We have found quite often that when our client enters the realm of CUSTOM – having absolute freedom of choice when it comes to colour and design – they become overwhelmed and don’t really know where to start, frequently opting for the classic simplicity of matte black or varying versions of that hue (ie. lack of light).
We agree with them, yes indeed, a fine and sensible decision. But! We just can’t help thinking of the myriads of colours and patterns out there! Ripe for the picking!
But a sea of possibility doesn’t help when you haven’t had a moment to think of just ONE idea of what you MIGHT like (even if it’s something seemingly silly like dancing cats holding bowls of syllabub above their heads).
This wasn’t the case with Nic. He had some ideas for his Mercer so these were some of the options we gave him initially:
Amazing how just the simple change in location of the patterned piece alters the whole look completely.
In the end he decided on this:
And a few weeks later this beauty emerged from the spray booth:
KAROOBAIX is a new two-day 404km stage race for modern gravel / cyclocross style bicycles through the South African Karoo on
9/ 10 October 2017.
The route is almost exclusively gravel, and range from super smooth hard-packed dirt to soft sand, sharp rocks and corrugations. The race will be semi-supported, and there will be two rest stops with good food, coffee and fresh water along each of the two stages.
The name KAROOBAIX (pronounced ka-roo-bay) pays homage the Paris-Roubaix race, the murderous European Classic that earned itself the nickname Hell of the North, and our unique, spectacular and sometimes inhospitable semi-desert region of the Karoo.