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Old 03-17-17, 08:13 PM
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Shimano 600 Tricolor Colors

I am highly interested in building up a road bike with 600 Tricolor stuff as I picked some up a little while ago for dirt cheap in decent condition (shifters needed flushing but now work fine) anywho I am trying to work out a paint job and I want to do something Tricolor related and was wondering if anyone knew what the three colors were?

I know they are a light green, slightly tealish blue and a darker blue but I am wondering if anyone has an idea what the color codes or what Shimano called the colors?
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Permanent Green, Cerulean Blue, and Ultramarine (Cobalt/dark).

I have no idea if Shimano ever gave them a specific code, but those are the actual colors, by their usually accepted names. You should be able to find standardized RAL versions of them without too much trouble.
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My late wife was into color. She got her masters in color photography and ended up as a product developer after years as a printing manager. She taught me that a near miss of color combos was far worse then a purposeful difference. Just think of all those Bianchis with almost but not quite celeste versions (paint, saddle, tape and others).


I would be hesitant to trust a color name by it's self as a matching guide. best to have the component in hand and then match. Andy
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I'm an illustrator & graphic designer. It's been 25 yeas since I completed my MFA and 32 years (so far) since I began my professional career; in that time I should think I've acquired some vague understanding of my job.

The names I've given are the traditional names for those particular colors; they're not uncommon. In fact Cerulean & Ultramarine (which are specific mineral blends) have been known by those names since the 14th or 15th century; there isn't any copyright or company trademark on them.

Now... if you'd like to be absolutely precise about it, sure- you could visually match Shimano's tricolor against a Pantone swatch book, but not only would that be overkill (and pointlessly nit-picky) for project like this, I can tell you now that you'd still never get an exact match due to the differences in ink compounds, fading over time, etc. Beyond that, sure- there are proprietary names for those colors by different paint manufacturers (for example, in the case of Ultramarine: 'French Blue' & 'Cobalt Blue/Deep'), but they're only slight variations on the traditional colors, often legally necessitated by differences in chemical formulas.

Trust me: Permanent Green, Cerulean Blue, and Ultramarine Blue are the droids you're looking for.

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Simply everything goes with TriColor, daaahling! Don't give it a second thought.

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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
I am highly interested in building up a road bike with 600 Tricolor stuff as I picked some up a little while ago for dirt cheap in decent condition (shifters needed flushing but now work fine) anywho I am trying to work out a paint job and I want to do something Tricolor related and was wondering if anyone knew what the three colors were?

I know they are a light green, slightly tealish blue and a darker blue but I am wondering if anyone has an idea what the color codes or what Shimano called the colors?
I'm curious what kind of paint job you're considering. One dominant color, with the other two as accents? Different colors on different tubes? Something creative with roughly equal uses of all 3 colors? 1990s 3-color fade?
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By the way, here's a previous thread where a tri-color bike was discussed.
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So you're going to try doing a tri color paint scheme with those three colors?

Although I am slightly biased I think the Tec Grey color of the '86 Bianchi Limited was a great match for the TriColor group. The components, especially the brake calipers, just sort of fade away.

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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
I know they are a light green, slightly tealish blue and a darker blue but I am wondering if anyone has an idea what the color codes or what Shimano called the colors?
I agree with @DIMcyclists suggestion to go with his names/numbers and would also add that everyone sees colour differently. I've a done a lot of film and broadcast colour correction, sometimes with producers who don't see the same hues, so you can imagine the arguments we get into over skin tones? Add poorly balanced LED/LCD/Plasma/CRT monitors into the subjective mix and it gets real ugly. That's why we have vectorscopes but I digress. Even the high quality paint shop guys often get the mix wrong with their scans. Don't sweat it.
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Just don't tell too many people about how good the old 600 line was. I can still buy nearly new 600 components on EBay for a pittance...
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Sounds like a cool idea. Are you painting it yourself or having someone else do it? If it's a professional job you should be able to pass off a piece of your Tricolor group that has the colors on it and ask them to color match.
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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
Even the high quality paint shop guys often get the mix wrong with their scans. Don't sweat it.
Indeed! This is also why I suggested RAL colors in my first post: RAL is an international paint/ color standard; the color formulas are specific and it takes a lot of the guesswork out of the equation. Here's a list:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_RAL_colors

If you have swatches of the the traditional colors (and you can find those colors in any art supply store in the country), you can match them to standard RAL swatches (and they will match up; RAL has gone out of their way over the past 90+ years to make it possible) and have that particular color mixed for you in any custom paint shop that can look up the color code.

Of course, they can do this in any variety of mediums (acrylic; alkyd; enamel; automotive acrylic, etc.), and an assortment of about 200 colors are even available as powder coat.

One of the niceties of the RAL system is that there are a few companies which will mix small bottles of touch-up paint for you in any of the available colors (for a small fee; like, $10 or $12), which means you'll always have a (more-or-less) exact match to repair chips & dings & the like.
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I will have to check out the RAL colors and use the names and see what I can't come up with. Thanks all for the help

The plan on paint was the Shimano Tec Gray color for the frame and then have some black outlined parallelograms in the 600 colors. Fades are neat but I have sort of an 80s cutting edge vibe in my head on how it might look.

I could potentially paint it myself but if all goes my way I would have a pro do it or someone with some knowledge helping out. I am not a painter and don't have a booth nor do I really want to paint. I will probably end up giving them a sample of the tricolor stuff to do some matching but I would like to go in with some more knowledge so I can direct them. Sometimes you have a vision in your head that nobody else quite understands or you cannot effectively communicate what you want with another person.

600 does look good with just about everything but I want a Tricolor themed bike. While DA has the top performance I think Ultegra usually hits the mark on looks. Arabesque, 600 Tricolor and even some of the more modern stuff in that lovely grey generally looks better than the toppest end.
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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
I am highly interested in building up a road bike with 600 Tricolor stuff as I picked some up a little while ago for dirt cheap in decent condition (shifters needed flushing but now work fine) anywho I am trying to work out a paint job and I want to do something Tricolor related and was wondering if anyone knew what the three colors were?

I know they are a light green, slightly tealish blue and a darker blue but I am wondering if anyone has an idea what the color codes or what Shimano called the colors?
The popular coined "TriColor" name that stuck on Shimano 600 before Ultegra, is a bit of a misnomer. It just has a, easy to flake off 3 color small little accent sticker. I don't think that if you paint a bike in this color combination, it will pick up this color/s to the eye with the components. It still might be cool paint job color combination.

Unless you have a different color component group like black, gold, white etc. You will notice more color accents with fluted pantographed components, bar tape , lever hoods, seat, and cables.
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch View Post
Just don't tell too many people about how good the old 600 line was. I can still buy nearly new 600 components on EBay for a pittance...
Thats because they made so much of it.

Yeah functionality and pricing part of the group is appealing. Other than that I am so-so on it, especially when matched with framesets of better quality.

Too bad DA 7400 now is so expensive, it would of been nice if Shimano put out a group that was between Shimano 600 and DA. Not just the short lived, earlier circa 87-88 high fashion Sante group.
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Originally Posted by WolfRyder View Post
The popular coined "TriColor" name that stuck on Shimano 600 before Ultegra, is a bit of a misnomer. It just has a easy to flake off 3 color small little accent. I don't think that if you paint a bike in this color combination, it will pick up this color/s to the eye with the components. It still might be cool paint job color combination.

Unless you have a different color component group like black, gold, white etc. You will notice more color accents with fluted pantographed components, bar tape , lever hoods, seat, and cables.
Sure sure, it is a sticker, flakey...whatever. It looked real nice and when the sticker is still intact or you get a replacement from VeloCals and slap it on. It is just a good looking group. Sure I would have loved it if they did a reissue type of thing where they did some serious anodizing with the tricolors or something but I am happy with that little bar.

The bike isn't so much to highlight the components but more be an homage to TriColor and just look real fun!
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Use the "tricolor" grey and have VeloCals do the decals in the three colors. A true "tricolor" bike.

Or, everything goes with black.
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