The 80’s and 90’s were a wild time for track bikes as design teams competed for gains through technological innovation. Cinelli was right there in the melee shaving power loss through aerodynamic design in partnership with Columbus tubing. The resulting Cinelli Laser changed bicycle design forever, winning more track world championships and Olympic gold medals than any other bicycle in the history of the sport. Andrea Pesenti’s hand-hammered steel gussets curved elegantly between tube junctions producing a fluid, edgeless art that slid through the air and whose DNA can be seen in all of today’s curvy carbon racing machines. Antonio Colombo brought vision and fidelity to art in design. Paolo Erzegovesi brought revolutionary engineering through liberation from lugs telling him where tubing should intersect and at what angle. These customizations nudged riders over the finish line first and set off raging bike crushes on Lasers that some of us never recovered from.
Limited edition runs of high-end bikes might not be for everyone’s wallet but I think we can all agree that the skill and talent go into bikes like this are worthy of our time. Enter the Black Magic Paint and Open WI.DE., a limited run of complete bikes finished in a truly unique paint job and built with SRAM eTap and ENVE.
Each one of these limited edition complete bikes will feature an exclusive finish designed by BMP using some of their most popular finish options. The main color of the bike is a color-shifting blue to purple pearl which changes depending on the vantage point and lighting, constantly changing and shifting, blending in nicely with the rainbow finish of the SRAM Eagle XX1 AXS cassette and chain. Beneath the beautiful shifting blue and purple lies sections of exposed uni-directional carbon fiber. Finally, chrome foil accents highlight the frame and fork to tie in perfectly with the SRAM Red eTap AXS components chrome foil and unidirectional carbon.
To top it off BMP and OPEN have produced custom decals for the wheels to match the design elements of the frame and Red eTap AXS components. The result is a complete bike where all of the components are not only purposely selected to be the best available for gravel riding, but one with seamless aesthetics.
Handlebar, stem, and seatpost may also be painted blue/purple to match the frame for a seamless look to the cockpit.
See more details, including pricing at Black Magic Paint.
Royal H Cycles, Black Magic Paint, Nova, Paragon, and True Cyclery would like to give YOU a custom Royal H Cycles and raise money for National Bail Out. All you’ve gotta do is make a $2,000 to the organization, screen shot the receipt and message Royal H Cycles on Instagram to win a custom frame (made to your TT and ST specs), painted by Black Magic in one of their stock colors, and then pay to ship for your frame from Black Magic to you!
Keep on eye on Royal H Cycles’ Instagram to see if there’s a winner!
Jacinta, aka J, was on the hunt for a new bicycle. She had some money set aside and began looking at the options out there. There was always the option for custom, but J eventually grew a liking for Bearclaw Bicycle Co’s offerings. The Thunderhawk checked all the boxes but she wanted to make it her own. Enter the wizards at Black Magic Paint…
Did our Shop Visit to Black Magic Paint leave you hungry for more from them? Well, ask and you shall receive. The latest from We Got to Hang Out features Rudi!
For anyone who attended NAHBS last year, this Bishop frameset will look familiar. It won Best Finish in show and was painted by Rudi at Black Magic Paint. Well, it took almost a year to build this bike up, but it’s complete. Before we jump into that, however, here’s what Rudi has to say about the bike:
“Chris Bishop sent this bike to do whatever we wanted in the summer. My right/dominant arm was paralyzed in a moto wreck shortly after we received the bike. The bike hung in our shop for months until I felt comfortable painting a bike like this. I sent some sketches over before NAHBS and Chris said, “Awesome! Go with your vision.” My vision was gold paint outlines with kandy gold leaf fade over the fill for the logos. The “grain” panels were a three-color kandy fade. The head tube logo was five color wet paint over a solid black base color. ”
I’m here in Portland, Oregon attending the Bike and Beer festival at HopWorks Urban Brewery. While I’ll be documenting many of the frames, I’ll also be capturing the general vibes. For now, let’s just check out some bikes!
“There are so many different ways to make shit look awesome on a bike…”
– Rudi from Black Magic Paint
When Megan Dean from Moth Attack was approached by a group of ladies from San Francisco, to build team frames for this season’s ‘cross races, she knew it’d be an undertaking. Sure enough, as making batches of anything at this scale, it wasn’t easy but the fruits of her labor paid off, especially after Rudi from Black Magic Paint got ahold of these frames for paint.
There were a lot of unique frames and paint jobs at the Bike and Beer Festival, yet I kept gravitating towards this one in particular. I wonder why? Look out for these bikes at local Bay Area ‘cross races this season.