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Beating a dead horse - are matte finished here to stay?

Old 08-20-20, 11:22 PM
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Beating a dead horse - are matte finishes here to stay?

Maybe it’s because as a kid I remember a new bike being associated with “shiny,” but it feels like going on a decade and I still haven’t fallen in love with the matte finish trend. At least, I thought it was a trend. Bike shopping again and for 2021 I see lots of matte finishes once more. Taste is subjective, so I don’t knock anyone’s matte bike, or them for liking it. I’ve seen some I thought looked nice, but am I just a dinosaur for loving a clean glossy finish? (And don’t even get me started on gloss metallic!). So are matte finishes here to stay?
(And yes, the thread title should say "finishes," not "finished.")

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Yes.
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No, eventually all the matte black carbon frames with matte grey logos on the down tube will crack and be replaced by the next finish trend. I predict iridescent purple with metallic reflective logos.
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Originally Posted by Plainsman
So are matte finishes here to stay?
Nope. After owning one, people will learn what a (relative) pain in the ass they are to keep clean and the demand will go down. My previous bike (Domane SL5) was matte and I wouldn't get a matte finish again (unless every other spec on the bike was exactly what I wanted and I was getting a screaming deal).
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Love matt finish 4ever matt

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Matte finishes aren't new and aren't going anywhere. I bought my first matte finish bike in 1994.
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Entropy will define the ultimate finish.
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I'm sure they'll stick around, but there are still some nice glossy/metallic paintjobs out there. Giant has some great colors, love my gloss metallic orange, which will be replaced soon with gloss metallic rosewood.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
Nope. After owning one, people will learn what a (relative) pain in the ass they are to keep clean and the demand will go down.
Indeed, probably even worse than glossy black. It's like having a black car; it shows every speck of dust.

I learned my lesson: My new bike on order, when it eventually arrives, is Celeste green.
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The easiest bike I ever had cleaning wise was just like the easiest car - gloss gray/silver metallic. Hides it all. Only have one matte bike in the family. Matte black. Looked good new, but seems to stain/splotch so easily (my wife’s bike). I clean it, but some spots still have not come out.
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Originally Posted by Plainsman
Looked good new, but seems to stain/splotch so easily (my wife’s bike). I clean it, but some spots still have not come out.
Mine always had those splotches - it was like a grease stain in the middle of a favorite t-shirt. It annoyed me until I resigned myself to living with it (until I sold the bike).

I tried to tell myself that the matte finish wasn't that bad, but the first time I washed my current bike (glossy silver/red) was the last nail in the coffin - wet it, wipe it, done. No special cleaning solutions, no elbow grease, no fuss, no wasted time.
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I'm generally a function over form guy but when I was looking at bikes last year, about the only absolute requirement I had was that it not be matte. As mentioned, it's a pain to keep clean and to me it just looks cheap.

Maybe someone will be able to measure that here is a microscopically small amount of drag due to the matte finish and no one will want it anymore.
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Originally Posted by ogsarg
i'm generally a function over form guy but when i was looking at bikes last year, about the only absolute requirement i had was that it not be matte. As mentioned, it's a pain to keep clean and to me it just looks cheap.

Maybe someone will be able to measure that here is a microscopically small amount of drag due to the matte finish and no one will want it anymore.
lol!
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Originally Posted by swifty
Yes.
Originally Posted by znomit
No
It depends
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Originally Posted by Ogsarg
I'm generally a function over form guy but when I was looking at bikes last year, about the only absolute requirement I had was that it not be matte. As mentioned, it's a pain to keep clean and to me it just looks cheap.

Maybe someone will be able to measure that here is a microscopically small amount of drag due to the matte finish and no one will want it anymore.
Unfortunately they are actually more aero.
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I like my Acid Red Supersix. I doubt matte black ever gets compliments!
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Can you have your staff polish it for you?
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I love my glossy red Battaglin, glossy blue Ritchey, and matte electric blue Canyon. I don't find that the matte blue is any harder to keep clean. I do find the matte black stripe on the top of the top tube shows all the dried-up sweat spots, but I betcha a glossy black would do the same.
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They were here in various forms for quite a while. Maybe more popular than ever at this current time.

Sort of the same thing as chrome, gold finish or oil-rubbed bronze bathroom fixtures. Then someone throws brushed nickle into the mix. They all have different moments of popularity.
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Originally Posted by Moe Zhoost
Entropy will define the ultimate finish.
I’m pretty mixed up, my bikes are shiny.
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Matte should go the way of the dinosaur says the guy who owns two matte bikes currently. When I had my custom handmade bike painted, it certainly wasn't matte.
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Matte looks like it received only the primer coat.
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Originally Posted by Plainsman
The easiest bike I ever had cleaning wise was just like the easiest car - gloss gray/silver metallic. Hides it all. Only have one matte bike in the family. Matte black. Looked good new, but seems to stain/splotch so easily (my wife’s bike). I clean it, but some spots still have not come out.
My metallic grey Fuji was so easy to keep "clean"! I used to get complimented for its cleanliness when I'd ridden my training loop on freshly rained roads. Very practical for a barely sponsored full-time racer riding for a club his was proud to represent.
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My Trek is shiny red, needs a quick wipe clean after every ride and I like its appearance a lot. My Wilier is not matte, is appears that way however because it has no paint at all. It is easy to clean too. The bikes contrast nicely - flashy, shiny and understated, bare, polished (not shiny) carbon.
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