Pearl Izumi sue Garmin-Cervélo over missing aero suits

Pearl Izumi sue as Castelli get the 2011 clothing gig

by Dave Atkinson   November 26, 2010  

Garmin team bus - the side

In the wake of the announcement that the newly-rebadged Garmin-Cervélo team would be partnering with Castelli clothing for the 2011 season, out-of-favour kit manufacturer Pearl Izumi is suing Slipstream Sports, the management company behind the team, over a number of 'winged' suits that have yet to be returned.

The suits in question were allegedly given to the team in June, and Pearl Izumi contend that they requested them to be returned in late July, but repeated requests have been ignored. Pearl Izumi have named Robby Ketchell, the team's director of sports science, as a co-defendant in the writ, as they believe he's in posession of the suits.

The suits were developed as part of the Speed Shop development team, who were responsible for investigating aero advantages in clothing design. The 'wings', which cover the upper arm, are banned by the UCI under current regulations, a situation that Pearl Izumi parodied in a viral video in which a representative of the IFAC (International Fedreation of Apparel Compliance) investigates the Speed Shop for producing 'Weapons of Mass Acceleration'.

Pearl Izumi wants the suits back, obviously, and the Boulder-based Daily Camera reports that the lawsuit would also force Slipstream sports "to give up any information that may be related to the suits' design -- such as data compilations, drawings, diagrams and videos -- and to award Pearl Izumi any damages that may relate to the theft of its intellectual property as related to the winged suits".

There's another major repercussion to the lawsuit, namely that Garmin-Cervélo have yet to name their component sponsor for 2011. It's a straight fight between Shimano and SRAM, with Garmin-Transitions using the former in the last season while Cervélo switched to SRAM in 2010, citing better performance as the reason. GIven that Pearl Izumi is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shimano USA, it would appear that the ball lies in SRAM's court, unless Shimano are in the business of giving with one hand and taking away with the other...

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It's always very interesting to know who owns or has a vested interest in another company in this industry.

posted by Hobett [24 posts]
28th November 2010 - 13:04


Aw, man, no-one cares about your ugly suits.

I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1828 posts]
9th May 2013 - 0:41


bikeboy76 wrote:
Aw, man, no-one cares about your ugly suits.

I wondered why this was in today's top stories so came to look......

Its because of this comment. Bikeboy, did you READ the date that this was published?? 26th November 2010

OVER 2 1/2 years ago...... Devil Devil Devil Devil Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9374 posts]
9th May 2013 - 2:17


True Gkam, but then it was your comment that I clicked on, so that's just as bad.

Of course, I would never comment on a 2.5 year old story. Obviously.

Oh, hang on...

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3724 posts]
9th May 2013 - 8:36


Any other old stories we want to drag up?

posted by jayme [122 posts]
9th May 2013 - 12:02