Rapha Team Sky replica kit now available

Jersey and bib shorts as worn by Bradley Wiggins hit the shops

by David Arthur   April 4, 2013  

London-based clothing company Rapha’s Team Sky Replica kit is now available, offering the same look jersey and bib shorts as being raced by Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome this season. And with spring in the air (almost) now you can show your support for them and hit the roads in matching team kit.

Rapha offer three levels of Team Sky kit. There’s the £140 pro level jersey and shorts that is actually worn by the team, a £40 supporters jersey with a more relaxed fit, and sliding in between them both is the replica kit we’re showing you here today. From a distance it's hard to tell apart from the top-end version but the difference is in the fabrics used and the cut. And of course the price.

It’s made from performance fabrics but not the super high-tech stuff used in the pro jersey. A lightweight breathable Lycra is used in the main panels with mesh side panels for increased ventilation. The fabric is treated with an antibacterial finish.

The side panels have been designed to hold the jersey in shape and to stop the pockets sagging when heavily loaded. Talking of which, there’s three pockets plus a zipped pocket for your house keys or other valuable time. It’s available in six sizes (XS to XXL) and costs £75.

Get the full Team Sky look with the matching replica bib shorts. They’re made from an Elastane-based fabric with a high stretch factor to provide a good fit and comfort on the bike, as well as being breathable for warmer days.

The same antibacterial treatment is used. Fit is enhanced with a multi-panel design. Inside is a high quality chamois. They cost £100 and available in six sizes.

More details at www.rapha.cc

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Fixie Girl wrote:
I don't accept that making a comment or to criticise as "whinging"… I bet rapha love it.. It's branding is no accident…

No one made them sponsor Sky they did it to make money and if they choose to water their brand by doing cheap replica kit then why can people people be have an opinion? It puts me, a Rapha customer since 2006, right off them.

I don't get how commenting on a raphia post has turned into a cyclist love in.. I hate cyclists that run red lights and some of the couriers in Portland could do well to use soap when they do drop off to my office..

FG

I turned it into a love in for me because I think we should love every cyclist...even the dude who runs the red light...love him enough to catch them up and say 'no, don't do that, it makes us look bad and worse, you might get really badly hurt'....love the smelly courier enough to think 'damn, that's stinky, but what a smile, and wow, his job must be much tougher than mine'.. love them enough to think maybe this isnt the life they had hoped for, and see if they want a decent and free coffee from a nice company machine. Love the cyclist who squeezes past a lorry on a corner enough to say 'no, you are gonna get smeared over the road, let me explain....etc'.

And Fixiegirl, I love you too....let me buy you that Skinny Latte...and you can have toppings if you want, they are on me...

posted by brackley88 [70 posts]
4th April 2013 - 18:38

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Some Fella wrote:
The XXL jersey has already sold out.
Im saying nowt!

http://www.worldofcrussell.com/fat-cyclist.jpg

Brilliant, it's all about marginal gains, even for big units.

posted by matdicko [8 posts]
4th April 2013 - 18:58

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Not a fan of the Sky kit, however I have just bought the 'Classic' Rapha Jersey after almost a year of toing and froing with the idea of spending £130 on a jersey (+ arm warmers). I can safely say it's the best item of cycle clothing I've ever bought and would recommend them to anyone!

Proud that Rapha is British!

posted by NorthEastJimmy [24 posts]
4th April 2013 - 20:13

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I wear replica team kit as i like it better than some of the basic cycling tops.

AND

if anyone feels they need to speak to me about it i will endeavour to show them the error of their ways.

Let people wear what they want imho.

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2697 posts]
4th April 2013 - 20:15

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stumps wrote:
I wear replica team kit as i like it better than some of the basic cycling tops.

Me too, and I (used to) think all of the riders were cool and worth supporting. I could buy a different kit for each day and always have clean dry kit every week.

Though I have a friend who has a season ticket at Manchester United but won't wear anything red. Your choice really.


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posted by bikeboy76 [1238 posts]
4th April 2013 - 20:39

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the time has come to wear 'replica kit' with pride,
and show the world which team you support...

then watch the racing down the pub and when your team loses have a fight with your rivals
Big Grin

i got my kicks before the whole shithouse went up in flames

posted by betweenbikes [17 posts]
4th April 2013 - 22:28

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Thanks everyone! I knew I'd get more than a few minutes entertainment and distraction from work if I checked out the comments on a Rapha article.
Off to the latest Lance Armstrong one now; might have to get a cup of tea first...

posted by pwake [284 posts]
4th April 2013 - 22:33

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I love it. After years of complaining that Rapha is over priced and elitist the Rapha Bashers are now complaining about Rapha selling cheap stuff to the masses.... Thinking

My club kit made by Vermarc but I suspect that as pro kit it's actually not designed to stand repeated washes beyond a season. That's why I buy Rapha shorts. That and because I don't like the way I'm supposed to act a billboard for our club sponsor who have completely smothered a fine club jersey with their brand name. That's another story though... Yawn

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1052 posts]
4th April 2013 - 22:59

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I gladly wear replica kit but only on the condition that is a) cheap in the sale b) of discredited teams riddled with cheats, dopers and whingers c) makes me look slightly thinner.

posted by Some Fella [740 posts]
4th April 2013 - 23:02

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betweenbikes wrote:
the time has come to wear 'replica kit' with pride,
and show the world which team you support...

then watch the racing down the pub and when your team loses have a fight with your rivals
Big Grin

Seem to recall Cav got a bit of abuse from beered-up Sky fans during 2010 Tour de France...?

(Yup, didn't imagine it: http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news/latest/475511/cavendish-jeered-by-sk... )

Guess when he signed for Sky at end of 2011 they must have felt like football fans whose team signs a star player from local rivals... all forgiven very quickly.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8002 posts]
4th April 2013 - 23:18

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Does it come in size FB?

posted by lycra vs lager [18 posts]
5th April 2013 - 7:04

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pwake wrote:
Thanks everyone! I knew I'd get more than a few minutes entertainment and distraction from work if I checked out the comments on a Rapha article.
Off to the latest Lance Armstrong one now; might have to get a cup of tea first...

Don't forget to stop in at helmets Big Grin

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7302 posts]
5th April 2013 - 8:14

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'if anyone feels they need to speak to me about it i will endeavour to show them the error of their ways. '

ooh, scary

posted by andyp [851 posts]
5th April 2013 - 8:51

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Fixie Girl wrote:
Who I work for is irrelevant in this context as I am passing a comment as an individual.. I don't run the company I work for. I previously worked as a buyer for an Italian cycle clothing company hence I know the price points on shorts made in italy and china.

I can't understand why when anyone questions Rapha they are criticised as whinging/knocking… I thought you Brits were all for free speech… I have spent $$$ with Rapha over the years so I am disappointed in them lowering their brand and I bet I am not the only customer who thinks so.

Skinny Latte time for me…

FG

Lots of things to pick up so far that are wrong assumptions.

1. Rapha doesn't have shareholders, it's owned by private equity.
2. Burberry never went out and tried to cheapen their brand. In the UK and worldwide the classic print (which they used for nearly 80 years unbothered) was bootlegged to an unprecedented level based on items from a couple of seasons. Their response was to stop using it in their designs until that passed. In case you hadn't noticed, they've been growing considerably in the last few years.
3. I had a look at the various Rapha lines in Evans cycles this week. The supporters range (40 quid stuff) isn't replica kit in the sublimation print on a cheaper fabric model. It's look is identical to the rest of the sky identity but it is distinctly different item which looks to be carefully targeted at people who feel they would look like a dobber wearing a normal cycling jersey in the pub.
4. You don't make a great deal of money putting kit on teams. It will have cost them several million to do so and it looks like they've had to acquire a bigger distribution centre to deal with predicted volumes. 30 riders, 800 items or so per rider, all a cost to the business.
5. Every successful luxury brand relies on principles of accessible luxury for its sales. Or lipstick and perfume as it commonly happens to be. Burberry and Chanel make a hell of a lot more from those than their clothes.

http://www.chasingwheels.com - Chasing Wheels, the journal of Britain's least competitive cyclist

posted by leguape [38 posts]
5th April 2013 - 8:54

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Any road, I'd far rather see Rapha providing kit for Sky than see cyclists wearing Adidas. That just looks wrong for so many reasons.

posted by Yennings [210 posts]
5th April 2013 - 9:53

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andyp wrote:
'if anyone feels they need to speak to me about it i will endeavour to show them the error of their ways. '

ooh, scary

HAHAHA LUSH, you want to hear what my wife says as well Laughing

If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. Gaius Julius Caesar.

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posted by stumps [2697 posts]
5th April 2013 - 10:04

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brackley88 wrote:

As a result of this discussion I have decided to wave particularly cheery waves to people in replica Sky team kit for the rest of the year..even (sharp intake of breath) last years kit!!!! ..(though not if they run red lights of course, heaven forbid)...

In fact, I am going to give every (law abidding) cyclist in any team kit particularly welcoming waves, especially if they look new to the sport (you know, unmatching shorts and jersey, slightly..er...odd helmet perched quite far back).

Think I might join you in this! When I got back into cycling I rode for a few weeks with trainers on while I got my confidence back. I passed some of the Academy squad going the other way in their GB kit. They nodded an acknowledgement, but the one at the back looked at my trainers like I was wearing polka-dot furry wellies or something.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3073 posts]
5th April 2013 - 10:27

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Yennings wrote:
Any road, I'd far rather see Rapha providing kit for Sky than see cyclists wearing Adidas. That just looks wrong for so many reasons.

Does that mean the old ones aren't retro cool? Cool

posted by kevarino [22 posts]
5th April 2013 - 11:37

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'HAHAHA LUSH, you want to hear what my wife says as well Laughing '

[avoids the obvious response] Wink

posted by andyp [851 posts]
5th April 2013 - 11:46

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@fretters- you were doing so well, but let yourself down with citing some poxy 'rule'.

TBH I am not into wearing pro team kit but I am comfortable with it. Was marshalling a time trial last October to see Mark Cavendish's doppelganger cross the junction. Yep, the Sky world champs jersey. And I thought "Hey, that looks good. He must be a Sky & Cavendish fan". The potential for a faux-pas was negated by the facts that it looked great; it was our supertastic Cav's jersey he so admired he bought one; and that yes, Sky is a British outfit with many supporters in a country which has shunned and mocked cycling for so long.

It's Rapha's brand, they can 'cheapen' it any way they wish (though I doubt Mr Mottram would do it). Let them charge what they want.

My stock answer to "You don't pay road tax" is "Neither do you". But in the end you can't fight wilful ignorance.

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posted by Simon E [1940 posts]
5th April 2013 - 12:17

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Who would of thought a British company selling goods and actually doing well would get so much debate.

Choice is a wonderful thing, lets use it, to buy or not to buy, but don't criticise choice, it would be a horrible world is only one thing existed, imagine... only one brand/model/colour of bike !

posted by mikeprytherch [217 posts]
5th April 2013 - 14:03

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I have a replica Omega Pharma Quickstep jersey that I wear quite regularly.

Not because of the team, I'm just really into drugs and laminate flooring.

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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posted by Cooks [483 posts]
5th April 2013 - 16:28

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I've always thought it was slightly hilarious that a pharmaceutical firm should choose to sponsor a cycling team - what are they trying to sell, and to who, precisely?! Big Grin

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

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5th April 2013 - 17:22

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notfastenough wrote:
I've always thought it was slightly hilarious that a pharmaceutical firm should choose to sponsor a cycling team - what are they trying to sell, and to who, precisely?! Big Grin

Even more curious was Omega Pharma choosing its Predictor brand as the one to lend its name to Lotto-Predictor a few years back. Products? Pregnancy testing kits.

The one that has me scratching my head is Amgen sponsoring the Tour of California.

Here's a Washington Post article about how Amgen made huge amounts of money through EPO...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/business/amgen-anemia-drugs/index.html

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5th April 2013 - 19:58

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Cooks wrote:
Man, even cyclists hate cyclists.

Bit late to the party on this thread but this totally deserves another quote Big Grin

posted by jijiandnoah [53 posts]
5th April 2013 - 20:36

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Can't people just cycle with whatever they want to without being given the stink eye?

I quite like the EBH Jersey, as a faithful Norwegian I might buy it and wear it proudly on the English roads where I live. Ha take that! Championship jersey AND replica!

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posted by seabass89 [235 posts]
5th April 2013 - 21:33

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1. All UK limited companies have shareholders.. In the last report filed they have 15 shareholders including Nicholas Evans, wonder why Evans Cycles in the UK are the only retail outlet for the Sky Kit wonder no more...

2. Burberry went to attract a younger market by providing garments to mainstream celebrities in the UK and it went a bit wrong from what I read in the NYT. But that is only an opinion...

3. The samples we were sent in the US look and feel decidedly poly cotton like a polo shirt.

4. So Rapha is now a charity? Surely its picked Sky as the top team to sell kit, there are 47 Sky items available on the US site.

5. Yep, I understand the principle of the on ramp product, Rapha already had plenty of these before the sky kit went online.

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posted by Fixie Girl [115 posts]
5th April 2013 - 23:59

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As a Sky Rider said recently...no one died;-).

Take it easy peeps.

Sean

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6th April 2013 - 5:53

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jijiandnoah wrote:
Cooks wrote:
Man, even cyclists hate cyclists.

Bit late to the party on this thread but this totally deserves another quote Big Grin

The list is endless Wink

Sean

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seanieh66 wrote:
jijiandnoah wrote:
Cooks wrote:
Man, even cyclists hate cyclists.

Bit late to the party on this thread but this totally deserves another quote Big Grin

The list is endless Wink

I might put it in my sig.

"I can't believe I ate the whole thing..."

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