Video: Bryn Atkinson's Custom Painted 'Snake' Bike

Aug 24, 2018
by Mike Kazimer  


There are plenty of custom paint jobs out there, but the way that Tony Baumann transformed Bryn Atkinson's Norco Range frame into a carbon snake is something special. The entire undertaking took over 80 hours to complete, and the result looks almost too good to ride. Almost.

We caught up with Bryn and Tony to find out more about what exactly the process entailed, from planning to painting.


Bryn Atkinson snake bike


Bryn Atkinson's Norco Range 29 Details

Frame size: medium
Shimano XT 4-piston brakes w/ 180mm rotors F+R
XT derailleur & shifter w/ 11-46 cassette
170mm XT cranks w/ 32-tooth ring
XTR press fit BB
Stans Flow Mk3 29" rims (29mm inner width)
Fox 36 Float: 95 psi, 1 spacer
Fox Transfer 150mm dropper post
Maxxis HighRoller II DoubleDown, 3C: 26psi front / 30psi rear
Renthal Carbon FatBar: 770mm, 30mm rise / 50mm Apex stem
MRP SXg chainguide
Fabric Scoop 'Flat' ti rail saddle
Shimano Saint pedals


Bryn Atkinson snake bike
Bryn Atkinson snake bike

Bryn Atkinson snake bike
Bryn Atkinson snake bike

Bryn Atkinson snake bike







85 Comments

  • + 127
 Cable routing look good. No rattling there.
  • - 64
flag High-Life (Aug 24, 2018 at 8:49) (Below Threshold)
 Except for the Press Fit.
  • + 78
 @High-Life: That was a joke about it being a rattle snake, but you missed it.
  • + 49
 @racecase: what's this bike tip the scales at? looks like it could shed some weight.
  • + 12
 @racecase: I got it.. you slithered right in there!
  • + 8
 I bet it scales climbs like a mountain goat.
  • + 16
 @High-Life: if that joke was a snake it would have bitten you
  • + 4
 That bike bites.
  • + 8
 I’ve been impressed with these newfangled paint-jobs.
  • + 7
 That bike has killer poise ’n I’d sure like to have one.
  • + 5
 Yeah with the internal routing you just snake the cables in there.
  • + 4
 That paint job is sssstriking.
  • + 4
 And look at that coil shock
  • + 15
 I hear Bryn would have done better last round but didn't have the legs.
  • - 1
 Com on mannn... no weights included is BARBARIC.
  • + 2
 If there was ever a bike that should have loud azz Industry 9 hubs - THIS is IT!
  • + 1
 Gets lighter the longer you own it.. @rocky-mtn-gman:
  • + 5
 That paint job is venomenal
  • + 23
 as my 3 year old niece would say "i need it"
  • + 46
 The 23 year old son of my father would agree
  • + 6
 The 37 year old son of my father also has a need to have it
  • + 16
 How has Diamondback not done similar yet?
  • + 13
 @peddlepusher15 mongoose needs to make a snake killer livery since mongooses kill snakes.
  • + 0
 Gt had somthn similar 2012 ish..
  • + 12
 For the curious, I'd say it is the Australian Red-bellied black snake. A good choice as it is a beautiful snake.
  • + 2
 Once I almost pooed on top of one at gnarraloo station. Close call. Is even on video haha
  • + 8
 This may be the ssseeeexiest bike I've ever seen... Wink
  • + 5
 Forgot the XTR hubs. Bryn's bikes have the cleanest spec. Too bad Norco won't put out an XT version of this with less orange and gold for $3999.
  • + 3
 Genuinely Curious to see what your version of an under $4000 production model of this would look like.
  • + 1
 @ssteve: No paint. Should have mentioned that. Performance level Fox. Compare to YTs second tier spec. But how will it get sold w/o some dubious innovation--function and functional appearance? Not gonna happen. I blame the people.
  • + 4
 I think this paint scheme probably cost around $3999
  • + 4
 Might go down as the best paint job on a bike of all time, just wish the fork lowers matched.
  • + 7
 Ssssssssssssick!
  • + 3
 "Bryn is a very particular person who knows what he wants." hahaha. This made me laugh. Well done, boys. This bike is unreal!
  • + 6
 Nuking Fice!
  • + 4
 Not only is Tony RAD, he is a chill shredded! Nice to see your work in the spotlight!
  • + 3
 So, 75 an hour at 80 hours of work? Converts to about $4400 USD, just for the paint. Mental.
  • + 5
 Those prices were in USD - we're all Americans, even though we were hanging out in Canada. That gives it an even wilder price tag.
  • + 9
 Vanity should be expensive.
  • + 2
 Hard to ignore the cost. That’s a lot of $$$ to throw around. There are some kids biking programs in Bellingham that could use some love too.
  • + 2
 I'm more into subdued bikes - really like matte black, or earth tone colors (like that sage color Santa Cruz has been putting out). But man, this is nice.
  • + 0
 FWIW the only thing that sucks is that Fox still doesn't make a 170mm dropper. Half the post is freaking sticking out there. It looks dumb. If it was a a 170mm+ Kashima post sticking out instead...wow, that would be a real highlight.
  • + 4
 Saw this bike in person at CWX. It belongs in a museum!!!
  • + 2
 Why?? Waist of time on the bike he'll get a new one next month ..been ride press fit for 50 years never had a problem.
  • + 2
 Ya I want my bike custom painted,damn! That thing is pretty damn cool looking. I’d hang that thing on my wall as art!
  • + 3
 Great now I need to change my pants
  • + 4
 Looks great Drool
  • + 4
 No step on snek
  • + 3
 I believe I'd have to put that on my wall!!
  • + 1
 Dream bike! What a beauty. I can only imagine how the paint job looks in person.
  • + 1
 I can still hear the chick from woody allen's Bananas yelling "snake bite, snake bite!"...
  • + 2
 So where’s the artists website/contact info?
  • + 4
 Tony Baumann www.maderad.com
  • + 2
 i'm a sthnakkkkkke, little slithery little sthnakey sthnake...
  • + 2
 ya that thing too good to ride and belongs in museum Smile
  • + 2
 This is porn. Please bann it!
  • + 3
 !!!!!!
  • + 1
 Why don't these guys run longer droppers?
  • + 1
 It looks out of this world!!
  • + 1
 Yessssssssss. I sssso need that bike!
  • + 2
 Neat
  • + 1
 Snake Oiler wants his bike back.
  • + 1
 The brakes are Shimano XT
  • + 2
 Pretty much the whole kit is XT. The XT brakes are pretty killer.
  • + 1
 @onemanarmy: Hah they fixed that, in the desc. was Shimano Saint brakes Razz
  • + 2
 COMPLETELY F'N DOPE
  • + 0
 Boy I have multiple orgasms when I say this bike on instagram
  • + 0
 Pressfit BB. You couldn't pay me to ride that
  • + 5
 I'm not a fan of PF. My Process has one, and I was convinced that I'd never buy another bike with a PF BB. Then I found a screw BB from Wheels Manufacturing, and now things are blessedly quiet, replacing bearings will be a snap, and I'm willing to accept PF92 in my next bike - I'd still prefer it to be a proper threaded BB, don't get me wrong, but with that Wheels Mfg BB available as a retrofit, it's no longer a deal breaker for me.
  • + 1
 @g-42: I checked wheels mfg site. A whole lot of bb there please explain which you chose. Looking for same solution for my al 2016 slash. Thanks
  • + 1
 @donpinpon29: Ive got this one for my PF92 BB on my Kona and my Shimano cranks:
wheelsmfg.com/bottom-brackets/bb86-92/bb86-92-outboard-angular-contact-bb-for-24mm-shimano-cranks-black.html

Here's the same thing for SRAM cranks:
wheelsmfg.com/bottom-brackets/bb86-92/bb86-92-outboard-angular-contact-bb-for-24-22mm-sram-cranks-black.html

Those two versions use regular Enduro bearings - which are inexpensive, very well sealed, and easy to replace (that's important to me, as it's pretty wet here for 6 months of the year), and they sell for USD 99 here in the US (not sure what they cost elsewhere, or how they're distributed in other countries). There are also upgraded versions with Enduro ceramic bearings - those go for USD 175.

Install was dead easy, you just need the right BB wrench (they sell one on their site for $22: wheelsmfg.com/bb-wrench-48-5mm-44mm.html).

I've been really happy with this solution so far.
  • + 1
 @g-42: Hey does anyone make a Thread-Together PF92 BB for the SRAM Dub cranks? I have no issues but it'd be nice to know that one is out there.
  • + 1
 @Svinyard: sorry, not that I know of.
  • + 2
 Pressfit BB, no issues if you actually install them right...
  • + 1
 Looks Good
  • - 2
 Looks nice however no paint job is worth $9000
  • + 1
 You PICked my ASS hOle
  • - 1
 Meh.
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