Can I get custom colors on the frames? How do I specify a custom color?

Yes, we offer powder coat custom colors on our Classic, Special and Thunder frames. We are unable to do custom colors on the Lightning due to the carbon fork. Powder coat cannot be applied to carbon.

Powder coat finishes are good quality durable finishes that come in a wide range of colors, effects and finish types. They are typically single coat finishes, however there are special two coat finishes for those looking for more depth to the finish. Also, powder coats can't be color matched, however the powder coat supplier we uses has hundreds of options (see below) that will be close to almost any color you want.

You can find the price of a custom color upgrade on the build or frameset page for the chosen model as a color option. The listed cost is for a single coat finish. If you are interested in a two coat option, it is typically an additional $125.

IMPORTANT: Powder coating is a process where a multi-colored powder is electrostatically sprayed onto the frame and then baked to a hard, durable finish. The nature of the powder coating process means that there can be minor imperfections in the surface including tiny black specks and small surface irregularities (very small divets or bumps). The finish will not be as 'clean' as a traditional wet paint and clear coat process like our stock frames. These imperfections are usually not noticeable unless pointed out and will be considered within the standard of what we offer. Just be aware when ordering. If there are significant issues, we will most likely reshoot the frame if need be or offer a small discount.

Choosing a Color

Our source for the actual powder, Prismatic Powders, offers hundreds of options in colors, finishes and metallic effects--so it can be overwhelming. However, it also allows you to choose just the right color and finish for you.

Follow the guidelines and steps below to choose and specify a custom color. It can get

1. Visit the Prismatic Powders website HERE.

2. Choose the color that you'd like to start with at the top of the page (under the search bar).

3. We highly recommend choosing either a solid tone or metallic from the menu on the left. We only recommend these powder types as the other options have either textured finishes or inconsistent results for bicycle painting.

4. If desired, choose the gloss level on the left menu. You can choose from a wide range of options. We typically recommend semi-gloss, gloss or high gloss finishes for better maintenance and UV stability, however we can do any of the gloss levels.

5. Review the color options and make a decision. There a few important things we recommend for your final decision:

  • Review any photos on the color webpage if they are available. This can help you see real-life use of that color.
  • Order a swatch to be sure you are getting the right color. They are free (except shipping) and take 1-2 days for delivery. That ensures that you can see exactly the color, gloss and finish. The order option is available in the top left hand corner of the color you've selected.
  • Check to see if it is a 2 coat option. It will usually indicate "Top Coat Information" in the description. This finish will be an additional $125.
  • We do not recommend any 2 coat option with Super Chrome as a base coat to get a "chrome look". This treatment will potentially chip at clamp or stress point due to the nature of the application. If you are looking for a chrome or candy coat look, we recommend any of the Illusion finishes.

6. Determine your color choice and note the name (i.e. "Misty Burgundy") and code (i.e. "PMB-1042) and put it in the build or frame notes.

If it is a 2 coat option, we will invoice you the additional $125.

Custom colors typically take an additional 2-3 weeks above our stated build time to be completed.

Contact us if you need additional help or guidance

Jan 31, 2024

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