When Paul and Melanie began the process of customizing Melanie’s bike, they took it to a level far beyond the average enthusiast.
As Paul explains:
Initially we were going to save money by painting an older frame with a serious non-structural dent. Once the paint was done, I knew I could not do a regular build. I have seen a lot of builds people (including myself) refer to as custom. In actuality, they are putting COTS (commercial off the shelf) equipment on a frame that thousands of people have. At most you see custom paint jobs with matched anodizing. Well, this is custom.
Highlights of the build include the Rockshox Reba fork custom painted to match the frame, with the RP23 and fork custom tuned for Melanie.
The FSA carbon cranks were sanded to remove heel scuff, then painted matte clear, while the bash guard was painted matte black. The carbon linkage and headset spacers glitterized as well. Paint was removed from the carbon linkage to expose carbon then painted matte clear. All the shock mounting hardware matches in pink as well.
A pink Ergon saddle and grips tie it all together.
And one more look at this thing: