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2018 Bib Short Buyer's Guide

Take a closer look at our top picks from this year's impressive range of options.

Men's
Women's
Model is 5'9" wearing a size small.

Giordana
FormaRed Carbon Pro Lyte

As the new summer weight offering in Giordana's esteemed FormaRed Carbon lineup, the Pro Lyte has become a fast favorite among the most discerning of riders, especially those of a leaner build that suits the FR-C line’s aggressive race fit. The perforated material aids in heat management, while the four layer Cirro S chamois and its laundry list of technical features make these shorts perfect for long rides in summer's hottest months.

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Assos
T Equipe Evo

Our affinity for Assos bib shorts is well known at this point, and even among the Swiss brand's impressive offerings, the new T Equipe Evo shorts stand out. Designed as a race day short, they're ideal for mid length rides, while the moderately compressive hold helps to keep muscles feeling fresh. And the attainable asking price, especially for a pinnacle S7 level bib, makes these an ideal introduction to Assos for the as of yet uninitiated.

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Castelli
Inferno

For a few years now, Castelli's Inferno bib short has been one of the undisputed top choices for heading out into the sweltering summer heat. Through an artful combination of perforated side panels and opaque mesh main panels, Castelli has given the Inferno an impressive ability to shed heat. And unlike some other hot weather specialists, the compressive construction offers additional hold which effectively fights muscle fatigue.

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Giordana
Silverline

The Silverline's comparatively modest asking price makes them an easy choice, but the real value to be found in these these perennial favorites is the tech and materials that are trickled down from Giordana's race day offerings. They're ideal for longer training rides, owing to the carefully tailored cut and the use of the benchmark Cirro chamois, which was designed specifically for those spending long hours in the saddle.

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Pearl Izumi
P.R.O. Escape

Blending much of Pearl Izumi's pinnacle construction with a comfort focused fit, the P.R.O. Escape is one of the finest "club fit" bib shorts available today. For riders of larger, more powerful builds, these are a genuinely excellent choice. The moisture wicking P.R.O. Transfer material is designed to effectively manage perspiration, while the P.R.O. 1:1 chamois has been carefully refined for use on longer rides.

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Sportful
Super Total Comfort

We're proponents of the right tool for the job, and Sportful's Super Total Comfort bib shorts have proven to be the right tool for a surprising array of tasks. Light and cool like a great summer weight bib, yet rugged enough for a full season of use, and seamlessly blending a compressive hold with a stunningly comfortable fit, these have earned a favored position in our rotation in spite of some incredibly stiff competition.

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Castelli
Premio

Sitting atop Castelli's impressive range of bib shorts, the aptly named Premio is one of the very finest bibs we've ever worn. Its construction is impressive, with paneling reduced to an absolute minimum, which in turn reduces potential points for chafing. And the combination of a compressive fit and the outrageously comfortable Progetto X2 Air chamois makes these a phenomenal choice for race day or your next century.

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Model is 5'2" wearing a size small.

Castelli
Premio

Castelli's aptly named Premio bib shorts are derived from racing, which makes them a perfect choice when pinning on a number, or when tackling an ambitious route. The firm compressive hold offered by the Forza fabric helps to keep your muscles fresh, while the unique design almost eliminates seams, all but eliminating the chances of chafing. For those seeking a premium bib short, these are worth a serious look.

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Machines For Freedom
Endurance

Built by women for women, the Machines for Freedom Endurance bib short is widely considered to be one of the most comfortable, best fitting bib shorts ever made for female cyclists. The lightly compressive hold supports your muscles without going overboard, while the shapely cut and medium length inseam make them equally well fitted for coffee shop cruising and lining up for a regional crit.

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POC
Essential

POC's Essential line is built to be no-nonsense in the best possible way, and the bib shorts bearing that moniker most certainly deliver. A supportive fit, sensible inseam length, and carefully designed bib straps combine to make a true all rounder that's ready for nearly any ride on your list. And POC's excellent VPDs chamois is built to mute road chatter, keeping you comfortable for the miles ahead.

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Giordana
FormaRed Carbon Pro

Giordana's FormaRed Carbon lineup has become synonymous with race ready function, and the new Pro version somehow manages to raise the bar even further. The aggressive fit and compressive hold will be familiar to long time FR-C devotees, but its' the refined Ametista Core Contour System, with its unique, comfort enhancing waist design, that makes these by far our favorite version to date.

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Assos
TB LaaLaLai_S7

For years, the Assos LaaLaLai has been a beloved best seller in the Swiss brand's lineup. Time tested and having earned a devoted following, these bibs showcase the full range of features that places Assos bib shorts nearly in a class of their own. The airy feel, signature "click" fit, and the Lady_S7 chamois make these an ideal choice for summer riding, while the quick release Y bib strap speeds up roadside pitstops should the need arise.

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Giordana
Lungo

Giordana's Lungo line is tailor made for long rides, which makes these outstanding bib shorts a fine choice for centuries, stage races, or any other situation where comfort is a must. The aggressive fit and compressive hold makes these unapologetically race focused, but the Cirro SW female specific insert and soft hand of the fabric lend a luxurious touch that will earn them a prized place in your bib short rotation.

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Assos
H UmaShortsGT S7

Plenty of women prefer shorts to bibs, and for those seeking the best shorts available, the Assos Uma most certainly fits the bill. Built with the refined fit and feature set that have become hallmarks of the S7 line, the Uma is a race ready short, minus the bib straps. The signature Assos "click" fit has been developed over decades to offer superior comfort on the bike, and contribute to the Uma's status as a short that is simply without equal.

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Meet our Gearheads

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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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