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First ride review: Ribble Nuovo clothing range

21 Jul 2017
Verdict:

Performance orientated apparel from the direct to consumer bike maker

Price: 
Jersey: £55 ; Bibshorts: £65
For 
Comfortable and good value for money

Ribble has launched a new collection of affordable cycle clothing. Using the same direct to consumer approach as the brand employs in producing its bikes, the initial range covers the summer essentials of jersey and bibshorts.

Catering for both male and female cyclists the range is due to expand over the next few months with outer layers, including a softshell jacket, and accessories.

First ride review

I pulled the first two pieces on for a quick spin.

With the short-sleeved jersey priced at £55 and the bibshorts costing £65 the range is both priced and designed for everyday use, yet still includes some pleasingly race-orientated features.

The cut of both items is relatively svelte, with the cuffs on both the jersey and shorts feature aerodynamic raw cut cuffs.

However, although close fitting I found the sizing to be around where I'd expected it, with a size small fitting out 5ft 10” 21 BMI frame perfectly.

The shorts are based around a high quality Elastic Interface chamois. This is composed of 12mm thick breathable foam, which is perforated to further increase airflow.

Divided into sections down the middle, I found it instantly comfortable and close fitting, without needing any break in period.

Ribble claims to have put serious effort into sourcing the best fabrics for its new range. There’s certainly lots going on.

The back panel of the shorts is composed of a fine breathable mesh. Woven into this is a kind lattice structure that prevents it stretching.

In front of this the flat two-way stretch straps look mean and sit flush next to the skin. Despite being soft to touch they readily resist getting twisted.

Externally the shorts also include added reflective printing to boost visibility.

The matching short-sleeved jersey is suited to hotter days. It employs several different breathable and wicking fabrics, along with a full-length zip.

Its reverse features three reinforced pockets, plus a small zipped compartment. Using a stretch resistant fabric these are stiff enough to be proof against the displeasing sagging that can sometimes affect lightweight jerseys, which we particularly appreciated.

The front of the jersey was a little longer than some I’ve tried. Despite never bunching when riding it provided enough length to cover my pasty belly when standing up away from the bike.

At about four centimetres the collar is also relatively long. While the rest of the jersey is breezy, this is reinforced slightly to ward off windchill.

Overall the fit is close but not in any way constrictive, largely thanks to the light and stretchy fabric.

As a fan of all things cheap and speedy, I liked Ribble’s new Nuovo kit. Comfy to wear, it doesn’t cost much but still manages to include lots of still novel features normally associated with costlier performance clothing.

Leaving you plenty of money to spend on some deep section rims, a race licence, or maybe just additional cake after a particularly taxing training ride, that can only be a good thing.

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