Rapha Pro Team bib short review£155.00

Lightweight and stretchy

BikeRadar score3/5

What’s immediately apparent with these Rapha shorts is the lack of mass. The fabric has a huge amount of stretch too, which is good for support on long rides. The bib section features a full mesh back, with two well-structured pockets robust enough for a couple of bottles – great for the pros but not so necessary for us.

The Cytech pad is multi-thickness/density and incredibly comfortable.We loved these shorts on warmer days but felt the chills a lot sooner than in anything else – £155 is a lot for shorts you’ll only use when the sun’s shining.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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