UNIQUE PAINTJOBS

ONE OF A KIND

The colours of Team Bahrain Victorious are some of the most striking in today’s peloton, but when an individual rider achieves an outstanding result, our designers like to dig deep and create an incredible and equally eye-catching one-off design to honour the victory, whether it’s in a particular race or part of an 'above and beyond' contribution to the team. Here are a few of these unique bikes, celebrating races and events where our riders achieved results of the very highest levels.

MATEJ MOHORIC

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SILEX

Matej Mohorič’s decisive victory last year on the then-unreleased SILEX was a real milestone in Matej’s racing career and in the history of the MERIDA product. With such an important win on its shoulders, we went back to the design drawing board and created a very special one-off SILEX to celebrate this outstanding achievement.

The World Championship SILEX features the famous five colours, but in a spiral shape, positioned on the top tube and inside the fork. Instead of being rounded, the spiral has sharp edges and straight lines, reflecting the modern and hard-edged design of the new SILEX. In addition, the rear end of the bike has a stone-like finish, once again referring to the object that gave the SILEX its name. (Note: SILEX is the Latin word for stone, pebble or flint).

Other design features include the MOHO nickname signature on the fork leg and the owl on the top tube. The owl and its ‘tools’ have important significance to Matej and are a key part of this design. The owl and the textbook underneath symbolise studiousness, wisdom, and science. Key elements that are close to Matej’s heart. Furthermore, the rake refers to his humble upbringing on a farm, and the elegant walking cane to Matej’s love for fashion and style.  

Finally, just above the bottom bracket, the bike bears Matej’s full name, the location and distance of his victory and the all-important #RIDEFORGINO hashtag, a key message for Matej and the entire Team Bahrain Victorious. 

Matej, who has been involved in the project from the very beginning, commented on his unique SILEX: „abc“.

MATEJ MOHORIC

SILEX II – UCI GRAVEL WORLD CHAMPION

While it is not uncommon that the riders of Team Bahrain Victorious tackle some of the most demanding races on machines that are not yet released, it was ‘perfect timing’ for Matej Mohoric to win the 2nd ever UCI World Gravel Championships just days before his bike of choice, the new SILEX, would be released. Having the choice between the then-unreleased SILEX and the SCULTURA ENDURANCE GR, Matej went for the long-distance gravel race, adventure and bike-packing-biased SILEX to benefit from its more stable and off-road proven geometry. It also offered him plenty of reserves and stability on the more demanding sections of the 2023 course. 

And while the SILEX is perhaps more at home on multi-day gravel races and bike-packing adventures, it clearly was the right choice for Matej, who managed to control the race on the tricky and unpaved descents and break free in the last few kilometres of the 169 km long course to cross the finish line well ahead of the competition. Even a slip on the final unpaved descent could not keep Mohoric from winning, and his victory helped the SILEX to be the undisputed ‘fastest bike-backing gravel bike’ in the world.

After winning Japan’s National Road Cycling title in 2007 and 2013, Yukiya Arashiro returned to the Japanese championships at the age of 37 to leave his mark once more. The 12.3km course in Mihara, which had to be completed 15 times, would undoubtedly show who the strongest rider would be. After fighting alone throughout the race, Yukiya managed to beat his namesake Yudai Arashiro in a two-man sprint. To honour this incredible and well-deserved win, as well as to acknowledge his impressive and long-lasting career, we created this simple yet striking design showcasing the national flag of Japan and a caricature of Arashiro’s pet dog, Colin.

HEINRICH HAUSSLER

REACTO IV – AUSTRALIAN COLOURS

MARCEL SIEBERG

REACTO IV – THE 'EDELHELFER'

Sometimes, it is not about focusing on one incredible win but honouring an outstanding contribution and the tireless efforts of a rider to put his teammates into the perfect position for the sprint. This is the reason that made us create a very special bike for a very special rider. After more than 20 years in the professional peloton, the most successful 'Edelhelfer' or 'Top end domestique' Marcel Sieberg brought his racing career to an end, finishing his racing years in the colours of Team Bahrain Victorious. As an appreciation of his impressive career with unrivalled effort and undisputed commitment, creating this special bike was the least we could do. Key areas of the bike, such as the underside of the downtube, the front part of the top tube and the area behind the headtube, carry vital moments from Marcel’s career as well as his 'Edelhelfer' inscription, serving as a lasting reminder of what he achieved for Team Bahrain Victorious and previous teams he has raced for. 

SONNY COLBRELLI

REACTO IV – EUROPEAN CHAMPION

Enjoying some great personal form as well as a superb backup by the rest of the team, Sonny Colbrellis’s 2021 season was filled with success. Besides the Italian Championships, another stand-out moment for the Italian sprinter was his victory in the European Championships, which took place in Trento, in his home country. In a nail-biter of a finale, the Italian national champion of Team Bahrain Victorious would neither be caught off guard nor get dropped by Remco Evenepoel, taking the sprint for the win against the Belgian by multiple bike lengths. Just a few weeks after his victory in Trento, Sonny would first secure the win in the Memorial Marco Pantani, before heading to the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. In the cold and wet conditions of that race, Sonny was able to outsprint the competition after entering the Velodrome of Roubaix. With this win at one of cycling’s monuments, the reigning European road champion made a childhood dream come true.

SONNY COLBRELLI

REACTO IV – NATIONAL CHAMPION OF ITALY

After finishing the Italian National Championships in third in 2020 and second position in 2019, Sonny Colbrelli managed to stay ahead of the pack in the 2021 championships to secure a well overdue victory. Taking place around the famous Imola Formula 1 circuit, Sonny managed to stay out of trouble for the entirety of the race before battling it out with Fausto Masnada all the way to the finish line. A flawless final sprint with a perfectly timed acceleration gave Sonny a significant margin when crossing the line and secured him his first Italian championship jersey – and also this beautifully designed REACTO, featuring the colours of the Italian Tricolour. It was the start of an incredible season for Sonny, who later on would secure some of the most memorable victories in the history of the team.

THE CENTENNIAL EDITION

SCULTURA IV – 100TH EDITION OF THE GIRO D’ITALIA

One of the first and most widely documented 'one of a kind' paint jobs we have created was former BAHRAIN MERIDA’s team captain Vincenzo Nibali’s black and gold SCULTURA. The bike was created to be the two times champion’s bike for the 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia in 2017. Taking inspiration from the famous spiral-shaped trophy of the Giro, the super light carbon frame featured a black and golden paint job that mirrored the shape of the event’s trophy and used real gold leaf rather than paint to create this unique look. As an additional special feature, every winner of the Giro d’Italia was mentioned by name on the gold spiral of the bike; most importantly, the rider of this 'one of a kind' SCULTURA used during the centennial edition of this famous Italian road race.