Is mountain bike vinyl wrap your best option? Meet AMS protection

The purpose of bike protection is to safeguard your bike from damages caused by regular use, transport, and storage. Mountain bikes are often subjected to harsh environments, which can cause scratches, chips, and other forms of damage. Bike protection products are designed to provide a layer of defense against such damages and extend the lifespan of your bike.

A bike frame with scratches and blemishes on the frame? You'd pay less for it

And it's reselling value. I'm pretty sure you'd pay less for bike with scratches and blemishes on the frame.

In this article, we will discuss the limitations of vinyl wraps as a bike protection solution, and why proper bike protection kits, specifically designed for that purpose may be a better option. 

We will explore the benefits of bike protection kits, the design considerations that go into them, and how to install and maintain them properly. We will also compare the costs of vinyl wraps and bike protection kits and explain why investing in a bike protection kit can be a better long-term solution for your mountain bike.

Mountain biker riding hard

II. The Problem with Vinyl Wraps:

While vinyl wraps have become a solution for protecting bikes, they have some significant limitations in terms of protection and durability.

Vinyl wraps are designed to protect against minor scratches, but they do not offer the same level of protection as a dedicated bike protection kit. This is because vinyl wraps are not designed to withstand impacts, abrasions, or other hazards that can damage your bike. They are stickers after all. Decorative or not. A concept often used in road cars where the media (road) is way less aggressive than for mountain biking. 

Over time, vinyl wraps can also peel, bubble, or discolor, leaving your bike vulnerable to damage. These issues can arise due to exposure to sunlight, temperature changes, and regular wear and tear. Vinyl wraps can also trap moisture and dirt, which can accelerate wear and tear and cause additional damage to your bike.

Vinyl wrap with bubbles

Common issues that arise with vinyl-wrapped bikes include peeling or lifting edges, bubble formation, and discoloration. This can be caused by exposure to UV rays, extreme temperatures, and regular use of the bike. Additionally, vinyl wraps can be difficult to remove and can leave behind residue, which can further damage the paint job of your bike.

Another issue is installation as vinyl material doesn't adapt well to 3D curves, you often see strange cut outs on their shapes to make them easier to install:Vinyl bike frame protections need cut outs

III. Benefits of Bike Protection Kits:

Bike protection kits offer several advantages over vinyl wraps. They are specifically designed to provide better protection and durability against a wide range of hazards, including impacts, abrasions, and scratches.

Bike protection kits are made from specialized materials like AMS honeycomb  that offer superior protection and durability compared to vinyl wraps. These materials are designed to withstand harsh environments and resist impacts, abrasions, and other hazards that can damage your bike. Bike protection kits also offer better protection against UV rays, which can cause discoloration and fading over time.

Bike protection kits can better resist impacts, abrasions, and other hazards that can damage your bike. For example, a well-designed bike protection kit can prevent small rocks and debris from scratching the frame or damaging the paint job. It can also protect the bike from the wear and tear caused by regular use, transport, and storage.

Feature Bike Protection Kits Vinyl Wraps
Protection Level High: Designed for impacts, abrasions, and scratches. Moderate to Low: Primarily protects against minor scratches.
Durability Superior: Resistant to harsh environments, UV rays, and wear. Limited: Prone to peeling, bubbling, and yellowing over time.

Universal based on area coverage with pre-cut shapes

Brand, model, size, year specific
Installation Straightforward: Can be done DIY. Challenging: may require a professional or lots of patience and ability.
Cost Higher upfront cost, but better long-term investment due to durability. Initially cheaper but may require professional installation.

IV. Design Considerations for Bike Protection Kits:

Design is a crucial factor in the effectiveness and attractiveness of a bike protection kit. A well-designed bike protection kit should not only provide superior protection but also enhance the appearance and value of your bike. The kit should be aesthetically pleasing, and the design should complement the bike's geometry and style.

AMS bike protection kit for mountain bikes

Bike protection kits can be customized to fit the specific geometry and style of your bike. This customization ensures a perfect fit and offers a more tailored look and feel. The kit should be designed to cover all the high-risk areas of the bike, such as the chainstays, downtube, and fork.

A well-designed bike protection kit can enhance the appearance and value of your bike. It can add a layer of customization to your bike, making it stand out from the crowd. Additionally, a bike protection kit can help preserve the resale value of your bike by protecting it from wear and tear and maintaining its appearance over time.

V. Installation and Maintenance

Installing a bike protection kit is typically a straightforward process that can be done with basic tools and some patience. The kit should come with instructions and may include online videos to guide you through the process. It's essential to clean the bike thoroughly before applying the protection kit, and it's best to have a friend assist you in the installation to ensure a smooth, even application.

To ensure a proper fit and finish, take your time with the installation, and use a heat gun or hairdryer to help the film conform to the contours of your bike. Be careful not to overheat the film, which could cause it to warp or bubble.

AMS Bike Guards are designed for the exact coverage needs and its material easily adapts to complex shapes and frame curves making installation easier. 

Proper maintenance and care of your bike protection kit will help ensure its longevity and appearance. Regular cleaning with soap and water and avoiding harsh chemicals and abrasive materials are key. It's also essential to inspect the kit periodically for any signs of wear or damage and to replace any sections as needed.

VI. Cost Considerations

While the cost of a bike protection kit may be slightly higher than a vinyl wrap, it's essential to consider the long-term investment. Not to mention that some brands are selling wraps with a higher price than bike protection 😱. A bike protection kit offers superior protection and durability, which can save you money in the long run by reducing the need for frequent replacements or repairs.

Additionally, a bike protection kit can help preserve the resale value of your bike by keeping it in better condition over time. It's a worthwhile investment for anyone who wants to protect their bike and maintain its appearance.

For example, suppose you plan to sell your bike in a few years. In that case, a well-maintained bike protection kit can help you command a higher price and attract more buyers than a vinyl-wrapped bike that may have visible wear or damage.

VII. Conclusion

In summary, a bike protection kit is a superior option to vinyl wraps when it comes to protecting and preserving your bike's appearance and value.

The advantages of using a bike protection kit include better protection, durability, and customization options. It can better resist impacts, abrasions, and other hazards, and can be designed to fit the specific geometry and style of your bike.

If you're considering protecting your bike, we encourage you to choose a bike protection kit for a more customized look and better long-term investment. It's an investment that will pay off in the long run by keeping your bike in top condition and protecting its resale value.

Carles Carrera

Co-Founder, Product&Marketing

Carles' passion for Enduro MTB ignited the creation of AMS. Nowadays, you're more likely to find him speeding along scenic gravel paths, enjoying the thrill of his gravel bike.