Actually, I have another question.
Instead of using a solid, single colour on the frame have you considered using a second orange colour to highlight the interesting contours of the frame?
Single colours make sense on round steel tubes but with all the shapes found on a carbon frame there are a lot of interesting possibilities to experiment with contours, light and shape.
I could see a lighter orange in small qty on different parts of the frame that would really play with the shapes already there.
Interesting. I think some black pinstriping (with maybe some smaller white pinstripes) on the frame would could up the all orange and give some accents to the cool curvature of the frame. Probably be a huge pain in the ass to get it just right, but I think it'd really make it pop. I agree that the logos were a bit over the top on the original.
Great project so far! I'm in the middle of a similar project.
Couple questions to the OP.
1. Did you spray in any type of controlled environment, booth/prep-station? How bad were the nibs? Did it really need cut/buff or are you just particular? 2. What were your concerns with Spesh, I know they are sticklers with regards to their copyrights, but not sure if that is what you were referring to.
Keep us posted I'm excited to see more custom paint jobs on bikes.
additional question for OP. what is "adhesion promoter"?
By the time you're experienced enough to get something germane out of a test ride, you won't need a test ride.
Little update still waiting on PRO stem so I painted a Zipp service course stem and the PRO seatpost, looks great the stem is a bit short but it will work for now until my order shows up from Ribble. No pics till tomorrow.
Was watching the Amstel Gold and CCC Polsat continental team is on orange/black Guerciotti bikes. Maybe a little busy with the black accents but with the orange team kit too it was a little much overall for me.
I dig what you're doing.
I debadged/dezertz-logoed mine. Mostly covered up with 3M 680C reflective tape. BBQ spray paint for the stem. The added weight of the stickers was offset by the weight of the Zertz logos (15 grams of pot-metal).
Last edited by BikeAnon; 04-24-14 at 07:24 AM.
When do you think you'll have it assembled?
What's a dream bike without a team car?
Sounds like you completely removed the Zertz for the sake of vanity...versus say even repainting them to blend with the frame. To me this is a bad decision on two levels.
1. you lose the function of them. They do mitigate high frequency road disturbances because they have to by physics.
2. no Zertz has to look worse than with Zertz inserts.
Apparently you feel differently.
Second comment, purely about aesthetics is...not uncommon to cover up the large, garish Specialized logo with tape. But to not have any detail or contrast on the bike aka make it all monochrome to me makes the bike bland.
Good news is...everything you have done is reversible and at some point you may change your view.
Last edited by Campag4life; 04-24-14 at 05:49 AM.
These just pry out. I was surprised to find that they are metal, and not plastic.
Zertz has a lot more to do with THIS, than THIS.
My mono-chrome look all started because I couldn't stand the graphics of the FSA cranks, but didn't have the bravery/skill that Adrianinkc showed, when he brought out the sandpaper for his FSAs!
Campag4life, below is not my pic, but it illustrates what I did. My Zertz are not wrap-around, they are press-fit into openings in the frame. The logo-metal I removed is pressed into the Zerts, using the pins you see in my pic.
You can flick the logos out (with a bit of work) with the tip of a small screwdriver. It turned out to be less work to press out the entire Zertz, remove logo, press Zertz back in. I then filled the space where the logo was with the 3M reflective tape.
Thanks guys for the comments, I just dropped everything off at the LBS to build, saddle and handlebar are staying black. I'll post pics as soon as I get it.