Trek Project One competition: the shortlist

We've trawled through nearly 6,000 bikes to find the ones we like the most. And here they are.

by Dave Atkinson   February 4, 2014  

Well we've stroked our chins and looked at nearly 6,000 different bike designs, and in the end it's come down to this. 25 designs that made it through the initial cull, then the subsequent weighing-this-one-against-that-one discussions to finally land on the shortlist as the best* of the bunch.

Some people have clearly missed their vocation, getting quite a few designs into the long list, but we've picked 25 different designers for the final cut. And one of these bikes dun gone get made. We'll be opening voting next week so you can pick your favourites.

In the mean time, have a scroll through them and tell us which one you like best. If you want to take the time to tell us that we're a bunch of colour-blind morons that wouldn't know a beautiful bike from a hole in the ground, that's fine too. In fact, we demand it.

*yes, we know yours was better.

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my designs - so cruelly and tastelessly rejected by the judges - like Darren's, reflected a number of deep and meaningful concepts, drawing inspiration from a well of cultural and historical reference and pursuing a post-industrial-neo-revisionist-rococo-punk-aesthetic that appealed both to the mainstream and the bleeding edge taste while simultaneously shifting, rotating, destroying and reconstructing the paradigm, thinking in 4 dimensions spatially relative to the box, exploring new avenues, challenging norms and asking the question "if I actually won, could I sell this on eBay?"

On the surface it might have just looked black with red bits but frankly, it's just as well it wasn't picked because you philistines clearly aren't ready for that amount of design genius yet.

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posted by joemmo [691 posts]
5th February 2014 - 14:20

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Are all these bikes with pink in the colour scheme WSD models? If so, most of these were done by husbands/boyfriends, which is a bit of a cheek as the bike won't actually then go to the winning designer.

I'll be rooting for #12 then on that basis. Think I know of the entrant, don't personally know her, but I suspect she might do some "chicking" on it too.

posted by Ghostie [66 posts]
5th February 2014 - 14:57

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Darren C wrote:
You might not, and I'm fine with that, but some people don't know or recognise why the design has flashes of pink on an Italian flag coloured frame. It shows that some thought beyond 'that looks pretty' has taken place, as all design should be!

The link is obvious. The reason behind the design less so. Most people probably don't realise that you are Italian Wink

posted by andyp [632 posts]
5th February 2014 - 16:35

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Without meaning to offend the creative skills of the shortlisted,
that is a pretty poor shit list guys.

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posted by gareth2510 [119 posts]
5th February 2014 - 16:35

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oo[s, that was meant to be short list
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posted by gareth2510 [119 posts]
5th February 2014 - 16:36

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not so keen on all the flame designs!
#3 (Stuart Knipe) is my fave as it matches my club colours.
I'd go for an orange one personally but none of the ones here quite do it for me.

posted by rednorvs [1 posts]
5th February 2014 - 16:56

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not that I've designed it knowing i have some Rapha gift vouchers burning a hole in my pocket from christmas... Wink

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posted by georgeince [62 posts]
5th February 2014 - 18:24

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What a shame you've all missed out on the chance to see my black, red, gold and green 'Trek Bob Marley'.

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posted by lukea-d [26 posts]
5th February 2014 - 18:26

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I'd apply this logic...

- disqualify any design incorporating flames, obviously not cool Wink
- disqualify any design with non colour matching saddle and bar tape, again not cool Wink
- disqualify any design that prioritises deep section rims over higher spec gruppo, again very not cool Wink
- and of course disqualify anything with any brown in the colour scheme, need I say more...

& #14 gets my vote

posted by RobO [3 posts]
5th February 2014 - 20:17

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peted76 wrote:
How does a black on black design get in the shortlist ?
or a blue on blue one... not much imagination there really is there - v.poor shortlisters! And my multicoloured creation is not even listed - how very dare you, that's it you're off my Christmas e-card list!

colin peyresourde wrote:
I had a feeling the remit for judging might be based not on taste, but on how much of the customisable stuff you used. So something with black, mint, yellow and pink with tassles on the bar ends would beat anything that anyone with any taste would choose to ride....oh, well, maybe next time.

damned if you do, damned if you don't then. Plus ça change, etc and so on Wink

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7028 posts]
5th February 2014 - 20:42

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why do carbon bikes almost always look so ugly?

posted by nuclear coffee [93 posts]
5th February 2014 - 23:01

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Dave - your decisions are your decisions. As competition setters and rule-makers, that's entirely fair.

we're just saying you may need to visit the optometrist, like Wink

posted by andyp [632 posts]
6th February 2014 - 10:16

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Hey folks

I'm a noob here, well, I've been lurking for a while. Mine is #15. Now I've told you that I guess I probably lost some votes, haha!

Not sure why mine was picked and some could say it is 'boring', but I thought there was enough of a 'cool' stealthy look with a dash of electric blue to give it some zing when I entered it. I don't think anyone would be too embarassed to ride it.

Ignoring my entry, I quite like #11, 13, 14 & 20

Is the fat lad at the back allowed to ride a machine like this anyway? That is me.

posted by gregww1 [32 posts]
6th February 2014 - 10:38

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Well, you got my vote Greg!

posted by andyp [632 posts]
6th February 2014 - 10:45

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As i'm eyeing up the competition, a couple of them are growing on me a bit more. Still prefer my #22 overall, but then i suppose thats the whole point isn't.

posted by breezergood [35 posts]
6th February 2014 - 11:15

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andyp wrote:
Well, you got my vote Greg!

Thanks Andy!!! Smile

posted by gregww1 [32 posts]
6th February 2014 - 11:57

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Reckon Darren Collard's is the smartest, although in the real world, I'd end up replacing the bar tape with black as it would just look crap once scuffed and dirty.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
6th February 2014 - 13:05

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notfastenough wrote:
Reckon Darren Collard's is the smartest, although in the real world, I'd end up replacing the bar tape with black as it would just look crap once scuffed and dirty.

Thank you notfastenough Applause , I've been a little crafty in my design as the pink has been limited to both the tyres and 'bar tape, which can cheaply and easily be changed. But all the same, it makes it standout a bit too as it is!

posted by Darren C [68 posts]
6th February 2014 - 13:44

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Oh I'm not against pink - no-one with as much Rapha as I have has any right to be! - but I tried white bar tape because my bike looked really cool... for all of 5 minutes. Hence I go for black tape and saddle, although I tend to think you can get away with it with tyres.

In the past I have matched the colour of tape and tyres just to give the bike a different look.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2607 posts]
6th February 2014 - 16:21

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mines no. 18 which is black and pink, it is 100% for myself Big Grin

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posted by georgeince [62 posts]
6th February 2014 - 21:51

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Is there a prize for the one on the shortlist with the least votes? Looks like I'll win that one.

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posted by 20thebear [50 posts]
7th February 2014 - 12:26

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20thebear wrote:
Is there a prize for the one on the shortlist with the least votes? Looks like I'll win that one.

Voting hasn't started yet, you never know what will happen!
The comments here don't necessarily reflect what the final outcome will be.
Lets hope that there are runner-up prizes too, we deserve some for being on the shortlist from nearly 6000 entries!
Good luck.

posted by Darren C [68 posts]
7th February 2014 - 13:25

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Darren C wrote:
20thebear wrote:
Is there a prize for the one on the shortlist with the least votes? Looks like I'll win that one.

Voting hasn't started yet, you never know what will happen!
The comments here don't necessarily reflect what the final outcome will be.
Lets hope that there are runner-up prizes too, we deserve some for being on the shortlist from nearly 6000 entries!
Good luck.

I'm still in a state of disbelief that mine got through...

posted by gregww1 [32 posts]
7th February 2014 - 17:29

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If there is a prize for best lobbiest then Darren C gets it.

David Bowie agrees with me

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posted by bikeboy76 [1046 posts]
7th February 2014 - 22:01

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mine is 19, I designed one which was a bit less pink but clearly didn't get through! I'd have to buy a matching Day glo pink Lampre kit if it got made just for a laugh!

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posted by TheGingerAce [3 posts]
8th February 2014 - 22:32

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Some interesting options however how did the entries with the carbon rims meet the required budget limit? I tried for ages but couldn't get anywhere near the limit.
Did I miss something?!

Of course my pink and black and all pink options were way better;)

posted by Chameleon78 [22 posts]
9th February 2014 - 19:55

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It is possible to get carbon rims if you downgrade the groupset.

posted by johndonnelly [14 posts]
9th February 2014 - 20:29

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johndonnelly wrote:
It is possible to get carbon rims if you downgrade the groupset.

That's right, I also did this on one of my entries, but on my shortlisted design I upgraded the groupset to Ultegra and put in a Ceramic bottom bracket to reduce the weight even further. Cool Wink

posted by Darren C [68 posts]
10th February 2014 - 10:34

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I shaved a few quid off here and there. There were a couple of paint options not as expensive as the rest, same goes for the bars if i remember right.

posted by breezergood [35 posts]
10th February 2014 - 11:31

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Oh thats fancy, voting is open and every time you view the page it reorders the entries randomly.

David Bowie agrees with me

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posted by bikeboy76 [1046 posts]
10th February 2014 - 20:03

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