We’re pleased to be featuring Suplest’s Road & Pro Series shoes in the CyclingTips Emporium.
Founded in 2007 in Berne, Switzerland by Robert Gehrig and Daniel Balmer, Suplest is proud of its Swiss heritage. A driving force behind the brand is the Swiss reputation for quality. Just like customers trust some of the country’s brands to produce the finest watches in the world, Suplest wants Switzerland to be known for making the finest cycling shoes in the world. It’s an ambitious goal, but one that has seen the brand win some loyal fans since its inception.
Robert (feature image above left) and Daniel (right) came together through a passion for shoes and a love of cycling. Daniel’s family has a background in the shoe industry and he also worked previously as a product manager for a Swiss cycling brand. Robert is a designer and the one responsible for the look and feel of the shoe. The combined network they had in the shoe industry made the decision to launch the brand a lot easier.
“The Suplest brand name is adapted from the adjective: ‘supple’ — which means flexible and elastic,” Daniel said. “And the term: ‘souplesse’ – which has been borrowed by the cycling fraternity from the French vernacular to describe the perfect pedal stroke.”
Patrick Seabase (above) is a famous fixed-gear rider and former skateboarder/model known, among other things, for riding 309km through the Pyrenees on a single-speed bike (watch below), following the route of a brutal stage of the 1910 Tour de France. Suplest was attracted to Seabase’s unique style; that and the fact that Seabase is Bernese as well.
Only 100 pairs of the Seabase custom Suplest Road shoes were made worldwide and the CyclingTips Emporium has got its hands on the last few pairs that remain. These will sell fast so we’ve given you the heads up first. See the LE shoes and Suplest’s Road Series shoes here. Both available for despatch now.
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