Specialized RBX Adventure Bib Short W/ SWAT review

With more storage than most jerseys and a very comfy chamois, these would be the perfect cargo bib shorts if not for the short straps.

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Specialized RBX Adventure Bib Short W/ SWAT are a great value set of cargo bib shorts, offering a huge range of additional storage options with a total of seven pockets – four of which are very generously sized. They proved to be very comfy when riding, but the short bib straps don’t offer much stretch, meaning they cut in a little when standing up, off the bike.

Reasons to buy
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    Lots of large pockets

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    Zippered valuables pocket

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    Very comfy chamois

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    Reasonable leg length

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    Wide leg grippers

Reasons to avoid
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    Short bib straps without much stretch to them

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The Specialized RBX Adventure Bib Short W/ SWAT is designed for just that: adventuring. Intended to be comfortable over long distances, they also offer additional features – which mainly take the shape of pockets. Many, many pockets.

These might be a necessity because you’ve swapped your Lycra jersey for a plaid shirt sans rear pockets and now need somewhere else to store your stuff about your person. But even with a traditional cycling jersey, a little extra storage space never goes amiss.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg