Classic Bib Shorts


Classic Bib Shorts is rated 4.7212 out of 5 by 226.
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A comfortable pair of cycling shorts is the most important clothing purchase any rider can make. Rapha’s award winning Classic Bib Shorts use the best chamois pad available and are made from a durable, luxury Lycra.

Classic Bib Shorts


Award Winning Bib Shorts

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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.

A comfortable pair of cycling shorts is the most important clothing purchase any rider can make. Get them right and you can spend hours in the saddle without even noticing them. Get them wrong and every kilometre will feel like a hundred. The Rapha Classic Bibs have been designed for total comfort.

The most important component in any bib shorts is the pad and Rapha shorts use the top of the range pad from specialists Cytech. It has slim, body-contoured padding and a soft, chamois finish.

The shorts are made from a soft, matt-black Lycra with great stretch. The bibs are made from a luxury mesh material with a large cutaway section in the back to prevent overheating. For extra comfort in the saddle, Rapha's bib shorts have flatlock stitching throughout to prevent chafing and are finished with soft gripper around the legs. The shorts also have a small key pocket, Rapha logos on the legs, and are cut low at the front for calls of nature.

"One of the best chamois I've ridden. Not only are the shorts comfortable but they are long-lasting. Normally the material wears out before the actual chamois does! The uppers on the shorts keep their elasticity and the bibs stay up without sagging." - Kristian House, Rapha Condor JLT professional
"Rapha's product offers a slightly tougher, more supportive short material (polyester with spandex) that earned universal praise for durability in the washer (a few testers put the shorts through a year of punishment) and comfort on the bike." - Awarded Editor's Choice by Bicycling Magazine, June 2010


  • Matt black with Rapha logos. 
  • Deluxe pad by Cytech. 
  • Highly breathable back. 
  • Soft gripper and flat lock stitching. 
  • Rear key pocket. 


  • Soft, strong, matt finish lycra


  • Machine wash cool 30°
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not iron
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry clean

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 Nice, but not perfect I bought them around two weeks ago and already had worn them a few times. They have a good fit, are made of a mixture of a fabric with merino wool. The band on the lower part that is holding the leg is quite narrow. The fit was ok, I have 180 cm and I took the large size. The downside for me was the chamoise pad - I expected it to be more comfortable. The whole bibs are made with a great care and quality.
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good test ride I used the Classic Bib Shorts for the very first time on a 4 day bikepacking trip from San Francisco to LA. No part of my body complained. Need to say more?
Date published: 2016-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant pair of bib shorts ! This is my second pair, now I can alternate when one is in the wash. Very comfortable on long rides, great fit, grippers work well and keep the legs in place. I only use these now as I have got used to the comfort.
Date published: 2016-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great experience!! I was using was purchased after three very soft and comfortable than wearing bib meantime. Throughout this fall to enjoy a ride with this bib. One unfortunate thing is durability problems. There is a problem with a little band around. I like to use for a long time without any problem.
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best Bib Shorts so far I have had them for 4 month and they are the best shorts I have ever had. I strted wiyh Raxar 45 yeras ago....Castelli, Santini, Giordana, Assos....... The Classic Bibs is so good fitted that you feel neked bur still protekted with super comfort. I tsay with the Classics....need nothing else.
Date published: 2015-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool and comfortable Extremely comfortable fabric, and very good Seat protection. Impossible to go back to the old bibs after i started to use this.
Date published: 2016-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit, fabric & padding My favourite bib shorts. Fit is great, padding is just right.
Date published: 2016-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bibs This bibs was my first pair from Rapha and I am happy with them. I am type 1 diabetic and use a insulin pump, therefore I have some problems to place my pump in a "good place" so I reached out to Rapha and asked if the could modify something to me but the couldn't. So I decided to buy the classic bib because it have a pocket, (I think the pro team bib also have it) and I am happy with them, I can recommend them for another with diabetes.
Date published: 2016-04-25
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Hi,  Just wondering what fabric is in the shorts? 

Asked by: AdamN
Hi, as mentioned in the product description, the shorts are made from a soft, strong, matt finish lycra.
Answered by: Rapha_AW
Date published: 2016-06-17

HI, I am looking at purchasing the classic bib shorts. I am 6'00" tall, weigh 165lbs & have a 31' waist. Which size would you recommend that I purchase?

Asked by: VK19
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's the inseam length for the medium and large sizes of these shorts?  How does the inseam length compare to the "long" version of the Pro Team bib shorts?

Asked by: Fleury
Hi, the Classic Bib Shorts have an inseam measurement of 24cm and 25cm respectively. The inseam measurements for the Pro Team Bib Shorts in medium/long is approx 28/29cm.
Answered by: Rapha_AW
Date published: 2016-05-26

What range of temperatures would you use the classic shorts in? Obviously depends on intensity of riding but assuming average club ride. Trying to figure out how they compare with the thermal version as it's one or the other for me. 

Asked by: Barn
Hi, as you mentioned, this depends on intensity of riding and your body's ability to regulate temperature. You can use the Classic Bib Shorts in temperatures as low as 5 Degrees Celsius. The Thermal Bibs will offer warmth in colder weather, but can be worn in warmer temperatures of 12-15 Degrees Celsius as well.
Answered by: Rapha_PM
Date published: 2016-05-05

Hi there, another sizing question I'm afraid.  I am 5'10, 32" waist and weigh just under 10 stone 5.  Would that be a medium or large in the Classic bibs?  Also, would the fit vary for the Pro Team version? Many thanks

Asked by: Bobbinogs
Hi, we would suggest the size medium for you. The sizing of the Pro Team range is essentially the same but as this line has an aggressive, race ready cut and fit it can often feel tighter.
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-03-18

At 5'7, 145lbs, 32 inch waist what size would i be in the classic bib shorts? Thank you

Asked by: Kai B
Hi, we suggest as per the size guide the medium size shorts. We do have a free 90 day return period should you need to exchange.
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-02-01

Length? I'm on the stocky side, 26" thighs, 36" waist, but only 5'9". If I take an XL will i find that the shorts run too long, after all if I wanted 3/4 I buy some.

Asked by: IJCriding
Hi, given your height we feel that the XL would run too long on you. We would suggest trying the Large. We do have a free 90 day free return period should you need to exchange.
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-01-25

Hi.  I bought a pair of the classic shorts back in 2012: they've been nothing short of excellent, but are now close to retirement. I purchased a Large back then. Are the new styling similar measurements? I'm a slim 6' 4". Please advise. Thanks.

Asked by: Zak1823
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