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  • Best Bike Colour Schemes
  • Premier Icon abingham
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    A recent classified post reminded me of my old Foxy XR, which I reckon had one of the best colour schemes ever painted on a bike:

    Foxy

    So, what do you think are the best colour schemes to have featured on a bike?

    Premier Icon joebristol
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    Raw frame / red forks for me – and currently got a bike in that scheme.

    Quite like a fully murdered out frame scheme too. Preferably a shiny black frame rather than matt.

    Also partial to any kind of decent candy colour with sparkles in it.

    Not a fan of really busy schemes covered in graphics and logos. I don’t love that Foxy above tbh – even if it is broadly jps colours. Would always take forks / shocks with black stanchions over kashima / gold.

    Edit – a frame I think looks ace is an Evil Offering in ‘angry dolphin’ too. Good combo of colour and ‘swoopyness’.

    Premier Icon bsims
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    I still very much like my CMYK BFe. It’s simple and works well, looking different from a variety of angles.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    The more Hope anodised colours attached to one bike, the better.

    Premier Icon abingham
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    The more Hope anodised colours attached to one bike, the better.

    Controversial!

    Premier Icon continuity
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    You can have as many pieces of anodised bling hope aluminium on your bike as you have years until you turn 30. No more.

    Premier Icon rossburton
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    My daughter’s new build is bright yellow with everything else black and it’s going to look EPIC.

    My FlareMax is mercury with orange grips, so basically a modern version of the bike matt_outandabout posted.

    Premier Icon chiefgrooveguru
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    I like really brightly coloured frames with minimal logos etc and all the components in black. See my old orange Soul, my current luminous yellow (allegedly green) Levo and the candy pink Moxie I’m planning. Lots of Hope bits but all of them black. I’ve also had/have two stealth black bikes but only because the more colourful options had too many decals on them.

    There are lots of more subtle paint jobs that look great when clean but my bikes are basically only really clean when they’re brand new. Bike bright colours look better when dirty.

    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    Controversial

    Not entirely serious 😉

    Premier Icon swanny853
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    Classic Cotic colours- a nice bright main colour and that downtube wrap

    Premier Icon 6079smithw
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    just raw Ti.

    Or gold.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/CSo8_XbIwyj/

    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    Gold you say?

    Premier Icon Nobeerinthefridge
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    Yeti turquoise with orange fox 36s.

    Magic.

    this

    Premier Icon breninbeener
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    I love the Production Privee colour schemes. I have the 917 Shan, which is in Gulf Porsche 917 colours….but see also the Martini rally car paint scheme and other car based paint.

    They are lovely

    Premier Icon dyna-ti
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    ”  The more Hope anodised colours attached to one bike, the better. ”

    Are we talking the same colour or 1980’s a bit of everything ?

    Premier Icon chestrockwell
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    Orange/white fade Orange Clockwork.
    Aqua fade Fat Chance Yo Eddy.

    End of chat.

    Premier Icon dc1988
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    I’m with CGG, bold frame colour but everything else black

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    Are we talking the same colour or 1980’s a bit of everything ?

    Either the same colour but at different levels of fade, or a bit of everything.

    Premier Icon Esme
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    I’m the exact opposite of CGG, neutral frame colour (ideally grey/silver, or maybe black/white) but everything else bright.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    My new Shand ( when it arrives)

    Burgundy metallic paint, black minimal frame logos, all other parts polished ,alloy bars, rims, hubs, brakes etc.  all components delogoed as much as possible

    Classic, understated, clean lovely

    I’ll post a pic when it arrives

    Premier Icon Kato
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    Red/blue/white Ritchey’s

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Classic Cotic colours- a nice bright main colour and that downtube wrap

    Classic Mk1 Souls don’t have that downtube wrap 😎

    Premier Icon chestercopperpot
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    Gold you say?

    That’s matchy matchy taken too far. I think the contrast of matched seatpost and fork stanchions looks better.

    Premier Icon swanny853
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    Those are just ‘old’ cotic colours 😉

    Premier Icon velocipede
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    Haha glad to see my listing generated this post – it is indeed a lovely colour scheme 👍

    BUT, I am rather taken with my Shand 😁

    Premier Icon ElShalimo
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    Baum do some stunning bikes

    Premier Icon jimmy748
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    Classic and classy.

    Premier Icon 6079smithw
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    ^Very

    also a classic
    marin

    Premier Icon welshfarmer
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    Loving the colour scheme of Stefan Eberharters new Liteville build.

    Premier Icon abingham
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    Red/blue/white Ritchey’s

    That’s a good shout.


    @Velocipede
    , I’m going to say it – if there’s one frame colour that’s almost guaranteed to look great, it’s yellow. See Starling Beady Little Eye for proof: https://www.starlingcycles.com/bikes/beady-little-eye

    Premier Icon Mugboo
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    Rocky Mountains in that red and white mapleleaf.

    And Cotic’s in duck egg blue.

    Premier Icon b230ftw
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    I used to frequent the Retrobike forums for a long time and some of the standard colour schemes/designs in the 90’s were just unbelievable. Even in quite low range bikes they put stupid amount of effort into the paintwork. Unfortunately as can be seen on this thread all you get nowadays is a single colour with some computer drawn graphics on, so sorry I can’t get exited about a yellow bike with the manufacturers name in black type on the Dow tube!

    One of the regulars on RB was someone who used to be resonably senior at GT bikes. Remember those amazing multi colour splatter/stipe paint jobs in early 90s? Apparently they had to go through the paint booths 3 or 4 times, even the entry level £200 bikes, as the paintwork was pretty complex to do (and their paint is indestructible too!).

    The Zolatone paint on those Marins is impossible to replicate as Marin got a company called Zolatone to make it for them (they are still a specialist paint company) – RB members have tried to replicate it and got close but not perfect as they don’t make that paint any more.

    And that’s just the bog standard bikes!

    Klein paintwork is stupid hard to do, they have several coats of colour on top of each other to get that amazing result – people do repaint them successfully but you have to know the colour combos they used for the final colour or it won’t pop like the original. Needless to say getting one of the (very limited) people who are skilled enough to do it for you is very costly.

    Premier Icon endomick
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    The blueberry Nukeproof Mega from 2019 was super nice, if the red decals were outline instead of solid colour it would have been near perfect.

    Premier Icon alanw2007
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    I like the bright ones! Can’t stand the black/matt black/gloss black/so much black that many bikes (especially the top end ones) have.

    Kudos therefore to Trek with their current paint jobs:

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    Premier Icon monkeyboyjc
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    When building my own bikes i’ve almost exclusively bought black frames when I can – the resale is a fair bit easier & I’ve only bought anodised coloured themed bits when I don’t aim to sell on in a year or two for the same reason.

    Premier Icon hooli
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    Raw or Matt black for me, I’m a simple man with simple tastes

    Premier Icon sharkattack
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    This isn’t my favourite but I can’t believe no one has posted it yet. It’s usually first up in threads like this.

    Nothing else really springs to mind. I really like the multicoloured neon, fade and splatter jobs from the 90’s but it’s hard to find good pictures of them.

    Some of the DH bikes which get painted up for the WC look incredible.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    I had one of those Shans. If I’m honest, it’s a lot of the reason I bought it in the first place, that they turned out to be pretty good bikes as well was handy (and a relief)

    I’ve always liked the solid red Trek Slash, I don’t know why, it’s not a particularly inspiring paint job, just always though it looked cool. Saw one in the flesh this year, still think it’s a nice colour.

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