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THE PUSHBIKERS COMBI FOR FAST WOMEN

The Pushbikers Fem have been riding with the new kit for a year now and love it!

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It Just Feels Better

Throughout our latest collection we increased our focus on the use of natural materials.

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The Technical Sarong

Skirts are a popular piece of clothing around the world – most notably amongst women, but in Asia they are often adorned by men and also referred to as Sarong.

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Hemp. Simply Natural.

Hemp is one of our favourite materials of this collection. Why? This natural fibre is sustainable and incredibly functional. Hemp plants grow quickly and nearly everywhere, they need far less water than standard cotton, and they don’t require pesticides.

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Function meets style

Function and style – there is hardly a combination products where those two words better fit the description than with the new SchimunM. and SaleschM. The two form a visually matching kit that not only goes all the way from head to toe over your jersey and bib shorts, but also has highly functional features and a number of modern details. The motto: Look your best when you’re at your best.

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Starting From Scratch

A new year paves way for a new collection theme and that is how we’ve done it at Maloja since day one.  From our founding in 2004 we have managed to create 15 completely new collections spanning a wide range of inspiring designs.  For our 16th collection, “Laya - Where the Mountains Are”, we took a deep dive into the culture of Bhutan, the “Place of Good Fortune” and set out to combine analog and digital mediums in a completely new way.

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Nordic Kit

Two years ago, the company Sporten in the Czech Republic came to us and asked whether we could kit out their test team and athletes with our clothing. We then came up with the idea of trading apples for pears – or more specifically, clothing for cross-country skis.

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Old School

Tracksuit bottoms in general were huge in the 1980s, but the really sought-after models had stitched pleats.

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New School

Maloja was founded 15 years ago on the concept of combining function and style. Our goal was and is to this day to ensure you to feel comfortable in your bike gear after a ride, whether at a café or beer garden. Therefore, we were the first brand in mountain biking to offer both skin-tight cycling bibs and cool, relaxed riding shorts.

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HEMP. NATURAL DIVERSE FUNCTIONAL NO II

Hemp is one of the oldest utilitarian crops in the world. Its fibres were used to make ropes and sails for Columbus, paper for Gutenberg’s Bible and clothing for humans long before we even had calendars. After the 1950s, hemp sort of slipped into obscurity, but interest has grown steadily in recent years because there is virtually no other natural material that has such a positive ecological balance while still providing such outstanding functional qualities.

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HEMP. NATURAL DIVERSE FUNCTIONAL NO I

Hemp is one of the oldest utilitarian crops in the world. Its fibres were used to make ropes and sails for Columbus, paper for Gutenberg’s Bible and clothing for humans long before we even had calendars.

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Close the loop

When we hear the word “down” we often think of grandma’s duvet: cuddly, warm, cosy, but sometimes we think of it as a bit too heavy.

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Freedom, Warmth & Breathability

To help maintain good circulation in the upper body, a jacket needs to be well insulated. At the same time, many active sports require a lot of freedom of movement through the arm and shoulder areas, and our hybrid jackets provide you with both. In the chest and shoulder, the thermo-regulating PrimaLoft® insulation protect you from the cold, and in the arms and waist area the stretch fleece made of recycled polyester provides you with the elasticity you need.

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Tech Treasures

When our head of production Sven Köhler comes out of the cellar with a new fabric sample in his hand and a huge grin on his face, we can pretty much assume that he’s found another gem. Indeed, those high-end technical materials that bring us one step forward in our development of functional clothing really are “gems”.

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A SHORT EVOLUTION

Mountain biking shorts have always been one of our main products, which is no coincidence because many of our colleagues at Maloja are avid mountain bikers. As such, when we work to improve these products, the development team is able to use their own experience to influence changes. On top of that, they communicate with the Maloja riders, who are always willing to provide valuable feedback.

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Keeping the tradition

At Maloja we have a soft spot for traditional printing and dyeing techniques. After using Batik (Beyond The Mountains) and Shibori (The Alpan Way) the design team went looking for a new option for the upcoming collection that would help continue the tradition of hand printing.

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Hemp. Natural Diverse Functional

Hemp is one of the oldest utilitarian crops in the world. Its fibres were used to make ropes and sails for Columbus, paper for Gutenberg’s Bible and clothing for humans long before we even had calendars. After the 1950s, hemp sort of slipped into obscurity, but interest has grown steadily in recent years because there is virtually no other natural material that has such a positive ecological balance while still providing such outstanding functional qualities.

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All under one roof – Maloja Pushbikers season 2019

We proudly present: The "Maloja Pushbikers" family is growing. In addition to the track team, a UCI Continental road team will also be starting in 2019 with us as the main sponsor. This will allow you to follow the "Maloja Pushbikers" in the future with classics such as the "Austria Tour" or "Around Cologne"

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TALES OF OLD TO PRODUCTS OF TODAY

A new year brings a new story. This is how we have been doing it since the start of Maloja back in 2004. Since then fourteen completely different collections have been created from a variety of worldly themes. Season fifteen “Dialas” is just as special and a reason to go into some detail.

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Stay Dry

GORE-TEX with PACLITE technology has taken a seemingly permanent position in the field of functional gear. It’s used whenever reliable protection against wind and weather need to be combined with lightweight and small packing dimensions.

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Developed with our athletes. Made for everyone.

Function is essential to us when we develop new products, the same goes for style.  Maloja designer and developer Niculin Pitsch on product development together with professional athletes.

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Round Two

Starting this winter, for the first time we are using exclusively a new stretch material that is made completely from recycled raw materials. Textile engineer and Maloja head of production Sven Köhler tells us the story behind.

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Boundless Seamless Technology

Seldom has a technique fascinated us as much as seamless technology. The goal is to design a garment with minimal seam usage, that feels like a second skin and that can be worn for running, cycling, yoga or in the gym. Seamless technology has opened up new design perspectives for us.

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Lasercutting & Ultrasonic Seams

The ski mountaineering race suit and the maloja Pushbikers road cycling collection were released last year, thus setting the bar high for any new maloja race wear. To further push our benchmarks we were inspired this season to develop the cross-country race suit.

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Indigo - Pushbikers Team Design 2017

We could hear the rumors building throughout the bike community. Many were asking what will the Pushbikers come up with next? From the past the community anticipated bizarre and abstract design concepts, yet no one expected the Maloja Pushbikers to present a minimalist design concept.

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Tie Dye

We set out to create our own Batik (Tie Dye) colors and patterns for the Beyond the Mountains collection and to do so we turned our backyard patio into a color lab. The colors of the 1970‘s sparked our interest and we combined today’s technology through a collaboration of craftsmanship and computers. For all of us it was an exciting and challenging new approach to designing a print pattern.

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Pushbikers race kit development

Likened to a fine wine a good product, like the new Pushbikers line, takes time to reach maturity. It took three years to develop the new high-end line for road biker, Christian Grasmann, the maloja Pushbikers Team founder and leader, and for the maloja development team to be satisfied. The result is an eight-piece line, which is nothing short of remarkable.

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