assos v. rapha

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Noodley, 21 Mar 2008.

  1. assos for style

    1 vote(s)
  2. assos for function and style

    1 vote(s)
  3. assos for function

    1 vote(s)
  4. rapha...end of

    1 vote(s)
  1. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    I don't want to start another "fight" re costs of assos and rapha - no, seriously I don't. I have no problem with people spending lots of money on cycling kit nor do I have any problem with people spending little money...blah, blah, blah.

    What I was wondering was:

    To me Rapha seems to be "style" focused.
    To me assos seems to think about "substance", and "style" has followed.

    Any thoughts? No need for argument as there will be no right or wrong and I know there are other manufacturers to consider, but I want to stick with Assos and Rapha...
  2. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I'd go with Rapha...butb then I'm a tart at heart. I just like that retro-ish italianate scene.
  3. simonali

    simonali Guru

    A few years ago Rapha only made a few woolly black jerseys and some caps, but now they make quite a few bits and bobs like lycra tights and shorts, so I'd have to go with Assos, but only on function. Rapha are probably the more stylish of the 2 mefinks, but I've not actually touched any of their stuff with my own hands.
  4. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    They both produce good kit. I have more assos than rapha, but like both.
  5. vbc

    vbc Guest

    There's only one way to decide............FIGHT!
  6. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    I made the mistake of offering to pay for a jacket for my son's birthday present and he picked a Rapha lightweight jacket reduced to a mere £130. It'd better be bloody good!
  7. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    The only bit I've got from either are the Rapha black leather mitts and they are excellent. When I want real quality I just get my gear from Rohan and as I ride a recumbent I don't need funny pants which have got bits of leather stuffed down them.;)
  8. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Aldi v. Lidl?
  9. yello

    yello Legendary Member

    and Tchibo
  10. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    The tchibo Caffissimo espresso machine makes absolutely brilliant coffee but it is a screaming bastard for commuting on.
  11. Disgruntled Goat

    Disgruntled Goat New Member

    Assos for cyclists
    Rapha for Lifestyle Cyclists
  12. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

  13. bianco

    bianco New Member

    Those two guys on the right are my relatives somehow. I got quite a bit of kit from them over christmas. None of it rapha unfortunately :biggrin:
  14. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    Some people will buy anything with a Rapha logo on, the new Catalogue mine arrived Monday never even thought about ebaying it! Looked at piccies and went how much.
  15. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    Who would by a catalogue for £9?
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