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Core Bib Shorts

CAD$185.00 (incl. import duty)

Core Bib Shorts is rated NaN out of 5 by 549.
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Rapha Core bib shorts use collection-specific materials and technology to set the new standard in performance, comfort and value. Designed for every road rider, wherever they ride.

Core Bib ShortsCAD$185.00

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Simple, quality bib shorts for everyday riding

Simple, quality bib shorts to complement any ride, the main panels use a dense-knit fabric for support and modesty and laser-cut leg grippers lined with soft silicone for a close, comfortable fit. The bib section uses high-stretch material, machined efficiently for even distribution of stretch and to accommodate longer torsos. Flatlock seams are positioned carefully throughout to hold the shorts in place without chafing. The shorts are available in an entirely black colourway, or with a white bib section to prevent straps showing under a light-coloured jersey.

If you are unsure of which bib shorts to choose, take a look at our new Bib Shorts Guide »

“The Core collection is about optimising innovative fabrics and processes across the entire collection to reduce production hours and wastage. For example, the leg-gripper trim reappears in the jersey back, the material for the zip guard is used again on the sleeve tips, and bindings use rolled edges. This means we can produce Core garments without compromise, leading to a new standard for everyday cycling apparel.”
Alex Valdman, Creative Director


“I told my $500 Assos bibshorts that I had a new favorite and they slammed the door to the Kuku Penthouse in my face. But it’s the truth. The Core bibs are Rapha’s entry-level offering but they surpass that designation in both price and quality.”
9.3/10 - VeloNews

“Rapha's Core bib shorts are an impressive mix of knowhow from premium ranges – giving good quality, comfort and a great fit.”
★★★★½ Ash Quinlan,

“The bibshorts are a particular highlight of the range. Flatlock seams join smartly-shaped panels, meaning chafing isn’t an issue and Rapha sensibly hasn’t compromised at the heart of the shorts – the Core bibs are built around the original Classic chamois that remains as comfortable as ever. As a result the Core bibshorts punch well above their weight at this price point. It is a similar story with the jersey – the polyester it uses feels more organic than synthetic, and has been treated with an antibacterial process so still smells reasonable even after repeated use.”
★★★★½ Sam Challis,

“Rapha's most affordable bib shorts to date don't skimp on quality or comfort.”
Jim Clarkson,

“For weekday training and commuting, Rapha have totally nailed it. Bravo all round.”
Graham Hutson, The Times


  • The same Rapha chamois pad used in all our Classic bib shorts
  • Black dense-knit fabric for compressive support and modesty
  • Colour-matched trims throughout
  • Laser-cut, soft-silicone leg grippers to hold shorts comfortably in place
  • High-stretch bib accommodates any rider height without compromising fit
  • Comfortable flatlock stitching
  • Black or white bib section
  • Subtle tonal branding


  • 82% Polyester
  • 18% Elastane


  • Gentle machine wash at 30°C
  • Wash with non bio detergent
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry clean
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not iron

Rapha leg and waist sizing info

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality for a cheaper product Overall the Core Bib Shorts are excellent, even though they are classed as a cheaper product. Great material, Great pad, Great fit.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Core bib shorts The Rapha core bib shorts fit marvellously - no nappy sag, as my wife calls it!
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do the job perfectly These are my first pair of bib shorts, and they're comfortable and well fitting. I'm a 33" waist and just under 6', and medium is the right size. I wasn't sure whether to go for large, but this is just right. Time will tell about performance in the washing machine!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They're really that good! I have had the bibs for few weeks and they are the only ones I reach for when i am going for a ride. I am 5'9" 180 and they fit me perfectly. With most other brands the leg openings are way to tight as I don't have a "cyclists" body. Thats not the case with the core bibs. They provide compression without being overly tight. The fabric is top notch and the chamois is just right so it doesn't feel like you're wearing a diaper. I can't find another brand that is even close to this price point that provide this much value. Thanks Rapha!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and great fit Subtle branding, great grippers. Only one small thing: the elastic band across my abdomen is a bit tight - but sure that will improve with time (and losing a few more kilos on the bike :))
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Core Bib Shorts; nothing short of excellent My club knicks have a maximum of 40km crit comfort. I reckon you could easily add another 100km if you were in these Rapha Core Bib Shorts (and you had crit legs for another 100km). These shorts will give you all day club ride comfort.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from comfortable great, comfortable, good quality, very happy with purchase
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Fits perfect. Excellent Quality fabric and the shipping time gorgeous, I recommend it.
Date published: 2017-03-17
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Hi,is the pad same as pro team bib 's pad ?

Asked by: andru
These bibs share the same chamois as in the classic bib short a cytech chamois
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-03-22

Size recommendation please. 195 cm tall, 82 cm waist, which puts me middle of M for waist size, XXL for inside leg. Will L be too big in waist? Will a M or L be too short for body/ thigh? Thanks

Asked by: iUUi
Hi, the medium would be the best fit around your waist. You are quite tall and so the shorts may be slightly tight in terms of length but medium would be our best recommendation. As always, we do have a free 90 day returns policy if needed.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2017-03-15

Hi! Is the padding in these also Cytech? Thanks in advance /Patrik

Asked by: cppatrik
Hi, we do also use a Cytech pad in our Core Bib Shorts.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2017-03-08

Hi! I wear small on classic bib whiich is a bit relaxed fit i find compare to lightweight bib. Should i get a size small on core bib?

Asked by: VIAS
Hi, these have a slightly closer fit so we would advise choosing a Small like your Classic Bib Shorts. Should you need to exchange, we have a 90 days return period.
Answered by: Rapha_JMD
Date published: 2017-02-22

Hi, I'm 178cm/5'10" tall with an athletic build. My waist size is 32 and I wear large across your Core and Brevet Jerseys (these would cover naval area just nice). Would you recommend a small or a medium size bib in my case? Thanks!

Asked by: Yaacob
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: 2016-12-22

2 questions. First-Is the chamois in the Wiggins Core the same as the regular Core bibs. Second-Is the chamois in either of those, the Core and Wiggins Core, the same as the Classic Bibs.

Asked by: Jughead55
Hi, the chamois pad in all three pairs of shorts you mentioned is the same.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-12-01

What is the  difference between the chamois of the core bibs and the brevit bib shorts

Asked by: Jughead55
Hi, the chamois is very similar but the Brevet Bib Shorts do use a specially designed, quick drying chamois pad for multi day use.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-11-30

My waist is measured 31in but my thighs are skinny. Should I go for size M for a less tight fit hip or should everywhere leave slightly tighter?

Asked by: Seto
Hi, these shorts have quite a close fit and based on your measurements, we recommend a medium.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-11-15
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