- Respray: fork to match? Chin strokers & aesthetes, please.
This bicycle is soon to be going to be resprayed in near-enough this photoshopped green (I’ve said it before, but now it’s actually booked in with a deposit and everything!)
I’m going to put of these Salsa Cromoto forks on it.
Should I get them sprayed the same green, or leave them black?
If the frame and fork were matched, it could give the bicycle a greater sense of aesthetic cohesion, putting one in mind of postierich’s seminal “littlebluebike” in its various renderings, or vortexracing’s recent and unfathomably shiny “black mirror” Unit.
On the other hand, matching the two in colour might be forcing the frame and forks uneasily together, the designs contrasting between the angular, pierced tubes of the Dekerf’s wishbone and the curvier aspect of Salsa’s cromoto. Perhaps leaving the fork black would allow one to better appreciate the frame and fork as separate components in their own right.
“Or,” as Brian Sewell would ask, “wot?”Posted 5 years agoell_tellMember
If you were fitting ‘pierced crown’ straight blade forks in the style of the De Kerf seatstays then I would definitely respray so collar and cuffs match.
However, if sticking with the Salsa then I vote leave black.
(note: I am also not a designer. But then I would never werr red trousers either)Posted 5 years ago
Oh, no, you’re alright fenred! That isn’t the half of it, either. I’m also wondering whether I should get a 650b front, or just get some of the Ragley carbon 15mm forks so I can use the wheels I’ve got on the PA. And then what tensioning device, should I bother with one of those eccentric bottom brackets for normal shells? decals or no decals. thinking no decals and a Geoff Moorhouse headbadge – then do I have the logo indented with a polished background, or inverted? etc etc.Posted 5 years agofenredMember
Oh, no, you’re alright fenred! That isn’t the half of it, either. I’m also wondering whether I should get a 650b front, or just get some of the Ragley carbon 15mm forks so I can use the wheels I’ve got on the PA. And then what tensioning device, should I bother with one of those eccentric bottom brackets for normal shells? decals or no decals. thinking no decals and a Geoff Moorhouse headbadge – then do I have the logo indented with a polished background, or inverted? etc etc.
Please, please stop!!! I REALLY need some sleep tonight and this isn’t going to help!!!!! *Sits in corner of room with fingers in ears gently rocking and sobbing* 😐Posted 5 years ago
mbtfix – blue doesn’t work, not sure about the orange, and the silver looks a bit boring. I want the older style decals really, but that’s getting into custom graphics and stuff. I thought plain tubes would look pretty classy if the paint job’s good, which it should be from Mr Yates.Posted 5 years agoAlexSimonSubscriber
Bike colours are a very personal thing. I wouldn’t want to pursuade you away from something you were going to like.
However, even though there’s a bit of a tradition for it at Dekerf (especially in emerald), I’ve never liked pearls on any bike, so that’s one of the reasons the green didn’t do it for me. Of course, it might just be the photoshopping.
If it looked more like 16/17 in the image above then it would do more for me.
That last render of yours, looks like my old 90s Kona. It was always nice, but not very exciting – I prefer fun bike colours. Like I said – very personal.Posted 5 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
Niner couldnt supply any paint, & I spent two hours in a car paint place once, trying to replicate Niner’s Kermit Green for the forks on my SIR.9.
(Forks were picked up S/H). Chap tried all sorts but had to admit defeat.
Opted for a dark met grey. (Its an old Ford Colour if I recall).
Originally wanted it to look like this but quite like the grey now…
Posted 5 years ago
Well, here it is: Quite a few STW influences, things decided upon from advice/chat on here, frame/fork matching aside. A Goldtec/Tazzy’s Wobbly Ring, Philcentric BB from druidh (cheers! working perfectly!), XT brakes from Rose (pinched from the other bike) DT 240s on Arch EX – also being shared with the other bike and STW approved bike stand.
Very happy with the work and service from Dave Yates and Debbie. Great communication, top notch work and paint.Posted 5 years ago
Having installed it without the spacers (and then again with the spacers the wrong way round because I got confused with the bike being upside-down and it being late 😳 ), I’ve found out (twice) how much torque the Loctite needs to break away. It’s quite a lot, so I’m happy – though I wasn’t at the time! And I got the cups to line up pretty damn close to snug too.Posted 5 years ago
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