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Old 03-27-07, 12:13 PM
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http://www.apple.com/pro/profiles/trek/

Lynn and a team of about 15 designers create most of the basic Project One designs at Treks home base in Waterloo, Wisconsin. They also crank out the graphics seen on every stock Trek bike (including Trek-owned brands Klein, LeMond and Gary Fisher), every Team Trek jersey and helmet, and many Trek-related websites, brochures and dealer catalogs. Its enough work to make even Lance Armstrong exhausted. Still, the team gets it all done, pushing through project after project with MacBook Pros running Adobe Creative Suite.

Every designer on the team sports a single 17-inch MacBook Pro linked to a network. Their main tools are Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, but the team often has to crack open 3D documents from the engineering team. To do it, Lynn runs Parallels and Microsoft Windows. I used to have a PC desktop box sitting under my machine, just for 3D stuff, he says. Id have to fire up the PC, make translations, spend a bunch of time getting the files into a form that could work on the Mac. Now I run Parallels and a program called Rhinoceros in Windows. Its the can opener of the 3D world. I can open a bunch of different files from our engineering group and save them to my MacBook Pro.
Any feedback out there on their Project 1 bikes? I'm thinking of getting one for my wife.
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Well that's a roundabout way of asking about Project One.

Anyway, what kind of input are you looking for? Paint quality?
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The three Project One bikes I've seen are all very nice in both fit and finish. All the designs are painted on (i.e. no decals) and the paint looks very sharp with a nice clearcoat. So far I've seen the yellow and gray flame scheme, the saberline scheme and the Midnight scheme with the lightning on it. All three of them were Madones and they were impressive. It's not the kind of thing you'd buy to go crit racing though ...unless you were really wealthy.
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Old 03-27-07, 12:34 PM
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Yes, paint quality. I noticed some finish issues on the frame and fork of my Trek Madone 5.2 SL. If I get a custom paint job, I'd like to make sure that it looks good.
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I absolutely love my Project One and will have it for many years.

To me, it's worth the extra money just to have a unique bike, especially since Trek road bikes are so popular. Not sure the truth to it since all are hand made, but some say better care is taken with the Project Ones. The only thing is the wait, luckily mine was on the showroom floor.

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Adobe, isn't that the little car made of clay???

(sorry, too many Saturday Night Live memories).

As for the bikes, for the extra cost, it better be good paint.
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They had/have(?) a deal where you can get a Project One paint job for $99.
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I test road a 60 cm Madone 5.2 last week and asked about the $99 schemes. The 5.2 is on sale for $2699 so I figured for $99 more could not hurt to ask. No deal. The $99 applies to the standard price. Would have been fun.
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