Women's Classic Bib Shorts


Women's Classic Bib Shorts is rated 4.7857 out of 5 by 42.
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Lightweight bib shorts designed for everyday riding with a fit and features created exclusively for women riders.

Women's Classic Bib Shorts

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Women’s bib shorts for comfort and support

If you are unsure of which bibs or shorts to choose, take a look at our new Women's Bib Shorts Guide

Test ride any of Rapha’s Classic products to destruction and if you are not 100% satisfied within 30-days you can return them for a full refund.

Designed both for training rides and sportive riding, the Rapha Women’s Bib Shorts offer exceptional performance in hot conditions. They are made from a matt, Lycra fabric (the same used in Rapha’s regular Women’s Shorts) that is extremely breathable and which also has excellent moisture transfer. The shorts use a chamois pad designed specifically for women riders and have a panelled construction to guarantee a superb fit. Flatlock stitching throughout means they won’t chafe, no matter how long or hard you ride. The legs feature tonal Rapha logos and a wide gripper that is knitted directly into the main fabric for improved comfort.

The bib section is made from two different mesh fabrics (both of which are cream to avoid showing through light-coloured jerseys) and cut high for a more flattering line. A close-knit mesh at the front with an open-knit mesh at the back improves breathability. Designed to be worn with a sports bra, the back of the shorts also has a large cutaway section for maximum breathability. Other styling elements include a polka dot tab.


If you’d told me a few years ago that I’d be about to recommend a pair of cycling shorts costing £160 I’d have had a very stern word with myself. I still don’t even own a dress costing that much. Plus I’d always held the view that Raphaites were mugs who had not only drunk the Kool-Aid but paid through the nose for the privilege. I considered the brand to be the height of style over substance - 90% monochrome marketing (justly lampooned here) and 10% Lycra. Then I tried their bib shorts.

Crikey, these are good. First, they look great. Super flattering. The material feels expensive - as well it should - and not even the tiniest of threads has come loose after a summer of hard riding and many washing machine cycles. The grippers at the bottom kept everything in place, without sticking or pulling on the odd stray hair like the Café du Cycliste shorts.
Helen Pidd, The Guardian

Rapha is quickly gaining a reputation as a go-to brand for boutique, high-quality and high-price cycling gear. At US$235/ £165/ AU$240 the Women’s Classic bib shorts perform better and last longer than many cheaper competitors, and remain more affordable than other elite or boutique alternatives.
Bikeradar.com ****½


  • Lightweight Lycra fabric
  • Breathable
  • High wicking
  • Matt finish
  • Close-knit front mesh for support
  • Open-knit rear mesh for breathability
  • Full-length zip front
  • Flatlock stitching for comfort
  • Contrast Rapha logos
  • Cut high for flattering shape
  • Classic-style ‘keyhole’ cutaway
  • Polka dot tab


  • Main: 74% nylon; 26% Elastane
  • Bibs: 79% polyester; 21% Elastane


  • Machine wash cool – 30 degrees
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not iron
  • Do not dry clean
  • Body sizing

    Waist: natural waist measurement is taken from above the hips, close to the navel.
    Inside Leg: from the crotch to the base of the ankle.


    •   XXS XS S M L XL
      Waist 62 66 71 76 81 86
      Inside Leg 66 67 68 69 70 71
    •   XXS XS S M L XL
      Waist 24 26 28 30 32 34
      Inside Leg 26 26.5 26.7 27 27.5 28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very stylish and comfortable So far so good. I have used it once and the fit is great. Very comfortable and love the zipper pocket a the back.
    Date published: 2016-04-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great feeling I bought this a month ago and I never had a bib before after I tried this I am in love with this,this is the best I ever had
    Date published: 2016-06-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features! I buying one week ago ,Comfortable and elegant ,I feel so good!
    Date published: 2016-06-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ms This is my second classic bib shorts. Juste parfait!
    Date published: 2016-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfectly perfect in almost every wau I bought this almost two months ago. Clumsy fingers, touch screens and lingering concussion issues combined to have me choose the wrong size. Rapha was good about getting it exchanged though. Once the correct sized arrived I was quite pleased with it. It is the most comfortable I've bought so far. My only issue is how Rapha makes the legs so small in their shorts. It's not uncomfortable to wear but very difficult to get up my thick thighs which most female cyclist who cycle regularly have.
    Date published: 2015-10-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from In love!! I am in love with these bib shorts and will be ordering other colors! I am 5'7" 125 pounds and the small fit perfectly.
    Date published: 2016-03-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pad too large I really wanted to love these silky feeling bib shorts. The fabric is great and I love the styling of the bib. However, for my body type--short legs, long torso--the pad was too large and hung down into the thigh area, making them very uncomfortable. Wish Rapha would make these with a small chamois or none so you could add your own.
    Date published: 2016-04-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent product They are beautiful and I love them. Unfortunately they are smaller than the sizing indicated. I didn;t send them back, because I can wear them, but if I bought another pair, I would buy mediums, even though I wear 8-10 in normal clothes.
    Date published: 2015-11-02
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    Hi there, I am 6ft. What is the height range for the XL bibs? Will they fit without pulling while cycling?  

    Asked by: Clairejulia
    Hi, the straps on the Women's Classic Bib Shorts do offer some stretch, at 6ft the L or XL should be a suitable fit for you. We do have a 90 days return period, should you wish to exchange.
    Answered by: Rapha_AW
    Date published: 2016-06-15

    How does the chamois in these differ from the souplesse bibs, if at all?

    Asked by: carolinec
    Hi, the pad in the Souplesse Bib Shorts is the same as featured in the Pro Team Bibs. This pad is built with short, hard riding in mind. The Classic Bib Shorts contain a pad that is designed for all round comfort.
    Answered by: Rapha_AW
    Date published: 2016-06-01

    Hi i'm about 5ft 6 / 5ft7in and my waist measures 28/29inches and inner leg 28/29inches so not sure what size to go for in the bib shorts ? 

    Asked by: kes0573
    Hi, please refer to the size guide as far as possible. With the information you have provided, we would suggest you try a Medium. Should you need to exchange, we have a 90 days return period.
    Answered by: Rapha_AW
    Date published: 2016-06-01

    What is the length of the inseam of the XS and S? 

    Asked by: ShelleyW
    Hi, the inseam for the Women's Classic Bib Short is 19cm in XS, and 20cm in S.
    Answered by: Rapha_AW
    Date published: 2016-06-01

    Would you wear a base layer with these? The top half looks like a top in itself?

    Asked by: Linscycles
    Hi, as mentioned in the product description the Bib Shorts are designed to be worn with a sports bra.
    Answered by: Rapha_AW
    Date published: 2016-04-03
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