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Rapha launch Graffiti Collection, drawing on "the passion of the crowd"

The print on this unusual new kit from Rapha is inspired by the road graffiti left after big races, and is a departure from the more understated Rapha garb we've become accustomed to...

Rapha have just launched their new 'Graffiti Collection', based on their Pro Team and Souplesse lines but with added loud prints inspired by cycling-themed road graffiti. 

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This isn't graffiti of the Banksy kind; it's simply words and phrases that cycling fans have been known to scrawl on the road before the peloton whizzes through the area; Rapha say that includes everything from "rider names, nicknames, sponsor logos, words of encouragement and finely crafted insults"... we haven't seen any of the kit in the flesh yet but from what we can see there doesn't appear to be any insults as such, but we can spot 'Alpe D'Huez' emblazoned across the front plus a few words and phrases in a whole host of random fonts.    

rapha graffiti long

 

The collection includes Rapha's Pro Team Flyweight Jersey (£135) and Souplesse Flyweight jersey (125), long-sleeved thermal versions of each (£150), plus base layers and socks. While we're used to seeing Rapha gear that's a bit more subtle, the Graffiti collection follows on from the unusual 'Crit Clothing' range launched earlier this month, featuring an eye-catching iridescent design. 

rapha graffiti socks

The kit is available to buy on Rapha's website now, with 25% discounts on all orders for a limited period.  

 

Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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