- Custom frame art is not a new thing in mountain biking.
- Some riders spend a lot of money customizing the colour patterns and graphic design of their mountain bike frames.
- But what about turning your suspension fork into something worthy of artistic merit?
Most mountain bike forks have simple brand graphics on their lowers. But one of the world’s largest mountain bike suspension manufacturers wanted to do something special with its graphic design – for a good cause.
As part of a fundraising project for women’s mountain biking, Japanese suspension manufacturer SR Suntour has created a fantastic piece of rider art. Using one of its products.
Trusting the creativity of Natalia Pulido, a Chilean mountain biker, SR Suntour has proved what can be possible with suspension fork art.
A challenging 'canvas'
Natalia used the SR Suntour Durolux enduro fork as her creative platform and managed to do something spectacular.
Graphic designers are usually weary of working on cycling projects. What looks great on a flat surface or screen is often impossible to translate to a curved and tubed structure, such as a mountain bike frame. Or even worse - a suspension fork.
Deconstruction is crucial when creating a vivid graphic design. This ensures it doesn’t lose impact when transitioning from the online sketchpad to reality.
A symbolic design
Natalia chose the Jaguar Alebrije as her animal theme for this SR Suntour fork art project. he managed to brilliant retain the impact of a Jaguar Alebrije, despite the limited surface area of a suspension fork’s lowers, compared to that of a traditional canvas.
The Durolux is SR Suntour’e enduro fork option. Targeted at more daring trail and enduro mountain bikers, it is available in three suspension travel settings: 150-, 160- and 170mm. It also has oversized stanchions and lowers, compared to a conventional cross-country fork.
With the larger lowers of SR Suntour's Durolux, there was a bit more 'canvas' to work with, to execute Natalia's artwork.
Striking look - vivid colours
Natalia's design is nothing short of remarkable, with its 'eyes' as anchor features on each suspension fork leg.
“Throughout my journey as a self-taught artist and a mountain biker, I’ve learned how art and biking have served me as forms of freedom and medicine for many obstacles that I face."
"I wanted to depict a vital symbol of strength and resilience, the jaguar. A jaguar is a keystone animal that not only keeps the balance within its ecosystem, but also helps the environment to flourish."
Should this design become a customer upgrade?
Natalia’s fork art design is intended as a one-off. SR Suntour will raffle her artistically fork and raise funds for women in mountain biking.
But it looks so good that a limited-edition sticker kit would undoubtedly trigger a flood of demand, if SR Suntour offered the option…
Note from editor: This headline has been updated to remove the word "female" from the headline.