Proteam Bicycle Care is a Germany-based outfit that wants to keep your bike looking shiny and new with their ceramic frame coating. It works on both gloss and matte finishes, and is claimed to repel dirt, mud, water, sand, and more – while making washes and maintenance faster and easier.Advertisements
Proteam Bicycle Care ceramic bike frame coating
There is more than one way to clean and protect your bike, from bicycle-specific cleaners to lemon-scented furniture polish (trust me, it works). Proteam Bicycle Care looks to be taking a page out of the automotive world, applying ceramic coating technology to bikes.
The short version is this: Carnauba wax has been around for ages, and is the traditional way to wax your car… and yes, it can be used on just about any bike frame, too. It gives a deep gloss and is generally preferred by purists, though it doesn’t tend to last more than 2-3 months. Synthetic “waxes” or sealants came along as a modern, polymer-based solution, typically lasting about twice as long as carnauba wax, but not always giving quite as deep of a shine. Finally, ceramic coatings are the latest innovation, which are an even longer-lasting, semi-permanent way to protect your paint. Detailing geeks may appreciate this YouTube explanation:
Proteam Bicycle Care took this idea and created a kit to protect your bike frame, and says that they now have about 100 bike shops that can apply it for you.
Interestingly, they say that the coating can be applied to both gloss and matte finishes, whereas we’re only aware that automotive ceramic coatings work on gloss. They don’t give much detail on whether masking is encouraged or required for mechanical parts such as derailleurs or electronic shifting components.
For matte finishes, Proteam claims that it makes a deeper black, rather than the typical dark grey appearance.
The end result is extremely hydrophobic, so water, mud, and other contaminants will slide off quickly. To see it in action, check out the ending of the video below:
Proteam Bicycle Care has not released any pricing details yet, but says that the products are available now. For more information or to find an approved retail shop near you, contact Proteam at the link below.