Oneten Tempo bib shorts review

We test the Tempo bib shorts from Chain Reaction's in-house brand OneTen.

oneten tempo bib shorts
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Oneten Tempo bib shorts are a well made pair of shorts with technical features and a good pad at an attractive price.

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable pad

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    Good fit

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    Single layer leg grippers

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Reasons to avoid
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    Seams not flatlocked

Oneten is the in-house clothing brand of Chain Reaction Cycles and sells only through that company’s website. Last year the Oneten Tempo bib shorts were their top of the line, although this year they’ve been eclipsed by the Tempo Plus range.

>>> Buyer's guide to cycling bib shorts (video)

The Oneten Tempo bib shorts boast a comfortable pad made with a high density foam which doesn’t add too much bulk but does give good cushioning. It’s got a pre-formed shape and a central pressure relief channel and I found it fine for rides of several hours.

The fit of the shorts themselves is quite generous, as is often the case with UK brands, although there was no sag or flap and they were close-fitting enough to keep the pad well-placed.

Watch: buyer's guide to cycling bib shorts

There are quite a few panels in the design, to provide curvature to fit the position you adopt when riding and the seams are not flatlocked. Nevertheless, I did not find all these seams rubbed at all or were uncomfortable.

The legs are quite long and the single layer grippers in contrasting orange or white have silicone micro-gripper dots to keep them in place. Again, they are not intrusive. There are a couple of small reflective strips sewn into the outside edge of the seam for extra visibility too.

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The mesh bibs come quite a long way down the back and front of the torso, again ensuring that the shorts stay cool. They are quite wide and edged, but I found that they did not bunch at all over the shoulders.

All-in-all the Oneten Tempo bib shorts are a comfortable, well thought out garment which will see you through longer rides and which has just that bit more room than some other brands’ shorts. They may lack some more flashy technical features but that doesn’t detract from their quality build.

For more details visit Chain Reaction Cycles.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.