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Best bibs ever!

These bibs fit amazing. The narrow chamois eliminates excess bulk which most other shorts seem to have. I was worried about the minimal chamois since my regular rides are 60 miles or so. Turns out to offer ample support without getting in the way or shifting around. Finding a good fitting pair of shorts/bibs is not easy and what works for one may not work for another. But if you have narrow hips and have trouble finding shorts that fit, the XS might work for you, as it did for me. I couldn't be happier and ended up getting two of these bibs. I read reviews of the previous versions of the FR Red Carbon bibs and the common complaint was that they dip low in the belly. The 2011 model does NOT have this problem. In fact, the rise is slightly higher than on the Forma Custom bibs (with the pink leg cuffs). I usually have problems with my quads being choked by the awful narrow leg grippers on most shorts but didn't have that problem with these bibs. These shorts are bit shorter than most bibs so take note if you are very tall or prefer longer shorts that offer more compression. I'm short (5'3'') so the length didn't affect me much. Some ladies might even prefer the shorter length to avoid low tan lines on their thighs.

And last, just a general statement about bibs- if you are curious about bibs and wonder what all the fuss is, give them a try. I never wore bibs before and now, I am a convert!