Jolanda Neff's Supercaliber features illustrations inspired by Japanese woodblock prints
Jolanda Neff wanted her bike for World Championships in Val di Sole to invoke Japanese tranquility: Apple blossoms, mountains, bamboo. Trek mountain bike designer Katy Steudel took those suggestions from the Olympic champ and started studying.
“I looked at Japanese art forms, did some concepts, and Jolanda chose from them and we took it away,” Steudel says. “She knew what would be on it, but there were tweaks to the design after she saw it, and the colors look totally different in the concepts than it does in real life. She should be surprised, but pleasantly so.”
Jolanda appears to be very stoked. Take a look at Jolanda’s stunning bike below.
Steudel says that they wanted to have plenty of gold on the bike, “but not too much gold.” It certainly catches the eye, but without overwhelming it. According to Steudel: “I’d say the design is refined but still kind of playful and celebratory in the stylized clouds, brilliant colors and loud bamboo pattern.”
The paint job took a group effort among Steudel and several other product designers and Project One painters. It was a labor of love to get every detail just right for one of Trek Factory Racing’s most decorated and beloved athletes.
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