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Core Bib Shorts

£100.00

Core Bib Shorts is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 509.
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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 Shorts£100.00

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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, Head of Design

Reviews:

“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, Road.cc

“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, cyclist.co.uk

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

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

FEATURES

  • 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

FABRIC

  • 82% Polyester
  • 18% Elastane

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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.

    CM IN

  •   XS S M L XL XXL
    Waist 74.5 75-80 81-86 87-92 93-99 100+
    Inside Leg 76 81 81 86 86 91
  •   XS S M L XL XXL
    Waist 28 30 32 34 36 38
    Inside Leg 30 32 32 34 34 36
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Leg grippers mean business I've had these for about a month and they are pretty good bib shorts. I especially appreciate the lower price point. The chamois feels/is the same as the classic bibs. I think they might be cut a little longer than the classic bibs and the materials are obviously different but I don't think that diminishes the quality at all so, overall, I'm pretty satisfied. The only thing I didn't like is that the leg grippers ripped my winter fur from my legs the first time I put them on. That doesn't happen with other shorts even ones that have good leg grippers. These mean business. It's nice once on the bike but shave before you put them on the first time.
Date published: 2016-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well constructed These are decent bib shorts. Material and overall construction is excellent. A very wide 2 inch leg flat silicone leg gripper is EXCELLENT! In my opinion i feel that the chamois is lacking personality.As technical as this short is from the wide leg gripper flat seam stitching bib strap material and the open back design,the chamois missed their mark. There are 2 thickness on the chamois the outer edge as well as a center line are the thin areas. the sit bone and front end of the chamois are a thicker padding but with no real density.Nothing technical about the pad... I feel this is more of a short ride chamois vs.all day in the saddle chamois.
Date published: 2016-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal Value Perfect fit, perfect padding, perfect price. I have ridden just under 400 miles in these shorts in the last 2 weeks and can honestly say that they are most comfortable shorts in the entire Rapha range. I own 10+ pairs of Rapha shorts and approached their new budget range with some scepticism and concerns over quality. These worries were dismissed within a few miles. The fit and finish are excellent. The padding is exceptional for me and I grew more impressed with each mile. Rapha has pulled of the seemingly impossible here, a 'budget' product with a classy feel.
Date published: 2016-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic In comparison to the Classic Bibs, a staple go-to, the Core Bibs are more lightweight and the new fabrication techniques seem to make for a "cleaner" bit of tailoring - Rapha seems to have met their goal. I always found the chamois on the Classics to be a bit thick, but in the Core, it seems just right. The leg grips are wide and really work. They fit a little tighter than the Classics, but are not uncomfortable. (Large in Classics seems accurate for American, Core seem a little closer to Euro) Extremely well made. Clean aesthetic. All black = classic. Great bit of kit. Great price.
Date published: 2016-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this if you want them to fit I ordered large and experienced the 'ruffle' around the quads on the gripper. This being my first bit of Rapha I called them and got some great help.I never thought this would be the case but it was advised I tried a medium and hey presto much much MUCH better fit 181cm tall 88kg. So to all those who are moaning about the ruffle in the gripper - you have the wrong size, very small difference between large and medium but pad sits much better and no ruffles or wrinkles. Rode 100mi the day after getting these and they were brilliant. Love the black on black. I cant afford the more expensive Rapha stuff, I cant imagine how much better than the core it is, perhaps i will find out one day. For now, core is fine for me and its brilliant !Style is ace !
Date published: 2016-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality beyond the price I bought these as I wanted a classic looking pair of Bibs to match my Tom Simpson jersey. It was important to me that they looked timeless and without obvious logo's and these certainly fit the bill. Being the cheapest of the Rapha range they certainly don't scrimp on style and also on comfort. In fact of all the Rapha Bib Shorts I have had these are the most comfortable, whether that be the pad or the overall fit. The leg grippers are broader than usual and the length is a little longer and I think this adds to the comfort. I would not hesitate in recommending these shorts, in my opinion much better than their more expensive counterparts
Date published: 2016-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice close fit Never owned anything from Rapha before and thought I'd start with the Core Bibs. I'm 190cm and about 84kg. Normally buy XL, and did with these but found them just a little too "free" fitting. I bought them online and Rapha include return instructions as well as a reply paid envelope sticker - this is great service and guarantees you're going to be happy. I swapped them for a large which is a closer fit but not too tight at all. Chamois is excellent - quite robust. Legs have a good length which is often a gripe for me. Grippers are great too. Overall a promising product and excellent service from Rapha and certainly encourages you to buy more. Bibs therefore highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I had doubts, but those were erased after a ride As I was really disappointed with the Core jersey I had my doubts considering the Core bibs also. Took these to longish (100+ km) ride and I became delighted that my doubts were not realized. I own Rapha lightweight bibs as well, and I would say that despite the lower price these are even better than the lightweight bibs. That is much to say as the lightweight bibs are also a top-notch. The chamois in these feels slightly better than in the lightweight bibs. I have had some discomfort in the lightweight bibs when riding 100+ km rides and I actually thought that this is unavoidable when riding several hours. Core bibs prove me wrong.
Date published: 2016-07-20
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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

Hi! Never owned a rapha bib here ever. But thinking of purchasing one of these. But not sure what size to get. My waist line is about 33 inch, but i have really skinny thighs. Also i have long torso. I'm 5 10" tall &165lbs. What size would you suggest?

Asked by: Leo g
Hi, these shorts have quite a close fit and based on your measurements, we recommend you choose a large. As always we do have a free 90 day returns policy if needed.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-11-08

Hello, This will be my first Rapha bib purchase and want to be sure I order the right size. I am 6'4 and 185 lb. I wear XXL in Giordana and Sportful shorts. Being a 36 waist, my size for core is XL, but wanted to double check before ordering. Thanks.

Asked by: Kirk
Hi, please refer to the size guide as far as possible. With the information you have provided, we would suggest you try an XL. Should you need to exchange, we have a 90 days return period.
Answered by: Rapha_JMD
Date published: 2016-10-25

helo~ It is fit for which condition? (hot or cold)

Asked by: HEYAQ
Hi, these shorts are designed for use in a variety of conditions. They can be worn on their own in warm conditions or combined with knee warmers or winter tights in mild/ cold conditions.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-10-18

What is the difference in length for the Small vs Medium?

Asked by: Rich H
Hi, we do not take a measurement from shoulder to leg opening. The inseam length difference between small and medium is 1cm. Small - 22cm. Medium - 23cm.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-09-29
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