors for at random from a handful of old crayons.

Plus, it’s got to cost more.

Why not just do each frame material in its own color (or two)?

That said, I own a horrifyingly ugly base model Kona with like 3 or 4 colors. Because sale.

And currently lusting after a Raw AL/Black anno Banshee Titan.
  • 2 0
 I have the raw Titan, its awesome
  • 2 0
 Ahem... Norco
  • 4 0
 I feel there is likely a strong correlation between people who want a murdered out bike vs those who want something colorful to people who if given a choice between super powers would choose invisibility to flying. id be happy to contribute to that study lol
  • 7 0
 What a bunch of toolsheds!! I guess everyone wants a boring ass matte black bike to match their boring ass ride style.
  • 4 0
 Nobody mentions that, but I really miss the late 2000th paint job. Like Norco and Specialized 2005-2010 - that big hit paint job from 2008 is my all-time favorite. Even cheap dirtjump/4x bikes from that era like dabomb or dragstar. What the hell is going on, why all bikes are grey? I know that boring colors are better on the aftermarket, but cmon, it is so stupid.
  • 6 2
 Kashima is a load of marketing rubbish. The gold colour comes from the dye that they use, just like rock shox uses black dye. As for the lubrication they claim. Aluminium is anodized and a dye is used to colour it. I believe it is molybdenum disulfide as the lubricant however this molecule is to large to fit into the pores of anodized aluminium. Also, say it did work, it wouldn't make it a harder wearing surface, the anodized aluminuim is still the harder compound and would wear at the same rate. Correct me if I'm wrong.
  • 10 2
 I'll inform Miyaki's clients. Congrats on your specialty certification in Metallurgical Engineering
  • 1 0
 You do that. Hopefully get a more constructive response then. I did say correct me if I’m wrong. I looked into scientific evidence a little but more and read some papers on it. The latest being from 2018, stating that they hadn’t mastered the process yet. The issue being,to put it simply, when they increase the pore size in the the anodized surface they find it actually causes causes cracking on the surface. Bear in mind we are talking Nano-metres here. It’s such a complicated process that hasn’t been mastered yet. However, the development side of it all is very interesting. I suppose the plus point is Fox is part of that. But ultimately it is marketing genies.
  • 1 0
 @nelsonewanDH: why can't it be both? Is nonmastery the same as nonimprovement? No one who's directly involved will tell you anything anyway. My kashima stuff holds up better to rock strikes and feels fluffier. I regret getting the new Transfer in black ano because it's not as smooth feeling in the down direction. But since the dimensions and maybe internals have changed, it's not a straight across comparison.
  • 3 0
 for creating content I really dislike it when I have a dull painted bike, I want the bike to easily stand out. Greens are a no-go as it won't stand out in woods, Blue is no good because it can get lost in the sky, browns/greys no good when it's muddy.

I personally like red bikes purely because it is easiest to see in most natural conditions and stands out in photos and isn't quite as cheesy as fluro or opinionated as pink.
  • 3 1
 Matte black is my ideal. However, it also differs from my ski choices where I do love illustrative elements like on my Armada's from a few years ago. So matte black for me unless companies start hiring cool illustrators to design a frame layup in their quiver. I would love, for example, a Taj doodled Grim Donut!
  • 2 0
 I love my black and white s-works. the white catches the eye in photos and the black is chill, i wanted the opposite of girly. BUT then there's a part of me that is dying for the blue/pink/purple norco shore so who knows how to actually nail down my answers on these pinkbike polls today.
  • 2 0
 the Pantone book cover bums me out. Most paint options can't be cataloged or reproduced using Pantone colours. People ask me for Pantone codes for a sparkly/metallic/rainbow/effect paints like me and my non existing PMS code is the only thing preventing them from walking into Canadian tire and picking up a perfect match stock paint for their 10 year old sun faded trash.
  • 2 0
 Selling bikes thru early to mid 2000's, the"fashion" was black or charcoal or black, I grew to hate black bikes. Natural Ti with some anodized bits and Spank anodized rims will even spice up boring frame colors,(rims no longer available, are you listening Spank?)
  • 2 0
 I'm bipolar. I like either very subtle colors (like black or grey) or going all the way for wild colors like strong purples, blues, or greens. I don't really like graphics much, but I do sometimes like a very bright color logo on a black/charcoal bike. Propain used to have some nice options for this.
  • 6 0
 Me too, I go between alcohol fuelled benders and contemplating suicide.
  • 2 0
 @JoshieK: I understand! Mania induced benders to deep suicidal depression lol
  • 5 0
 The poll should’ve included the question, ‘Do you take a photo of your bike on every ride’
  • 2 0
 Should be really straight forward for manufacturers.

1) Black bike. Not really a color, just is. Goes with any kit. Especially important if you have multiple bikes. Never looks old or goes out of style. Get this if you don´t like options 2-N.

2) What ever color scheme is fashionable in current year or you think looks good on the bike. Might aling with the kit, might look good for years, or not.

3-N) Variations of #2.

(Good job YT and Canyon)
  • 2 0
 Nice lines and efficient simple design are pleasing in a variety of finishes imo while awkward or busy designs look worse with loud color schemes. It’s all relative, otherwise hunchback top tubes would’ve been phased-out a long time ago.
  • 6 1
 I go with Lupe Fiasco’s advice: ALL BLACK EVERYTHING!
  • 6 1
 Neon. Just give me neon colors and I am happy.
  • 1 0
 neon fades really bad
  • 1 0
 Amen. And green tires... Michelin needs to bring those back.
  • 7 2
 All black everything. And a touch of raw.
  • 1 1
 this
  • 5 0
 Did anyone ever actually ride a Redalp? Were they any good?
  • 4 0
 I must be old school because raw titanium is my favorite frame color and its not even listed.
  • 6 1
 "Any color, so long as it's black" - Henry Ford
  • 12 0
 We need more Henry Ford quotes... (googles “Henry Ford quotes”)... scratch that idea.
  • 1 0
 @unrooted:

You didn't like the idea of Fordlandia?
  • 4 0
 "Turquoise (including Celeste)" Thanks for clearing that up, I wasn't sure how to vote w/o including Celeste.
  • 8 0
 I mean it’s only one of the most iconic bike colours of all time...
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: My first road bike was a fourth hand steel Bianchi, so that's kinda what I was driving at. Not sure I agree with lumping it in with Yeti's signature color though.
  • 2 0
 @Kiotae: Celeste has evolved quite a bit over the years, from sky blue to more Yeti-ish. I didn’t want to give it its own category so I just lumped it in there.
  • 5 0
 @brianpark: and there was I thinking Celeste was a french girl with smouldering eyes and a knack of making you feel inadequate when you were stupid enough to try and talk to her after too many beers...
  • 3 0
 What's more important, paint/finish looks or paint durability?
Ehhhh, I found shiny bikes with extra clear coating more durable than dull/matte or satin finishes.
  • 1 0
 The results of the last question are so silly and vain. People would rather buy a good looking bike than a good riding bike! You could use the money saved for what might be a better riding bike to get nicer parts, gear, travel, eat better..
  • 2 0
 Yellow paint, black/gold Ohlins, brown magnesium anodized bits and raw titanium (OK, oil slick) pedals, cassettes, bolts and maybe brake calipers. Black & yellow Mavic wheels. Hell yeah.
  • 2 0
 I totally agree with you. And, obviously, yellow bikes goes faster. Everyone know.
  • 1 0
 Oil Slick and murdered out black are just a big no for me.

Some solid blacks are definitely key, but I hate the look of a pure black bike, give me some contrast!

I bought my current bike based on price/components, but the colour scheme was a solid plus, it has a neon bright greenish yellow frame but with every other component in black, including the decals on the fork. I find that's the perfect balance. The frame pops and draws your attention, but everything else is slick and subdued in just the right way.

Keep Oil Slick as far away from me as possible, I wouldn't take a part in that if you paid me.
  • 1 0
 A shout out to DuPont Imron paint. It was the stock paint for Bedford made Cannondales The paint always looked great out of the box and, to this day, it blows my when I see a 30-year old bike with oxidixed anno, decomposed grips and paint that looks like it just rolled out of the factory.
  • 1 0
 I'd like to see mass customization of color and two pet peeves:

Rockshox Lyrik Ultimate unavailable in 29/150/Black? That is just silly!

Santa Cruz picking two colors they like and then (as on the 2020 Hightower) having those be the only two colors including logos. So the 2020 HT was Tan with Blue Decals or Blue with Tan Decals. Looks cool with both colorways next to each other but otherwise limiting. At least it wasn't a purple 5010...
  • 4 0
 There’s something classy about having a real stamped head badge and not a simple sticker on the head tube.
  • 1 0
 I somehow prefer raw metal, matt, earth-toned industrial colors on my bike.....just like stepping into a hipster hardresser salon.....but lately I’ve also been reminiscing 80s neon glam rock, think 88 Haro Master, 87 GT Pro Freestyle Team....oh well, choices choices....
  • 1 0
 I know Raven Bikes does custom color when you buy a bike from them talk to the owner yesterday. Web page is a little bad but I is 2 people running it all. Also if you are looking up a good custom paint and carbon repair hit up Studio 621. New shop so webpage is down I found them on yelp phone number is 657-900-2405 ask for Vance or check his Instagram @Buddyhdesign. He is the giveaway bike on pivots Instagram.
  • 1 0
 Needs to be like moto.

MFG's need to pick a color. Thats all they make. It would keep the stupid colors at bay.

Then lets have 2 component specs. That brings pricing down b/c manufacturing is simpler.

Let aftermarket guys do the bling.

So you go in the shop, order the bike you want or pick it off the floor. Its $2-3k less than it waa in the old days when there was 10 models and you go ride. Something breaks, no probkem. You pick up the 1 of 2
  • 1 0
 Some practical considerations:

Lighter colours may be useful in that it would be easier to see a crack in the frame.

I prefer a dark top tube (the part I can see from above when on the bike) as this has less sunlight reflection into my eyes. Kind of like painting a car's hood black.
  • 1 0
 Got two things here:
1. Raw titanium is the sexiest colour you can have on a bike.
2. Graphics on bikes are a lot easier for a user to add than substract.

Slam on some vinyl or DYED Bros to add graphics. A flashy bike will always be flashy unless you repaint it, a subdued bike can easily be made flashy with some stickers and also changed to suit every season if need be.
  • 1 0
 Where is the "I do not care as I buy what I can afford within my budget" option? My bike is purple and neon green. I dig it but was unsure at first. I buy what is cheapest and the best value for my money. Pink and green? Cool. I will ride it. Tan sidewalls? Hideous but if they are within my budget and the best option, I will buy them.
  • 3 0
 I always think I will get a bike that has more color, but always end up getting black.
  • 2 0
 Smile me too!! Same goes for my cars. I like the colours but - always end up with the black!!
  • 3 1
 @outlaw502: You know what they say....
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 Bring back silver rims already!
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 THIS!!
  • 1 0
 this man knows things. too bad the newmen ltd. ews edition sold out so quickly. luckily i got my hands on a pair...
  • 1 0
 @nullzwo: Lucky. I'm not normally about the silver components because I wouldn't be able to find rims to match...
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: if you're into silver components, have a look at my moxie build. you're gonna like it.

i think silver should make a comeback. all parts are black ano, i guess it makes them look like carbon? toys are made from plastic, machines are made from metal. and they're allowed to show that off.
  • 2 0
 I'm not looking at my bike when I ride but its nice to have a quality item under me. Raw titanium & unfinished carbon is my current weakness. God damn I love it.
  • 3 0
 Bring back classic Shimano color options...XTR gray, XT silver and (S)LX blue. 12 speed SLX is getting there...
  • 2 0
 Every bike model should have the same colour options at all spec levels. Sometimes the £1000 bike has a nice colour scheme than the £4500 bike
  • 2 0
 Normally. I feel like marketing/spec bois do this on purpose - top and bottom models are best looking. Middle is dull dark burgandy or brown mustardy with terrible accents and some dumb parts that dont fit spec a d must go immediately. Probably all based on our smattphone data from our conversations. They know is better than we do.
  • 2 0
 More metallic colors like they use on cars. Scott had a Spark in metallic red that looked amazing. However, metallic colors in general look better.
  • 1 0
 I was lucky enough to build my last two downhill bikes from frames and parts and its clear that ive got a type. Raw/grey frame with orange fox 40 and deity platinum bars and stem and orange tmac pedals to match the fork.
  • 3 0
 Who else likes Chameleon? Because two colors at two different angles are better than one.
  • 1 0
 As usual, the poll buttons don't really allow a clear answer. Example: the Trance X "0" pictured above and in the field test has a fantastic paint job. The rest of the Trance Xs are very muted and boring.
  • 1 0
 I sold the best looking bike I ever owned (black custom evil following) to ride the one of the ugliest bikes ever made (kashima ripmo) - I only miss the old bike when I'm in the garage.
  • 1 0
 I can't help but notice the fact that this came up after my comment on @mikelevy 's post about the new Giant Trance!
Architects rejoice! Matt Black is what the people want @brianpark
  • 1 1
 wtf was specialized thinking with the full maroon colored bikes!? this trend of ultra dull, earthy tones needs to stop. also, don’t use a bright color as the predominant color. darker shades make highlight / accent colors work better.
  • 1 0
 So apparently the pinkbike population likes matte black murdered out bikes with zero flare. Geez develop a pair and pick something exciting. That is like the most boring arrangement you could possibly pick. Lame!
  • 4 1
 I won’t ride a damn ugly bike
  • 2 0
 How much does colour and paint add to a bikes price?

If I could save a few hundy and get a bike with no paint i would.
  • 4 2
 I don't care what anybody says, murdered out black gets me going everytime.
  • 3 0
 P.S that's after I've peeled the rim graphics off
  • 2 0
 It's all about the shapes. Spec is killing these days. So pleasing to look at.
  • 1 0
 I ride a 2019 reign , 2019 scott gambler 720, norco rampage (bought the cheapest built a better bike) and canondale top stone its obvious i dont care about esthetics.
  • 3 1
 All frames should be available in 1 fucking lairy colour, and in black. end of.
  • 2 0
 2015 SC Nomad in Pink and blue....i still have dreams of that color. Definitely the "bike that got away"
  • 1 0
 There are fancy colored bikes that are so rad (like the Norco shore), but to comfortably ride those I'd have to step up my riding more than I ever can...
  • 1 0
 The bike is the brush. The trail is the canvas. The art is how you put the two together. It doesn't matter what your brush looks like.
  • 1 0
 Somebody thinks turquoise and celeste are the same color, which helps explains why there are so many weird color bikes out there.
  • 1 0
 Celeste has evolved over the years and I wanted to be clear about which category it’s in.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: thougt celeste was bianchi signature. More toward green than yeti turquoise.
  • 2 0
 Matt copper is my third colour choice, just saw it on the Nicolai Saturn 14 GPI and it looks epic.
  • 2 0
 I wish bikes had interesting trippy graphics and pictures like skis used to.
  • 1 0
 For me the headset top cap and the grips are the most important parts to be aesthetic. When I´m pedaling uphill, those are the only parts I put my eyes on occassionaly.
  • 3 0
 GIVE IT TO US RAW AND WRIGGLING
  • 1 0
 It depends. I usually like something clean and simple, but I also like some of the wild world champs dh bikes. Some bikes have the right shape to pull it off, others don't.
  • 1 0
 Metal frames/components with nice welds or machining. Colours i am not fussed about. As long as there is zero carbon anywhere on my bikes I am happy.
  • 2 0
 These polls look more and more like free market studies for bike companies.
  • 2 0
 Jesus, you should've put a warning above the last picture there. I nearly threw my coffee up all over my computer.
  • 2 0
 That Scott is a Klein with new stickers right?
  • 3 0
 heritage green
  • 2 0
 Good grief. No wonder I didn't get Vital MTB's bike of the day.
  • 1 0
 Been waiting for matching chrome frame and suspension forks since 98, If someone can jump on that I’d be real happy ta.
  • 2 0
 Tan-walls to the back of the line....
  • 2 1
 If performance were equal, what colour would you like your stanchions, shock, and dropper post shaft?
Not gold, KASHIMA!
  • 2 0
 I'm a fan of this year's Enduros, switchblades and Metas
  • 1 0
 Switchblade with the black stanchions one of the best looking bikes out there... Drool
  • 1 0
 @mtbikeaddict: In treeline green Big Grin
  • 2 0
 More purple please. That new salsa and the forbidden Druid are sick.
  • 2 0
 More raw/unpainted frames please
  • 2 0
 The original Idea of an all matte black bike. So original.
  • 2 0
 I love the tans and greenish greys brands have been doing.
  • 2 0
 Schwinn Homegrown Bass boat
  • 2 0
 I want my bike to look like a speedboat out of Miami Vice.
  • 3 0
 I like a poopoo bike.
  • 1 0
 How dare u lump Celeste in w Turquoise!!! Unrefined species, you PinkBike editors are...
  • 1 0
 Bianchi describes their modern iteration of Celeste as turquoise. www.bianchi.com/celeste
  • 1 0
 since I can't buy new my fave paint scheme is the one that the owner of the bike I wind up buying chose
  • 2 0
 Why do I have to put the comma in after reading it three times? You're job!
  • 2 0
 I think a lotta people are bending the truth on that last question...
  • 1 0
 The specific color I have in mind: Russian jet cockpit Teal absolutely beautiful color!
  • 1 0
 nicest head tube badges, is machined on head tube
paint?? as long its anodised or powder coat
  • 1 0
 just when I almost forgot about that redalp you bring it up again
  • 3 1
 I love purple.
  • 2 0
 Green
  • 1 0
 RAL6001-M
  • 1 0
 Maxxis, bring back the old style coloured hot patches
  • 1 0
 "All black everything." - Jay-Z
  • 1 0
 Santa Cruz seems to dominate matching unique color schemes...
  • 2 1
 Im happy with any colour, as long as it's black
  • 1 0
 Bike fashions, am I right?
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 Yes! I wish a much higher percentage of the mtb market were as utilitarian as bmx and skateboards (as far as realizing it’s a tool to have fun and push limits on) and not so much luxury item buzzin’
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 It all the same when its covered in shit
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 So in conclusion...we all are thinking the same thing
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 medium blue is a colour that i love, and need more of.
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 Have you seen the new Toyota blue they are putting on Tacomas? Wow.
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 From mild to wild to kink
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 I saw this coming after listening to today’s podcast .
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 henry ford entered the chat
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 Results so far of the last one pretty much sums up the bike industry.
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 All I see is the trail when I'm on the bike. Red is nice.
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 MATTE BLACK WITH GLOSS BLACK SKULLS
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 Mojo best looking bike of the bunch.
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 I have no idea what half those colours were in the poll!
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 Keirin paint job best paint job
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 Can we have a post or poll about favourite ice-cream flavours next?
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 Pabst Blue RIbbon Transition Bottlerocket for nicest paintjob ever
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 Nothing like a shiny red bike.
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 Paints are expensive, just ask Santa Cruz of their current recall!
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 Isn’t the saying once you go black you never go back? LOL
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 i went back to colours and never looked back. black bikes may look bada** but they lack character.
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 @nullzwo: and rubbish when dirty!
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 Was on point with all of it except... HEADTUBE BADGES? Da f*ck? Like antique cars and hood ornaments? Jeezus people. You don't need no stink'n badges.
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 Ibis is 'industrial'??? FTFO....then they post a Nicolai and dont mention industrial at all LOL
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