A Team Original tight-fitting aero jersey produced by Santini for Joaquim Rodriguez and his Katusha team mates.
Associated Bike Brand: Canyon
Something that Castelli did very well with the Cervelo TestTeam and have continued to do well with the Garmin/Sharp team is taking garments that they have developed for their World Tour teams and then developing suitable consumer versions. The Gabba jersey is the first that springs to mind along with the SanRemo Speedsuit is another example of items that have proved themselves in the pro peloton and have successfully made the transition into the weekend warrior`s wardrobe.
The Castelli SanRemo Speedsuit first hit the headlines when Johan Van Summeren won the 2011 Paris-Roubaix, attacking 15km from the finish to finish alone in the iconic Roubaix velodrome. The garment was designed to offer the aerodynamic advantages of a skinsuit with the practicality of a regular jersey and shorts. It clearly worked for Van Summeren...
Santini have taken a similar approach with this Katusha Team Original jersey and bib shorts, but have kept the two garments as separates (Castelli removed the bib braces and stitched the two together) which is a clever idea as it allows the public to choose different sized jersey and bib shorts allowing you to get the perfect fit whilst still offering enhanced aerodynamics. The two garments are joined together by a small internal zip with one half on the bottom hem of the jersey and the other half on the rear of the bib shorts allowing you to benefit from the aero-improvements of a skinsuit whilst maintaining the comfort of having two garments.
New for 2014 and first seen at the Taipei International Cycle Show, Santini introduced the "Interactive" jersey and bib shorts that both use the same technology as the Katusha kit, but in a more subtle design for those that do not want to look like Joaquim `Purito` Rodriguez.
Many thanks to Prendas Ciclismo for supplying the photos used in this article.
Date Submitted: 17 May 2016