Did you ever wanted a bike so much that you feel like it’s meant to be yours?
What about when you’re in the track shredding and suddenly a bicycle just like yours passes by driven by someone not so cool in a not so cool way? “Man, my bike can’t be like that!”
Or, maybe you’re just like me, and like to have things your way, all the way!
I’m like that pretty much in everything I do or own, so I decided to have my RockyMountain Slayer pimped up my way.
First thing: I wanted to get rid of that olive greenish brown that makes the bike look old and sad.
So, to the color.
A smiley bike was the goal to achieve, so I was thinking of something like: very light green, very light yellow, very light blue… or, just white!
Since it is my favorite color – or non-color – i sticked with it and started having fun designing the decals and making digital collages to test the new look.
The Canadian brand has a very special place in every “connoisseur”‘s heart, so I’m very proud of owning a RockyMountain Frame (which is very rare here) and wanted to work on they’re image and turn it a bit more “me-ish”.
The Canadian maple leafs were the image to work on and they had to be there no matter what. Also, this frame is very simple in the way it works and with very nice details, so the concept began with the stylization of the maple leaf, thus designing a minimalist new RM logo for the custom bike using the Slayer Special Edition color scheme but keeping in mind the lean look of the frame.
Second: Blasting the old paint.
MAN, what are these Canadian guys using for painting they’re frames? It’s almost impossible to remove, even with sand blast!! A mixture of sand blast and a brutal sanding machine did the job… well most of it anyway since there are some meticulous parts in this beautifully hand made and welded easton frame.
Third: Painting and detailing.
A pure white was chosen and a two component glossy clear coat was added 3 times to make it harder, shinier and more durable. This part was done by a professional painter since the goal was to have a perfect result.
All the original decals were designed with the new concept just like the ones to the FOX 36, and a mirror concept was created for the non-drivetrain side so that the bike was almost seen like a different, yet, as much as equal as possible on both sides.
Fourth: The Hardware.
Most of the hardware came from the same bike before this pippin’ job, but some new components magically arrived by mail on the same week the frame was being painted… curious…
The old Formula ORO gave they’re place in the handlebars to the mighty and beautifully machined Hope M4. There was nothing wrong with the Formula, they are great brakes! But I fell in love with the M4s in a friend of mine’s bike, and I buy things for impulse, so.. there they are.
Mavic Crossline, these Enduro/FR specific wheels are very rigid and strong yet still light enough for all mountain riding, also… I think they’re really beautiful and simple, and the black and white scheme really goes with the ÉSSE.
FOX, DHX 4.0 2010. manitou steel 450lbs spring
FOX 36 TALAS RC2. custom paint and decals
I wanted a telescopic seatpost, and the goal was to buy a RockShox Reverb, not because of the brand or being hydraulic, but just for the simple reason: it’s BLACK. But, after seeing and reading some reviews, a very good business appeared for a KindShock i950R, and I used the saved money to buy both seatpost and set of wheels!
New ESSAX Adrenaline, white – 160gr! (not that I’m a weight freak, but this is a great comfortable saddle, and light!!)
Sunline vOne 711mm (to switch for a RaceFace stealth 785mm. VOne is great, but I’m starting to feel the 711 just not wide enough for my shoulders)
RaceFace Atlas 50mm
RaceFace Atlas All Mountain 2 ring and bash
Sram x9 with x7 shifters.
MAXXIS Minion DHF 2.35 front;
Specialized Eskar 2.30 back.
Next step, taking this baby to ride “at home” in British Columbia in the other side of the ocean!
I’m happy! and no one has one like mine!