Santini joined forces with Vincenzo Nibali to create a one-of-a-kind cycling kit.
Santini, Trek-Segafredo’s technical clothing partner, joined forces with Vincenzo Nibali to create the all-new Nibali collection, an exclusive collaboration between one of the world’s leading cycling apparel manufacturers and one of the top professional cyclists of our generation.
Developed using the latest technology and highest quality materials, the Nibali collection is not only stylish but guarantees cutting-edge aerodynamics and breathability – a hymn of class and performance, engineered to withstand heavy use.
“Vincenzo Nibali is one of the greatest cyclists of all time, and we wanted to celebrate him with something special, something that would honor his mastery on the bike and his character. The Nibali collection is an exclusive and limited capsule collection designed for spring and summer,” explained Stefano Devicenzi, Santini’s Head of Marketing.
Drawing inspiration from an array of motifs connected to the Sicilian rider’s background, the exquisite design includes the dark blue image of a boiling ocean. It’s a reference to the coast surrounding Nibali’s home town of Messina on the easternmost point of the island, which looks across the Strait of Messina to the mainland.
Santini created the stylish logo-mark to complete the design using his name and highlighting the letter N, which is stylized to resemble a shark’s fin breaking the surface of the water. Nibali’s nickname il Squalo di Messina – the Shark of Messina – was given for his willingness to go on the attack, his tenacity in chasing his goals, as well as his insatiable appetite for victory.
Our goal was to create a classy kit that reflects the essence of Vincenzo Nibali as a rider.
The logo is completed with three colored lines: pink, yellow and red, which pay homage to his victories in all three Grand Tours.
“Our goal was to create a classy kit that reflects the essence of Vincenzo Nibali as a rider. His namesake Nibali is the main graphic element and it stands out against a very streamlined design. We had free reign to design something from scratch. Once the first draft was complete, it was sent to Vincenzo to review, and he was so happy with the result, no changes were needed,” said Santini designer Fergus Niland.
The limited collection includes a short sleeve jersey with a full frontal zip, bib shorts engineered to give the best competitive edge, and a lightweight sleeveless base layer made from Avatar mesh. Themed gloves, socks, and cycling cap complete the Nibali line.
“As soon as I saw it, I thought to myself: just beautiful!” said Nibali. “I want to thank Santini for this creation. It’s a perfect mix of originality and style, without neglecting the quality of the materials and craftsmanship.
“The idea of a dedicated kit makes me proud. My personal logo is included as are the colors of my beloved Sicily and a beautiful graphic elaboration of my surname that recalls the fin of the shark. I hope fans like it as much as I do. I hope to see so many “sharks” pedaling around the world!”
The Nibali Spring/Summer 2020 special edition is available to purchase on the Santini cycling website and in select stores worldwide.