Best road cycling clothing from Eurobike

Ultralight insulation, flamboyant designs and high-tech finishes

With more than 14,000 brands claimed to be present, Eurobike boasts a bike show like no other. In addition to many of the clothing brands you’re familiar with, Eurobike in Germany also hosts scores of vendors that sell fabrics to those brands. BikeRadar strolled through the massive halls to see what’s hot for this coming season.

Although it’s obviously summer in the northern hemisphere, innovative fall and winter clothing was on display in Friedrichshafen.

PolarTec, which manufacturers fabrics for myriad sports brands and the U.S. military, showed off its own-brand cycling kit as well as that of many of its customers. PolarTec Alpha is a shaggy-looking insulator that brands such as Rapha and 7Mesh use inside jackets for highly packable and highly breathable warmth.

PolarTec is primarily a fabric supplier to everyone from sports brands to the U.S. military, but it recently began sponsoring a cycling team with its own clothing
PolarTec is primarily a fabric supplier to everyone from sports brands to the U.S. military, but it recently began sponsoring a cycling team with its own clothing

Sportful has a few new additions to its Fiandre line, including a convertible jacket of sorts and jacket with a semi-integrated vest.

The Bomber Suit 111 has an integrated race number holder
The Bomber Suit 111 has an integrated race number holder

Q.365 had a variety of high-end fabrics woven into its performance clothing, including Dyneema, which we’ve seen recently in Specialized’s S-Works 7 shoe.

Q.365 was founded by Luigi Bergamo, a two-decade veteran of Assos with deep experience with textiles
Q.365 was founded by Luigi Bergamo, a two-decade veteran of Assos with deep experience with textiles

Boutique brand G4 had all manner of design packed into its small booth, from bright gold lining to triple-zipper jackets to 95g summertime jerseys.

Geoffroy Lequatre is the former pro rider behind G4
Geoffroy Lequatre is the former pro rider behind G4

Pearl Izumi displayed a new PI Black summer kit, with welded seams on the jersey and bibs (minus the chamois, which was sewn in), water-deflecting properties and sonically cut edges on the arms and legs.

Pearl also has a few playful hand-drawn designs for its jerseys and bibs, a marked departure for the Japanese-American brand.

PI Black is water deflecting, but intended for warm-weather riding
PI Black is water deflecting, but intended for warm-weather riding

Even Pearl’s parent-company Shimano jumped in on the fun, with some brighter, more design-intensive jerseys than we’ve seen before from the component giant.

The 7Mesh Freeflow doesn't pack down quite as small as the company's featherlight GoreTex ShakeDry Active rain jacket, but it still fits easily in a jersey pocket
The 7Mesh Freeflow doesn't pack down quite as small as the company's featherlight GoreTex ShakeDry Active rain jacket, but it still fits easily in a jersey pocket

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a deeper look at some of the most interesting road cycling gear from Eurobike 2018.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
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.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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