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Squadra Nord story

Matt White is Commercial Director of The Variety Cycle Australia and a member of the Squadra Nord cycling team based on the Northern Beaches in Sydney. We recently spent some time talking with Matt about why he chooses to use Conquest Cycle Wear for the Squadra Nord custom cycling kits.


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Tell us what Conquest Cycling kit you and your team wear?

We went for a full range of custom kit including the Core 1 Jersey, Core 2 bib knicks, gilet and of course a cycling cap to complete the ensemble. I also wear Conquest cycling warmers in the winter months.

When making a team order, everyone has different requirements, but the Core range gives us the performance and fit qualities of some renowned brands highest level offerings at a far more sensible price. It is rare that you can please everyone with a bulk order, but the Core range has done that in spades…and continues to deliver.

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How did working with Conquest assist you in creating your custom kit?

The great thing about working with Conquest was their designer's ability to bring our ideas to life. We’ve never really had a set identity or look for Squadra Nord, but Conquest were able to look at our past designs along with our new ideas and mould them into a distinctive yet contemporary look. They produced a couple of incredible design options for us, that were perfectly on brief, extremely well received and (the winning design) will no doubt be the basis of Squadra Nord kit moving forward.

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What technical attributes of Conquest Cycle Wear apparel do you think are most important?

For me there are two unique features of the Conquest Cycle Wear kit that help them sit above their more expensive competitors – the fabric and the chamois. The first thing you notice about the fabric is just how soft it is! Along with the cut and just the right amount of stretch, this makes for an incredibly comfortable fit with no pinch or stretch points…even for long days in the saddle. The fabric offers great performance too, wicking away moisture and leaving your skin dry.

A great chamois is probably the most important feature of a set of knicks. The chamois in the Conquest Core Bib Shorts is a unique design that I have never seen before. I was lucky enough to test them out before our order and I knew that we were definitely on to a winner. The chamois is a little bit thinner than some others but provides more compression and protection at the same time. This lack of bulk makes this the most comfortable and well fitted chamois I have ever used.

For more pictures of the Squadra Nord custom cycling kit, see our blog post.

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