Rapha and EF Education-Nippo unveil 'world’s most compliant' 2021 kit

Spoiler: There aren’t ducks anymore…

Having built a reputation for being disruptive – most recently bringing ducks to the pro peloton on UCI non-compliant kit at the 2020 Giro d’Italia – the question “what next?” was always going to be asked. When breaking the rules becomes anticipated, what could Rapha and EF Education-Nippo do to remain subversive?

Admitting that they were “getting into hot water last season”, the answer, it seems, is to create “the world’s most compliant cycling kit”, with this year’s design centring around the UCI’s regulations. Rapha and EF Education-Nippo haven’t merely followed the rules, but have also shown their working, leaving no doubt that this kit follows every edict to the letter.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg