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Perhaps it's a result of bias, but when we think of comfort, quality, and design, our imaginations turn to Italy. However, we don't view this as a fault, given that Italian cycling apparel has yet to disappoint us. Case in point are the De Marchi CL Women's Bib Shorts. Made in Italy from Italian-sourced fabrics, these bib shorts combine an understated, yet sophisticated, style with a fit that's nearly unrivaled.

De Marchi used a lightweight iteration of the venerable Lycra fabric for the bulk of the CL bib shorts' construction. Why? Because this material encompasses all of the characteristics necessary for cycling. It possesses a high-level of breathability and moisture management, meaning that the fibers are both permeable and moisture wicking. So, your excess body heat is allowed to escape, keeping you consistently cool. Meanwhile, the fabric's ability to pull moisture away from the skin and quickly evaporate it leaves you dry and free from irritation.

Additionally, Lycra possesses a natural four-way stretch, which means that bib shorts will conform to your position and movements, not against them. This is further supported by De Marchi's incorporation of a six-panel contoured cut. Essentially, this means that CL's seam placement was designed to accommodate the body positions and movements of cycling. As a result, you'll find that the CL is free from any bunching, pinching, or chafing. However, while this high-level of structural conformity is appealing, we find it even more impressive that it doesn't inhibit Lycra's natural compressive tendencies. By this, we mean that the fabric is supportive to the muscle groups of the legs. And when couple with the six-panel cut, the bib shorts help to minimize the fatigue-inducing effects of muscle oscillation as a result of road vibration.

And to secure this precise, anatomic fit, De Marchi installed elastic mesh bib straps at the uppers. These straps are gently contoured at the front of the torso, falling to the sides of the breasts. Meanwhile, the back portion features an ample surface area, increasing moisture transfer at a high point of moisture accumulation. For the shorts portion, De Marchi installed pre-shaped, seamless leg grippers to prevent the shorts from shifting. As a result, comfort is increased by eliminating the poignancy that's attributed to either silicone or elastic grippers. Instead, this design provides a smooth, secure interface that's free from irritation.

As for the chamois, De Marchi went with its venerable Elastic Interface Technology W1.3 insert. This chamois was selected for its ample level of cushioning. However, don't think that there's irritable padding where your body doesn't need it. Instead, this women's-specific insert features high-density open cell padding in selective areas, like the sit bones. Accordingly, the areas like the ischial and perineal zones, that are prone to high levels of pressure, are relieved. And with the ample elasticity of the chamois and its surface fabric, chafing is minimized.

It's also worth noting that the CL bib shorts are made in Italy from Italian-sourced materials. Additionally, this piece is Oekotex-certified -- a certifiable European textile standard.

The De Marchi CL Women's Bib Shorts are available in the color Black and in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large.

Tech Specs

Removable Chamois:
no
Leg Gripper:
seamless
Chamois:
yes, W1.3 Insert
Season:
spring/summer
Material:
[body] Lycra, [bib straps] elastic mesh
Fit:
anatomic paneled
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years
Bib:
yes
Chamois Thickness:
variable

Size chart

Fuji Bicycles

 

Geometry Chart

 

Altamira LTD
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Standover

(SO)

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay Length

(CS)

Wheelbase

44 44.0cm 51.5cm

51.7cm

36.3cm 72.1cm

12.0cm

72.0 deg 75.0 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.1cm
47 47.0cm 53.0cm

52.8cm

37.0cm 74.1cm 13.0cm 72.5 deg 74.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.7cm
50 50.0cm 54.5cm 54.0cm 37.0cm 76.0cm 14.0cm 73.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 97.6cm
53 53.0cm 56.0cm 56.0cm 37.9cm 78.3cm 16.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 98.6cm
55 55.0cm 57.5cm 58.0cm 38.9cm 80.1cm 18.0cm 73.5 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm 100.1cm
58 58.0cm 59.0cm 60.1cm 39.7cm 82.1cm 20.0cm 74.0 deg 73.5 deg 6.9cm 40.5cm

101.0cm

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