Aren't they usually under the clear coat? Every bike I've bought was that way.
I don't care much about the looks of a bike, but if a bike I was considering had a really objectionable look, I'd probably buy a different bike.
I've never been paid to run ads, in any context. Using a product that has its brand name prominently displayed doesn't seem like a big deal, except when you essentially turn the whole item into a billboard, like a big Abercrombie & Fitch logo on the front of your shirt (or those pants that say "Juicy" across the butt). A bike with a big logo doesn't seem to be in that category.
I guess I could have given the short answer: "no".
I like a plain stealthy look to my stuff so, yeah, I probably would but not because I would feel like I'm being charged to advertise. My Pivot MTB is a pretty bad offender in that category but the bike just rides SOOOOO sweetly.
Other than my old Haro Blamo and Spec Enduro, I've never had one that the graphics/logos weren't clear coated over.
I like the idea of not doing other people's advertising for free. But I actually like seeing the manufacturer's decals on bikes, gives them some character. Otherwise it looks like they bought some cheap chinese knock off frame LOL
I like visible branding on frames. Like another mentioned, plain carbon frames with no identifiers look like chinese open molds. It's also cool to see what others are riding, and compare, possibly brag/admire a bit. Wheels on the other hand, I prefer the black shadow type branding.
The logos dont' bother me. I consider it part of the package when I buy bike stuff. I wouldn't consider removing a logo from a bike, and if I were refinishing one, I'd probably restore the logo unless I had some specific reason not to.
As a general aesthetic rule, I prefer it when the logo's are more subdued. A bright, garish logo might just be enough of a turn off to keep me from buying the thing in the first place though. :/
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