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2019 Bib Shorts Guide

From pinnacle race pieces to everyday training options, take a detailed look at this year's best bibs.

Men's
Women's

Assos
Equipe RS S9

Since introducing the world's first Lycra cycling shorts more than 40 years ago, Assos has become famous for making what many consider to be the world's best bibs. The Equipe RS S9 represents the new benchmark, bringing to bear an updated chamois insert, an obsessively crafted pattern that minimizes seams, and a refined bib strap attachment that lends extra support to a bib short that's nearly in a class of its own.

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Castelli
Free Aero Race 4

For those seeking a race proven option that thrives in the hottest weather, the Free Aero Race 4 has become our go-to. The latest iteration has been updated with a new seamless version of Castelli's Progetto X2 Air insert, which maximizes comfort on long rides, while the aerodynamic dimpled patterns on the side panels reduces drag and enhances cooling. Bear in mind that these feature a slim fit that works best for leaner body types.

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Giordana
FR-C Pro

We expect certain features from race grade bib shorts- refined fit, comfortable bib straps, compressive hold, and a chamois that's built for big days. Among all of those categories, Giordana's FR-C Pro has become an undisputed benchmark. The multi-density Omni Form Cirro S chamois is among the most forgiving we've ridden, and we particularly appreciate the highly compressive leg panels, which make the FR-C Pro bibs ideal for racing or for training.

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PEARL iZUMi
Interval

For those demanding value and unwilling to compromise on features, PEARL iZUMi's Interval brings plenty of premium features at a fairly modest asking price. In particular, the use of a highly compressive fabric through the legs adds a premium touch that is rarely seen in this price range. Expect a longer inseam and a slightly more generous fit than some options, which make these ideal for a wide range of body types, but may require slimmer riders to size down.

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Santini
Redux

Whether you're after highly compressive fabrics, or you're simply looking for an alternative in the ultra premium bib short space, Santini's Redux is worth your serious consideration. This top tier short uses Santini's Thunderbike fabric, which utilizes a very high Lycra content to provide a compressive hold that shields muscles from the damaging effects of road vibration. But it's the luxurious finishing and attention to detail that make these bibs so extraordinary.

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Gore
C7 Long Distance Bib Short+

As the name implies, Gore designed the C7 Long Distance for comfort on rides that push past the three hour mark. Offering more coverage and protection than you'll typically find on race focused bib shorts, the C7 Long DIstance is distinctive both for its longer inseam, which protects more of the thigh from summer sun, as well as its Windstopper panel at the front, which enhances comfort even on hot days, especially while descending. For support and all day comfort, look no further.

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POC
Avip Ceramic VPDS

As cyclists, we don't typically consider bib shorts to be protective, which makes POC's Avip Ceramic VPDS bib short a genuinely unique option. Utilizing an abrasion-resistant print at the side panels, these bib shorts offer additional protection for the hips in the event of a slide out. And the use of highly compressive materials, as well as a vibration-damping chamois enhanced with POC's VPD material, make these an equally attractive option when the rubber side stays down.

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Assos
T.laalaLaiShorts_S7 Lady

For those seeking the finest female specific bib shorts available today, look no further than the Assos T.laalaLaiShorts_S7 Lady bibs. Patterned specifically for an on-the-bike fit that's free of bunching or pulling, these race grade bibs are the first to earn the esteemed S7 marking from Assos, denoting a top tier technology package comprised of category leading fabrics, as well as a chamois insert that simply must be experienced to be truly appreciated.

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Castelli
Free Aero Race 4

When summer racing season arrives and staying cool is a competitive advantage, we strongly suggest the Free Aero Race 4. The latest iteration has been updated with a seamless version of Castelli's Progetto X2 Air insert, which maximizes comfort on long rides, while the aerodynamic dimpled material on the side panels reduces drag and enhances cooling. Consider their intended use, as their slim fit should be factored into sizing.

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Giordana
FR-C Pro

When we close our eyes and imagine the ideal general purpose race bib, the picture in our mind's eye look an awful lot like Giordana's FR-C Pro. The multi-density Omni Form Cirro S chamois is among the most forgiving we've ridden, and we particularly appreciate the highly compressive leg panels, which make the FR-C Pro bibs ideal for racing or for training. And we're quite taken with the finishing and attention to detail, which are on par with the world's best.

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Pearl iZUMi
Interval

If you're looking for a fully featured bib short without the full sized price tag, PEARL iZUMi's Interval represents a nearly singular value in the space. In particular, the use of a highly compressive fabric through the legs adds a premium touch that is rarely seen in this price range. Expect a slightly longer inseam and a somewhat more generous fit, which make these ideal for a wider range of body types than many race focused bibs.

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Machines For Freedom
Endurance

Once a closely guarded secret shared in whispered tones, the Endurance bib short from Machines for Freedom has earned a reputation as being arguably the best fitting women's bib short available today. While the fabrics and features are impressive, the real story here is the fit, which has been refined over countless generations to be flattering and comfortable for a wide range of body types, which includes racers with larger, more powerful quads.

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Competitive Cyclist Gearheads are your resource for all things cycling. They're bike experts with knowledge and experience that's second to none. Whether you're thinking about your next dream build, you need advice on components, or you have questions about an existing order, don't hesitate to contact a Gearhead.

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