Since last week, we offer the UP
complete bikes with Ekar. What's more, we offer them in every frame color for each of these frames, including RTP. Some have asked how this works, whether these frames have to be painted, who does this, etc. So let me explain.
For the standard colors, as long as the color is in stock in your size, you can order it, we assemble the bike and ship it. That includes new colors such as the UP in matte grey/signal red:
and the new brown WIDE (custom Ekar spec in the photo):
Of course it also includes the longstanding staples such as the blue or green UP and the orange or matte/gloss grey WIDE. Just check in the webstore to see which frame & color we have in stock in your size. Right now the selection is actually quite good but these days that changes rapidly.
Back to our topic, how does it work with RTP (ready-to-paint) frames. You have two options (and we will contact you to confirm once you've ordered):
- You leave the frame unpainted. Many of our customers love riding on an unpainted UP (you know, because our graphics are so over the top :-). There is no problem with this with regards to UV protection, although we do have to point out that a clear coat does protect better against superficial scratches and wear. In case you go for this option, everything else works the same, so we build up the bike and ship it your way.
- You want to have the frame custom-painted. In this case, you would receive the frame (or have it shipped to your chosen painter) and you receive all the parts in a parts kit box. Once the frame is painted, you arrange the assembly yourself. Please note that while we often arrange the custom painting for our customers, right now we and the custom paint shops we work with are so busy that we cannot do that. But there are still plenty of independent custom painters who are interested to work with you and of course we will gladly recommend some.
I hope that clarifies it, so whether you want a standard color, an unpainted frame or a custom paint, all of these can be turned into a complete Ekar bike. If you have any remaining questions, just ask us below or through the contact form on the left.