The finish can make or break a bike; here are some of the most interesting that we spotted at the Berlin Bike Show – Berliner Fahrradschau – last weekend.
The finish on this Colnago Master makes us think simultaneously of Damien Hirst and Smarties.
The finish on this Tattoo fixie (€2,890) looks cool in the daylight but it really comes into it really comes into its own when light catches it at night because it’s reflective.
This is a design from Germany’s 8bar called Rookie Edition. The frame is a Fhain V2 with rear facing dropouts so you can run it as a singlespeed/fixie.
We took the DeAnima Unblended for a First Ride in Italy a couple of years ago, and a very good bike it is too. This version has a different paint job – still hand-painted using custom stencils and still distinctive, though.
We couldn’t get great shots of this one (shows are sometimes awkward) but you get the gist; there’s a snake twisting around the tubes here.
If you make a frame from wood you want to show off the grain! France’s Keim Cycles has let the wood speak for itself with just a discreet black-on-black head tube logo.
Materia is another brand that makes wooden bikes, this time from Sweden. You can have the Gusto city bike in ash, sapele or walnut.
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.