In short, these bibs are superb. The roubaix material works so well we wouldn't hesitate teaming them with a pair of fleeced leg warmers for an outfit ideal for all but the coldest of conditions. Once again dhb are offering a quality product at a very reasonable price. It's becoming so common now it may be causing some concern to high-end brands.
The colours may clash with existing outfits.
This year's Indian summer has provided the perfect opportunity to test dhb’s Professional ASV Roubaix bib short. The bibs are a fleece lined version of the standard dhb ASV shorts, owing to inclusion of “Roubaix” in the name.
These shorts are high quality, being the same specification as worn by the Wiggle Honda Pro Team. They are designed to be used in spring or autumn and are ideal for when the weather turns colder, but not quite cold enough to warrant full tights.
For racers who prefer the freedom of movement you receive when choosing shorts over tights, these bibshorts are ideal.
How well do they perform? They are a snug fit - like a second skin - and rate amongst the most comfy bibs we have ever worn. The built in compression is noticeable, but not uncomfortable or in any way constrictive.
The chamois was really nice and the substantial grippers keep everything in place. Wiggle describe the fit as being for a “lean elite cyclist build” and we can confirm this. Our tester was 6’1" and 69kg, with a size medium fitting perfectly. These shorts are at the top end of the dhb range and consequently feature some nifty technology.
A lightweight carbon fibre mesh construction has been built into the bib short to offer improved temperature regulation. dhb claim that the carbon mesh is good at conducting heat away from the body, thus regulating body temperature. We noticed that even when the temperatures warmed to 18-19 ºC, these shorts didn’t feel too hot or uncomfortable, so there may be something to be said for this feature.
With regards to aesthetics, three colour options are available and these look great when combined with the corresponding jerseys and socks. However, owing to the flashes of colour we had trouble co-ordinating them with other pieces of kit we already use. This is a subjective criticism though and doesn’t detract from the functionality, which is excellent.
Head over to Wiggle for more info.
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