With its roots set deep in the heart of Melbourne’s cycling and cultural scenes, Creux Cycling is a relative newcomer to the apparel market, having been around since 2010. Brought about when three riding mates decided that they were all fed up with the current array of riding gear, the lads set out to create their own line of apparel that would string together inspiration from the fixie world, the emerging high-end commuting market and the dominant road cycling scene. Despite their young age, Creux have quickly forged their own path with some beautifully designed garments that have successfully fused together urban style with riding functionality. They’ve been a key sponsor for the Dirty Deeds Cyclocross Series, which has helped raise their profile significantly, and there are plans to increase the options from its current lineup to create a more comprehensive range of apparel in the near future.
Having seen a few of Creux’s creations at last years Melburn-Roobaix event, we decided to get in touch with the fledgling company to have a look at some of their latest gear and see how the locals are representing Aussie designs on the global circuit.
The Detour Shorts are the most popular option from Creuxe for mountain biking, due to their slightly looser fit and on-the-knee length. There is a shorter version called the Panache, though if you prefer the denim look and want a tighter fit, check out their Jean Shorts. We like the Detour as a bit of an ‘all-rounder’ pair of shorts that’s ideal for commuting, wearing throughout the day at the office and then hitting the trails on the way home.
The Creux Detour Shorts feature:
- Cycling specific cut with a high back and lower front
- Double reinforced crotch and rear for increased durability
- Custom 2mm chamois providing you a little padding for all day riding comfort
- Stretch Fabric with 8% spandex for increased pedal efficiency and mobility
- EPIC water-resistance encapsulation technology
- Caribena clip and rear pocket hock
- Rear zip pocket for additional storage with an easy access zip pull
- Back pockets reinforced with extra layer of fabric to offset high stress points and to prevent premature wear
- Generous zipped cargo pockets on each leg.
- Colours: Slate or Sand
- Sizes: Small (30″), Medium (32″), Large (34″) and X-Lare (36″)
- RRP: $149.95
The Detour shorts are constructed from a special ‘dri-release Next cotton’ that features an 8% spandex mix for a snug fit that stretches with your legs whilst pedalling. There is a clever EPIC treatment applied to the shorts that increases their water resistance much in the same way a DWR coating does, albeit with much better durability. If you’re stuck in particularly poor weather and the water makes its way past the water resistant barrier, the Next cotton fabric dries about 4x quicker than regular cotton so it won’t take long for them to dry out again.
There is a sewn-in chamois for the Detour shorts, though it’s about 1/3rd of the thickness of what you might find in a regular MTB baggy short so that you can still cruise around in them off the bike without looking like someone who has a fetish for baby nappies. The crotch of the shorts is reinforced with a dual-layer of fabric, so like your annoyingly enthusiastic riding buddy, they’re ready for some serious saddle time.
Also in our package of goodies from Creux is their Merino Dirty Deeds CX Jersey, which represents the culmination of their partnership with the DDCX series. Aside from repping the logo, the DDCX jersey uses a very clever construction that we’re yet to see on any other cycling garment. Most riders would be familiar with the benefits of Merino wool (a fine blend of sheep wool that is softer, minimises bacterial growth, breathes better than synthetic fibres and also stays warmer when wet), but one of its criticisms is durability. Creux have created what they call a ‘2 Face Fabric’, which utilises a Merino internal layer, and a synthetic outer layer that acts almost like a shield that helps to protect the Merino fibers.
The Creux DDCX Jersey features:
- Shaped hem for a better cycling fit
- Side seams are moved longitudinally for increased comfort
- 5 combined rear pockets for all your storage needs
- 2 Waterproof rear pocket bags with vertical zip entry for easier access
- Gripper tape at hem
- Internal placket to protect you from the wind and catching the zipper on skin
- Chin zip fabric guard
- Colours: Black
- Sizes: Small, Medium, Large & X-Large
- RRP: $99.95
The DDCX jersey is designed with a snug fit and allows for the benefits of the Merino wool to be exploited, without sacrificing durability, making it a great option for mountain biking conditions. You’ll also be pleased to know that Creux plan on increasing the range of colours and designs with the Merino jersey, as it has been very popular with everyone who has had the chance to zip one on.
The above garments are only a small selection of what’s on offer from Creux Cycling, but from our initial look we’re impressed with the details. For more information about the wider Creux apparel range, head to their website: www.CreuxCycling.com.au