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1. Its still different than what many associate with exercise apparel. Its the opposite of Assos, fluoro wind vests, and all the dorky shit that most cyclists tend to be drawn towards.
2. The whole aesthetic of the Continental videos will continue to draw people who glorify those types of things to their site.
3. Its not bad quality. I used to hate a few of their products, but the rest of my good have held up well. Can't say the same for a lot of other brands. The shop I worked at has only had 1 Rapha product returned and those were my winter gloves.
4. There are a lot of clothing companies in other niche sports, such as rock climbing and skateboarding (just ones that I know about) that haven't changed their "design thesis" ever. 15+ years going on and they're still selling boatloads of product. Patagonia is one company that never really changes their style, technology, or line up and it sells great. This isn't high fashion, its an outdoor hobby.
Velofreak wrote:It's as bad as a pinarello, so i think it's a good kit brand that will match a suspicious sponsor, suspicious frame manufacture, etc... they should wear all fizik shoes and mavic wheels, to close the circle.
So much anger and hostility.
Wingnut wrote:I soooooo love the Rapha Continental videos but just can't bring myself to buy any of their gear...I think it's the pungent smell of elitism and being overpriced?
I think that's a bit of a problem - certainly here in the UK.
Wearing Rapha makes many people automatically assume you are a ****** (sounds similar to Rapha. Two Syllables.) That's a shame - the kit is not that bad.
I suspect the more generous cut Team Sky range will sell out quite quickly. Personally I really like the colours and the softshell looks great to me. Shame I wouldn't consider buying it. Funny how people bought Rapha because it was different and now every bloater struggling over the Col de la Boite will be sporting their Sky kit.
pastronef wrote:narrow handlebar for Henderson
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a lot of pros run narrower bars now than you'd think. Millar has run 3T 40s (38s at the hoods) for years, but quite a few Garmin dudes that are taller run 3T 42s (40 at the hoods). Most pro bike fit articles never actually measure the bars at the hoods and many brands including 3T, Zipp, FSA, and Easton taper 2cm and are measured at the widest point.
I like the design of the Sky kit and would buy it... if it didn't have sky plastered on it. Though I guess most of the stuff I'll see coughing up Box Hill won't be the pro-team versions...
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DartanianX wrote:Really, would you go to all the trouble for a 5km TT?
I could be wrong but I think Hansen ALWAYS uses a 38 (or 40) cm handelbar
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