The London Bike Show gave us the chance to see what’s new from some of cycling’s top brands and, walking the floor of the Excel Centre, four machines caught our eye in particular.
Custom paint is a sure-fire way to make sure your bike stands out from the crown and Parlee,
Enigma, Cannondale and Canyon all had one-off machines on show.
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This Spitfire-themed Parlee ESX took pride of place on the stand of London-based Parlee dealer Bespoke Cycling. Parlee have often custom paint for a number of years now and brought this ESX to the London Bike Show as an example of what can be achieved with a bespoke paintjob.
The camouflage frame has a Spitfire roundel on the seattube, while the inside of the fork legs, seatstays and chainstays wear the red, white and blue of the Union Jack.
The intricacy and finish of the paintjob is second-to-none. The shark's mouth, which appeared as nose art on some spitfires during World War II, is another reference to the iconic aircraft.
Enigma Elite HSS
Like Parlee, Sussex-based Enigma have also built their reputation on custom-built frames, albeit with steel and titanium, and not carbon. Enigma also offer a full custom paint service.
Striking Enigma Elite HSS Bike
Enigma Paint Works was setup in 2014 to complement the framebuilding business, with custom paintjobs previously outsourced, and this Elite HSS, Enigma's cutting-edge steel frame, is a striking example of the finishes available.
Enigma Paint Works
It's undoubtedly an eye-catching machine but Enigma offer a wide range of custom options, both for new frames, and old steel, titanium, aluminium and carbon frames in need of a new lick of paint.
More custom paint! This Cannondale CAAD10 was our unofficial 'bike of the show'. It belongs to Cannondale road product manager David Devine, who went to town with a one-off glitter finish.
Point a camera flash at Devine's Cannondale CAAD10 and this happens...
The frame is subject to a suitably high-end build, with SRAM Red shifting components, a Cannondale Hollowgram Si chainset, a Fabric saddle and Enve SES wheels. SRAM's HydroR hydraulic rim brakes, which we've spotted only a handful of times since their launch two years ago, complete the look.
Canyon Ultimate CF SLX
Cast your mind back to the 2014 Giro d'Italia and you might remember Nairo Quintana (Movistar) rode a pink Canyon Ultimate CF SLX on the final stage into Trieste to celebrate his first Grand Tour victory. Well, here it is.
From Belfast to Trieste...
The Ultimate CF SLX is Canyon's super-light chassis, with a claimed frame weight of 790g, so a natural choice for Colombian climbing sensation Quintana during the 3,449.9km race from Belfast to Trieste. The pink detail extends to Quintana's bottle cages, saddle, handlebar tape, wheels and tyres.