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    Default Rapha how I used to love you

    Rapha’s email has been added to my spam filter.

    We had a good run, lots of hits. Rapha changed the game for the better. At the time it arrived their overpriced softshell was the nuts. My softshell is eight years old and going strong. There were some blatant misses like almost all the early fall apart jerseys. Rapha stood behind their good, they made things better.

    Things changed.

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    Rapha, how you never fit me.
    I heart burnt bikes.

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    2018 Team Kit. I've never loved Rapha more.



    PS - My jackets, vests, pro team bibs and jerseys, classic wool long sleeve jerseys and a handful of other objects are still at or near the top of my list for comfort and performance. Not everything fits me, but the stuff that does fits great.
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    Oh Rapha, however do you keep track of so so many SKUs?

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    You're a decade late: An Open Letter to Rapha: You Suck.

     

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    Their long sleeve pro team jerseys are the jam.
     

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    Too Tall found my words for me. I have two Softshell jackets purchased from god-knows-when, and they remain fabulous. Tough, windproof, warm, and as stylish as possible considering the model they hang on. My Sportwool jerseys, eight-of-them, continue to be pressed into service in the summer months. They are the plain Jane ones with a tasteful colo(u)r contrast. An adequate juxtaposition of understatement and class. I also have a couple of Classic bibs. Then, when I went in for a big smooch, they ran away. I couldn't catch them. They became too fast, too agile, and too smug. I was crestfallen.
     

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    I dunno.

    Sometimes Rapha is my A-Team. Sometimes my First String.

    But never really considered them my Endgame...

    You guys can be really serious ‘bout stretchy clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogrange View Post
    Oh Rapha, however do you keep track of so so many SKUs?
    So true
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogrange View Post
    Oh Rapha, however do you keep track of so so many SKUs?
    Probably with a computer. Just a guess, though. You gotta give them credit for keeping it fresh.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTX1 View Post
    You guys can be really serious ‘bout stretchy clothing.
    True.
    I've got a brevet jersey and gilet, which I got on a deep discount deal. I really like them, but Rapha is generally too expensive/not my jam.
     

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    I hated Rapha way before I bought anything from them, took a chance on a pair of bibs on deep discount a year ago and now have gone a complete 180 and really like most of the stuff I have bought particularly the Classic gear (other items I just send back - no issue). CS seem reasonable but I haven’t had significant issues to deal with.
     

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    i too am an owner of an early softshell jacket that remains one of my favorite pieces of kit. i like the bibs, and i like most of their jerseys.

    that said i havent bought anything from them in quite a while.

    one thing that really annoys me about brands that want to play in the "premium" space, with requisite pricing is the always-on-sale game. i just want to know what something costs. i dont want to buy something, and feel like a sucker next week when it's 50% less, than 60, 70 and 80 over the next weeks as the email blasts intensify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
    one thing that really annoys me about brands that want to play in the "premium" space, with requisite pricing is the always-on-sale game. i just want to know what something costs. i dont want to buy something, and feel like a sucker next week when it's 50% less, than 60, 70 and 80 over the next weeks as the email blasts intensify.
    Price reductions are déclassé.
    Unless it's an end of year blowout.
    Or if it's from Ocean State Job Lot.

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    All of my recent purchases are products that last. Price is second. Longevity is first. For cycling stuff, nothing lasts longer than Assos stuff. I have a few Assos Rally jerseys that I'll wear for the next 30 years. You can't kill these things.

    Plus, you can look this good.

     

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    other than some base layer stuff. i really don't care for the brand. it's not just value but form , function and style. guess i'll never be g.q. on a bike -mike g
     

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    I did just buy a classic wind jacket on sale for 50%. I really like it. other than that I do like their base layers for summer riding and the merino wool boxer briefs are the greatest article of clothing mass produced.

    I actually sent to an application with cover letter etc, etc for a sales position at there SF store. They never called me.
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    The cult of Rapha.

    I no longer know what they are selling. 10,000 SKU's with twice a year liquidation sales. I interviewed to run the Chicago store and had an hour and a half SKYPE with a couple people in Jolly old. They kept changing the subject to events etc. when I would talk product and sales. When they mentioned they wanted to open 100 "clubhouses" in the US alone, I almost choked on my stroopwafel.

    They just want you to join and sing the praises.

    It's bike clothing.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by TTX1 View Post
    I dunno.

    Sometimes Rapha is my A-Team. Sometimes my First String.

    But never really considered them my Endgame...

    You guys can be really serious ‘bout stretchy clothing.
    haha, didnt see that one coming. some big enemies of the threads in this thread.

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    stuff never fit me as a tall skinny person

    not surprised
     

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