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Old 03-04-07, 10:59 PM
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Bib Shorts Opinions

Well, I tried the Search function (tried "bib short") and got just about every thread NOT about bib shorts. So has this topic been beaten to death?

Am looking to get a new pair of bibs (thanks...only bibs). I currently am riding a pair of bergamo exta-thick lycra (fleece-lycra??) for the winter riding out here in Cali. However, with summer fast approaching...

In the past, I have been devoted to Pearl Izumi. But thought I would at least try out others. The shorts I'm looking at are:

Assos FI.13 S2
Giordana ??unsure??
Descente Aero Exo
Castelli Free Bibshort

Questions:
Do they have short-thighs or long-thighs? (I prefer longer. The Bergamo's I have are short).
How's the gripper elastic feel? (I'm currently non-shaved, but may shave in future)
What about the chamois? Any advice there? Does it last on 70-100 mile rides?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-04-07, 11:13 PM
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Check out Dom's excellent review. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ght=bib+review
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Originally Posted by G_Sup
I can't agree with him on the Santinis, though. My Voler bibs are much more comfortable at a third of the cost.
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Assos FTW
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Old 03-05-07, 04:46 AM
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assos are definitely the best.....but if you don't want to part with that sort of cash......sugoi flex or giordana tenax are pretty good bibs
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Old 03-05-07, 05:33 AM
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Try here at my BIB short Review: MY Super Long Bib Short Review


Out of all of those I would take the Assos, but they have shorter legs. Since you like longer legs I would go with the Giordana or Descente. They are known to have longer legs (especially the Descente)..... you could also try Santini, I love my pair when it comes to comfort. But have found some of the lament coming off the Chamois (they are seamless and use a bonding process to hold the chamois to the lycra).
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Originally Posted by Pico
I can't agree with him on the Santinis, though. My Voler bibs are much more comfortable at a third of the cost.

What didn't you like about the Santinis? Did you actually have the Fluid Twist Cell model, or a cheaper model? I always wanted to try a pair of Volers, especially since I keep getting 10% off coupons and free shipping in the mail.... but I just spent too much money this years team kit.
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Old 03-05-07, 07:06 AM
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Dom...thanks for your hard work and efforts. I enjoyed reading your reviews. Based on leg-length alone, I might try the Giordanas, but I didn't like the models I saw on the wesbite. Descente's maybe? They're American -made so fit a size bigger am I to understand? I like my Bergamo's now, they're XXL. So probably an XL Descente?
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^^^^^

If I were I would go with Descente, they have a longer lenght like you desire... and you are right they have a more relaxed fit (simlair to P.I).

Right now you may be able to find some sales on Descente Aero Exo in XL.... The new bibs for 07 are Descente "Optima"
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He didn't test the Demarchi Contour Plus, which are nice and can often be found for <$100 at Worldcycling.com. He also did not test the Performance Ultra bibs, which are quite good and can usually be had for <$50.
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Originally Posted by Coyote2
He didn't test the Demarchi Contour Plus, which are nice and can often be found for <$100 at Worldcycling.com. He also did not test the Performance Ultra bibs, which are quite good and can usually be had for <$50.

SOOOOO SORRRY ... If you want to buy me a pair you can send them over to me and I will test them for you.... I also didn't test Assos f1. mille, Girodana Tenax, Capforma, Descente, Exteondo, Castelli, and some other super expensive bibs. Send those to me as well and I will test them .

eidt: I do have a cheap pair of Performance bike shorts for trainer duty (can't stand them)..... I had a pair of Demarchi winter tights, but sent them back because the fit was wrong. I perfer tights without the Chamois (Gore windstopper are my favorite).
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Old 03-05-07, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Coyote2
He didn't test the Demarchi Contour Plus, which are nice and can often be found for <$100 at Worldcycling.com. He also did not test the Performance Ultra bibs, which are quite good and can usually be had for <$50.
That brings up a good point: sources for these shorts? Any regularly low-price online sources? Any current deals? or just the regular spots (performance, nashbar, probikekit.com, etc...)
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Old 03-05-07, 11:11 AM
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I only ride Louis Garneau bibs with their ErgoAir chamois. I had a pair of Nikes that were too big, a pair of Castellis that were too short top-to-bottom (even on the bike) and some Descente that were too tight around the leg (but fit fine elsewhere). The Garneaus fit great all around and their grippers are good but not crazy on my hairy legs.

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Old 03-05-07, 11:23 AM
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+1 on the DeMarchi's. I think for the money, they are hard to beat. Descente makes a great bib short, and the higher end Adidas are quite nice and almost always on sale.
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Originally Posted by alreadyblue
+1 on the DeMarchi's. I think for the money, they are hard to beat. Descente makes a great bib short, and the higher end Adidas are quite nice and almost always on sale.
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Are the Assos super narrow? i.e. made to fit only people < 5% body fat?
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Originally Posted by Dial_tone
Are the Assos super narrow? i.e. made to fit only people < 5% body fat?
Don't big people just get their Euro shorts one size bigger than their USA sized shorts?
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Originally Posted by johnny99
Don't big people just get their Euro shorts one size bigger than their USA sized shorts?
No.

Big people buy clothing made for fat ass Amercians who can't admit that they're fat, hence the vanity labeling of "Amercian sizes".
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Originally Posted by Dial_tone
Are the Assos super narrow? i.e. made to fit only people < 5% body fat?
No.
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Originally Posted by botto
Big people buy clothing made for fat ass Amercians who can't admit that they're fat, hence the vanity labeling of "Amercian sizes".
For bibs, I've found some variation- some Euro brands run large, and the Performance Ultras run small relative to their labels. For jerseys, the Euro brands seem realistically sized, while companies like PI run large to accomodate overweight weekend warriors. I have a 41" chest and am 6'1" tall and a size large PI jersey is too big for me.

It's the same with women's street clothes, though. Any woman over 30 can tell you that mfrs have been scaling up the sizes without changing the labels -- hence the big girls who can claim to be size 6.
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Adistar Flow bibshorts are worth a look with its mesh panels, chamois is also comfortable up to 100km
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Are the Descente Aero X shorts the same as the Aero Exo's? They don't look the same at Colorado Cyclist. (And I'll tell ya...probikekit.com is out of everything I need!)

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I recently became an Assos convert- F.I3 S2s were on sale. They are AWESOME. Not only is the chamois the best as advertised, but everything is better- the fabric, the stitching, etc.

That said, they fit a little odd when you stand up, as people have said. Also, while I wear a medium in everything else, I wear a large in Assos (I'm actually between sizes, but the straps were digging in my shoulders a little too much with the M).
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Originally Posted by was7g
I recently became an Assos convert- F.I3 S2s were on sale. They are AWESOME. Not only is the chamois the best as advertised, but everything is better- the fabric, the stitching, etc.

That said, they fit a little odd when you stand up, as people have said. Also,
while I wear a medium in everything else, I wear a large in Assos (I'm actually between sizes, but the straps were digging in my shoulders a little too much with the M).
If "everything else" is Pearl Izumi, Voler, Performance, Giordana, etc then I hate to break it to you dude, but I must: you are a Large.
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Originally Posted by domestique
What didn't you like about the Santinis? Did you actually have the Fluid Twist Cell model, or a cheaper model?
I did get the Fluid Twist Gels. The pad was a little too thick for me and it tended to ride up places where it shouldn't. They didn't fit too well either: too big around the waist and thighs, but too short in the straps and inseam.
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