Evans Cycles has unveiled details of its new FWE clothing range which features a £29.99 short sleeve jersey and £34.99 bib shorts, available for both men and women and in a choice of colours.
FWE is a nod to founder F.W. Evans’ first London bicycle shop in 1921. The retailer has been using the FWE tag for some time on its own tools and accessories for a while, and now it features on clothing too. Evans Cycles has been developing the new clothing, which focuses on high quality at affordable prices, for some time, with testing on the roads around the company’s West Sussex headquarters.
“When approaching this project, I was really excited to take the core FWE brand values and create a collection that we could truly believe in,” says Head Designer William Hurd. “I am thrilled to reveal a range of honest, understated, quality products that set the standard for many futures ranges.”
So what do we have then? There’s the FWE LTR Short Sleeve Jersey, ‘LTR’ standing for lunchtime ride, a regular outing at Evans, and FWE BK bib shorts, ‘BK’ standing for Barry Know’s Best, a hugely popular mountain bike trail in the Surrey Hills.
The FWE LTR Short Sleeve Jersey (£29.99) is constructed from a polyester and recycled polypropylene fabric that is light and and quick drying. The clothing is designed for people who might be new to cycling so the fit it’s a bit more relaxed than regular race fit clothing, Evans describe the sizing and cut as a classic/regular fit.
There are overlock seams, a silicone waistband and and a full-length zip with an underflap. Around the back are three pockets with a smaller zipped pocket, big enough to squeeze a smartphone in. There’s some reflective material on the rear pockets, sleeve, middle pocket and back of the neck. The women’s jersey shares the same materials and features but is sized and cut accordingly. The men’s jersey is available in blue or black, the women’s in black/green or red.
Matching the jersey are these FWE BK Bib Shorts (£34.99). They have a multi-panel design using a polyamide/elastane fabric across the lower shorts and a polyester mesh used for the bib straps. Flatlock seams feature throughout and there’s reflective trim on the thigh and laser cut wide elasticated leg openings. Inside the shorts is a gender specific Coolmax Chamois, with an antibacterial treatment, with deeper padding where it’s needed most.
Evans Cycles visited the road.cc office the other day to show us the new clothing, and it all looks really good. There's some smart design on show with some features you don't often see on cycle clothing at this sort of price. They've steered clear of big loud logos too, going instead with a very understated appearance. They left us a few items to test so watch out for some reviews soon.
More at www.evanscycles.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.