Rapha spring 2014 clothing - Just in

“Kings of Pain,” Lightweight refinements and special edition gear

For the spring season, Rapha has refined its Lightweight collection, beefed up its Pro Team offerings and rolled out a few more special edition pieces like tributes to 1974 Giro d’Italia teams and the racing signal of the coming spring, Paris-Nice.

Rapha has two basic styles of fit: Club and Pro. The Classic jerseys and the Trade Team jerseys, like the 1974 Giro options, are the looser-fit Club style and made of a merino/polyester Sportwool blend. The Club fit pieces shown here are size Medium, on a 6ft/182cm rider with a 39.5in/100cm chest. The Pro jerseys are a snugger fit (size Large shown here on the same rider), with more of a silky, stretch-polyester feel.

Extended short sleeves and special editions highlight the 2014 spring range

For those not familiar with Rapha’s online-sales protocol, riders can return any item after riding it (within 30 days) if the product doesn’t live up to their expectations.

Rapha rolled out a few retro pieces in its trade team series. the three styles are made with the merino/polyester sportwool is a looser, club fit. this is a medium on a 6ft/182cm rider with a 39.5in/100cm chest: rapha rolled out a few retro pieces in its trade team series. the three styles are made with the merino/polyester sportwool is a looser, club fit. this is a medium on a 6ft/182cm rider with a 39.5in/100cm chest
Rapha rolled out a few retro pieces in its trade team series. the three styles are made with the merino/polyester sportwool is a looser, club fit. this is a medium on a 6ft/182cm rider with a 39.5in/100cm chest: rapha rolled out a few retro pieces in its trade team series. the three styles are made with the merino/polyester sportwool is a looser, club fit. this is a medium on a 6ft/182cm rider with a 39.5in/100cm chest

This trade team jersey is in Rapha's looser Club cut, shown here in Medium on a 6ft/182cm rider

A  notable departure for this spring is the “Kings of Pain” collection of matching jersey, hat and arm warmers. The Kings of Pain short-sleeve jersey has a tall, button-down collar, and is adorned with little icons and stitching reminiscent of the old-school tubular draped across a rider’s shoulders. Kings of Pain is also Rapha’s celebration of its tenth year of business.

Rapha pushes the envelope with the king of pain: rapha pushes the envelope with the king of pain
Rapha pushes the envelope with the king of pain: rapha pushes the envelope with the king of pain

Kings of Pain is probably the only spring jersey you'll see this year with a button-down collar

Click through the deep gallery at above right for details on all the new gear.

The mesh side panels add a little ventilation, and their stretchiness matches the rest of the jersey: the mesh side panels add a little ventilation, and their stretchiness matches the rest of the jersey
The mesh side panels add a little ventilation, and their stretchiness matches the rest of the jersey: the mesh side panels add a little ventilation, and their stretchiness matches the rest of the jersey

The Pro Team pieces are in Rapha's slimmer Pro fit, shown here in Large on a 6ft/182cm rider

Ben Delaney

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Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
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