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Romance and Specialized collaborate with stunning one-off bike for charity

Joe Robinson
1 Nov 2018

Design created by Spanish artist Felipe Pantone and set to be sold for World Bicycle Relief charity

Some bikes are made to be ridden. Some bikes are made to be looked at. Specialized has teamed up with UK based cycling wear company Romance and Argentine-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone to create the latter. 

What has come of this partnership is a stunning one-off Specialized Allez Sprint that has been fully customised by Felip Pantone and Romance to create a unique paint scheme that is like no other.

Pantone's work is synonymous with spectral pixels, glitches and warped grids - a pastiche of the TV test card if you will - and creates a distinctive look that when wrapped onto a frame makes for a beautiful piece of art.

The artist also commented on the one-off piece saying, 'I’m all for people interacting with my artwork – when Romance brought the collab concept to me, to apply my work to their cycling kit and a bike, it seemed like a good fit.

'The results speak for themselves – dynamic, fluid and lively.'

The bike comes complete, finished with a Sram Red eTap groupset and carbon Roval deep-section wheels. 

The reason for this partnership and one-off creation is to offer an opportunity to raise money for World Bicycle Relief, a charity that helps communities in rural developing countries access healthcare provisions, places of work and education by providing bicycles to those in need.

Romance has a long tradition of working with the charity having sold limited edition kit with the proceeds going to the WBR in the past with this beautiful Specialized being its latest. 

The bike will be put up for auction on the 17th November at this link and all proceeds will go to World Bicycle Relief.

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