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Which Bib-Shorts?

OzzysbeardOzzysbeard Posts: 23
edited April 2014 in Road buying advice
Ok, apologies, it's another 'What do I buy?' thread but here goes.

Looking a some quality bib-shorts for the impending warmer weather. Looking to spend around £80 and has to be Wiggle as I have some vouchers. Comfort important for up to 100 mile rides.

Currently looking at:
Sportful Gruppetto
Castelli Presto Due and
Castelli Velocissimo Due

I'm expecting them all to be reasonably similar as I believe Castelli/Sportful share a factory? However wondering if others have any experience with above and whether one would be recommended over the other. Or if something completely different would be recommended?

many thanks


  • derosaderosa Posts: 2,819
    Little more expensive, but worth the extra every time IMHO - ... bib-short/

    Big H

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  • Coach HCoach H Posts: 1,092
    Sportful own Castelli, so they don't just share a factory.

    Depending on your vouchers, I just had Wiggle price match bikeinn on some Sportful Total Comfort at £85.
    Everyone is different but IME these are truly excellent shorts that are a big step above your short list (badum tish!)
    I find them better than Castelli Free Aero's, which I also have.
    You may not be able to use your vouchers with the price match code though.
    Coach H. (Dont ask me for training advice - 'It's not about the bike')
  • ic.ic. Posts: 769
    What about dhb Aeron Pro, they get rave reviews
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  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    I tried about 3 pairs of Castelli shorts. I really wanted to like them - but they either fit wrong, badly made or were too revealing.

    Bought DHB in the end and saved money.
  • hsiaolchsiaolc Posts: 492
    Don't skimp on bib shorts. You spend all your riding time in them. I have a few DHBs and they are not being used at all. Cheaply made and not very comfortable. Personally I don't understand the rav reviews they get from Wiggle.
    I have Castillis but I prefer my Assos bib shorts.
    I am lately thinking of investing in some Rapha classic ones.
  • I bought a pair of dhbs last year and agree, they are now consigned to turbo use only. Thanks for advice, eventually went for sportful gruppetto. First try out later today.
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