Following on from our feature on entry level bib shorts we felt it was only fair to look at the other end of the spectrum - elite level bib shorts. These pro level bibs have to cope with extreme conditions such as Paris Roubaix, as well as perform flawlessly for three week Grand Tours.
Craft, previously sponsor to the now re-branded Team Radioshack, have for 2014 turned their attention to the Aussie outfit Orica GreenEdge, as well as their Elite Women’s Team Orica AIS. The Elite Tech Bib Shorts feature Craft’s elite level chamois, the now famous mesh Superlight fabric and body control lycra, making them the go-to option in the Orica camp.
You'd be pushed to beat Garmin Sharp on style; bikes from Cervelo and helmets from POC are complemented with Castelli kit that shines through in bad weather races. Underneath all of this however is Castelli’s Progetto chamois. Garmin’s standard issue bib short is the Free Aero Race (Kit Version also available) combining an aerodynamic advantage with Castelli’s Progetto X2air pad that offers the kind of resilience needed for a year of racing on the professional circuit.
Next up is POC. Strictly speaking they currently only sponsor amateur team POC Ritte, but with the direction the brand is going in and where they have pitched their bib shorts in the market, we expect them to make a move into the pro scene in the coming seasons...
Team Giant-Shimano actually have their kit made by Etxeondo before sponsor's logos are applied. Keeping the riders comfy is Etxeondo’s Carbono Chamois, so called because it uses a carbon fibre blended micro-fibre fabric to reduce friction, improve moisture control and add welcome anti-bacterial properties.