EF Education-Nippo Kit now available to buy

Rapha EF Jersey for sale
Rapha EF Jersey for sale (Image credit: Future)

After a three month wait, Rapha has finally added the EF Education-Nippo kit to its website, making it available for the general public to buy, and if the speed at which the team's Giro d'Italia kit sold out is anything to go by, then this kit is sure to sell quickly. 

That kit, which was designed in collaboration with Palace Skateboards, broke the internet with its popularity, and many of the jerseys later ended up on eBay at wildly inflated prices. It also earned the team a fine from the UCI, due to not registering the design in time for the start of stage 1.

As a result of that fine, the team took a tongue-in-cheek approach, making the 2021 kit the 'most compliant kit in the peloton', featuring the UCI's guidelines as the base of the design. 

In the wake of that Palace takeover, the launch of this kit was highly anticipated at the turn of the year. However, fans were forced to wait as it was also the last to launch. So late, in fact, that here at Cyclingnews, we were forced to push back our WorldTour kit definitive ranking twice, before deciding to run it without them, later slotting them into 15th place. 

We also recently had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the kit in our recent Object of Desire feature, where we highlighted the clever easter eggs hidden throughout. We ran through the jersey's design features, of which there were plenty, including the duck who, quite heartbreakingly, is still yet to be given a name, as well as the Nippo mascot who has apparently featured on all of Nippo's sponsored teams' kits throughout the years. 

Ducks and mascots aside, the jersey is sure to catch the attention of your clubmates, if not for the hidden gems, but for its hues which seem to have turned the saturation up to 100 per cent. 

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Josh Croxton
Tech Editor

As the Tech Editor here at Cyclingnews, Josh leads on content relating to all-things tech, including bikes, kit and components in order to cover product launches and curate our world-class buying guides, reviews and deals. Alongside this, his love for WorldTour racing and eagle eyes mean he's often breaking tech stories from the pro peloton too. 

On the bike, 30-year-old Josh has been riding and racing since his early teens. He started out racing cross country when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s and has never looked back. He's always training for the next big event and is keen to get his hands on the newest tech to help. He enjoys a good long ride on road or gravel, but he's most alive when he's elbow-to-elbow in a local criterium.