The Secret To A Custom Bike Bling Without New Paint | GCN Tech Show Ep.91

– [Ollie] Welcome to the GCN Tech Show. I’m flying solo. Again. Jon was last seen entering a bike museum, and hasn’t been seen since. I hope he’s okay. Anyhow, on this week’s
show, we have got some hot new carbon wheel tech, the Bike Vault, your upgrades, and our main talking point, which is how you can customize bike
frames without breaking the bank or invalidating your warranty. Let’s do it. (electronic music) (metal clanking) We’ll begin the show with
our main talking point. Now regular viewers will
know that myself and Jon love custom paint jobs. They can look amazing. But there are a couple downsides. Firstly, they can cost a lot of money, and secondly, they can
invalidate your warranty on your bike. Now, admittedly, they do
neither of those things if you get a custom paint
job, say for example, through Orbea’s MyO custom paint program, but many of you will have
an existing bike that you might be wanting to custom paint, or you might want a bike
from a brand that doesn’t offer a custom paint service. In which case, what if I
told you there was a way that you can have an exquisite,
pulchritudinous paint job? (light, upbeat music) A custom paint job that
is both cheaper and won’t invalidate your warranty.
Well, the feature could be a vinyl wrap. Now if you’re into customizing
cars, as some of you may be, then you will be familiar
with vinyl wrapping. If you’re not, it’s a process
that is very popular with cars and involves covering
the individual body panels in a special sheet of vinyl
wrap that’s cut to size, and then heat-shrunk onto those panels. Using this kind of process,
you can have pretty much any kind of finish you want,
so an example would be the Bahrain Merida McLaren
570S that we saw at the Giro d’Italia, which had
had a wrap applied to it to give it the team colors
of the Bahrain team. And if you’ve seen a
matte black boy racer car with an antisocial exhaust
cruising around your local neighborhood, then that
too probably has a wrap on it. We mentioned this process is
a potential way of customizing bikes before on a previous
tech show, and then we realized that there was potential
hurdles and challenges that would need to be overcome. So when you’re wrapping a car,
it’s easy to hide the joins and the seams of the wrap inside the body panels out of view. But wrapping a bike is
presumably much harder because the shapes are more
complicated than most car body panels. And there’s also little
details, such as, you know cable stops sticking out, and
mounts where derailleurs go, things like that. But it would be very difficult
to wrap in a neat way, using sort of conventional
techniques you’d use on a car. There’s also the added weight of the wrap. Now on a car this makes
negligible amounts of difference, but on a lightweight bike,
adding, well, 400 grams could be hugely significant. However, I’ve done some
searching on the Internet (typing) and I found that there are
people who are starting to vinyl-wrap bikes. One such example is Velowraps,
who are based in California in the States. Check this out. That is a custom-wrapped
specialized Venge with this spectacular mirrored finish. I think it looks absolutely amazing. And according to Velowraps,
that kind of finish does add weight, but significantly
less than a conventional paint job, if you were to
add mirrored paint like that, then that can add a lot of weight. I mean, you’d be typically
looking at 300 to 400 grams for a finish like that. And according to Velowraps,
the fork adds about 20 grams of that finish on the fork
and 75 to 150 grams on the rest of the frame, which I’d
say is competitive for a finish like that. Now, of course, there are
those super light, mega vapor coat-style paint jobs that
we’ve spoken about before, like Sunweb we’re using at
the Tour de France that only add a few grams. Mark
Cavendish’s had them before on his bikes. They’re almost prohibitively expensive. They cost thousands and
thousands of pounds. And as mentioned, wrapping
has the advantage of not invalidating your warranty.
The existing can just remain untouched underneath and
as an added bonus, the wrap can actually go some ways to protect that paint job underneath. So if you were to come to sell the bike, or if you wanted to honor your warranty, you can just remove the wrap
and the paint is underneath. I was so excited by
this, I emailed Velowraps and asked them to send us some pictures. So take a look at some of
other examples of things that they’ve done and can be achieved. So first off, we’ve got
this really cool-looking Cervelo P3 time trial bike, and exciting thing for me on
this bike is that they not just wrapped the frame, they’ve
also wrapped the wheels, so you’ve that head G3
tri-spoke at the front and that’s been wrapped in
these Team USA colors, but it really shows what can be achieved. This also is brilliant Franco bike here which has this kind of track…call that kind of paint job, unicorn blood. I think it looks amazing,
and it’s really nice how that’s been also done on the
head wheel of the front there. But there’s loads of
options that can be done, and in terms of doing little
details, they also send a picture showing how they’ve wrapped around a small external
cable housing guide as well, which is really cool. So, what about the price? Well, I’d look on Velowrap’s
website and they quote a price of $500 for a frame and fork, with a short turnaround
time of around two weeks. So while I have seen custom
paint for less than that, I’ve never seen these kind of finishes for that kind of price. Normally, a mirrored silver
finish is really expensive and hard to achieve with normal paint. So that’s really cool. But let us know what you
think about wrapping bikes. Would you consider
having your bike wrapped rather than custom painted? Do you think this is the future
of customizing road bikes and do you think we should
get Jon to give it a go, to add to his bike,
customization Palmares? Let us know in the comments. This week we’ve got an
exciting giveaway for you. Five very lucky winners will
each receive a brand new Hammerhead Karoo GPS bike computer. To enter, it’s really simple. You just click on the link
in the description down below and you’ll be in with a chance. We’ll announce the winners in
a future, as yet undisclosed GCN Tech show. And in the meantime, if you’d
like to find out more about the Karoo and what it
can do…that rhymes… Well, you can’t do, ’cause
I’ve made a video all about it. (metal clanking) It’s time now for Hot Tech. What’s this? Breaking news. It appears that Jon
Cannings has been located. He appears to be at the
World Championships in Harrogate, Yorkshire. – [Jon] Ollie, sorry I can’t
be with you again this week, but the good news is, my friend, is that on I’m here in
Harrogate in North Yorkshire. And once there’s loads of
bike riders kicking about, there is also quite a bit
of tech for me to look at. So one other thing which
I’m most interested and came to check out
is the brand of Cadex, which I know you’ve already
looked at and I’ve seen some of their prototype products, but I’ve never seen any
of their finished items. So I’m going to go in there,
have a good old rummage around with these grubby
hands, and I’ll report back to you all exactly what I found. See you soon. (gentle xylophone music) – [Ollie] Thanks, Jon. To be honest, I’m just glad
that he’s finally turned up safe and sound. Anyway, hot wheel tech now.
Hunt have just launched some new wheels. They’re called the Hunt
36 UD carbon spokes. As the name suggests,
they’re 36 millimeters deep with a full filament-wound
carbon fiber rim that’s also tubeless ready. And they have carbon spokes. Now the cool thing about
these is that Hunt reckons that makes them 31% stiffer
than if they were built up the same, but with steel spokes. The carbon spokes and
filament-round rim also helps make them very light, too. They claim to be just 1,295 grams a pair, which is really light. And they also have ceramic
speed bearings in there, too, for that added bit of bling. Nice. Now, while on the topic of
carbon wheels, Specialized has just extended the warranty
of its Roval wheel sets. The warranty is now
lifetime on Roval wheels for the original purchaser slash owner, which I think’s great and if you buy a set secondhand,
then subsequent owners receive a two-year warranty, which I think that’s really cool. And there’s also a two-year, well, not-your-fault
crash replacement policy as well for riders in the USA. Hot Outrageous Piece of
Brilliantly Carbon Custom Lightweight Bike Tech of the Week now. Check this out. While I was surfing the
Internet late at night, I came across this from Hopp
Carbon Parts DE in Germany. It is a carbon-fiber battery cover for a Quarq power meter and it weighs just 2.5 grams. Look at that. Wowzers. I mean, it’s hill climb season right now. Every gram counts,
especially when you consider that the normal aluminum
Quarq battery cover weighs about four grams. Anyhow, more Hot Tech next week. (screwdriver drilling) (cha-ching) It’s now time for Screw
Riding Upgrades, Buy Upgrades, where you submit pictures,
videos, evidence, Claymation animations, cave paintings, of your upgrades that
you’ve made to your bikes and equipment for a chance
to win the ultimate prize, the GCN Camelback Eddie water bottle. (water bottle slams) Now last week was a battle between James with his restoration…look beautiful and William with his Ibex. Now the winner was James, with 83% wallop. (crowd cheers)
That was quite a comprehensive victory by James, but
both were great upgrades. Balls in the post. This week, we have got
Chris from South Dakota, which is part of America,
often described as having a flat accent, almost accentless, although I do know
someone from South Dakota, who says “car-mel”
instead of caramel. Weird. Anyhow, Chris accidentally
drove into his garage with this Giant Defy 1 attached. He damaged the steerer
and needed a new fork. Now the replacement fork didn’t
match the rest of his bike, so Chris decided to take executive action. Chris got his Dremel
out. Enough was enough. He upgraded the Shimano
105 on his Giant Defy to Ultegra Di2. To do this, he Dremeled his
frame internally to root or rout the Di2 wires
and also remove the now redundant external cable stops. Nice. He also dismantled the
bike and had it sandblasted and repainted with a
matte black powder coat… Well, powder coated rather than painted. Chris then added his own
custom decals and giant logos. I mean, look at this. Absolutely superb. And I really like the
contrast of the gloss logos that you’ve put on there, or decals on the matte powder coat. That’s really classy, really nice. I like that. Up against Chris from South Dakota is Michele from Bologna in Italy. And he’s actually on the San Luca climb, which you may remember
was Stage 1 of this year’s Giro d’Italia. There was a time traveler up there. Lloydy did a preview on it
and we were both there. Nice. Now Michele needed a bike for
his 40-kilometer daily commute and also for winter training. I don’t think he needs any winter training if he barely commutes
40 kilometers. (sighs) Anyway, he found this
beautiful Columbus frame at a garage, or garage sale, if
you’re Chris from South Dakota. Michele sundered the frame
and painted it himself with a green metallic
paint and he did this white splatter gradient finish on there. I mean, I’ve seen finishes like that at Red Hook Crit, and also Dr. Bobby at Colorbound Studios in Bristol
has done finishes like that. But to say you’ve done that
yourself and you’re not even a custom painter, I’m impressed by that. That’s really cool. And then he added some
bomb-roof Mavic open pro rims, 28 millimeter Continental
Gatorskins, which are bomb-proof tires ideal for
winter training and commuting. And he put a Rival slash
Apex group-set on there, finished it with a steel quill stem and he polished the fork as well. He’s also done his
own…this is impressive… SRAM decals and also a
Columbus rainbow logo on the seat tube as well. That is a stunner. Great work. Now Michele does say that
his OCD alarm is currently being set off by his bar tape. He’s annoyed that it’s
not quite the same shade as the SRAM logo that he’s put on there and he asks for our advice. So, guys, be nice, but let
rip in the comments section about Michele’s bar tape. Personally, I’d go for black tape. You can’t go wrong with
black tape and it’ll match your saddle. There you go. Anyway, both are great upgrades
and I’m really impressed to see you both doing custom
paint finishes on your bikes and doing that yourself. And also the little stickers and details. That’s amazing. I think it’s going to be close this week, but it’s not up to me. You guys decide. You vote up there. (metal clanking) It’s now time for the
Bike Vault, the moment you’ve all been waiting for,
where you submit pictures or I don’t know, videos
if you want of your bikes, and we judge them to be
either nice or super nice. If they’re super nice,
then they get submitted into the Bike Vault for
eternity and we signal that by ringing the bell. Jon (blows out air)
normally rings the bell, but he’s not here this week. Just grab the bell. This is the bell. Okay, let’s begin. First up this week we have got Olivier. That’s the French version of my name. Olivier is in Ontario,
Canada. Great sweet corn in Ontario, Canada if you ever visit. He’s got these Giant Propel SL0. That is a stunner, and
he’s done everything. He’s taken these bottles
off, crank in 3:00 position, wheel valve stems lined
up, no excess steerer above the steerer tube. His bike’s clean, Biggle Smalls. Oh, no saddlebag, nice
background, you can clearly see the bike. That lake looks amazing. Do you know what? Textbook,
textbook, textbook Bike Vault. (mumbles) Um, Super Nice. (rings bell weakly) Right, let’s see what’s next. Greg has his BMC Team Machine and he says the location is Tranquility
Base on the moon. Yeah, now I think there’s a
few problems with this one. Firstly, the crank is not
quite in the 3:00 position. It’s sort of in the 20
past three position and he’s not in Biggie Smalls and he’s also not got any pedals on his bike or
aligned his valve stems. Nice. (upbeat music) Nice try. Next time, we have Arneau,
who’s in the Netherlands doing a mountain bike trail and he has his Canyon Grail
SL Di2, but he’s customized the wheels on there. I’ve got Canyon Grail,
bloomin’ love that bike. It’s so much fun and I like yours too. You’ve got bigger tires
on than I’ve got on mine and I’m amazed at how clean
it is, especially soon since you’re doing a mountain bike trail. But that looks great. And you’ve changed the
saddle on there as well. Well, let’s have a look. Right, Biggie Small, tick. It’s clean, tick. You’ve removed your accessories, tick. Valve stems, sort of aligned. I mean… (blows air) I think I’ve been a bit
harsh in the Bike Vault the last few weeks. I really like that bike. I think that is a Super Nice. I’ll ring the bell. (bell ringing) There we go. Next up, we have Maric,
with his S-Works Tarmac SL6. He’s in Slovakia in
Sturovo. I’m sure that’s not how it’s pronounced. Sorry, Maric. Let’s have a look at his bike. There you go. Bloody hell,
there’s a lot of people been watching the video on
how to get in the Bike Vault. I sense Maric’s won,
he’s lined up his wheels, he’s got a gold chain on there. (sighs) I mean, he’s done a good job there. Looks like a nice city as
well in the background. That’s a really nice Tarmac
SL2, classic Tarmac there. That style of Tarmac frame
is that one that just won every Grand Tour with
Vincenzo Nibali and Contador and all those guys. Nice. You know what? I think it’s a Super Nice. (bell ringing) Next up, we’ve got Jason
in Pangbourne in the UK, who’s taken a picture
of his Trek Madone SLR, brand new bike in red.
Weirdly, in front of a load of Lambourghinis. Pangbourne
Lambourghini dealership. Why would anyone do that? I mean, why he has he
cluttered up the background of the photo with weird
green Lambourghini Hurricane Spider, just don’t understand
why anyone would… What a weird place to take
a picture of your bike, and these shadows in shot. Nice, anyway, finally this
week with we’ve got Vaughn. Oh my, wow. Oh, my days. Oh my days. (sighs) That would appear to be the
concrete spillway of the Maitai Dam, constructed by
Nelson City council in 1986 in New Zealand. Well, the Maitai Dam in
New Zealand was of course first constructed in
1984, finished in 1987. A total cost of 9.7 million
New Zealand dollars. It has a height of 36
meters and the length of the crest of the top is 140 meters. The fill volume of the dam is
272,000 cubic meters of water. Nice volume. But that in particular is
the stunning and exquisitely designed concrete spillway,
which impressively has a flow capacity of 125
cumecs, that of course being cubic meters per second, which corresponds roughly to of course, a hundred-year flood event. Should events larger than this occur, then an unlined auxiliary channel
does exist in those events. But absolutely superb piece
of hydro-engineering there. I’m sure you’ll agree. Super Nice. (bell ringing) More Bike Vault next week. That’s it for this week.
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