A mountain bike rider in a long sleeve pink and grey Rapha jersey
Clothing is so important to cycling that it can make or break your ride. In the dynamic world of mountain biking apparel, there’s a brand that really stands out for its innovative designs, unmatched performance and unwavering commitment to the mountain biking community: Rapha. 
Along with our sister store, Big Bear Bikes, Dalby Forest Cycle Hub is among a select group of retail stores to be partnering with Rapha and now have on display their incredible mountain bike ranges. Come and see for yourself in store in Low Dalby and join us for a celebratory social road bike ride from Big Bear Bikes in Pickering on Saturday March 16. Details below. 

About Rapha 

Founded in the UK in 2004 by Simon Mottram, Rapha has become synonymous with excellence in cycling culture, and its mountain bike clothing range reflects the brand's dedication to elevating the riding experience. 
Their foray into our part of the cycling world is a relatively recent development, with their inaugural mountain bike apparel collection coming out just a few years ago. Despite being newcomers to the scene, Rapha have made significant strides, garnering attention and admiration for their clean design language and quality fabrics. 
A close up of a mountain bike rider in a purple Rapha jacket
Their sleek and stylish mountain bike apparel has quickly gained traction among mountain biking enthusiasts, reflecting Rapha's commitment to elevating the riding experience on every trail. Crafted with precision and attention to detail, Rapha's mountain bike range includes jerseys, shorts, pants, jackets and accessories which not only enhance performance on the trails but also exude a sense of sophistication that sets them apart from the competition. 

Rapha's mountain bike community 

Central to Rapha's mountain bike ethos is the belief that the best rides are those shared with fellow enthusiasts. Through the Rapha Cycling Club (RCC) and various mountain biking events, riders can connect with like-minded individuals, share their passion for the sport and explore new trails together. 
A mountain bike rider doing a jump wearing a turquoise Rapha jacket
RCC is 23,000-strong worldwide community with more than 1,000 group rides each month and 800-plus official chapters or groups. Membership also grants access to exclusive mountain biking merchandise and events. 

What Sets the Rapha mountain bike collection apart? 

What sets Rapha's trailwear range apart is its unwavering dedication to quality, innovation and community. From technical fabrics that wick away sweat and provide optimal breathability to thoughtful design features that enhance comfort and performance, Rapha's mountain bike apparel is designed to meet the demands of even the most challenging trails. 
We also love the fact each piece of Rapha mountain bike clothing comes with their own repair kit, which is matched to the colour of the fabric and aims to promote sustainability in clothing. This is a great feature we’ve not seen from any other brand. 

The importance of all-weather gear 

A mountain bike rider in a long sleeved Rapha jersey and  helmet
Navigating the ever-changing conditions of mountain biking trails demands apparel that can withstand the elements while providing optimal comfort and performance. Rapha understands the significance of all-weather gear, crafting mountain bike clothing that excels in any environment. From rain-soaked trails to scorching summer rides, Rapha's apparel ensures riders can tackle any challenge with confidence. 

So, is Rapha’s new mountain bike clothing any good? 

It’s a fair question. After all, Rapha built its reputation primarily on its road apparel. 
We can sum their mountain bike clothing up in one word: exceptional. Rapha's foray into the mountain biking world has been met with resounding praise. Riders who have experienced Rapha's mountain bike clothing first-hand rave about its comfort, durability and stylish design. 
With each piece of apparel meticulously crafted to withstand the rigours of mountain biking, Rapha has quickly established itself as a brand to be reckoned with in the mountain biking community. Whether you're shredding singletrack or tackling technical descents, Rapha's mountain bike clothing delivers the performance and style that riders demand. 
A mountain biker riding downhill at speed in a purple Rapha jacket
As a shop positioned within one of the largest trail centres in the UK, we are thrilled to showcase Rapha's mountain bike clothing range to our customers. We believe in the brand's potential to make a lasting impact in the mountain biking community and are excited to contribute to the growth of this exceptional UK brand. 

Join Our Rapha Launch Shop Ride 

If you enjoy smooth tarmac as much as rocky trails, why not join us on Saturday 16th March for a special social road ride alongside our friends from Ryedale Velo Club, departing from Big Bear Bikes in Southgate, Pickering. 
Simply turn up and be ready to set off at 10.30am. Choose from two awesome routes - a 24km ride and a 33km ride - with fellow cycling enthusiasts! Plus, swing by Big Bear Bikes for some post-ride treats – enjoy coffee, cake and snag a free Rapha water bottle! 
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