Italian bicycling company Ale Cycling has released a cycling jersey made of a fabric infused with graphene, which the company claims “allows an active interaction between the body and the fabric.”
The Velocity G+ cycling shirt is not for casual cyclists, with a price tag approaching $300, but the company promises the material is not only lightweight, but helps riders control their body temperature “creating the ideal microclimate to keep cyclists comfortable even in the most unpleasant weather conditions.”
Graphene has been used in a number of other applications in the world of cycling, where lightweight materials are prized by riders looking to shave inches off their times. Vittoria uses graphene-enhanced bicycle tires, Dassi uses graphene in its bike frames, and AbsoluteBlack just released its Graphenlube lubricant product for bicycle chains.
The high cost of the garment is likely due to the high price of graphene, and the research involved in putting it to use. It will be interesting to see if the company’s claims hold up and whether the addition of graphene is merely a gimmick capitalizing on a techy-sounding trend.