Rapha B&O, Albion & Canyon Ultimate CD SLX: This Week in Desire

With fresh new bikes and a wealth of new kit, This Week in Desire is a good'n. Welcome to this week's edit, with fresh drops from Rapha, Albion, Festka and much more.

Rouleur Desire brings together the latest and greatest tech releases, our Desire Edits featuring our picks from cycling fashion and the Desire Emporium, filled with exceptional products to enhance your cycling lifestyle.

 Albion Zoa Jacket

Albion AW20 | Albioncycling.com

London-based brand Albion has been quietly producing some extremely innovative garments these past few years. Take its micro-insulated jackets and gilets – for warmth with minimal bulk – or the clever Burner, a packable insulative layer, the modern equivalent of a newspaper down the jersey.

For AW20 Albion’s new releases include some careful revisions to an already technical line, including more recycled fabrics. Albion has also dropped the Zoa Jacket, designed for top-layer insulation on and off the bike, catering to both the commuter and the bike packer alike.

Rapha x Bang & Olufsen

Rapha x Bang & Olufsen | rapha.cc

Rapha have been killing it with collaborations this year, from the explosively brilliant crossover with EF Education Pro Cycling and Palace, to the care-free bike packing capsule collection with Outdoor Voices. 

Next up, Rapha has joined forces with Bang & Olufsen - arguably the Rapha of sound - to produce a stylish wireless earbud. While they're aimed squarely at the indoor training market, the sleek curves, premium materials and dashes of Rapha pink will undoubtedly fit right in wherever you choose to listen. The icing on the cake? The bluetooth connection tone has been customised to sound like a cowbell, a nice touch to transport cycling fans to the slopes of an epic alpine climb.

Buy now from Rapha.cc

Canyon Ultimate CF SLX

Canyon Ultimate CF SLX | Rapha.cc

Canyon have released this stunning 'Artists Edition' version of their popular Ultimate CF SLX platform. ⁠

Designed in collaboration with Berlin-based photographer – Tino Pohlmann, one of Canyon's long-standing photographers – it takes inspiration from the red stickers he would apply to his selected slides from a shoot. A simple yet effective treatment and frankly we’d love to see Canyon stretch its creative wings like this more often. ⁠

The build features SRAM Force Etap AXS and Zipp's new 404 wheels and is available today from canyon.com.

Standert Erdgeschoss

Standert Erdgeschoss | Standert.de

The Germans behind Standert have slowly dominated the amateur racing scene on the continent, starting with the crit racers and the immensely popular Kreissäge, the privateer's aluminium race weapon. However, their latest release turns to the mud instead.

The Erdgeschoss, which was originally launched as a stainless steel cyclo-cross bike of sorts, has been tweaked and redefined as the perfect gravel bike. With plenty of clearance for off-road escapades, mounts and bosses galore and Standert's trademark selection of tasty timeless colours, this could be a great pick for your mixed terrain ramblings.

Cipollini Dolomia

 

Cipollini Dolomia | Read our first look

Cipollini’s new Dolomia frame is a leap forward for the Italian brand – showcasing full cable integration, wide tyre clearance and the lightest disc-brake frame Cipollini has ever made.

Cipollini bikes very much reflect the character of the Lion King himself: visually striking, positively aggressive and look fast even when standing still.

The Dolomia, originally unveiled in September, cuts a more understated figure than the likes of the brand’s iconic NK1K, but features some impressive steps forward in performance. Read our first look here

 Fizik Stabilita Carbon

Fizik Stabilita Carbon | Fizik.com

Fizik's latest shoe claims to redefine the power transfer of performance shoes.⁠

The Vento Stabilita Carbon looks familiar at first glance but there’s something very different about this shoe.

The dynamic arch support, represented in a zingy citrus green, aims to solve that which plagues cyclists at all levels – poor foot stability. This common complaint causes a variety of issues up the chain, including knee pain, back pain and neck pain. So kudos to Fizik for building a fix right into the shoe.⁠

This, coupled with Fizik's stiffest ever carbon sole, guarantees that amateurs and pros alike waste no watts. At least now where their feet are concerned.

Rapha Futuro Collection

 

Rapha Futuro Collection | Rapha.cc

With retro-chic becoming very much a thing, we weren't exactly surprised to see Rapha's latest capsule, inspired by some of the iconic pro-cycling collaborations from the 80s and 90s. 

With the invention of sublimation printing designers and sponsors alike revelled in the blank canvas of the cycling jersey to produce. It is probably fair to say that plenty were garish monstrosities. Nevertheless, many remain iconic, with riders of the era looking back on the period fondly.

Rapha have taken some of these unforgettable designs and given them a modern twist, producing three vintage themes jerseys bound to wrap you up in nostalgia.

Festka Scalatore Samurai

Festka Scalatore Samurai | Festka.com

Whenever Festka produces a special edition frameset, we sit up and listen. We were stunned at the 2019 Rouleur Classic when the Czech company collaborated with fellow countryman Michal Bačák to produce the stunning and unique Spectre Porcelain edition.

Michal is back once more, this time with an Asian inspired combination of mythical dragons and samurai. Using Festka's Prime program Michal was able to add his design to the Scalatore frameset –Festka's top of the line, featherweight platform – to create a finished article every bit as jaw-dropping as the last. 

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