RideWrap Launches New Replacement Piece Program

Oct 26, 2022 at 15:22
by RideWrap HQ  
RideWrap Doing Its Job Taking The Hit So Your Bike Is Safe

Press Release: RideWrap

RideWrap is stoked to announce the release of our new Tailored Protection™ replacement piece program! The system was built by our in-house developers and enables riders to quickly select and order replacement pieces for their Tailored Protection™ Kits.

Our new Tailored Protection™ replacement piece program streamlines the process of getting new protection pieces. RideWrap protection kits are a wear-product. They take the abuse, so your bike and fork don’t. After RideWrap has done its job, you can go online and replace the tired piece of your protection kit.

What Is A Replacement Piece?
A replacement piece is a new piece of protection film that replaces an old damaged or worn-out protection piece. Damage can come from several causes, such as crashes, bike racks, shuttle rub, heel rub, travel troubles, and storage mishaps. Tears, scapes, scratches, and abrasions can damage the film and leave the naked frame vulnerable to future incidents. To combat these vulnerabilities, you can replace the damaged piece of your Tailored Protection™ kit with a new identical one, restoring complete protection to your frame or fork.

Use Gentle Heat Before Removing. Take Your Time Removing the Piece.

How Do I Remove A Piece Of My RideWrap Kit?
The process is simple but requires a bit of finesse. We’ve put together a how-to
page on our site with a video and some tips to guide you through it.


Minimal Faff. Maximal Efficiency.
Our new website feature cross references your previous orders and each protection kit's layout to supply you with the options for the exact pieces you want.

Replacement Pieces Installed. Bike Frame Is Protected, And Factory Finish Is Restored


How Does it work?

1. Go to RideWrap.com and log into your RideWrap account.
2. Click Products> Tool and Repair> Replacement Pieces.
3. Select from the products you have previously purchased.
4. Cross-reference the diagram and your bicycle for which piece number you want.
5. Select piece numbers.
6. Fill out the reason for the replacement.
7. Place your order.
8. Fill out billing and shipping information.
9. Kick back and relax. Replacement pieces are on their way.
10. Install the replacement piece/s.
11. Get back to the trails/jumps/paths/roads.
12. RIDE MORE. WORRY LESS.


118 Comments

  • 80 25
 I love how they have to have a whole explanation for what a "replacement piece" is lmao. How dumb do you think people are that they wouldn't know a replacement piece replaces and an old damaged piece or worn out... Good thing they explained it because I thought it meant replace the non damaged pieces and keep the damaged pieces on the frame... This is the clownshoe world we live in where this actually has to be explained "in detail" I might add!! Gtfoh!!
  • 147 61
 that’s for americans
  • 17 1
 There are some pretty dumb people in the world.
  • 14 0
 i thought i get a new frame, wtf
  • 44 0
 Im more amused that you picked it up and then explained it to all of us, who couldn't care less.
  • 48 14
 @Sethimus: easy there swiss cheddar
  • 43 3
 I, for one, am glad you took a whole paragraph to explain how you dislike the explanation. Anything less and it may not have been clear.
  • 3 0
 I would have stuck the new piece over the old piece were it not for ths article Wink
  • 18 45
flag manhattanprjkt83 (Oct 27, 2022 at 4:36) (Below Threshold)
 @Sethimus: What a dickhead comment
  • 12 35
flag Phazz470 (Oct 27, 2022 at 5:41) (Below Threshold)
 @Sethimus: ah yeah, let's generalize to an entire population. Smart idea. I'm glad that you are also applying that to all the swiss-americans too.
  • 24 9
 @Phazz470: i didn't know they had snowflakes in Arizona
  • 8 30
flag pargolf8 (Oct 27, 2022 at 6:29) (Below Threshold)
 @arrowheadrush: i didnt know they had woodchucks in poutine paradise
  • 25 15
 @pargolf8: don’t dry your cat in the microwave
  • 27 18
 @manhattanprjkt83: careful, hot coffee is hot
  • 18 14
 @Phazz470: don’t put a plastic bag over your head, you could suffocate!
  • 2 31
flag pargolf8 (Oct 27, 2022 at 6:49) (Below Threshold)
 @Sethimus: is that funny one swiss cheddar? Are you 15, sethy? Seth from switzerland, you gotta be hella alpha (american sarcasm)
  • 19 15
 @pargolf8: don’t cook your chicken in cough syrup
  • 12 25
flag mildsauce91 (Oct 27, 2022 at 7:28) (Below Threshold)
 @Sethimus: It's cool to belittle certain nationalities as long as those nationalities are American. I'd be bitter too if I were a swiss soyboy but I'd look for a healthier outlet which shouldn't be too hard with all those pretty mountains you got.
  • 21 10
 @mildsauce91: did you win the tide challenge?
  • 6 10
flag pargolf8 (Oct 27, 2022 at 7:32) (Below Threshold)
 @Sethimus: dude you are full of all the middle school hits!
  • 15 10
 @pargolf8: objects in mirror are closer than they appear!
  • 4 3
 @Sethimus: swiss cheese and shady banking for life!
  • 7 7
 @mildsauce91: had no idea there were snowflakes in Tennessee either
  • 3 10
flag DBone95 (Oct 27, 2022 at 8:20) (Below Threshold)
 @Sethimus: We can say that, not you.
  • 1 4
 @arrowheadrush: ah yes, you had no idea. Probably because you seem like such a knowledgeable individual!
  • 5 12
flag Dmaxwell (Oct 27, 2022 at 9:01) (Below Threshold)
 Its just in case the biden administration needs to buy new pieces of frame protection...
  • 14 0
 We felt that we found the middle ground for this press release after pulling the paragraph titled "What is a bicycle?"
  • 2 1
 @Sethimus: uhhhh..... can you repeat?? @RideWrap : pls explain what a bike is.... thx
  • 1 2
 @Sethimus: woah there knife boi
  • 1 2
 @Sethimus: Arosastrasse 34
7029 Peist
  • 2 0
 @Sethimus: as an American I can confirm
  • 24 0
 Honestly can't understand why this hasn't been done sooner, by all frame protection brands!
  • 9 3
 It has. If you contact the fantastic customer service at Invisiframe they will send you specific pieces you need for a reasonable cost. I've gotten the top tube and rear triangle taken care of this way, with quick turnaround and reasonable prices. I would recommend thicker 3M tape for downtube protection, and any rock-strike prone areas of the frame (ex under rear triangle).
  • 2 1
 @NickMT: Ah! The more you know. I met the Invisiframe people at the Festival of Speed this year and they were ace to talk to. Subsequently bought Invisiframe for my Megawatt, applied it easily, then had a rock hit my shin and deflect onto the front of the seat tube and go through all of the paint - the only section with no protection! C'est la vie...
  • 1 0
 I always assumed it had. But now I know different.
  • 1 2
 Because that would mean that their products do not live up to the expectations/magical powers showcased by their marketing dpt ;-)
  • 5 0
 RideWrap always did sell replacement pieces. But you had to call or email them to request the specific piece you needed. This just makes it easier!
  • 2 0
 its always been a thing but now its on the website.
  • 5 0
 We have always offered them, we just wanted to make the process a whole lot smoother. Customers would contact the CS team and then we would send them some details, a couple steps involved. This new software matches up your exact kit and in a few clicks you can have fresh pieces on the way.
  • 1 0
 @NickMT: Totally correct, we have been offering since day one. This software just streamlines the f out of it, and we are stoked about that.

The downtube is definitely a heavy-wear area. While a typical protection kit does stand up, for those shuttling and putting extra stress in the area we have two products specific for complimentary protection in the area:
Shuttle Armor
Extra Thick Downtube - 16 mils
  • 1 0
 @Aksel31: RideWrap, and all bike protection products, are wear products. We expect them to take the damage, and are clear about that.
  • 1 0
 @RideWrap: That was just a silly joke ^^ Sorry I needed to mention that I was not being serious Smile
  • 13 2
 I have never wrapped a frame and likely never will! If a manufacturer had the option when you order a bike to have it factory fitted id be somewhat interested - food for thought
  • 3 0
 Some bikes do come factory wrapped - such as the Nukeproof carbon frames.
  • 17 6
 I will never do too. Feels always a bit like having a couch in a blister package. I like to use things.
  • 5 1
 @Alturis: plus, I lke a bike to have a few scratches, like scars every one has a story
  • 2 0
 Bird does....
  • 18 2
 @Alturis: wtf are u talking about? You can’t even tell the wrap is on the bike.
  • 4 13
flag pargolf8 (Oct 27, 2022 at 4:23) (Below Threshold)
 @naptime: sure if you ride a turd
  • 3 8
flag Freakyjon (Oct 27, 2022 at 4:55) (Below Threshold)
 I've never wrapped a frame and never will, I just cover the contact points with rubber tape or Velcro. If you look after your bike there's just no need. Chips etc will happen regardless if you have a wrapped frame or not. As long as it's a good enough frame the paint/lacquer should hold up perfectly fine. I ride and race in all conditions btw, so my bikes get ridden hard.
  • 4 12
flag naptime (Oct 27, 2022 at 5:21) (Below Threshold)
 @pargolf8: fuuuuuuuuuck you
  • 4 5
 @naptime: go to bed, clown
  • 3 0
 have the bike shop put it on before I pick it up. Easy peasy
  • 5 1
 @pargolf8: I would but your ma is busy
  • 2 4
 @naptime: burn dude
  • 2 1
 I flip my bikes every year... wrapping is an investment in an easier, quicker sale with a better price later on. Well worth it for me.
  • 1 0
 @Alturis: I like this analogy. I've seen people spend hours wrapping a bike. Then it always looks like crap 2 months later. Ride the bike, pick a line.
  • 2 1
 @Freakyjon: Selective protection is definitely a baseline for our team, we would prefer ours be invisible instead of black and offer low-cost kits to do so (our Essential kit is specifically for cable rub and wear points).
  • 1 0
 Guys I don't think a bit of plastic that you wrap around your bike is worth all this hostility haha
  • 14 0
 Bunch of salty folks on here today.
  • 6 0
 All folks that don't ride enough.
  • 7 1
 The fact that there is such a huge "announcement" about it on the worlds biggest mtb-page makes me think that the bike-industry is really desperate and pathetic.
  • 3 0
 We have always had a replacement piece program, some of our customers didnt even know, just want to share our program updates.
  • 8 2
 “Fill out the reason for the replacement.”
WTF is all this complication for, its a $2 piece of 3M tape?
  • 4 0
 If you look at the actual options, seems like it probably provides some good data for them to know what's happening to their product out in the field. Are people replacing pieces because of a crash, just old wear and tear, issue with certain pieces (maybe a re-design is needed?), or someone raged during install and f*cked it up... I did that on my first install years ago. Luckily they were nice enough to replace a single piece for me back then for a nominal fee. Formalizing this process and making ordering easy is a great move!
  • 5 0
 It does provide us a little data that we can feedback to the team... 'having trouble with piece 11' --> our team can review the design for others.

As well, our customer service team reviews each of them and has the opportunity to further subsidize the cost by way of refund, without the customer having to email in and ask for it... for many install issues we just do it.
  • 2 0
 I recently changed a damaged top tube piece (no bike damage) through this program and the existing tape peeled some paint off my frame which is less than a year old. I was careful and was using a heat gun when it happened.
  • 2 0
 Try hot water next time
  • 1 0
 Did you contact them about it? If so what was their response? Repainting a bike is expensive, if the product was supposed to protect the paint and damaged it I'd think that would be on them...

If you got the bike and the paint hadn't had time to cure properly and it was wrapped this is also a possibility. The wrap seals it and there's no way for it to offgas so it never cures.

I've seen this happen with Plastidipping/Clear Bra's on some VERY expensive cars. These were applied professionally by auto chops over a brand new car right from the factory that hadn't had time to properly cure.
  • 1 0
 @pakleni: and then put your buddies hand in it when he falls asleep to make him pee his pants
  • 1 0
 @Cheddar420: I doubt that any bike arrives from the factory fast enough for the paint to not be cured.
Anyway, I'd suggest peeling flat to the frame, never at a 90⁰ angle.
  • 1 0
 @Kainerm: paints can take weeks to months to fully cure/offgas to the point where it's safe to apply clear bras. There's ways to speed this up, but it's not something done for bikes.

100% correct on peeling technique.
  • 3 0
 ISC Heli Tape… $35 can mostly cover about 3-4 bikes. It’s easy to cut, easy to install, easy to remove, and it works just as well without 95% of the headaches.
  • 2 0
 How does it compare to 3M heli tape? 3M is great, but extremely expensive.
  • 1 0
 @IluvRIDING: not sure, I’ve never used the 3M stuff. But the ISC brand works very well.
  • 3 0
 Lots of ways to protect your bike. With our kits, we can remove the pain involved in cutting a precise and high coverage kit.

We even put it to the test.. gave our top installer a pair of scissors and a newbie a Tailored Protection kit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as5jcZsDYsE
  • 1 0
 Just did this for one of my bikes with ride wrap only because the sections would be a pain to cut to shape myself and only $38.
Probably won’t use this anymore for ease of having sections precut since it’s only 8mil thick and if you’re not afraid to take time to cut sections on your own to fit, the material is the same as 3M scotchguard pro series matte clear 8 mil protection film for cars. (Non-pro series is only 6 mil) If you add cost of your time, then it doesn’t make sense not to just buy it precut from RideWrap or others. However, I would rather do it myself next time to have the saved backing material to immediately make another if I scratch/nick it throughout the season. Had my bike been gloss paint, I normally use:

www.amazon.com/Trimbrite-BodyGuard-Clear-Smooth-Protection/dp/B000HNFCHQ?th=1

Regardless of using the matte RideWrap, I still use this stuff on the insides of the rear triangle regardless. Nobody sees that area anyway and that’s where most of the debris takes it’s toll from the back tire. I think it’s 10-12 mil, so you really have to warm it up and take your time for a bubble free application.
  • 1 0
 Definetely not the only option, it is an easy one though as getting a nice shape designed can take time.

Our RideWrap film (yes we make our own, not just 3M), is a true 9mil product and outperforms the automotive films. Take a peak at some details that we released at the beginning of this year:

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/ridewrap-announces-new-bike-specific-protection-film.html


As well for any readers, we have done some comparison testing of pre-cut vs. self-cut by pitting our best installer against a complete newbie. Check it out here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as5jcZsDYsE
  • 3 0
 Ordered a piece today after I screwed up an install. System works great - don't have to send an email or call anyone. Thanks Ride Wrap.
  • 1 0
 Glad to hear it!
  • 1 0
 Big fan of RideWrap and ordering replacement pieces was a breeze. Fully tailored wraps are a bit pricey but well worth it. I've purchased more wraps than i'd like to admit since I buy/sell frames once or twice a year and every time the fit is perfect. Also noticed that RideWrap works fairly well on covering up imperfections on used frames. The gloss wrap hid all the light scuffs on a gloss frame I wrapped and the matte wrap hid the discolorations from oil/grease on some of the matte frames i've wrapped. Good stuff!
  • 2 2
 I have an idea,

Ride Wrap Tailored Frame Tape

I wrap all my bikes with Miles Wide Ever Clear Frame Tape. There might be better options out there, but I've found this to be my preferred option. For about 45 bucks I can wrap 95% of my frame over around 6 hours. The most frustrating part is cutting everything to size and dealing with annoying shapes and angles.

I would try Ride Wrap frame protection but the biggest thing that always held me back is the soultion and getting it just right and applying it perfectly with a squeegee. It seems like such a complicated task for a newbie, and for half the price I can get similar protection with a much simpler process of installation. I could be wrong about the difficulty of installing ride wrap but I don't want to spend $100+ to find out.

So why not combine the two? Tailored frame tape that works perfectly with your frame that's super easy to install. I still see two problems though. If you miss align the strip on your frame and try to peel it off, you might loose all of the stick. And the problem of dealing with abnoxious angles and shapes still might arise. I'm just thinking out loud, but if Ride Wrap could pull this off at an affordable price, I would love to try it out.
  • 2 0
 P.S. I also heat up the tape once it's applied to have it countour to the shape of the frame better. I use a blow dryer but a heat gun is probably better.
  • 3 1
 This is easier then tape you fuck tape up you have to revut a new piece you misaligned this and just peel it off and fix it with no loss of material.
  • 5 0
 I really like the wet application approach, whenever I try to install anything that you can't reposition I always get it wrong (VHS chainstay tape is the latest thing I've got slightly in the wrong place).

Being able to make the piece temporarily non-adhesive with water, get it roughly in the right place and then slither it around until it's perfectly placed is ideal for my cack-handed installation technique (then you just squeegee the liquid out from under the piece, it sticks and you're done).
  • 1 0
 @mhoshal: Yeah, I heard all you have to do is re-spray the strip with the soultion and you can give yourself another go, no harm no foul.

Seems easy enough, I'll probably just stick with tape cause it's cheaper and easier for me. But to each their own.
  • 2 0
 I just did new bike and I'll admit I procrastinated getting it done expecting a giant hassle but it was one of the easiest jobs I've done to a bike. A bit time consuming for the whole tailored kit but stupid easy to put on and make it look good.
  • 1 1
 I really hate having to wrap a new frame. I usually buy the bulk roll from bikeshield so I can cut it to whatever shape I want. I'm not a big fan of the "wet" installation process though, it easily makes bubbles under the wrap (that you can't even flatten/smoothen with the squeegee or else it creates ripples in the wrap)and as soon as you try to peel it off to replace it or misaligned it, finger prints will indeed appear on the sticky part of the wrap and leave you with a pretty ugly finish. I don't like spending 6+ hours doing this and will gladly pay someone to install it next time
  • 2 0
 @lifeofloon: Easiest??? Were you wrapping a completely straight-tubed HT? Wrapping my bike was sooo tedious and difficult to do well on my FS bike. I would probably do it myself again, but only because I need to keep my cheap Dutch ancestors happy.
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: new Cannondale Jekyll, was it tedious? Yes. Was it hard? Not in the least and it looks 100 times better than my hardtail that that I taped, no finger prints or obnoxious bubbles even after having to remove and reapply a piece of two. Most people don't even know it's on the bike until I point it out.
  • 2 0
 This is an interesting comment and discussion...

- By 'Frame Tape', it looks like the Miles Wide Ever Clear product is just protection film cut into a strip. We offer sheets of protection film on our site under the moniker 'Film by the Foot'. Riders can cut and apply as they see fit.

- Our Tailored Protection is what you are looking for... pre-cut to your bike so you dont have to measure and cut the annoying shapes and angles.

- It sounds like you just 'dry apply' the frame tape. You can do this with RideWrap protection film and if you had a strip of it you could apply it just the same.
However, as some have pointed out, this is not the optimal method to apply Frame Tape or our protection kits. The wet apply allows you to align the tightly nested pieces correctly, and if you are not happy you can peel it back and try again. It also (in general) removes the finger print issue with dry applying any clear film.

@rrolly - if you are having difficulties, feel free to reach out to our team for support. In my experience, trying out different spray solution mixtures (more soap, less soap) is the trick to finding your sweet spot. If you are finding bubbles get 'trapped' to soon, slow the adhesive by adding a bit of soap to the mix.

- A general comment about self cut vs pre-cut... we put it to the test between a newbie and our pro installer. Also you get to watch Yoann run around being Yoann.
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/ridewrap-announces-new-bike-specific-protection-film.html
  • 1 0
 @RideWrap: The difficulties weren't so much regarding the solution, although that contributed a bit. The biggest difficulty was aligning the pieces, then anchoring them. One source that I came across suggested having an extra bottle of water/isopropyl to anchor one part while you work out the rest.
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: The spray solution effectively 'speeds up' or 'slows down' adhesion. So if you have a soap-heavy solution, getting the material to slide around for alignment is very easy, however getting it to tack into place a bit more difficult. Vice versa for a soap-light solution.

The concept behind a second bottle is effectively a 'wash'. So you can run a soap-heavy mix to align and squeegee the larger, flat surfaces, and then when you get to the edges, you can 'wash' the heavy soap mix from the film which will increase the tack at the edges. Isopropyl alcohol in that mix goes further into 'speeding up' the adhesive, however it is very aggressive and can cause issues.
I would say this is an advanced method for install.

When we designed our new film (release beginning of 2022), alot of time was spent on the adhesive. The goal is to balance the tack for install, but in the end, the spray solution is the key to changing how your install will go. Our team did a video on this very subject.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLDfVOv4fP0
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: I forgot to mention, and my favorite, another technique is just time. I will install a piece, and work all the way to the edges. I like a fairly soap-heavy solution, so these edges dont necessarily stay down right away. I will use the microfiber to soak up any excess fluid along the edge, then i will move on to the next piece.
5-10 min later I will return to that other piece, the edges will have dried up (speeding up adhesion) and I just press them down gently with my microfiber.

You can also mimic 'time' with heat.. So you can use a hair dryer to gently warm that edge, which evaporates the fluid and speeds up the adhesion.

There are definetely a few techniques to use, just about finding the one that jives best for you.
  • 1 0
 There needs to be ONE company that does a good job of frame protection. way to many options and heck, what's wrong with slapping some scotch tape on your frame?? Other stuff will fall apart eventually
  • 2 0
 I think that we do a pretty good job offering the widest range of current models with the highest coverage kits with a bike-specific material and package.
  • 2 1
 @RideWrap: I have to admit though, having frame protection tailored to literally thousands of frames is really nioce
  • 1 0
 I looked into this yesterday for a couple of replacement pieces for my Levo. $54 for a the top and downtube replacement pieces. $125 for the full tailored kit. In case anyone was curious.
  • 1 0
 The system prices the pieces based on the relative size of the piece, this allows us to 'pro-rate' the material usage kit by kit and piece by piece. So if you select all of the pieces, you will add up to the cost of a full kit. On e-bikes, the downtube is by far the largest piece, with the TopTube coming in second. In contrast, if you were to choose a few rear-end pieces they are much smaller.
  • 3 1
 Invisiframe do this, Dyebro do this. Of course they have to do this. Waste of an article.
  • 2 2
 Not news is it. Just copying what the original brand (invisiframe) already does
  • 2 0
 We have always offered this option. This software just streamlines the entire process, no emails, no calls.
  • 4 0
 @sammy87: Correct, Invisiframe did open their doors before us. However, when we launched our Tailored Protection kits, designed with technology not pencils, they have been attempting to catch up and deliver as comprehensive of a kit. Rear triangles are not fully protected, more pieces (=more unprotected gaps), 20% thinner film, fewer current models. And they are owned by an American public company, not actual riders.
  • 2 0
 If only as much concern over damage was focused on the trails
  • 2 0
 This must be a paid ad. Ride Wrap been doing replacement sheets forever
  • 1 0
 Correct, we have. This is just sharing the news that we have new software that streamlines the whole process!
  • 1 0
 Now you can get ride wrap for your freshly warrantied ultra expensive carbon or aluminum frame?
  • 2 4
 You don't need to wrap your luxury mountain bike in plastic tape, it's just more waste that will end up in our environment. Ride your bike and don't be too precious about material goods.
  • 4 0
 On one hand, yes. On the other hand; Paying x amount of money for a bike with beautiful paint only to be ruined after a couple of months.
  • 3 0
 @Freddye: i got a lot of $ tied up in a couple bikes. Seems ignorant to not protect the frame for a mere $125
  • 1 2
 @Freddye: paint doesn't ruin in months. Gtfoh.
  • 3 0
 I flip my bikes every year... wrapping is an investment in an easier, quicker sale with a better price later on. Well worth it for me.
  • 1 0
 Gorilla or electrical for the win.
  • 1 0
 Electrical tape. Really? Black?
Try 3M tape. Super cheap.
  • 1 0
 @rockyflowtbay: Many ways to protect a bike... we put the scissor method up to comparison.
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/ridewrap-announces-new-bike-specific-protection-film.html
  • 2 0
 @rockyflowtbay: annnnd I put the wrong link for you, my apologies.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as5jcZsDYsE
  • 1 0
 When my protection comes off i just carry on, its what #Ebikers do!





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