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    When a High profile client came into Kissing Crows Cyclery to refurbish his classic Merlin mountain bike, I was asked to provide a spec pack for … Read More
    When a High profile client came into Kissing Crows Cyclery to refurbish his classic Merlin mountain bike, I was asked to provide a spec pack for the paint layout. I took this a step further and provided a render to really sell the client on the paint job. Actual paint work and frame modifications were executed by Chris Dekerf. Read Less
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A private client of a local custom bike shop wanted to overhaul his titanium Merlin bike frame. I designed a custom paint scheme, as well as several modifications, including removal of brake bosses in favour of disc mounts. To smooth out the cable routing to the disc brakes, the top tube cable routing was relocated to the underside of the tube.


Credit to Chris Dekerf for the excellent paint work and frame modifications and of course Kissing Crows Cyclery for everything else including the final build. The frame was built up with a Whiskey components carbon fork, full Sram XX1 drivetrain and an Envy cockpit and wheelset!
The frame originally looked like this, beatiful but in need of some wow factor.
The overall concept was to showcase the titanium by polishing sections and sandblasting sections. This was then contrasted against matt black paint. The entire process was incredibly time consuming, because entire sections of the frame had to be polished, as well as prepped for painting. It was critical the that paint scheme was clearly communicated.
 
3/4 view revealing how the polished stripes continue up the seattube.