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.    

 

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. 

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

 

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

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