The Uber Lords of carbon fiber have stepped outside the realm of wheels and framesets, to launch a new range of cycling apparel, called EDELSTOFF.
The new range consists of both men’s and women’s jerseys, along with corresponding bibshorts for men and shorts for women, as well as a mens’ base layer and vest.
According to Lightweight, the range is the culmination of two years of development, with no less than 32,794 kilometers of field testing involving a group of 30 test riders.
In past, the German brand has turned to the Swiss brand Assos to apply their sartorial magic to a few select pieces of apparel for them, but this new range appears to be totally unique.
As far as price is concerned, you’ll need an abacus to calculate the cost from euros to dollars, because nothing comes cheap from Lightweight.
After setting milestones, charging up to the summits, travelling along distant paths and competing with archetypes, it is now time to unfold elegant fabric. We have been researching, examining, reworking and testing 25 different fabrics and have equipped 29 riders with 45 different test combinations. Now, 32.794 km later we would like to proudly present the results to you: our all-new Edelstoff Bike Wear collection.
Coldblack® – keeps the heat out
Of course we are aware of the overheating of black fabrics. That’s why our polyester and polyamide functional fabrics are equipped with Coldblack® technology. This significantly reduces the absorption of sun rays and therefore keeps the garment cool, even when exposed to direct sunlight. Additionally the fabrics feature a UV factor of 50+.
Race cut for the perfect fit
All cuts are optimized for racing position on a bike. That’s why we use only the amount of fabric necessary and consequently avoid friction points. The front parts are shorter than the back parts and shoulder parts are cut wider than the chest line. We oscillated the flatlock side seams and shifted them to the back part for perfect fit and minimized friction points, made seamless collars, cut the raglan sleeves from collar to edge with an oscillated cut to the front part. In other words, we took care of everything.
Merino wool for natural functions
Our Bike Wear collection is a summer collection, meaning, we only used very light and breathable fabrics. Our very focus is merino wool & polyester mesh fabric. Merino is a self-renewable fabric that comes with natural antibacterial finishing. It even neutralizes odour without any chemical additives, regulates your body temperature and transports humidity to the outside of the fabric. Because the fabric is very light and roughly meshed it does not feature UV protection. We recommend you to put on some sunscreen on all your body parts exposed to the sun before each ride. We have also sent these fabrics to the Hohenstein Institut in Germany in order to conduct the following tests: Water vapour resistance, thermal resistance (thermal insulation) of the moist fabric and drying time and the instationary skin model measurements.
Three-layer-fabric for downhill runs
Our air vest features an extremely light three-layer laminate (app. 88g/m2) at the front part, shoulder, chest and access slots. It’s not only 100% water- and windproof, it also features high breathability. This functional fabric resists a water column of 20.000mm, has a water vapour permeability of <10m2PA/W and an abrasion resistance of more than 60.000 cycles.
It’s as simple as that: Sanitized® provides all polyester segments of our garments with antibacterial and odour-neutralizing features. Additionally they keep unwanted companions out.
Defeat the heat with Interpower® finishing
Interpower® not only channels moisture to the outside, it also keeps you cool.
Cycling pads for ultimate comfort
Our cycling pants are equipped with elastic Interface® pads with black outer fabric and perforated bottom layer for optimized breathability. The pad is a triple-layer construction with different densities to deal with loads from 60 to 120 kg/m³, bonded with seams. It’s perfect for both, short and longer rides of up to six hours and more.
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