An Inside Look at Ready to Paint Frames and Forks

An Inside Look at Ready to Paint Frames and Forks

Written by Contender Bicycles, on March 03, 2021

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. Contender Bicycles RTP Custom Paint Program 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. OPEN ONE+ RTP Paint 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 $350, 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, or give us a call during business hours to get the ideas flowing. Contender Bicycles Custom Paint Program


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