004-El Rey-Ted Florez
|FB COTY 2011 #||004|
|NAME BIKE||EL REY|
|PRESENT AT COTY 2011||NO|
|COMMENTS BY John Brain||
So why does the “El Rey” work so well from a visual standpoint? I think it’s because of its slenderness - coupled with that rare quality of eye-catching form. There is enough classical flow in its cantilever-like frame to make it slightly familiar, but its curving panel design (flowing under the seat) gives this bike a very special visual appeal. The idea of having the classic “tanked” look on this bike was swept aside – with a reinterpretation that is both non-traditional, and highly appealing.
The “El Rey” is a very large bike, its size giving a powerful stance and presence. On the rear of the bike, we find a polished 26x4 rim coupled with the 26x2.5 tire, giving an understated low profile. The look of this low profile rear tire - coupled with the narrow competition front tire - gives an impression that ride (and performance) were of primary consideration. The “El Rey” is about taking it to the streets. It isn’t burdened with being visually “heavy” – and its sleek lines make it a good example of what progressive design can accomplish.
Finally, one of the most important aspects of this bike is the paint finish, and specifically the pin striping. While the special powder coated finish offers both beauty and durability, it’s the extensive (and intricate) pin striping that gives this bike an elegant touch of class – moving it even further into a category all its own. “El Rey” is one of the best examples of progressive bike design that I have seen in a quite a while, and I can say that without hesitation.
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