Which is the best cycling bibshort? This is a question that is better answered by what type of cycling you do more of.
The RACE & The BIB are RedWhite Apparel’s flagship cycling bibshorts built for different needs. Each cycling bibshort features a custom chamois that is purpose designed for 2 kinds of long-distance cyclists. In a nutshell, these bibshorts are each for :
- The BIB : Slighty beefy chamois for cyclists who enjoy long Gran-Fondo / Adventure style of riding at a moderate pace
- The RACE : Slightly slimmed chamois for cyclists who enjoy long & fast rides. It’s still a pretty beefy chamois relative to what’s common on the market.
We recommend watching the video below for an overview of the differences before expanding the tabs below for an in-depth read.
|The BIB||The RACE|
|Suitable For :||Low-Medium paced rides||High paced rides|
|Typical Bike Set-up :||Neutral/ Comfortable setup for Audax / Adventure riding||Aggressive bike set-up (large saddle-handlebar drop, slammed stem)|
|Typical Mileage best suited for :||above 200km||below 200km|
|Fabrics, Materials, Construction :||Identical||Identical|
The BIB : For Low-to-Medium paced rides.
These tend to be done in varying positions on the bike, ranging from a relaxed posture on the hoods and handlebars to the occasional speedy section on the drops. The cyclist tends to be more relaxed, often sitting on the centre to back portion of the saddle. Distances vary from short to ultra-long distance.
The BIB is a natural choice for rides like these. The chamois is overbuilt and extremely plush, making it a great all-round bibshort that works for both short and ultra-long distance riding. The overbuilt nature of the chamois does not become an issue due to the lower intensity of the ride style.
The RACE : For High paced rides.
These are often done with the rider positioned further forward on the saddle, with a higher cadence and power output. Typical scenarios include Time-Trials, Road Races & fast training rides.
The RACE is a superior choice for rides like these as The BIB tend to be slightly too bulky when you’re in the drops for long periods. The bulk becomes noticeable, especially in aggressive positions on the saddle ; more so when going into off-the-saddle attacks.
The BIB’s chamois is constructed from 3 foam layers :
- Base Layer – made from dense backing foam
- Mid Layer – made from ultra-high density foam
- Top Layer – made from high density foam
The RACE uses the same architecture as The BIB.The overall plush feel of The RACE Chamois is maintained by using the same foam densities as The BIB’s Chamois for the base and top layers of the 3-layer foam construction.
The key differences that give The RACE its lightweight and racier character is the dimpled finish & a mid-layer that uses a high density foam that is 30% less dense and 16% less thick than the ultra-high density foam used in The BIB’s mid-layer.
The BIB & The RACE bibshorts are made from the same luxurious Italian fabrics produced by MITI. Both bibshorts are constructed in identical ways using the same 100% flatlock stitching throughout. They also are identical in sizing and fit.
The only differences are the graphics and colours used as well as the different chamois.