Adidas has been worn by everyone from Lionel Messi to 90s nu-metallers Korn, but recently it has been spotted on top mountain bike athletes too in the shape of Brendan Fairclough, Jack Moir and Mitch Ropelato. The reason is a limited edition collab between Troy Lee and the German sports brand that has resulted in what Troy Lee are calling, "the most technologically advanced" kit in mountain biking.
The range consists of race pants, shorts, long and short sleeved jerseys and a helmet. Most of the kit is available in black or light blue. Take a look at some highlights below:TLD/Adidas Ltd Edition Ultra MTB Pants
TLD/Adidas Ltd Edition Ultra Jersey
The race pants seem to be the highlight of the range and have been tested in labs with Troy Lee's elite athletes. The pants are described as having an "athletic fit only" and max out at waist size 36. We expect this means they are also aero and skinny, as has become the second-saving fashion among the World Cup downhill elite.
The pants are 90% nylon, 10% spandex and feature HeiQ cooling, which is said to lower the temperature of the garment by 2.5°C/4.5°F. Troy Lee claims the pants have a low 290 gram fabric weight. The shorts use all the same technology as the pants except the drivetrain abrasion guard and come in with a fabric weight of 230 grams.
All this tech doesn't come cheap though, the Ultra pants come in at $235, nearly twice as much as the Sprint pants.
Athletic Fit-Only available in sizes 28-36
90% Nylon / 10%Spandex
Main Fabric weight 260gr
Moisture wicking/Quick dry
Intelligent thermoregulation activated by high skin temperatures with HeiQ® Smart Temp Technological fabric
Laser cut ventilation holes
Inside right leg drivetrain protection with thermo-welded abrasion guardPrice
$235 pants, $155 shortstroyleedesigns.com
TLD A2 LE Adidas Team Helmet MIPS
There's also a jersey in the range which is available in short or long sleeve versions. The jersey shares the silhouette and fabric of the Skyline but has the same HeiQ cooling and laser cut holes as the pants.
The jersey also has an Athletic Fit in every size from small to XL. The jersey is 3 grams lighter then the Skyline at a 137 gram fabric weight but t's also a bit more pricey to get your hands on as it costs $35 more than the respective long or short sleeved version of the Skyline.
92% Poly / 8% Elastane
Fabric weight 137gr
Moisture wicking/Quick dry
Intelligent thermoregulation activated by high skin temperatures with HeiQ® Smart Temp Technological fabricPrice
$90 long sleeve, $80 short sleevetroyleedesigns.com
Want to finish off the look? Troy Lee's A2 helmet gets an Adidas reskin too. It's exactly the same as the standard A2
but with a graphic update. It's also the same price at $179.
More info here
We reached out to Troy Lee for a few more details on the new range. Here's what Craig 'Stikman' Glaspell said:
How did the collaboration come about?
"About 10 years ago, the director of the Adidas Futures lab came by TLD, Al Van Noy. He is an avid cyclist and motocross enthusiast and was checking out the TLD showroom and museum here in Corona. He saw Troy sitting in his office sketching some helmet paint jobs and poked his head in, saying “Hey Troy, just wanted to say I am a big fan of your work, the brand, keep it up”. Troy, being the friendly cat he is, gave Al a thanks and asked him where he is from, what he does for a living, the usual small talk.
"Long story short, the 2 hit if off and have been friends ever since. Later on Adidas would come on board sponsoring the TLD MX team and we would do some colab collection in MX a couple times in the past-but it wasn’t until 3 years ago when we started working with the futures lab to reinvent the MX pant and later a DH/BMX Race pant, which is now launching as ULTRA. 100’s of hours of development, 3d motion tracking to determine key articulation areas, and new fabric developments raised even our own game."
What can Adidas bring to the mountain bike world?
"Well, Troy and I have visited Adidas futures lab in Portland and in Germany a few times during this project as well as some other projects we are working on and their extensive resources opens the door to everything, lighter and stronger materials, sustainability, and even safety/protective advancements that the bike industry has not seen yet. It’s not only about style, but they can help elevate function, performance and safety, we believe."
Which athletes were in the lab with Adidas and what specifically was learned there?
"Brendan Fairclough and Mitch Ropelato were instrumental in this Ultra project, as well as some other projects brewing. They have a keen sense of what a performance rider needs and wants, but also make it fun to develop these things, absolute kings to work with."
What does Athletic Fit-Only mean for most riders out there?
"Athletic fit or what we like call Precision Fit, it means its going to be closer to the skin, but the way the seams have been placed, the fabric used, will still allow freedom of movement in key articulation areas. Yes, a bit tighter than traditional sprint or trail gear, but I have not advised anyone to ‘size up’ in the TLD Adidas Ultra collection. I will finally add, this collection for 2019 will be extremely limited in availability, we are only doing one small production run, it is pinnacle product, made for racing or that rider looking for the best in class. It is also made from Bluesign Approved fabrics as we continue to embark on greater sustainability at TLD."
For more information on the limited edition collab, click here