We've had a mixed bag of paint jobs over the years, and it doesn't speak to the quality of the painter - bicycle frames, with their thin, round tubes and complete lack of flat surfaces, are notoriously hard to paint well. We reckon we've stumbled upon a lucky break in long-time friend of the shop Ben Hughes, who we commissioned to try his hand on a couple of frames we had to change the colour on for customers. We'd seen the frames Benny had painted recently, and knowing him to be nothing short of a perfectionist when it comes to his bikes, we knew they'd be in safe hands.

The brief was simple: one white, one grey, both with a finish that could be anywhere between matte and gloss - as long as it was somewhere between them. The bikes we started with were not custom frames or even framesets, but Bombtrack's excellent Audax. A Sanko 4130 frame and carbon fork lend the legendary ride characteristics (and instant cool factor) of Japanese steel, and a Shimano 105 groupset makes for easy shifting without much of a weight penalty to the higher-end groups.

We hope these two make it back to us with some serious k's under their respective belts!