X-Bionic is the Lamborghini of cycling. The catalogue now making its home in the TWC office is 1152 pages long, entitled ‘Update V4.2’ – and yes, it’s got a picture of a silver Lamborghini on the front. This is a company dedicated to research, science, and performance.
Every piece of X-Bionic kit (and there’s a lot of it) is meticulously designed for optimal performance with a plethora of trademarked technologies woven into the fabric. Unlike many super techy brands, the women’s offering is pretty conclusive and each piece takes into account the female shape.
Of course, laborious design is one thing – performance on the bike is another. A brand can talk about features endlessly, but what matters is the rider’s experience on the day. To test this kit, we requested a full set and sent it to an athlete whose caliber demands quality and performance – National Hill Climb Champion, National Masters Road Race and Criterium champion, Maryka Sennema.
Words and pictures: Maryka Sennema
X-Bionic tell us that they are the first company to have adopted a highly scientific approach to cycling clothing – searching for examples within nature to design textiles that work with athletes to help them find optimum efficiency.
They have certainly created a unique and functional set of garments that look and feel like no other. Putting the kit on for the first time, I had no idea what to expect – would this be some as yet undiscovered miracle kit worth its hefty pricetag? Or more an over-engineered overpriced gimmick? Fully kitted in jersey, bibshorts, short-sleeved base layer and arm warmers – after first browsing the X-Bionic website to make sure I had donned it properly! – I set out on a damp breezy 15 degree day to give it a try.