An Inside Look at Ready to Paint Frames and Forks

If you’re not already familiar, we’ve had the chance to have a number of custom-painted and Ready to Paint (RTP) bikes come through the shop, each a little different from the previous one. And while each person building an RTP bike has an idea of what they want, sometimes it’s better to let the creative take charge.

OPEN ONE+ RTP Paint

Take this OPEN ONE+ frame as an example. A few months back, Ryan went to without a concept for a paint scheme. only one stipulation: he wanted the frame to match the red-orange lowers of a Rockshox SID WC fork. two weeks later, we received this bike, which was better than anything we could’ve dreamed of.

This is the tip of the iceberg. Over the past few years, we’ve had a number of frames from OPEN, 3T, Lauf, and other frame manufacturers go through our local painter to receive a truly custom feel and look, one that few manufacturers would ever match with an off-the-shelf bike. And while this bike is going to Ryan, we’re able to charge just $600 for a paint scheme like this. Simple two-color satin or gloss paint schemes with the OPEN logo on the downtube start at $300, allowing for a wide range of choice and expression.

OPEN Ready to Paint UP

The best part of a Ready to Paint frameset is the limitless opportunities to make something that is uniquely yours. Want a hot pink to ring in Spring? Our painter can do it. Want a mashup of tie-dye and denim? They can make it happen. And a flat primer grey mountain bike frame geared to be as durable as possible? Light work for our painter.

OPEN Cycle U.P. Ready To Paint Custom - Contender Bicycles

RTP frames aren’t just limited to OPEN Cycle either. We’ve been able to collaborate on a number of frames from 3T, using both their Strada and Exploro¬†frames as a base.

3T Strada RTP Contender Bicycles

We’ve even brought on Lauf as a recent addition to our range of RTP framesets. We’ll go more into this bike soon, but British Racing Green and Orange are hard to make look good. It succeeds here.

Custom Lauf True Grit Ready to Paint - Contender Bicycles

There aren’t many bike shops that have as close a relationship with their painter as we do. Our RTP custom paint program offers an easy way to get a truly unique bicycle at a minimal premium, as well as something that’s so much more than another bike on the trail or road. Contact us today by email at info@contenderbicycles.com, or give us a call during business hours to get the ideas flowing.

Comments

Image of George Osmun
George Osmun says
April 12th, 2019

Do you have options or resources for REpainting frames by other manufacturers?

Reply to George Osmun

Replies

Image of Alvin Holbrook
Alvin Holbrook says
April 12th, 2019

George,

The options are endless! We can do anything you'd like, and we've done everything from a simple touch up to a complete reimagination of a bike. Note that a repaint of a frameset can sometimes mean voiding the warranty of the frame.

Reply to Alvin Holbrook

Leave a Comment

Special Offers + Ride Info

Shopping Cart
Get Special Offers and Ride Info Delivered
No Thanks