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Core Bib Shorts


Core Bib Shorts is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 1154.
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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, 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 Core Bib Shorts The fabric certainly feels comfortable against the skin, and the flatlocked seams ensure there is no rubbing or chafing. The open back does a good job of releasing excess heat, avoiding sweaty dampness.
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from INCREDIBLY COMFORTABLE great to wear for long rides, no matter the weather! super comfortable at all times.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Goto Bib shorts for any rider The Core bid shorts are suitable for any ride long or short Flat or steep they have great padding and leg grippers are great
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and feel good whilst wearing I bought these bib shorts for the spring but have wore them already for a particularly warm day. I usually have small for most clothing and I felt these were true to size and fitted perfectly. They feel very comfortable whilst riding and am very happy with them. They have washed well and feel good quality.
Date published: 2018-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great knicks Very comfortable and a great fit. Always looks good.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Core Bib Shorts Fabulous . . .best bib shorts I have ever had . . .
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit and smart look I'm used to wear the Pro Team bib shorts and I bought this bib short to use it for the indoor trainings during winter time. It's a great fit and I'm looking really smart in it. Once again confirmed that Rapha is a top brand.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Core Bib Shorts - stick to the core basics I tried these on at the TDU pop up store in Adelaide and we’re the best fitting shorts out of the whole range I tried on. The sizing is true I bought a Large for a 76kg 175cm 34 waist male. These shorts can go for miles after using them for the first time. Can do with some coloured Rapha logos
Date published: 2018-02-03
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sorry to ask but i am a 31" waist with short legs what size would you recommend please

Asked by: fireplace
Hi, because fit is not just dependent on height and weight but mostly on each body shape and customer's personal preference to how customer's prefer garments to fit, it is hard for us to be exact in sizing advice. With the sizing you gave us we suggest try a Small because they do have a bit of give in them and this way the legs may be more suitable. Also, should you need to exchange, we have a 90 days return policy for garments returned new/unused and with tags garments.
Answered by: sezr
Date published: 2017-11-30

Is the inside length the same as the Classic Bib II?

Asked by: vincentliu007
The inside length is the same for this garment.
Answered by: Rapha_MC
Date published: 2017-10-18

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
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