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dhb Classic bib shorts are ideal for entry-level cyclists who are budget constrained and are not planning to spend hours in a saddle (3h+). They fit like a second skin and are very comfortable to wear, however, keep in mind that at this price point you will be getting entry-level fabric and padding.
Product and testing details
DHB attracts many cycling enthusiasts for its affordability and generally good quality products. In this review, I am taking a look at dhb’s Classic Bib Shorts, which are one of the most popular products in their lineup.
Online shopping is booming due to the pandemic and the days of going into the store and buying what fits great are greatly missed. That’s why proper online sizing guides are crucial. Unfortunately, I did not find dhb’s sizing guide to be accurate and went for my regular S-size (instead of XS according to the guide). My gut feeling turned out to be right so my advice would be to go for your normal clothing size or order 2 pairs if you are between sizes. You can always send the second one back. Proper fit is crucial for all cycling products and especially for bib shorts so make sure the fit is right.
In my case, the fit turned out to be very good and I was pleased with how well these bib shorts sit on. They do not cause any movement restrictions and really felt like a second skin. Definitely a strong 9 out of 10 for the fit.
The straps feel very flimsy, light, and don’t strike me as high quality and sturdy. Giving them an 8 out of 10 because of this.
The padding is entry-level quality, which is expected for this price. You will feel the saddle and might experience discomfort after 2 hours of riding (depends on your saddle and overall bike fit). On the upside, it does fit very well in a cycling position. Definitely would not recommend this pad for longer cycling sessions and if you are often experiencing saddle pain. Giving a score of 7 out of 10 for the chamois.
Grippers are quite minimalistic on these bib shorts and I almost did not feel them on the skin. The shorts are easy to put on and take off because of this and there is no restriction of movement. I actually liked how the grippers work and the amount of freedom they allow. Scoring them 9 out of 10. The rubber quality is not the highest and there is a chance that it will wear off quickly.
In summary, these are the things I liked about dhb’s Classic bib shorts:
My normal clothing size sits very well and comfortably like a second skin.
Very minimalistic and don’t cause any restrictions in movement. Ideal for casual and more relaxed cycling.
Affordable price for many and in general good price to quality ratio.
There are several things I did not like:
The pad is not the best for longer cycling sessions (3h+) and those who experience bum pain in the saddle.
Keep in mind that at this price point the fabric quality is going to be entry-level so don’t expect too much from these bib shorts.
I would recommend dhb Classic bib shorts to entry-level cyclists who are budget constrained and are not planning to use them on longer cycling sessions (3h+). They fit like a second skin and are very comfortable to wear, however, keep in mind that at this price point you will not be getting premium quality fabric and padding.