Bike Check: Pauline Ferrand-Prevot’s BMC Fourstroke Was Decorated With Tape by an Anonymous Artist

Apr 23, 2021 at 14:43
by Alicia Leggett  

When BMC set out to create a new bike for six-time World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot, they wanted it to be something special.

To design a bike that celebrated Pauline beyond just recognizing her mountain of riding achievements, BMC teamed up with an artist whose medium is tape and who is known by his pseudonym, No Curves.

The design process started with a series of rapid-fire questions to Pauline who had to respond to No Curves using pictures. The artist honed in on Pauline’s calm confidence and strength, adorning the headtube with a panther to represent how she interacts with the world around her.

Naturally, as she's no stranger to the rainbow jersey and in 2015 was the first person in cycling history to simultaneously hold the XCO, cyclocross, and road World Championship titles, the design needed to include some rainbow stripes to punctuate the bike's bold patterns.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot gave it her all and showed a glimpse of a return to her pace with a battling 15th place.
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot // Absolute Absalon BMC
Age: 29
Hometown: Reims, France
Height: 1.63 m / 5'4"
Weight: 53kg / 117 lb
Instagram: @paulineferrandprevot

Rockshox SID parts provide 100mm of capability front and rear.

A few notable features include SRAM's prototype integrated chainring power meter and BMC's own RAD (Race Application Dropper) seatpost.
Frame: BMC Fourstroke size S
Weight: 10.04kg / 22.13lbs
Shock: RockShox SIDLuxe Ultimate 100mm
Fork: RockShox SID Ultimate SL 100m
Wheels: Duke Lucky Jack 29"
Tires: Vittoria Mezcal G2.0 29x2.25 front and rear
Drivetrain: SRAM XX1 AXS Eagle w/ BlackBox power meter chainring
Brakes: SRAM Level Ultimate w/ 160mm rotors
Cockpit: BMC carbon 700mm bars, BMC 50mm -5 stem
Seatpost: BMC RAD
Saddle: Custom Prologo
Pedals: Time
More info: BMC Fourstroke

bigquotesRiding a bike that you’ve contributed to is a huge privilege. It really boosts my confidence as it’s also a part of me and shows a side that people won’t have seen before. Often athletes are only seen from the outside, but it’s not all performance.Pauline Ferrand-Prevot

The Italian artist No Curves meticulously cut the design from tape.

No Curves describes himself as a geometric tape artist and is known only by his pseudonym.

bigquotesYou’re dealing with this extraordinary contradiction that is a BMC bicycle – designed with incredible digital software but ultimately still created in an artisanal and artistic way. It brings home that technology – however perfect – still needs the creativity and intuition of humans.No Curves

From BMC: 5 Things You Should Know

1.The vibrant colour palette makes use of her rainbow stripes, representing all of the continents, and Pauline’s fiery character.

2. Not only a nod to the bikes’ natural terrain, the deconstructed mountains at the junction of the downtube and the seat tube represent the new challenge with BMC, the highs and lows of the sport and how easy it is to go from one to another.

3. The panther on the head tube represents Pauline: super calm on the exterior but with an internal rage ready to be unleashed on race day.

4. The BMC logo stays true to its DNA on the downtube but is joined by Pauline on the chainstay and a discreet signature by No Curves.

5. Ensuring full compliance with the UCI World Champion stripes was worth breaking a sweat over and well suited to No Curves’ tape art approach.

The panther headbadge represents Pauline's fierce strength.

No Curves aimed to create a bike that perfectly captured Pauline's personality and her stellar racing career.

This top-of-the-line Fourstroke uses BMC's highest grade 01 carbon.


  • 112 17
 No Curves? How about No Humor? Geez, lighten up. It's art and bikes already.
  • 12 2
 Cannot be in earnest. There’s just no way.
  • 20 7
 Holy shit he’s serious! 44 seconds (no curves) into the vid and wow. No way either of them are good enough actors to be faking this.


Geometric tape artist. Like EvH on his guitars. Spider webs. Fenceposts. No Curves!

Looking like computer chip clip art.

PFP’s muscle thing hit the wrong member of this collabo for sure. No Curves.

Imagine being less fun than BMC!

I am in awe.

No Curves!
  • 11 48
flag mtallman2 (Apr 24, 2021 at 12:11) (Below Threshold)
 Will she walk this bike over all the technical features too?
  • 3 2
 @mtallman2: this bike gobbles up square edged rocks tho
  • 28 0
 No Curves. So hot right now. No Curves.
  • 39 3
 @mtallman2: Are you for real?... She's the greatest female bike racer in history, 6-time world champ, the defending XCO world champ and she had to get off her bike twice in one race uphill on a few roots (where everybody else had to dismount as well) and you're giving her shit?
  • 9 8
 @mtallman2: You’re mistaking her for Annika Langvad. PFP rides it all.
  • 38 0
 Strange that a dude named No Curves is rocking a man bun and round shades.
  • 20 4
 I dunno Lloyd, the French are assholes...
  • 11 2
 If there was anyone I would never want to meet in my life it would be No Curves.
  • 4 30
flag mtallman2 (Apr 24, 2021 at 19:38) (Below Threshold)
 @billreilly: yes, I’m for real. She showed throughout last year in WC and Euro Championships she can’t ride tech. Other riders behind her dismounting because she’s clogging up the trails isn’t their fault. She’s got power for days, no question, but bike handling is not strong. You won’t convince me otherwise.
  • 10 8
 Lighten up folks, geeez...
  • 6 0
 @DRomy: Gotta get that pompous douche look just right! Keep it 100 brah!
  • 2 8
flag arcyeti (Apr 25, 2021 at 5:18) (Below Threshold)
Par contre moi je suis sûr que t'en es un...
  • 4 1
 @arcyeti: c'est une réplique d'un film. vous prouvez cependant le point...
  • 2 5
 @ReformedRoadie: Eh Mec, ma réponse ne fais
  • 2 5
 @ReformedRoadie: ait qu'anticiper ta réponse qui me confirme ce que je pensais de toi...
  • 6 1
 @arcyeti: I honestly could not give any less of a shit what some anonymous guy from the France thought of me via the internet...adieu
  • 1 0
 @ReformedRoadie: how is the quote relevant though, the artist is Italian ?
  • 1 0
 @font style="vertical-align: inherit;">font style="vertical-align: inherit;">Billreilly/font>/font>:
  • 77 0
 I am a tape artist too - rim tape. Nobody appreciates my work.
  • 18 1
 I do. I like air in my tires.
  • 9 0
 Between my friends and I, we've got a few commissions for you
  • 4 0
 Now the question do you cut square or diagonally.
  • 7 0
 @lake-st: Real pros cut it rounded!
  • 39 0
 No comment
  • 12 1
 No comment
  • 9 1
 No comment
  • 10 2
 No comment?
  • 6 1
 No comment.
  • 3 4
 No comment
  • 15 1
 Ceci n'est pas un commentaire
  • 3 0
 @mi-bike: Falla em Portugues por favor
  • 38 1
 Either very late April's fool... or an utterly pretentious A-hole...
  • 20 0
 A-hole is better that B-hole (No Curves)
  • 6 1
 pretentious af
  • 19 0
 Aw heck... I was so drunk when I posted last night I didn't even remember. Just saw DASHBOARD lit up this morning. Sorry for the negative post, People should be free to express themselves however they want without crap from idiots like me. Let this be a warning to all the youngsters out there... don't drink and comment.
  • 25 0
 OK, so I actually just bothered to start watching the video and first thing I thought was... 'I bet he's really upset all his tape comes on round rolls.'
  • 2 0
 The latter over the former. Dude has a look on his face like he just took a dump on someone's door step, rang the bell, and walked away.
  • 37 1
 Isn't a "tape artist" just a painter who stopped half way?
  • 33 1
 “...I really zhink, you should ride...wiv square wheels...”
  • 29 2
 Sram, Duke and Bmc working 24/7 to save a few grams here and there and Bam!, here comes Pauline with a pound of stickers on her brand new bike, well done !
  • 9 18
flag DhDWills (Apr 24, 2021 at 14:43) (Below Threshold)
 ya take the stickers off and ride in a g-string to save weight
  • 3 3
 Vinyl stickers weigh about the same as paint, so the difference is almost nothing.
  • 12 0
 @DhDWills: I'm sure you look great in your g-string and all Willis...but no.
  • 6 3
 @billreilly: except the bike still has its paint, so its still a pound of stickers.
  • 4 2
 @RonSauce: There's no way those stickers weigh a pound... I bet they weigh less than 50 grams tops.
  • 29 0
 "Anonymous Artist"

I don't think that word means what you think it means.
  • 11 0
 Words don't mean what they really mean anymore. Welcome to 2021
  • 19 0
 Looks like a taping session,
  • 19 0
 Would you like to touch my monkey?
  • 4 0
 Is it a Woolly monkey..?
  • 10 1
 Now we dance.
  • 19 2
 Pretentious AF = Winning?
  • 18 0
 More like no comb.
  • 19 3
 I think it looks fantastic and I appreciate hearing the thought that went into it.
  • 17 1
 Cool graphics but that dude is way too intense LOL
  • 8 1
 Intensity is the foundation of geometry
  • 12 2
 @owl-X: Moisture is the essence of wetness LOL
  • 2 1
 @matadorCE: slurry for an accidental downvote—round thumbs!
  • 15 0
 Just not knowing the artist's real name is not "anonymous".
  • 14 0
 Man. LOTS of haters in the comments comments lol
  • 8 1
 Didn't care to watch the video after seeing a photo of the guy. But if this is just tape what happens the first time the bike gets dirty or wet...
  • 9 0
 No Comedy.
  • 10 1
 No interest
  • 9 3
 $10 says there is a man bun hidden behind that smug mug.
$100 says that he'll sell some ugly NFT for >$100k in the next 90 days.
  • 8 1
 I thought maybe it was just me cause I'm old. Guess not.
  • 8 1
 Dude don’t like fat girls , he’s missing out !
  • 5 0
 I believe the PC term is 'thicc'.
  • 5 3
 @spannermonkey73: I know right? What a wanker. Some of the best women I ever had were what most people would call "fat". Nothing quite like a big woman in her groove dropping the hammer on ya...
  • 7 0
 Reminds me of the London Underground map
  • 1 0
 Yeah right !
  • 12 6
 That “artwork” is a mess...not an attractive bike.
  • 24 1
 your name is 75% Curves, very biased
  • 6 1
 Nice work, I like it a lot. I think the tan wall tires go well with the frame color scheme, too.
  • 4 6
 Tan walls always win. I want some. On all my bikes.
  • 6 2
 Loving the electric vibe of the paint job..! Looks pretty awesome! :-) Did anyone notice how short her stem is? So good!
  • 5 0
 Cool bike. I like the head tube paint
  • 1 0
 Not paint
  • 11 5
 No kurwa!
  • 1 1
 Thank you Smile
  • 8 3
 A million bike stories and PB puts this up?
  • 1 0
  • 5 1
 I think it's pretty cool. I like the idea of a visual artist adding to the look of a functional sculpture like a bike.
  • 5 0
 Pretty circular bracelets for a guy name No Curves.
  • 5 0
 No diggity
  • 4 0
 No doubt
  • 5 1
 the #1 bike of corner cutters
  • 9 4
 Looks shit
  • 4 2
 Love it. Not interested in owning an XC bike with only an 80 mm dropper and one water bottle, but for a World Cup race bike, it sure is slick.
  • 5 1
 Not gonna lie. Im feelin no curves.
  • 3 0
 Since it's labelled as 'bike check', came here to read specs, tech tidbits, setup stuff, etc. Got curbed and no curves
  • 4 0
 He is Square and she is Hot But his hair isss like Afraid not
  • 7 4
 He’s only known by his pseudonym? No thanks No Curves.
  • 5 1
 Sick paint job! Big Grin \m/
  • 3 0
 Highway 46 It is in North Dakota Kate Moss lies planking
  • 4 1
 Feels very much like a Fred Armisen comedy sketch. Can’t be real.
  • 3 0
 Or maybe another spiritual son of painter Chucalescu :
  • 2 1
 @Ricolaburle: Or Picasso, Braque, or Malevich, or .....

I find it hilarious that majority of "modern" artists think they are original. "Art is theft." Picasso
  • 3 0
 @m1dg3t: Yes, for sure ! But did you watch the video ?
  • 1 0
 @Ricolaburle: Oui "C'est parfait ca!" Pure jokes LoL
  • 1 0
 @m1dg3t: 30+ years old and "Les Inconnus" are still on top of french humor !
  • 2 0
 No Curves: "Respect, modesty, and friendship. You can't be a champion without it."

Lance Armstrong: "Hold my beer."
  • 1 0
 I can't believe he added .008 oz to that bike considering they paid $909087 bucks to shave that .008oz off of it in frame and component weight.
  • 3 0
 No Shampoo
  • 2 0
 The bike looks rad, Connor McGregor's skills have no boundaries.
  • 1 0
 I made a promise to myself years ago to never let anyone with a manbun touch my bike...this reminded me why
  • 7 5
 No cares
  • 17 19
 Comment section is a festival of dumbness and hatred for this one.
For once that a custom bike looks arty and classy...
I guess some people prefer wasp or trout painting "artworks".
  • 2 1
 lol, no I really, really liked the Dirt Church stained glass theme. I also like this one...but Dirt Church still wins.
  • 19 3
 I'm always curious how narcissistic someone has to be to get upset that other people have a different taste than oneself, even to the point of calling other people "dumb" for not having the same visual preferences

Some people did not like the look of this bike & that's okay...nothing to get upset about

BTW: i don't think classy means what you think it means
  • 3 2
 These melon farmers got no taste!
  • 3 0
 Stickers qualify as "arty and classy"?

I didnt like the wasp, but you can't deny that paintjob took time, talent and skill...and taping skills on top of it. Im not going to bother hating on a 100 hour paint job that I dislike, but low effort "art" like this is genuinely insulting to the senses.

This bike looks more like someone paid to get his name out there. I strongly doubt Pauline was on a waiting list.
  • 3 0
 @RonSauce: Right? Mr.NoCurves thinks he's a straight line Jackson Pollock LoLoLoL
  • 1 0
 @JesperA: you should have tried reading his comment a tad better. What he called dumb is the way people are hating so strongly on the bike, the artist and Pauline.
You have to be pretty narcissistic to think it's ok to hate on people for not having the same visual preferences.
Btw: I don't think "classy" is used anymore for what is means, and I don't think you should feel so good for making fun of a non native speaker. Not very classy
  • 1 2
 @RonSauce: after the Pinkbike armchair engineers, the Pinkbike armchair art critic
  • 3 0
 @zede: im a studied, skilled professional artist. Nothing armchair about it, been paying my bills with art for about 20 years.

What are you, the armchair comment critic? How is that career working out?
  • 2 0
 Meh its not that great
  • 1 0
 Slept. Reloadd this page. Its still ugly as hell.
  • 1 0
 Reminds me of Salsa Moto Rapido.
  • 1 0
 now she's gonna rip off all thatt tape to shave 8,5grs off the frame!!
  • 1 0
 No Curves got a little too much air time in my opinion...
  • 1 1
 Don't forget about the "pair formance"
  • 1 2
 Seems a little heavy at 22lbs. I thought most of the UC XC rigs were in the 20-21lb range.
  • 12 1
 1 lb of stickers/tape
  • 2 2
 @DhDWills: You might be right. Paint and stickers add weight.
  • 1 0
 man bun checks out
  • 1 2
 100mm of capability sounds like a lot but probably isn't
  • 2 1
 A bike is only as good as the rider.

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