The Castelli brand is one of the most revered brands in the cycling world, instantly recognisable by the red and white scorpion logo, with a rich history in producing some of the finest cycling clothing and apparel worldwide. Producing a quality range that utilises some of the most innovative technologies in the clothing industry, Castelli’s range covers cyclists and triathletes from the professional level, all the way through to amateurs and enthusiasts. Scroll to the bottom of this page to find out more about the brand’s history, as well as more about the range of Castelli cycling products available for sale here on BikeExchange!
The Castelli story traces right back to a small tailoring shop operating in Milan more than a century ago, founded by the skilled and highly reputable tailor, Vittore Gianni. In 1935, Vittore would be joined by a passionate young man with a desire for innovation - Armando Castelli. Following the purchase of the company only a few years later, Armando placed a renewed focus on Vittore’s most successful clients, and embraced the opportunity to craft quality cycling apparel for professional cyclists.
It wasn’t until the birth of Maurizio Castelli that the Castelli brand as we know it today would take shape. Maurizio was a true product of the world around him, immersed in cycling culture and his father’s business, with a passion and desire to take the brand in a new direction. Embracing this vision, Maurizio founded the new Castelli brand and logo in 1974, adapting and expanding the quality range of cycling apparel that had been focused towards the professionals, and introducing it to a much broader range of cyclists.
Introducing the first aerodynamic Lycra bib short to the market in 1977, the red and white scorpion would become a prominent and reputable symbol within the cycling fraternity. Legends like Coppi, Anquetil, Mercxx and Hinault would pioneer this image, and the presence is still undoubtedly noticed throughout the professional and enthusiast ranks today.
Guided by a philosophy to combine technology with innovative style and design, Maurizio pioneered the use of technology in the clothing industry we take for granted today. Following his highly publicised release of the first coloured Lycra short in 1981, Maurizio made a major breakthrough in 1983 with the sublimination dye process – a process that allowed colours, patterns and logos to be incorporated with a variety of materials, revolutionising sponsorship and cycling as a result.
Innovation would become precedent, guiding the success and direction of the company right in to the modern era. Not merely a range to cover all riding environments, Castelli has a profound focus on the performance enhancing benefits of apparel, with developments like the aerodynamic skinsuit, thermals and wicking fabric ensuring they could remain at the forefront of breakthroughs in the cycling clothing industry. Today, Castelli is responsible for clothing the Sky Professional Cycling Team (as of 2017), and is a prominent partner of a number of reputable cycling brands due to its custom range.
Castelli has an expansive range of cycling clothing and apparel, a collection that comprehensively covers men, women and triathletes for all weather conditions. With jerseys, jackets, base layers, bibs, socks, glove and huge range of other accessories, its hard to know where to look first – so we’ve picked out three popular products from the range to get you started!
As one of the defining products of Castelli and most copied in recent years, the Gabba is an exceptional quality product that is hugely popular both in the professional ranks, and general cycling community. Designed to fully protect against the harshest of conditions, the Gabba optimizes a number of leading textile technologies to create an extremely comfortable piece of apparel, with a profound performance advantage.
Aerodynamic, breathable, windproof and waterproof, the Gabba remains the envy of other leading cycling apparel brands, with undeniable performance against the elements. Featuring reflective trim, silicone grippers, extra length at the back and available in a range of colours, the Gabba is the ultimate piece of cycling apparel.
As the choice of professionals (often controversially for those with conflicting sponsors!) the Gabba provides a proven performance advantage in the most atrocious of conditions, and has been ridden to a number of classics victories. Get your hands on one and you’ll never have an excuse not to ride again!
Perhaps the most important piece of apparel in any serious cyclists’ wardrobe, a quality bibshort that is supportive, stylish and comfortable is an absolute necessity. Introduced in 2016 as the new premium bibshort in the Castelli range, the Mondiale succeeds the ‘Free Aero Race Bibshort’ and sets the new benchmark for luxury and performance.
Combining a number of innovative materials and technologies in their production process, the Mondiale is a premium quality and performance bibshort that is a true reflection of the Castelli philosophy. Available in an array of sizes, as well as a female specific version, these premium bibshorts will keep you comfortable in the saddle for hours on end.
Another reputable line of Castelli, the Nano Flex range of accessories are the perfect complement to any cyclist’s apparel collection. Offering water-resistant thermal, breathable fabric with tidy double-sided silicone grippers, these flexible accessories are comfortable and even satisfactory for the professionals! With knee, arm and leg warmers all available in a range of sizes, these are definitely a valuable addition to your wardrobe.