Think back to your childhood. Remember all the ideas that would take hold of your mind, igniting your imagination like a spark? This fleet of hand painted, one-of-a-kind bicycle frames are proudly inspired by the imaginations of children – specifically eight brave children, tasked with a little more than just being a kid. These tough youngsters are recipients of medical grants from the UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF). These bicycles were inspired by their ideas, and honor their lives.
These unique art objects are headed to the 2017 Amgen Tour of California, where they will be ridden by the men and women of Rally Cycling. Luckily for you, they're only on loan – they will be auctioned live during the race, with all proceeds going to benefit the UHCCF and kids who need our love and support. To Bryce, Jacob, Anuhea, Camden, Nathan, Noah, Preston, and Romie - remember, we're all on this ride together!
100% of proceeds from the auction will go to benefit families in need via the UHCCF.
These are serious bicycles, and the exact frames, components, wheels, tires and accessories that our pros use.
Frame: Carbon Monocoque Competition Road Frame, UCI Certified, Carbon Drop Outs, w/ Taper Headtube & Press-Fit 30 BB
Fork: Carbon Competition Road Fork, Carbon Drop Outs, w/ 1.5" Taper Carbon Steerer Tube, Continuous Fiber Technology (CFT)
Bar & Stem: HED Grand Tour Oversize
Components: SRAM RED® 11-speed
Wheels: HED Ardennes
Tires: Kenda Kountach
Bottle Cages: Arundel Dave-O carbon fiber
Saddle: Men | Prologo Zero II PAS Women | Terry Falcon X 2
"Firefighter" is inspired by Bryce, 8, of West Virginia. When Bryce grows up, he wants to be “a firefighter, because they help save people.” The design begins with a bright, firetruck-red base-coat and is accented with real gold leaf inside the chainstays and inside the primary Diamondback logo, which is styled in classic firefighter 3D lettering. The front-end of this engine is finished with a chrome fork and pearl white cockpit. We can practically hear the sirens.
"Snake" is inspired by Nathan, 9, of Utah. Nathan’s favorite animal is “the Green Anaconda. It has a dinosaur ancestor and it is the biggest and heaviest snake.” This bike practically hisses, the result of a complex paint process. Scales are applied by hand in sheets of hand-weeded, laser-cut stickers, and blended into a pure green hue near the bike’s joints. A deep crimson serves as the “underbelly” on the stays, fork, and logo accents. The real snake magic comes from a space-age clear coat that returns a rainbow of iridescent hues in sunlight.
Our vibrant "Plants" bike is inspired by Anuhea, 7, of Washington. Anuhea’s favorite subject in school is “science, because we learn about plants growing.” Two layers of colorful leaves, hand drawn and inspired by exotic vegetation, are applied to a deep purple base-coat and finished with pearl white logo accents. Equal parts Miami pastel and organic goodness, Plants is one of our most lush, eye popping looks.
Noah, 10, of Florida provided the inspiration for "Science". In our survey, Noah said, “I like math and science, because I like experiments.” We did our own experiment and used a unique masking technique to color the frame. It starts with a vibrant, 5-color fade, followed by a coat of pearl white. Clusters of molecules allow the colorful gradient to peek through, also on full display inside the chainstays and fork. The Diamondback logo is displayed in a one-of-a-kind outline.
"Camo" is inspired by Camden, 8, of Kentucky, whose favorite activity is “hunting with my dad, because it’s really fun and we are putting food on the table.” Well said, Camden. This classic camouflage look begins with an olive green base and is layered with green and tan hued shapes, making this the choice for lovers of one of mankind's oldest outdoor pursuits. Neon blaze orange logo, chainstay and fork accents complete the look, and are sure to add visibility to your next road ride.
Jacob, 11, of West Virginia inspired "Speed". If Jacob had a superpower, he “would want to be really fast, because it would be fun to go fast.” To achieve this sleek, metallic look, first a base-coat of real crushed aluminum is applied. A clear coat and transparent “wash” of color follows to create the anodized midnight blue base. Three primary colors, representing prismatic light, streak across the frame, and the crushed aluminum base shows through in the logo accents, inner stays and fork.