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2012 road bike color experiment

Old 03-05-12, 10:15 PM
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2012 road bike color experiment

After noticing this with many 2012 releases, I asked a few of the reps about why racy yellow colors were chosen. many told me their versions of these bikes are a low-volume experiment. SRAM seems to be a common choice for these bikes as well.


http://www.cannondale.com/2012/bikes...-4-rival-21233


http://www.feltbicycles.com/USA/2012...Series/F6.aspx


http://www.masibikes.com/bikes/carbo...one-rival-2012


http://www.scott-sports.com/us/en/pr...il-30-20-xl58/


http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/SBCProduct.jsp?spid=61555&scid=1101&scname=Road

Anyone else notice this? Thoughts? I think all these bikes are ugly, but could be beautiful with a nicer color.
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Old 03-05-12, 10:16 PM
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yellow is hot right now
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yellow is the new black... especially when paired with the old black.
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It turns out that yellow is even faster than red or black.
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Originally Posted by antmeeks View Post
yellow is the new black... especially when paired with the old black.
white?
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Old 03-05-12, 11:12 PM
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white?
No, that's the old old black.
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Old 03-05-12, 11:20 PM
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Red is eternal. However, yellow is my second choice.
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Old 03-05-12, 11:22 PM
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Those are all pretty ugly. Why are bikes so ugly?
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Ohh, the Cannondale looks nice. The Felt looks terrible. Meh on the others.
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I think they are all ugly too. Yellow should be kept to a minimum. For example the Trek District carbon livestrong for Lance is just enough.
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Personally I dig them a lot more then "stealthed-out" bikes. Obnoxious colors are making a comeback IMO. Have you seen the new Northwave shoes? Could also have something to do with that one race in Europe with the yellow jersey.
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Felt and Masi, yuck. Cannondale HOT, Specialized OK. The Scott..... it if didn't have the yellow on the tires, maybe. Personally, I don't like all black bikes. While I didn't really want white when I purchased my road bike, I came to realize that it improved my visibility. I think bike color preference is all over the map since it's a personal thing.
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Old 03-06-12, 06:52 AM
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WTF is that red RD cable housing on the Felt?
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I saw an all black Madone in a LBS. I couldn't believe how good it looked. Everything was black and even the Trek logo was just raised letters. Even the wheels had minimum decals.
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Old 03-06-12, 07:20 AM
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Last year I purchsed the walmart bike, GMC denali 700c. I just wanted an affordable bike to ride around and see if I wanted to ride on the roads. After spending a weekend hitting garage sales and thrift stores I had no luck on a used bike so I got this one. I liked the yellow as i figure i would be seen further away.
My main ride is on a US 190 70 mph speed zone. Ads to the rush a little.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/GMC-Denali-7...item3f131eee0d, 30 pounds of lead on wheels.

I did peel all the decals off so it is black and yellow with only a shimano decal on the chain stay side.

.Still have it for a spare bike, but I like my used Sab much more. The Sab is 19 pounds. red white and blue so it is bright also.
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Old 03-06-12, 07:33 AM
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In person that Cannondale is really hot.

Not sure I would ride it myself, but sitting there on the bike racks, it stood out in a very good way.
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In about '79 I had a Sears Free Spirit 10 speed (2 in the front, 5 in the back) that was bright yellow. I loved that bike, stem shifters and all. I think they look good, of course I'm a Steelers fan.
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Originally Posted by slims_s View Post
WTF is that red RD cable housing on the Felt?
That is the worst-looking of the bunch I think.
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Old 03-06-12, 03:19 PM
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I like the Felt, but I have a F75 so I might be biased....it also has a Tron feel to it.

As for the Scott...hang I need my Oakleys...
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I saw that Scott in a store on Sunday, it was hideous.
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I like all, but the Felt and Scott. I like yellow, but the Scott has too much.
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Originally Posted by slims_s View Post
WTF is that red RD cable housing on the Felt?
That would be a production mistake on the part of the manufacturer's graphic design department.
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Originally Posted by antmeeks View Post
yellow is the new black... especially when paired with the old black.
"Meet the new black, same as the old black."
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