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The hard-to-miss Cycology Spin Sista women's jersey is as effective as it is bright. It's a great value spring/summer number that wicks well with a flush yet comfortable fit. When block colours get predictable, this jersey is ready to step in with its multiple fluoros.
When commercial artist Sarina put her drawings to fabric in 2011, Cycology was born, and in the Spin Sista jersey, the Sydney-based brand stays true to its heart with bold, hand-drawn designs.
Aesthetics are usually lower down the pecking order on test, but this jersey's pattern is exceptional in both colour and design. At a glance you might see only florals, but look a little closer... the drawings were inspired by an 18-tooth cog. While the design leans on the eye-watering side, I felt all the safer for it on the road – and it gave me that extra something that we all look for in a jersey: it made me want to get out and ride more.
The Spin Sista jersey sits in Cycology's performance fit range (its range goes race, performance, relaxed – though it says it will be phasing out the latter) meaning that it's fitted yet mega stretchy, and made to be worn like a second skin. I tested a size small, and it delivered a super-close fit without being too tight. With the exception of the sleeves, I found that it came up a little snugger than smalls in other brands, so if you're on the cusp of small/medium or just want a fit that's a bit more relaxed, sizing up is probably a good idea.
I couldn't really fault this jersey on fit. Cycology believes in fluidity in its gender assignment of jerseys (we're told that men buy this jersey) which explains the lack of anomalies we sometimes find with women's jerseys – too short, or a waist that kicks out – and its fit is all the better for it.
The first thing I noticed about the cut was the sleeve length. The longer cut and silky feel of the raglan sleeves felt akin to those on the recently tested and far pricier Rapha Souplesse Aero jersey. The base of the sleeve is wide, elasticated gripper which keeps it flush to skin and firmly in place, and because this section is well over an inch wide it didn't produce a bulge once in place.
The collar is cut high (unlike Cycology's race fit range with its low cut neckline), and while being able to pull the zipper up to just under my chin provided more coverage, it did feel a little restricted. Some riders may prefer a bit of breathing space around this area. On the other hand, if you're someone who feels the chill, the extra fabric will likely be welcome once the wind sets in.
The jersey extended past my hips when pulled into place, and then stayed put throughout test rides thanks to the silicone hem grippers working their magic. So if you have a long body or just like good coverage, the cut of the Spin Sista will please you – and it's always nice to know your jersey won't ride up.
The rear features three pockets, each with an elasticated top hem to keep belongings in place. While the middle pocket could easily swallow my iPhone 8, the two outer pockets are narrower which made for more faff than usual. A little extra width would have been preferable on the outer pockets since they're the ones that are easily reached while riding. They're also shallower than some; the top hem comes up almost an inch shorter than another jersey I put to the test.
The additional zippered pocket (featuring reflective trim for additional safety) on the right is a bonus. While lots of jerseys feature a valuables pocket, not all are easy to find, reach or unzip in practice. Cycology has served up all of this here, making it ideal for swiftly grabbing a tenner at the cafe stop.
I tested this jersey through the summer heatwave, so there were plenty of sweaty rides to put the fabric through its paces. It's made from a four-way high-stretch 'performance fabric' (polyester and Spandex), which is super-breathable on the rear and armpits to let moisture escape, while the front panels, sleeves and collar are cut from a smoother fabric, protecting you from wind and delivering a silky-smooth feel.
On sweaty test rides, the fabric stayed remarkably dry in most places – whipping away sweat as soon as it arrived. The only exception were the pockets which couldn't wick quite as fast given the double layer. This wicking ability makes the Spin Sista a good choice for hot weather riding, strengthened further by the SPF 50 fabric treatment. Overall, its soft, breathable fabric and flat seams make for a very comfortable ride.
The price is a snip for a jersey that fits and performs this well. At £55, it's in the same ballpark as the two jerseys tested recently from Funkier, both £44.99, but it feels like you're getting more for your money with this jersey in that it pays more attention to details like a flush fit on the collar and arms.
There's usually something to call out on a jersey, but overall it's hard to fault this design on fit, feel and performance. The outer pockets could be wider, and the neck height irritated me a bit but this is personal preference. Overall, Cycology's Spin Sista is a superbly comfortable jersey with a punchy aesthetic that inspired me to ride. And if you're looking to complete the neon look at a good price, I also tested Cycology's lime-legged women's logo bib shorts – full review to come.
A design to help you stand out from the pack with a solid performance to match
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Cycology Spin Sista Women's Jersey
Size tested: Small
Tell us what the product is for
The Spin Sista jersey is in Cycology's Performance Fit range, for cyclists who like a close fit. Not to be confused though with the more aero Race Fit range.
On its Performance Range, Cycology says: "As light-as-air, meant to be worn like a 2nd skin. Beautifully cut and supremely comfortable to wear, designed to fit firm so they breathe and move with the body."
On this jersey, Cycology says: "Our Spin Sista design was inspired by an 18 tooth cog. It became a colourful flower, then another and so on, finally becoming a Spinning cacophony of happy colour. Much like any bike ride.
"Made with superb fabrics, these lightweight, second skin jerseys are the most comfortable jerseys. Beautifully cut, featuring high stretch fabrics that provide excellent breathability and moisture wicking, flat seams and laser cut grippers. Match with our black/lime logo bibs or black shorts."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Cycology lists these details:
- Performance Fit: designed as a fitted jersey to sit firmly on the body without restricting movement
- Lightweight four-way high stretch fabric, breathable and quick drying
- Flat-stitched seams
- Elasticised laser cut Italian gripper on hips and sleeves
- Full length hidden YKK zipper
- Three rear pockets plus one zippered valuables pocket
- Sun Protection Factor 50 fabric treatment
- Rear silicone hem gripper
- Reflective trim on back pocket
Grippers perform well, seams are comfortable, cut is excellent; outer pockets are a little narrow at entry.
Wicks very well generally, a little slower around the pockets where the fabric is doubled up.
No issues after six washes.
Hard to fault, neck a little high for me – but that's personal preference.
Came up bit smaller than I'd expect, but still within the correct sizing range. Something to be aware of, but not a big issue.
The finish is silky soft, which makes it feel really nice to wear. Generous length of sleeves and body provide excellent coverage. Sweat wicks away well.
This jersey performs just as well as items that are twice the price. It also has the edge on detail against some jerseys at the same price point, making it very good value.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
As expected, incredibly easy.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The performance is hard to fault, from fit to function.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The bold design and silky feel. I wouldn't have picked it out immediately, but I totally love being out on the road in this design because I stand out and feel safer.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The collar was a little high for me, I just felt a bit restricted. But if I want a minimal collar, that's what the Race Fit range is for.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
It compares very well. So many jersey brands claim to be premium these days, even if they don't match performance with the high price. It is genuinely refreshing to find a jersey that is not too expensive from a company that clearly pays attention to construction and performance.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, more than I thought I would.
Would you consider buying the product? Now that I have tested it, yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Absolutely
Use this box to explain your overall score
The pockets could be a little wider, otherwise this jersey ticks all the boxes across fit, feel and function. Given that it's also a really good price, the result is a great spring/summer piece.
About the tester
I usually ride: My Scott Foil My best bike is: Oldie but the goldie, CAAD 8
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Novice
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, general fitness riding, triathlon, audax