Spanish bike brand, Orbea have introduced unpainted carbon frames to their lineup. We will see this colour option in the Oiz, Alma, Orca OMX and Rise e-bike.
Carbon-fibre does not corrode like metal does and many people love the purist look of raw materials without being covered in paint so we believe this will be a growing trend.
On top of looking great there are actually slight performance benefits too. Orbea claims that up to 100 grams of weight can be saved which doesn’t sound much, but on bikes like the ultra-lightweight Alma XC hardtail those grams make a difference.
As beautiful as raw carbon-fibre looks, it can scratch badly, so investing in a clear adhesive layer of protection would be something to consider.