Specialized recently revealed their new Olympic race bikes which will change colour from red to yellow when the temperature reaches 22˚C.

The paint job will be used on the Tarmac and Amira men and women’s road bikes, and the Epic for the mountain bike race.

A member of the Polish team training in Rio decided to put the colour-changing paint scheme to the test. As can be seen in the video below, as he pours water from his bidon on to the frame, the frame colour changes from yellow back to orange, suggesting that the temperature of the frame has dropped below 22˚C.

Specialized chose the temperature of 22˚C for the colour transformation to take place based on the average temperature in Rio de Janeiro at this time of year.

“Below 22˚C, the paint reflects the warm, orange embers of fire, and as things heat up, a striking yellow emerges,” according to Specialized.

Specialized posted the below video of the paint scheme on their YouTube channel stating: “Almost 3000 years ago, the pinnacle of sport was celebrated with fire. Today, we honour the Gods of Sport by bringing the flame back to competition.”



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