Naked Bicycles BBQ Butterfly

Naked Bicycles BBQ Butterfly 29er

Coming from a background in design, I’m always fascinated by the methods that the builders, painters, artists and fellow designers do to personalize the frames we see here on Cycle EXIF. From Rob Pollock’s woodwork effect to Bryan Meyer’s paint on the Bishop Bikes, from the work by Death Spray Custom to the steel frames simply covered with a clear coat to show off the raw welds, this is as much an art gallery as it is an exhibition of bicycles. This is, however, the first time I’ve encountered the finish seen on this 29er by Canada’s Naked Bicycles.

Sam Whittingham has been building bikes for over a decade, and a quick carouse through his flickr reveals some wondrous feats of engineering, not to mention consistent award-winning entries at the last few NAHBS’s. This 29er has been decorated by heating the steel to a temperature high enough to cause the steel to anodize, producing a marvelous mottled effect that visibly demonstrates the positive energy contained within each steel frame.

Naked Bicycles BBQ Butterfly 29er
Naked Bicycles BBQ Butterfly 29er
Naked Bicycles BBQ Butterfly 29er
Naked Bicycles BBQ Butterfly 29er
Naked Bicycles BBQ Butterfly 29er
Naked Bicycles BBQ Butterfly 29er
Naked Bicycles BBQ Butterfly 29er
Naked Bicycles BBQ Butterfly 29er
Naked Bicycles BBQ Butterfly 29er
Naked Bicycles BBQ Butterfly 29er

  • mostlypedals

    I think it’s time to jasco my Niner and break out the blowtorch. That is an incredible interpretation of the raw steel frame.

    Also, I’m totally seasick from looking at that dropout/caliper alignment assembly.

  • Crazypandakills

    I wonder if looks better in the flesh?

  • snapoutovit

    Naked artistic engineering, rather eccentric.

  • Teo

    Never seen something like that. Wow!

  • BigHank53

    I hope he didn’t bother starting with heat=treated tubing, because it isn’t heat-treated any more. I also wonder why he tig-welded everything except the rear caliper mount.

    That’s just the nit-picking framebuilder speaking. It’s a very pretty bike.

  • back in the mid 90’s you could get moots ti frames heat anodized like that by special order. heat anodizing the titanium can create beautiful jewel tones.

    • MatCoes

      And those old Diamonbacks had that sooty tigerstripe effect done with s torch over paint. Remember that?

  • VALIENSI

    SPECTRUM BICYCLE PAINTERS WAS DOING THAT FINISH YEARS AGO. IT DOES NOT AFFECT THE HEAT TREATMENT OF THE STEEL BECAUSE THE TEMPERATURE IS HELD LONG ENOUGH.

  • & so this doesn’t affect frame properties/behaviour.?. since it is just a surface treatment.?.
    but hey.!. it’s not…
    i wonder…