The colour of 2013 revealed: fluoro yellow

Fluorescent yellow is taking over the bike world - you heard it here first

by Mat Brett   September 19, 2012  

Bont Vaypor Neon Yellow

We’ve seen the future, and it’s fluorescent yellow. Here at we’ve received so much fluoro yellow kit lately that it’s getting like the 1980s in here.

We’re not talking about Tour de France yellow although, in the wake of Wiggo’s win, that’s everywhere at the moment.

Pinarello have various yellow paint schemes on their 2013 bikes, not surprisingly, including this yellowed up Graal. And Prendas, for example, have produced commemorative socks and caps.

We’re not even talking about the yellow that Mavic use – although that is certainly very bright. You can damage your eyesight if you stare at their podium shoes for long without protective eyewear*.

No, we’re talking about super-vivid, highlighter pen yellow. Of course, bright yellow has been used for cycling safety products forever. Look at the ranges from brands like Respro, Altura and Proviz and there’s yellow as far as the eye can see. But lately it has started to appear on non-safety products too, as a fashion choice.

Take a look at these Bont Vaypor shoes, for example. We’ve reviewed the leather version on before and we absolutely loved their performance. These neon yellow ones, available for the first time now, come with microfibre uppers and are priced £225.

Giro are going big on bright yellow shoes too. The Factors are available in highlight yellow/black while a version of the top-level ProLight SLX (above, £249.99) will come with a highlight yellow instep. 

Giro will be doing shoe covers next year too. The yellow ones above are the Stopwatch Aeros which are made from water-resistant polyurethane-coated Lycra. They'll cost £29.99 when they become available in the spring.

Although not new for 2013, Giro do a bunch of their helmets in the same colour – the Reverb urban helmet (£49.99), for instance.

Abus are getting in on the act with their new uGrip range of locks. You'll not lose this uGrip Plus 501 thanks to a bright silicone cover that'll prevent damage to your bike's paintwork. It has a Sold Secure Gold rating and will cost somewhere between £79 and £89 when it becomes available in February or March.

We’ve had a lot of bright yellow clothing arrive at HQ lately too. Castelli always send us clothing in black, white and red. Occasionally we’ll get something with some blue on. This year, though, we have some Sorpasso bibtights (£150) with a bright yellow stripe down the outside and there are loads more yellow options in the range.

Check out this new version of the Castelli Mortirolo Due Jacket (£175) too. It's unlike anything we've seen from Castelli before. If the Space Invaders-esque design doesn’t do it for you, it’s available in red, black/white and black/grey. We reviewed a red version last year although the Windstopper front fabric has been upgraded since then.

Rapha have got more into the bright yellow thing lately too. We reported last week, for example, on their new autumn/winter range which contains plenty of chartreuse clothing, such as this Hardshell Jacket (£240). Rapha go with chartreuse because, they tell us, it’s the colour your eye can see best at the lowest light levels – so it’s as much a safety decision as a fashion one.

If the weather’s not that cold, Defeet’s Armskins (£19.99) are available in neon – and these really are super-bright. You can get their Dura gloves (£14.99) in the same colour.

You couldn’t say that neon yellow is taking over as far as bike finishes are concerned, but we saw a few out at Eurobike - certainly more than last year. Style-conscious De Rosa, for example, are offering several of their bikes in fluoro finishes. One of the options for this R838 is a blinding ‘giallo sole’ – that’s sun-yellow.

Fellow Italians Wilier are doing their Cento Uno (frameset £3,600) in a fluoro yellow option too.

And yet another Italian brand, Cinelli, have a yellow and grey Zydeco cyclo-cross bike. It’s made from Columbus Zonal alloy tubing with a carbon monocoque fork up front (£719.99

So, there’s the evidence. The future's bright, the future's... yellow. If you want to get on trend, you need to get some fluoro in your life for 2013.



* Possibly not true.

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Worse than orange or turquoise.

Even worse than the purple-and-green combo I sported when it was fashionable n years ago.

Disclaimer: Colour choice is a matter of personal taste. Or lack thereof.

posted by JohnS [198 posts]
19th September 2012 - 17:59


There are some cool items there, in awful colours.

That Due Jacket is like something done at a nursery, put some paint on one side of the paper and fold it in half. Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [9239 posts]
19th September 2012 - 18:11


This is good news!

Now I can wear my minging hi-viz kit and still be cool, awesomeness.

posted by Mountainboy [80 posts]
19th September 2012 - 19:11


How illuminating !!


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posted by antonio [1084 posts]
19th September 2012 - 20:03


Like the Bont yellow shoes, my red ones don't match the new Kuota KOM bike or the Kask Mojito both in white. Considering new white bont shoes for Sunday best! Fashion victim me thinks?

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posted by onlyonediane [167 posts]
19th September 2012 - 23:12


I hate hi-viz, it is so ugly. Let's hope this is passing trend.

posted by pjay [234 posts]
20th September 2012 - 9:12


All helps to be seen I suppose, one less excuse for the "sorry mate didn't see" you defence

Scott Spark 910 - Boardman Team Carbon - Planet X XLS

posted by colinth [191 posts]
20th September 2012 - 9:14


If you want to be visible, then yes, otherwise NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!


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posted by Marky Legs [124 posts]
20th September 2012 - 9:18



That Castelli jacket is possibly the worst thing I've ever seen ...


Me, Myself and I

posted by phax71 [321 posts]
20th September 2012 - 11:06


Bloody hell, the clock's been wound back 20 years Sad I still have a pair of pink fluoro shades from the early 90's - and a yellow thermal top that I really ought to lob at freecycle

I think we need a 'puke' smiley..

posted by JonD [293 posts]
20th September 2012 - 11:50


hmmm, Whereas I would rather ride naked than in that Castelli jacket.... I love the look of the cinelli cross frame. That might be my bike for next season...or perhaps this season...

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posted by Benjamin Hall [64 posts]
20th September 2012 - 12:07


Re the pro viz helmets, there not UV protected my one's faded and I'm jaded.


posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [663 posts]
20th September 2012 - 15:11


Anyone else disgusted at those Mavic podium shoes?

posted by ElNino [5 posts]
20th September 2012 - 16:38


As many experienced cyclist knows, wearing hi-viz has little impact on whether a motorist "sees you" or not and besides, anything that appears to endorse the flappy, hi-viz nylon brigade gets a big zilch from me.
It was passe is 1991, so we don't need it regurgitating 22 years later.

Make mine an Italian with Campagnolo on the side

posted by monty dog [408 posts]
21st September 2012 - 8:27


Hi-viz doth offend mine eye

Really, though?

posted by workhard [393 posts]
21st September 2012 - 14:59


Sidi have a pair of yellow shoes out - ride this year by that ride who came second. Wonder if they are available too ?

posted by yenrod [105 posts]
21st September 2012 - 23:29


Id avoid. I like my Bonts as they are and won't be going neon.

Don't buy upgrades. Ride up grades. (Merckx)

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posted by obutterwick [538 posts]
22nd September 2012 - 7:42