After selling around 50,000 of them since release, the most popular garment in the Rapha lineup has been given a full overhaul for the new season.
The classic jersey was there at the beginning of the brand, one of the key pieces released by Simon Mottram in that heady summer of 2004, the first ever jersey design.
A whole 12 years later and Rapha has almost become a byword for cycling, gathering plaudits and sometimes critics along the way. Whether they love Rapha or hate it, one thing most people seem to agree on is the efficacy of the classic jersey.
It has been called the “best bike jersey the world has ever seen,” and when it was released in a limited palette of either black or red with that now trademark contrast armband, it sent ripples around the cycling industry.
Rapha says the jersey “changed an industry”. In reality it created one. The merino blend and muted colour scheme has now been imitated so many times that it has almost become a cliche.
Classic Jersey II features a new proprietary fabric called RPM150, as well as another 11 design tweaks, including redesigned arms and pockets, improved stitching and reflective tape around the pocket zip.