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Machines For Freedom Endurance Bib review

An investment in figure-fitting comfort

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £170.00 RRP | USD $235.00 | EUR €198.00 | AUD $310.00
Machines For Freedom Endurance Bib

Our review

Minimalist, supportive and supremely comfortable shorts at a premium price
Pros: Sculpted, compressive body fit; comfortable and secure leg grippers; minimal branding; wide size range
Cons: Sizes up small compared to sizing guide
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The Machines For Freedom Endurance Bib is a top-end performance short available in a wide range of sizes and with a high level of compression in a traditional design.

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Multiple panels across the shorts and bib straps offer a closely tailored fit, and the minimal branding gives a sleek, minimalist look.

A variable density chamois, breathable bib straps and wide leg grippers combine with the compressive fabrics to offer impressive all-day comfort on the bike.

Machines For Freedom Endurance Bib specifications and details

Constructed from a high-compression polyamide, polyester and elastane mix material, with seven leg panels and three panels on the mesh bib upper, the Machine For Freedom Endurance Bibs are designed for fit and performance over long days in the saddle.

The wide leg grippers measure 6cm and are made from an elasticated material backed by a grid of small silicone dots.

Machines For Freedom has one of the biggest size ranges around, from XS to XXXL – what it terms as its ‘shape inclusive fit’.

The chamois has been developed with Elastic Interface and features a large but thin footprint, with three thicker, variable density areas covering the sit bones and soft tissue.

Branding is very minimal, with a small logo patch stitched onto the left thigh. The shorts only come in black and have a glossy sheen to them.

Machines For Freedom Endurance Bib performance

Machines For Freedom Endurance Bib
Getting the sizing right is very important, but Machines For Freedom has an excellent range of sizing options.
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Getting the sizing right has been a challenge with the Endurance Bibs. I initially opted for the small according to my hip measurement on the sizing chart, but couldn’t even get them on.

The fabric of the shorts is very compressive, giving a very close and supportive fit, but this also means that getting the sizing right is crucial. With many panels, you’d think that the stitching could be irritating, but thankfully flatlock seams negate this.

Sizing up to a large size gave a great fit – I’m reluctant to use the word flattering, but they do feel fabulous to wear. The mesh upper fits high and close over the stomach and around the back, so although there’s no pee-friendly design incorporated here, comfort when on the bike is really ace.

The bib shorts size up short in the leg, about 1.5in shy of most other bibs I’ve tried, so if you prefer your shorts to be longer, I’d recommend opting for the ‘tall’ fit.

The chamois performs as you’d expect for the hefty price tag, providing generous levels of comfort after hours in the saddle. The combination of thin coverage and thicker areas just where you need them yields perfect support without feeling bulky.

Teamed with the wide, non-restrictive but grippy leg hem this offers supreme comfort across the board.

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Machines For Freedom Endurance Bib bottom line

Get the sizing right and you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic fitting, compressive and comfortable set of bib shorts, but this comes at a hefty price.

How we tested

We put seven pairs of women’s cycling bib shorts to the test to find out which perform best.

Each set of bibs was tested over road and gravel paths with a focus on fit, chamois and strap comfort, fabric choice, breathability and any other features, such as dealing with comfort breaks, as well as value for money.

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Product Specifications


Price br_price, 5, 3, Price, AUD $310.00EUR €198.00GBP £170.00USD $235.00
Weight br_weight, 5, 6, Weight, 150g (L), Array, g
Brand br_brand, 5, 10, Brand, Machines for freedom


Features br_Features, 11, 0, Features, Sizes: XS-XXXL
Fabric: High-compression wicking main fabric; Mesh bib upper
Chamois: High density antibacterial
Leg gripper: Wide elasticated and silicone-backed leg band
Gender br_gender, 11, 0, Gender, Women's