Rapha, a beloved cycling-wear brand of mine, has come out with its own bicycle collection!
I really have nothing but good things to say about Rapha – actually, it’s hard for me not to just completely rave about them. I pretty much love everything about this company, from their Euro-style products, to their classic/modern branding. They always blend form and function so well. Even their e-blast newsletters are stylish in a way that I like.
Currently, I have 2 Rapha riding jersies (the pocket t-shirt and long-sleeve jersey), plus one of their regular t-shirts, and of course, the classic Rapha white stripe cap, in black. All ordered on-line. All arrived on time, and all exceptional quality. I also love Rapha’s encouragement of cycling culture, through things like the ultra-cool snippets of cycling history printed on the inside of the jersey pockets (if you’ve never looked inside your Rapha jersey pockets, take a peek), to their books and prints (Ken was kind enough to gift me the 2009 Photographic Annual of ‘Rouler’). To me, the words ‘Rapha’ and ‘Quality’ and ‘Style’, all go well hand-in-hand, so I’d expect no less from their new bicycle collection.
Now, on to the bikes! Rapha has teamed up with 4 distinct bike builders to create 4 unique, hand-built bikes. Rapha specifically chose these builders for their intense passion for road cycling, with the simple goal of creating 4 exceptional and unique road cycling experiences:
Knowing how much attention to detail Rapha puts into their cycling gear and other related products, even into their packaging (which is awesome), it’s no surprise they’ve partnered with the bike manufacturers that they have. These are going to be high-end, killer rides, not exactly designed to be afforded by the masses (MEC). But, for the rider who wants a bike that is as much about form and beauty, as it is about function and performance, the Rapha Bicycle Collection will certainly be very, very appealing.
Now I’ll just keep my fingers crossed and hope that Rapha decides to send me one of these beauties to test and review.