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What Should A "Raw" Finish Look Like?

leafliteleaflite Posts: 1,651
edited June 2012 in MTB workshop & tech
Just taken delivery of a new Canyon 8.0w in Raw finish(not for me :D)
In certain places, especially on the downtube, there are large, obvious marks where it looks like the frame has been brushed in the opposite direction to the rest, or where a coarser(sp?) grade of brush/sandpaper has been used. Is this normal for a raw finish, or is the frame faulty?




  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Raw varies a lot - sometimes is a polished finish, sometimes an oxidised finish, and sometimes just like yours!
  • chez_m356chez_m356 Posts: 1,893
    could be worth asking on this thread viewtopic.php?f=10002&t=12789920&hilit=canyon&start=320 if anyone has experience with the raw finnish on canyons
    Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc 10- CANYON Nerve AM 6 2011
  • .blitz.blitz Posts: 6,197
    Raw can be tricky. To some people it simply means unpainted but in the case of a quality frame it's a thing of beauty to see proppa welds and tubes that actually fit together instead of being bodged with braze or sanded down. I once had some laquered steel bmx bars and forks and the bluing around the welded joints was just fabulous.

    Personally I wouldn't be happy with the finish on your bike.
  • mountaingoatimnotmountaingoatimnot Posts: 185
    edited June 2012
    The finish in that picture would put me of buying any Canyon, in any finish - looks decidedly ropey !

    For a £2k i'd expect better than that - you could always approach a local polisher (check to improve it to anything from brushed to highly polished.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    and to me it just looks like a raw finish.

    Raw can mean many things. like the above or like ablve and then with a clearcoat on top.............

    I would say you have what was advertised but not what you thought you were going to get.
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  • 386ka386ka Posts: 479
    I agree with nick.
    Also, the finish is better this way, than polished (yuk) IMO...
    A much loved, Giant Trance X3 2010
  • "Raw" can differ frame to frame, as SuperSonic suggested,
    I noticed you stated it is not for you, so I sympathise with your predicament

    I can only suggest that if your friend/client is not happy that you look for some of the better painters out there
    modern paints and materials can be tricky to get an even professional finish
    Current Ride : Santa Cruz v10
    Dream Ride : Honda RN 01
  • That's a raw finish as I'd understand it.
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