Pedal Mafia cycling kit - anyone have experience of it? (Featuring Harrison Ford)

daniel_b
daniel_b Posts: 11,507
edited June 2021 in Road buying advice
Morning BR crew,

just been made aware of this brand, bizarrely because I saw a picture of Harrison Ford riding his bike over here during time off from filming, and the brand on that was quite apparent.

It's an Australian company, but they also have a head office in California I think it was, seem to have been founded in 2014 - items made in Italy I think I read.

I messaged them with a query about sizing, and had a super fast and helpful reply (From Australia I think) and they also alerted me to a uk distributor after I suggested they went with Sigma or Merlin!

Not come across this site/store either: https://www.prologuecycling.co.uk/

Not a ton of reviews out there, and their kit is far from cheap, looks to be strong Assos / Rapha / Isadore money, but the reviews I could find did seem to be positive.

Frustratingly the item I want the uk place does not stock, so if I do want it I'll have to likely go direct and then get hit with VAT and the delightful admin charges. Have messaged prologue to see if they could order it in for me too though.

Just wondered if anyone had tried their products, and had any view on any of the kit at all?

It's one of the PMCC jerseys I am looking at.

Thanks
Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
Scott CR1 SL 12
Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
Scott Foil 18
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Comments

  • darkhairedlord
    darkhairedlord Posts: 7,180
    Well, if they can bung Harrison Ford enough money to ride around in the kit it's going to be pricey. It's just a tee-shirt with some pockets sewn on the back.
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,507
    :D

    Here he is!


    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • Ben6899
    Ben6899 Posts: 9,686
    If you want to spend that kind of money, I'd stick with Assos.
    Ben

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  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,507
    edited June 2021
    Ben6899 said:

    If you want to spend that kind of money, I'd stick with Assos.

    I have tried Assos, and the cut of the jerseys and pad shape style just doesn't work for my body shape - I do have a stuff rain shell jacket thing, but that's it. The quality of the garments and pads are evident however.
    Bibshorts got sent back, and any jerseys I had have been sold on - though for strong money admittedly.

    I quite like something a bit different as well.
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,507
    Holy moly, I have the same jacket as him too :D

    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,279
    edited June 2021
    He doesn't mess about with budget gear, does he! 😉
    Nice bike too.
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  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,507
    edited June 2021
    pblakeney said:

    He doesn't mess about with budget gear, does he! 😉
    Nice bike too.

    I'm guessing he might not be short of a bob or two!

    What is the bike, I couldn't make it out?
    Colnago?
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • Ben6899
    Ben6899 Posts: 9,686
    daniel_b said:

    I quite like something a bit different as well.


    Same. And most of my cycling jerseys, most fellow cyclists would be hard pressed to know where I bought it. Fair if Assos isn't your fit, but you can get something a bit different (and still good quality) without spending Assos money.

    There are a lot of brands, happily exploiting the fact that cyclists - for some reason - tend to have cash to burn or are willing to spend large amounts regardless. Add to that, stuff is bloody expensive in Australia anyway and I think you get where Pedal Mafia sits.
    Ben

    Bikes: Donhou DSS4 Custom | Condor Italia RC | Gios Megalite | Dolan Preffisio | Giant Bowery '76
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ben_h_ppcc/
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  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,279
    Colngago C???
    I'd guess C60.
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    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • Ben6899
    Ben6899 Posts: 9,686
    Btw, Harrison Ford needs an inline seatpost.
    Ben

    Bikes: Donhou DSS4 Custom | Condor Italia RC | Gios Megalite | Dolan Preffisio | Giant Bowery '76
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ben_h_ppcc/
    Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143173475@N05/
  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    Colnago.
    The writing on the jersey looks like the same font as Rapha.
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,507
    edited June 2021
    Ben6899 said:

    daniel_b said:

    I quite like something a bit different as well.


    Same. And most of my cycling jerseys, most fellow cyclists would be hard pressed to know where I bought it. Fair if Assos isn't your fit, but you can get something a bit different (and still good quality) without spending Assos money.

    There are a lot of brands, happily exploiting the fact that cyclists - for some reason - tend to have cash to burn or are willing to spend large amounts regardless. Add to that, stuff is bloody expensive in Australia anyway and I think you get where Pedal Mafia sits.
    Yep agreed - I obvioussly have too many jerseys, my favourite items currently are Isadore, Ale and Dotout - virtually all were redcuced either by 20% or with some of the CRC purchases, about 70%.

    Just the jersey in this instance I really like the look of, so am contemplating spending more than I might otherwise do - the ones I mentioned above set me back between £35 and £70 each.

    *UK Distributor has said he could order in for me in a couple of weeks.
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,507
    edited June 2021
    webboo said:

    Colnago.
    The writing on the jersey looks like the same font as Rapha.

    Agreed on that one it does, on the others it seems to be more subtle and totally different.
    Ben6899 said:

    Btw, Harrison Ford needs an inline seatpost.

    Ouch, yes he does - rental bike I would assume.
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,507
    edited June 2021
    @rse, I've just spotted a really nice gilet they make as well :-(
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 6,749
    Pedal Mafia supply the kit to the club my wife's second cousin's family ride for just south of Perth. They sent my son over one of their jerseys and it is good quality. He found it the most comfortable jersey he owned and it became his favourite.

    A small was what you'd expect of a small size wise (ie not Castelli sizing!)
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,507
    edited June 2021
    Cheers for that @Dorset_Boy, as I normally wear small Castelli that further backs up my thought that XS in PM would be the right choice.

    I don't think I will risk it on the shorts side of things, I'm pretty happy with the shorts and pads I use currently, so see no need to change, and the shorts are even more eye wateringly expensive.
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644
    We all know how good Assoss is - what is Pedal Mafia's justification for being the same price?
    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • johngti
    johngti Posts: 2,508
    Links to organised crime innit. But like scallies in Anfield offering to make sure your car doesn’t get nicked/burnt out when you go to watch the football is you pay them twenty quid.
  • darkhairedlord
    darkhairedlord Posts: 7,180
    edited June 2021
    me talking bx for a change
  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 6,749
    MattFalle said:

    We all know how good Assoss is - what is Pedal Mafia's justification for being the same price?

    Yawn.
    You really seem to have a thing against small businesses.
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644
    No - nothing at all against small businesses.

    you seem to hsve a problem with anyone questioning anything.

    its a genuine question.

    what makes their pricing legit when compared to Assoss, arguably the best in the business?
    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 6,749
    MattFalle said:

    No - nothing at all against small businesses.

    you seem to hsve a problem with anyone questioning anything.

    its a genuine question.

    what makes their pricing legit when compared to Assoss, arguably the best in the business?

    Far from it.
    I've seen the quality and it is good stuff.
    They will charge a price that means they can make a sufficient level of profit on the volumes they can get made, at a point at which they will sell their stock.
    They've been around a few years at least so presumably are soing something right.
    People will often pay a bit more for some exclusivity.
    If the designs and quality stack up, good luck to them.

    If you aren't prepared to pay that much then fine, that's your choice, but you don't have to do down small businesses all the time, and especially brands that you have never heard of.
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,507
    I have committed to buying a jersey now, will hold off on the gilet until I see what the fit is like on the jersey.

    Don't expect to have it for 2-4 weeks, but will report back on the quality and fit when it arrives.
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644
    who's downing what?

    questioning ain't downing.
    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • Ben6899
    Ben6899 Posts: 9,686

    Ben

    Bikes: Donhou DSS4 Custom | Condor Italia RC | Gios Megalite | Dolan Preffisio | Giant Bowery '76
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ben_h_ppcc/
    Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143173475@N05/
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,507
    Ben6899 said:


    ISWYDT :D
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • katani
    katani Posts: 128
    edited June 2021
    £130 for a plain white jersey, from a company with a daft sounding name, and having to wait for it weeks to be shipped across the ocean to enjoy "some exclusivity" ?? For equivalent money I can have 3 jerseys by Siroko, more stylish and equally high quality. Or even better, 2 by Lusso, made entirely locally, in Manchester.
  • shirley_basso
    shirley_basso Posts: 6,195
    How do you know they are equally high quality?
  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 6,749
    And Lusso and Siroko aren't daft sounding names?
  • elbowloh
    elbowloh Posts: 7,078
    I'm not spending £130 on a jersey, any jersey, no matter how good quality it is. Don't think i've spent more than about £70 on one and even that seems expensive to me for what they are, even though they're comfortable, fit well and have lasted.
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