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Frame Builders and Use of World Champion Colors(12 posts)

Frame Builders and Use of World Champion ColorsFez
Aug 28, 2003 7:01 AM
Does anyone know "the rules" about whether a bike company/frame builder can use the World Championship Stripes on its frames?

I read a blurb on it years ago, but it didn't seem very clear to me.

A few questions come to mind:

1) Lemond Frames. Greg Lemond himself won the stripes, and I think he did it on a special custom frame with his name on it. But does this mean all the mass produced Lemonds of today can wear the stripes due to Greg's achievement? I don't think anyone else has won a world championship on a Lemond bicycle.

2) Litespeed. When Litespeeds were the frame used by the world champ, was it as a Litespeed or was it rebranded as a sponsor bike? Would it matter as to whether LS could use the stripes or not?

3) Seven. Who won the championship on one of these?

4) Could Trek (Lance) and Specialized (Cipo) put the stripes on all of their road frames just like Lemond does? I notice they don't.
re: Frame Builders and Use of World Champion ColorsTail Wind
Aug 28, 2003 7:12 AM
Well Specialized did a limited run on these....
re: Frame Builders and Use of World Champion ColorsTail Wind
Aug 28, 2003 7:13 AM
I heard production was some where around 500 pieces...
Yeah, butFez
Aug 28, 2003 7:26 AM
The only stripes I see on stock Specialized bikes are zebra stripes and not champion stripes.

Just noting the difference that Lemond puts them on almost all of the stock road frames and Specialized does not.
"The Rules"TJeanloz
Aug 28, 2003 7:36 AM
A framebuilder can use the rainbow stripes on his frames if a rider has won a World Championship on that brand's frame, in that brand's discipline (road, track, MTB).

What you are missing is that there are a LOT of rainbow jerseys handed out each year. There's a junior world champ, an Espoir, an Elite, etc. And also men's and women's. There used to be a Masters world champion in a number of age categories, but I believe it is now the Masters "World Challenge". Litespeed has won a number of masters World Championships (on the road), which entitles it to use the rainbow stripes.

I don't know specifically who won on a Seven, but it was likely a woman/junior/masters racer. Definitely not a Pro man.

Trek and Specialized could put the stripes on all of their road frames. And on likely on their MTB frames - I'm sure they've each won a World MTB title.

Rebadged bikes do not get the glory of being "world champs" - the distinction goes to whoever's name is on the downtube.
Thanks. Could you explain one more thing...Fez
Aug 28, 2003 7:59 AM

The reason I ask is that when Greg Lemond was riding on bikes with his name on it, I think they were one-of-a-kinds and he was not selling frames to the public. Then years later Lemond bikes is selling to the public (and is later bought by Trek) and the frames sport the rainbow colors. I was wondering if it was due to Greg's accomplishment or from someone else who earned a championship using a Lemond frame.
Doesn't really matter,TJeanloz
Aug 28, 2003 8:06 AM
It doesn't really matter who he was selling the bikes to at the time. It was a LeMond frame. But subsequently, Matt Kelly won cyclocross junior worlds on a LeMond frame (1999), so that counts.
Seven won MTB world champsfracisco
Aug 28, 2003 7:56 AM
And they apply the rainbow stripes to every frame. Both the founder (in the early 90's) and a pro female have won MTB World Championships.
Seven historyfracisco
Aug 28, 2003 7:57 AM
re: Frame Builders and Use of World Champion ColorsAztec
Aug 28, 2003 8:32 AM
My Turner has the colors on the headtube badge and apparently they had one rider win a MTB world championship some years ago. Apparently this is enough for them to put the colors on all bikes they produce.

I thought the picture showed the badge better. Sorry. I really just wanted to post the pic cause the bike is so purrtty. It's funny that they still do this however since the bikes they make (other than o2) and are known for are so far removed from the XC racing scene.
Ahhh.... a Turner....tirider
Aug 28, 2003 8:47 AM
Beautiful frame.... one of my favorite MTBs.
Ahhh.... a Turner....SerottaGrl
Aug 28, 2003 9:53 AM
i've got a matching collection with my two bikes then - World Champ stripes on the Serotta(anyone got info on this?)Concours and also have a Turner (XCE)- i will resist the urge to post the pic of me and the latter doing a nice wheelie drop since this is the roadie board :-) and the only digital pic i have of the Serotta is too big to load...