These limited edition Specialized models will change color throughout the Rio Olympics

Olympic torch inspired paint scheme shifts color at 71F/22C

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This limited edition frame doesn’t look special - until the temperature changes.

This limited edition frame doesn’t look special – until the temperature changes.

The Rio Olympics are kicking off later this week and to celebrate, Specialized has created a limited edition range of bikes and gear. They’re coated in a thermocolor paint that changes colors at 71 degrees Fahrenheit/22 degrees Celsius and whose palette was inspired by the Olympic torch.

At cooler temperatures, the components are a creamy red. But as temperatures heat up to the daily average in Rio, the paint slowly shifts to a stunning yellow. Hit play above to preview the stunning transition.

The Specialized Epic-FSR, Tarmac, and Amira all receive the heat sensitive color changing treatment.

The Specialized Epic-FSR, Tarmac, and Amira all receive the heat sensitive color changing treatment.

The three frames available with this Olympic inspired paint scheme are the Specialized Epic-FSR, Tarmac, and Amira. The Specialized S-Works Evade helmet also received the custom treatment.

As the temperature fluctuates throughout the day, so will the paint on these limited edition components.

As the temperature fluctuates throughout the day, so will the paint on these limited edition components.

Athletes from all over the world will be competing using this kit, including the Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Kulhavy and the USA’s Lea Davison. Want one of your own? Specialized has a limited number of frames and complete bikes available for us mere mortals to purchase.

Can’t afford a new frame? Specialized also has gloves, socks, water bottles and more that bear a similar color palette. Unfortunately, they won’t change color in the sun.

Can’t afford a new frame? Specialized also has gloves, socks, water bottles and more that bear a similar color palette. Unfortunately, they won’t change color in the sun.

In addition to frames and helmets, Specialized is also offering a range of cycling apparel and shoes sporting the fiery themed paint scheme, although they don’t have any special color changing properties.

You can view the entire collection at www.specialized.com.

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  • RP says:

    really cool til you need a warranty part and they won’t have that same paint.

  • MR says:

    Who cares about the same paint for a warranty…that would be the same for any last year model bike. Buying bikes based on warranty is ridiculous anyways. I’d be willing to bet that 99% of bikes sold NEVER see any warranty work.

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