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Black Bibs vs DHB Bib Shorts

Old 10-12-18, 09:53 AM
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Black Bibs vs DHB Bib Shorts

I am gearing up for a winter of training and want to buy 2, possibly 3 cheap shorts which will preferably hold up for longer rides (mostly 1-2 hr, some 3-4 hr).

I am considering Black bibs or DHB bib shorts.

I noticed Black bibs having been receiving high praise on this and other forums, but it lacks laser cut, sublimation, and silicone grippers. The DHB bib shorts do have these, for the slightly less than the $40 price tag; it does make me question the overall quality of the product in comparison.

I currently have Borah, Specialized Roubaix, and DHB Aeron bib shorts, as well as a handful of chinese garbage ones from when I first got into cycling. I want something nice without the price tag (who doesn't? lol), both DHB and Black bibs have stated that that is the purpose of their product, so, does anyone have experience with both? Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-12-18, 10:06 AM
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I've worn DHB bibs for 16+ hours -- I'd say they're more than sufficient for 5 hours or less. Seems like after a couple years of hard riding they're not as comfy as they were. I'd compare them to my Castelli bibs in terms of comfort.

I don't have experience with Black Bibs.

I finally decided to treat myself and bought some higher quality Velocio bibs, I've been really pleased with them over the summer although I haven't done anything truly epic in them yet -- maybe 5 hours at most.
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I found the black bibs to be decent but way too long in the legs for me. I don't think I have extraordinarily short legs but maybe all the other shorts and bibs I own are all made with short legs.
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Originally Posted by ksryder View Post
I've worn DHB bibs for 16+ hours -- I'd say they're more than sufficient for 5 hours or less. Seems like after a couple years of hard riding they're not as comfy as they were. I'd compare them to my Castelli bibs in terms of comfort.

I don't have experience with Black Bibs.

I finally decided to treat myself and bought some higher quality Velocio bibs, I've been really pleased with them over the summer although I haven't done anything truly epic in them yet -- maybe 5 hours at most.
Good to know, I have the DHB Aeron bibs, but that cost more than twice as much as the standard DHB ones, so I was concerned. Seems like they are quite similar products however, I'm definitely leaning towards them now.
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Originally Posted by firebird854 View Post
I am gearing up for a winter of training and want to buy 2, possibly 3 cheap shorts which will preferably hold up for longer rides (mostly 1-2 hr, some 3-4 hr).

I am considering Black bibs or DHB bib shorts.

I noticed Black bibs having been receiving high praise on this and other forums, but it lacks laser cut, sublimation, and silicone grippers. The DHB bib shorts do have these, for the slightly less than the $40 price tag; it does make me question the overall quality of the product in comparison.

I currently have Borah, Specialized Roubaix, and DHB Aeron bib shorts, as well as a handful of chinese garbage ones from when I first got into cycling. I want something nice without the price tag (who doesn't? lol), both DHB and Black bibs have stated that that is the purpose of their product, so, does anyone have experience with both? Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
I have two pairs of DHB Aeron bibs and only wear for 2-3 hour rides, the material seems rough and harsh to me
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Old 10-12-18, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by floridamtb View Post

I have two pairs of DHB Aeron bibs and only wear for 2-3 hour rides, the material seems rough and harsh to me
Ya, the material does seem pretty rough compared to my other shorts, but I find the fit to be excellent.
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Originally Posted by firebird854 View Post
Ya, the material does seem pretty rough compared to my other shorts, but I find the fit to be excellent.
No doubt. I like the looks, I have the same kit one in blue and one in red just reserve them for shorter rides. And I can’t argue with the pricing. Great value even for shorter rides.
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Regular DHB shorts/bibs have solid build quality, so don't worry that they'll suddenly fall apart on a two hour ride.

That being said, their construction is much simpler compared to more expensive DHB shorts/bibs: they are all done from one kind of fabric (Aeron, Aeron Speed use different material for legs vs back and straps in bibs), this fabric is thinner, softer and more stretchy, has worse "breathing" (very different material from Aeron/Aeron Speed). I suspect that it'll wear out faster than significantly more dense fabric used by Aeron or Aeron Speed. Pad is excellent, similar in shape to Aeron but significantly less firm and thinner then Aeron/Aeron Speed, difference in seating comfort for me is very noticeable on rides over two hours. On shorter rides I actually prefer regular DHB bibs over Aeron because there is no much difference in sitting comfort on short rides but Aeron pad is rubbing me a bit (unlike Aeron Speed that is uses completely different pad and works much better for me).
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In the under $40 range check out Przewalski bibs on Amazon for around $30. I've had a pair of their shorts for a couple of months and they're very comfortable. The pad is somewhat similar to Black Bibs pads, but thicker, denser and a little slick, different from anything else I've tried. Very comfy, and I had no problems with the thinner, softer faux-chamois in my AeroTech shorts. But the extra padding is better on the indoor trainer, and on chipseal roads.
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