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Core Bib Shorts

DKK950.00 (incl. import duty)

Core Bib Shorts is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 1076.
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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 ShortsDKK950.00

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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 Nicely fitting and comfortable bib shorts I bought the core bib shorts as a bundle with core jersey. Very happy with the product. Exceptional fit and comfort. The inner grip layer around the legs & waist stops them riding up. Nice fabric.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Rapha Kit Got this a few weeks ago and couldn’t be more happy with the Core bibs and long sleeve jersey. Fit was spot on. I’m 6’1” 185lbs and the large in both fit great!
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best shorts i own i have three pairs of rapha shorts all are great these fit best in 6'3 89kg just done an ironman
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great pair of Shorts This is my second pair of core bibs. I wear them everyday for commuting, and for training at the weekends. The fit is a bit more snug compared to the classic , but its fine.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality I've been riding for 20+ years and these are by far the best bibs I've ever had
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Grail of Bib Shorts I have been riding for over 20 years and during this period I have been searching for the Holy Grail of Bib Shorts. You know want I mean shorts that fit well, are comfortable after many long kilometres of riding with a chamois that stays in place without need for frequent adjustment. I have tried many brands in my search including the expensive Assos range. I have also tried Castelli, dhb, Santini etc. etc. all of which had their faults albeit Assos had less faults than the others. I then ordered the Rapha Core Bib Shorts. I have wore these shorts on a number of occasions on rides ranging from 60 to 80 kms and have found them to be the closest so far to the Holy Grail of Bib Shorts. At this time I fully recommend these shorts based on my usage over a short term.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable and good value Great fit and very comfortable! I'm 183 cm slim built with a 77-79 cm waist and ordered the small. Legs are long enough and they sit good over my shoulders, especially when on the bike. Nice comfortable fabric.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and form-fitting I've only ridden in them a few times, but so far so good. The chamois is soft and thick and extends to "fill in the creases".
Date published: 2017-09-20
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I have a large core bib, the only problem is the leg grippers are lose, would I be better in a medium. The top is large but while it is good across the shoulders its wide near my stomach, would a medium be better

Asked by: Patto
A medium could be an appropriate fit based upon your explanation. We do offer a 90 day returns service if the garment you choose is not suitable.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-10-14

Hi! I'm 1.74m, 74cm waist, 82cm inseam, I normally use a "italian fit" brand in S. Which size would you recommend for the Core and Lightweight respectively? Should I go for Long leg version or standard? Thanks!

Asked by: Warpo
A small size could be the appropriate fit. If the garment does not meet with your specification then you can return this to us under our 90 day returns policy.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-10-11

Halfway between XS and S, my waist is 29” and inseam 31”. Would you recommend sizing up or down? I’m 58kg and 173cm so quite slim.

Asked by: Matt_G
Based on your dimensions, we would recommend the XS Shorts in this range
Answered by: Rapha_SC
Date published: 2017-10-05

I have a 31-32 inch waist and am 183 cm tall. Should i get medium or small?

Asked by: Johnabc
Based on these dimensions you would be suited to a medium.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-10-03

I have a 34 inch waist and my inside leg is 29 inch. I am five feet six tall. What size bibs would you recommend please?

Asked by: Dickie Davies
For this garment I would recommend the large sized based upon your waist dimensions, though the leg dimensions you have given may mean the shorts could have a slightly longer fit. If the garment does not meet with your suitability then you can return these to us under our 90 day returns policy.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-09-08

Hello, i am interesting buying a core bib. My measurements are 176 cm, waist 90 cm and 80 inside leg. What size would be better?

Asked by: speedbull
Based on your measurements, we would suggest a Large is the ideal size for you
Answered by: Rapha_SC
Date published: 2017-09-02

How does the length of the shorts compare to the Rapha Lightweight bibs ?

Asked by: Lawy
The Core and Lightweight Bib Shorts have the same length inside leg measurements
Answered by: Rapha_SC
Date published: 2017-08-25

Hey, I am a 33" waist & 34" inside leg, looking to find out what size you would recommend for bib shorts.

Asked by: Bernie R
A Large Bib Short would be the best choice based upon your dimensions
Answered by: Rapha_SC
Date published: 2017-08-16
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