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Born to be bold: Six fresh outfits

BikesEtc
7 Apr 2016

As summer creeps ever closer, we look at six new styles that promise to get noticed

Primal

Orson Welles once said, ‘Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.’ Well, you’ll certainly need to not give a damn when wearing this ’80s throwback. If you have a nostalgic penchant for the era that gave us power lunches, electro music and E.T. then this should be on the top of your summer wish list. ‘Our designers have been inspired by the outrageous shapes, colours and floppy disk-generated fun from the era of big hair, big style and even bigger cell phones,’ Primal said. Well, it’s certainly outrageous – just as well they  went for  reserved bibshorts. If you’ve never worn Primal before, we recommend going a size down from your usual fit.

Helmet 

Bell Gage MIPS, £150, zyro.co.uk

Shades 

Julbo Aero, £140, julbo.com

Jersey 

Primal Wuz-zappenin, £50, primaleurope.com 

Bibs 

Primal Onyx Evo, £100, primaleurope.com

Socks 

POC Raceday, £20, 2pure.co.uk

Shoes 

Bontrager Classique, £200, trekbikes.com

Rapha

Rapha’s designers have obviously been doodling hard over the winter if their new Spring/Summer collection’s anything to go by. The fade has been a favourite among small clothing companies producing cycling tops, particularly in the US, and Rapha has now taken that look into the big leagues. Their super lightweight jersey is smooth and elegant, showcasing the iconic Rapha pink, it’s a nice mix of something new and something classic. The lightweight bibshorts keep things in line with the pink leg band, and round off the whole look nicely. With a whole host of other pretty kit styles out, Rapha again proves it knows what to do and how to do it when it comes to great gear. 


Helmet

Bell Gage MIPS, £150, zyro.co.uk

Shades 

Tifosi Pro Escalate Shield, £140, zyro.co.uk

Jersey 

Rapha Super Lightweight, £90, rapha.cc

Bibs

Rapha Lightweight, £155, rapha.cc

Socks 

POC Raceday, £20, 2pure.co.uk

Shoes 

Giro Empire Road, £230, zyro.co.uk

Morvélo 

Morvélo has carved out a reputation for producing some very stylish stuff over the last few years, and this latest offering doesn't disappoint. They've typically decided to go down a more elegant route than a lot of the other new looks we’ve seen, with this simple design that wouldn’t look out of place on a Paris catwalk. Even though the bibshorts use the same pattern as the jersey, the understated effect means it doesn’t feel overdone while retaining a uniformity. However, don’t think it’s only about style with Morvélo. The close cut coupled with fine-quality materials and design, including arm and leg grippers, ensures that not only do you look fast but you'll go fast, too. 

Helmet 

Bell Gage MIPS, £150, zyro.co.uk

Shades 

Smith PivLock V2 Max, £149, smithoptics.com

Jersey 

Morvélo Button Nth Series, £90, wiggle.co.uk

Bibs 

Morvélo Button Nth Series, £120, wiggle.co.uk

Socks

POC Raceday socks, £20, 2pure.co.uk

Shoes 

Giro Empire Road, £230, zyro.co.uk

DHB

Coming in under £100 (jersey, shorts and socks), the Wiggle-owned brand certainly provides bang for your buck with this outfit. Dhb may be the cheapest out of the lot, but it doesn’t lack in quality. With its UPF of 30+ and anti-bacterial fabric treatment, Dhb’s Blok jersey will protect you from the sun and the stink in even the hottest conditions. This kit is for those of you who don’t take cycling too seriously – as Dhb told us, ‘We're here to remind you that modern cycling isn’t all about KOMs and PBs!’ 

Helmet

Bell Gage MIPS, £150, zyro.co.uk

Shades 

Spiuk Ventrix Lumiris, £70, silverfish-uk.com

Jersey 

Dhb Prism Blok, £40, wiggle.co.uk

Bibs 

Dhb Prism Blok, £50, wiggle.co.uk

Socks 

Dhb Prism Blok, £7, wiggle.co.uk

Shoes 

Giro Empire Road, £230, zyro.co.uk

Pedla

Designed by the firm from Down Under, this kit knows how to deal with serious heat. Using super-lightweight material, this will keep you cool and safe as the sun beats down on you. The bold camo design is definitely a choice for those of you who are still a child at heart but also like to put the hard hours in on the bike. We found the jersey's sleeves to be quite  long, so if you like a more classic look, try a size down. The bibs are also a tad lengthy, but if you’re wearing that wild top, that’s probably the last thing folks will notice!

Helmet 

Bell Gage MIPS, £150, zyro.co.uk

Shades 

Endura Pacu Photochromic, £80, endurasport.com

Jersey 

Pedla Ride/Camo, £100, alwaysriding.co.uk

Bibs 

Pedla Long Haul G2 Knicks, £115, alwaysriding.co.uk

Socks 

Pedla Spinners, £15, alwaysriding.co.uk

Shoes 

Bontrager Classique Road, £200, trekbikes.com

Ornot

Having only recently made the leap across the Atlantic, Ornot gear hasn’t taken long to catch our eye. And we were very glad to get our hands on some. With a company slogan of ‘Minimally branded cycling apparel’, Ornot brings some subtle style to proceedings with this number. Designed and made in California, the US company’s clobber screams quality. The comfortable chamois, slinky race-fit and smooth styling certainly added a level of elegance to our Sunday outing!

Helmet 

Bell Gage MIPS, £150, zyro.co.uk

Shades 

Smith PivLock V2 Max, £149, smithoptics.com

Jersey 

Ornot Blue Line, £100, alwaysriding.co.uk

Bibs 

Ornot 2.0, £110, alwaysriding.co.uk

Socks 

Ornot Blue Line, £15, alwaysriding.co.uk

Shoes 

Giro Empire Road, £230, zyro.co.uk

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