- The Olympic Games have brought some terrific custom mountain bikes to Tokyo
- Some feature bright colourways, whilst others have gone for intricate graphic work
- If you need inspiration for a new graphic design on your bike, these Olympic pro frames, are a place to source ideas
It might be an Olympic Games like no other, but there are stunning custom mountain bikes rolling around Tokyo.
Any mountain biker knows how a new graphic design, can make a bike look better. The mountain bike might be functional at its core, but never underestimate fashion.
Skilled graphic designers make a tidy trade of respraying mountain bikes, to give riders an individual feel and a stronger sense of ownership.
And with the Olympics, many mountain bike companies have delivered special frames, for their riders.
Making a frame in national colours can be tricky. Mountain bike tubes, even the larger structures used on carbon-fibre frames, don’t always work as a great canvas, for replicating a national flag.
Reinterpreting the colours of Oz
It takes skill to deconstruct the flag colours and apply them to a frame.
Two of the most impressive examples of this, come from Mondraker. The Spanish mountain bike company has three athletes riding in Tokyo: two Australians and a Spaniard.
For the Bec and Dan McConnell, their Mondraker Olympic bikes are finished in a blue and yellow paint theme, drawing inspiration from the Australian national colours.
Dan will be riding in his third Olympics, whilst his wife, Bec, is one of the favourites in the women’s event.
Spanish bike, Spanish rider - bikes must be bright
Mondraker has also supplied Spanish Olympic mountain bike debutant, Jofre Cullell, with a true La Roja look for his Mondrakers. Bright red and yellow, adorn Jofre’s bikes.
Less vivid, by no less impressive, is what Canada has brought to Tokyo. Its two Olympic mountain bikers, Haley Smith and Peter Disera, will be riding Norco Revolvers, made in British Columbia.
To create a truly unique look for these Canadian Olympic mountain bikes, Norco partnered with a skilled graphic design consultancy, VéloColour.
Making a true golden leaf frame
Instead of trying to apply the blue and white colours of the Canadian national flat to Haley and Peter’s bikes, VéloColour delivered a more symbolic solution.
Using actual Maple leaves, which are a Canadian national symbol, artists at VéloColour traced the leaf structure onto a collection of Norco Revolver frames, destined for Haley and Peter’s use.
This tracing technique made the leaves set onto those carbon-fibre frames in a green-gold colour. Perfectly on trend for the Olympics, and also true to Canada’s forestry heritage.
The design you'll see most of
American bike company Trek has a huge presence in Tokyo. It is supplying bikes to more than 50 athletes in the triathlon, road and mountain bike events.
Those riders will all be on a new custom colourway, which celebrates Japan, in its status as the land of the rising sun.
Trek has an established custom bike colour programme, for customers. It has leveraged that resource, to produce the Olympic Project One ICON collection.
Featuring hand-painted streaks of blue, pink, gold and red, with a purple-hued Trek logo, the look is definitely on point, for Tokyo 2021.