- New bike colours – a deciding factor?
Sneaky buggers, bike manufacturers.
My first full sus was the next model up from bottom of the range because I preferred the colour scheme. I didn’t need the enhanced kit. It just looked so much better.
A current example would be the Giant Revolt range. The bottom model is a strange murky green colour and the next up, a sort of pebble grey. I’d buy the pebble grey every time. Of course this probably says a lot about me, but I reckon others would be similarly swayed.Posted 1 month ago
what about voiding the warranty with an immediate respray..?
It wouldn’t get that far as I wouldn’t buy a bike I didn’t like the look of, and that very much includes the colour, which of course is part of the complete aesthetic. That is to say I wouldn’t buy a brand new bike I didn’t like the colour of. A used bike is a project and if I like the look of the frame, I’ll consider changing the colour as part of the build.
Some people are more visual-led, some more led by numbers, angles, geometry etc. That’s not to say I don’t consider geometry and performance, but it’s not what gets me fired up about bikes.
I’m bad for falling for bikes I just like the look of and I have to admit, I barely look at the ‘numbers’ at all beyond whether a bike is ballpark my size. In fact, whenever the talk starts going to geometry, advantages and disadvantages of this or that angle or chainstay length never mind God forbid shock-kinematics and leverage ratios etc, I seem to just glaze over 😂
The only time that colour gets trumped is when it’s a real bargain. Example being my Production Privee Oka. The original ‘classic’ grey and black was too subdued for the frames intention. I loved the look of the tubing though and knew I could sort the colour easily.
[url=https://flic.kr/p/JKg4rM]IMG_20160706_182037487-01[/url] by blackteaonesugar, on Flickr
I rode it for a while like that but it had to change. Go big or go home… 😀
[url=https://flic.kr/p/23TEqYN]POka. Shutcastle. January 2018[/url] by blackteaonesugar, on FlickrPosted 1 month agoBigDummySubscriber
Absolutely massive factor for me.
Basically, it’s an aesthetic exercise. My Chromag Surface (pictured) has always made my heart sing. I’ve never had a bad day on it. That’s got a lot to do with the fact that it is a beautiful, beautiful bicycle that brings joy to all who behold it.
I have a strong suspicion that my lack of love for my Cotic FlareMAX has something to do with it being grey… 😀Posted 1 month ago
I must confess that part of the reason I bought this bike was that I already had grips, pedals, clothes, shoes and helmet to match. And it reminds me of my mum’s old Ford Fiesta…
Just ignore the yellow water bottle please.
Looks as good as an XXL road bike can get.
Holy headtubes Batman!Posted 1 month agoconcrete24Member
Not too bothered about colour – I do have an irrational dislike of the now common, little brace between top tube and seat tube that I can’t quite learn to deal with. Not a stopper – but an aesthetic factor that counts against for me, (only rules out about 80% of bikes I otherwise like)! 🙂Posted 1 month agoMbnutMember
Kayak23, you wanna buy a brand new Spesh Enduro frame? Large and in pink!
I’m just not able to live with it so it’s going straight into the paint shop.
How a bike looks is very important to me and I sweat the details and ensure an immaculate build.
Once built they get a kicking.
I was testing a Pivot a few years back, it was blue and I’d have never have bought it in that colour. I absolutely loved riding it, I’d just look at it and drop what I was doing and kit up. So in the end the bike won me over and I ended up thinking it was a corker.
Similar situation to my favourite ex…. might have to have a think about myself, shallow git. Still not riding a pink bike, simply not good enough.Posted 1 month agoarrpeeMember
It’s a consideration. Even at price points currently considered mid-range, it’s still a big chunk of change to spend on something you don’t like the colour of.
My current bike is basically matt-black with fluro-green/yellow decals. Wouldn’t have been my first choice, but totally fine in light of the discount I got on it.
Quite liking the current tend for subtle, muted colours like that Guinness-foam option on the new Hightower. That said, I also didn’t mind the big, bold colours we saw in the previous couple of years – they are essentially big, daft toys after all.Posted 1 month agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
Ideally every bike in my collection would be Black, 2 bottle cage mounting locations, and BSA 68/73mm BB.
Silver is just about acceptable. No bottle mount and no BSA BB or a gopping colourscheme is the quickest way to get the bike crossed off my list.
A popular mfr on here would have had 4 sales to me rather than 2 by now. Still waiting for a black option before committing to N+1. And more than happy with 26er MTB and v-brake CX bike until that option appears. There’s no rush. 26 inch is still round enough to ride.Posted 1 month agoCalamity JamesMember
I prefer dull colour schemes, my ideal colour of choice would be the BTR raw/ bronze look, or silver/ greys. Contradicting this view though Big Dummy’s Chromag looks stunning!
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Definitely,I put off buying a Roubaix for a year because I could not bear to part with all that money for a black bike.Splashed out when the hyper green/yellow came out.
This Christmas took one look at the Cadbury creme egg on one freeranger and bought it instantly.
Years ago my then thirteen year old had a pinarello rokh in a glorious white/red/black combo.Drawing into a supermarket car park my son looked up at a Specialized s works tarmac in matt black with grey decals on a car roof rack and said “who the f###k would pay £4500 for something which looks like that” Sums it up reallyPosted 1 month agofingerbangMember
As an aside, I’m enjoying the vogue for Farrow and Ball colour schemes: take a look at the new YT range: Titan Silver, Ghostship Green, Dune Grey, Twotone Blue, Black magic, Chapeaux Shitzu*, Jabberwocky jerk fish*, Liberian sunrise* and Gregarious gunmetal*
*In the pipelinePosted 1 month agoroverpigSubscriber
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