Andrew Swaffer from Urdi (URDI is the Craft distributors in Australia and New Zealand.) provided me with a sample of their Performance range kit to trial. The Craft Kit was the first to arrive and received woos of admiration from the missus. The Jersey was a very lightweight slick fabric that was a lovely fit. This was a race cut fit, and the mesh under the arms to provide ventilation was a nice touch. The chamois was a little firmer than a few of the others, but there was nothing wrong with that, just a different style. All the padding was in the right place.
I received some positive feedback from a few locals about the quality of the Craft kit and the service they offer. In fact, I was at one of our local haunts a few weeks back (Bici espresso in Hutt Street), and was introduced to the Pastry Chef (great cakes by the way) who had just come back from a ride. Anyways, they were just about to place an order for some new Craft kit and were highly complimentary. (Apparently mix 102.3 are running a best bakery competition, so get online and put your vote in for Bici)
The Craft Custom Bike Collection has been developed over two decades in close collaboration with several professional cycling teams, and is widely acknowledged to be one of the highest quality custom ranges available.
It has been tested thoroughly in the front of the professional peloton, in the 21 hairpin bends to Alpe d’Huez, and in rain and snow on the cobbled streets between Paris and Roubaix.
CRAFT have 3 levels of kit, starting at the Elite range, which is developed hand-in-hand with Tour-standard riders such as the ORICA GREENEDGE team, Performance and
ELITE CRAFT’s finest collection is designed for top performance and embodies attention to detail, superb fit, low weight, unparalleled aerodynamics and maximum moisture transportation. USER PROFILE This collection is for those who aim for the podium, or for those who demand nothing but the best.
PERFORMANCE Excellent, well-designed collection made of soft and flexible polyester fabrics for ease of movement and advanced moisture transportation. USER PROFILE Performance training embraces dedicated athletes who live the sport and train several times per week.
A sample of their colour card below.
Andrew Swaffer: 02 8445 2320
The following pages show the results of a some research undertaken late 2015.