Biehler Signature Mens Bib Shorts
by Robert Thorpe
by Robert Thorpe
A good jersey needs great bibs, and these Signature shorts from Biehler are a worthy ambassador product for this high end performance brand.
Made from a special woven fabric, using ecologically friendly production, they’re super light, super well cut and super fitting, maximising your performance. Biehler say that they’re 35% lighter than average bibs, and yes, they do seem to be so, and yet they retain strength and movement whilst still giving superb compression and muscle support, due to multi-dimensional elastic movement that Biehler have woven into the fabric. They’re a bib short made for long and arduous riding, with a B-Skyved long-distance chamois sewn in to keep you comfortable on those tough kilometres.
Biehler work closely with top pro riders and these shorts have been designed to build in feedback, producing an improved pro-team cut. The fit and design is quite long on the thigh, which we like, as it gives the muscles that added performance protection. The shorts are edged with a wide elasticated fabric band, that’s super strong and holds this in place superbly. The material is also surprisingly tough, as Biehler have also thought about abrasion resistance. After all, we cyclists often need that! And, just in case the sun shines, the material also gives uv-protection 50+.
Beau and I both tested individual pairs of the Signature shorts, with our Elite Triathlete giving them a full workout. Riding in all weathers, they proved themselves worthy of the ‘quick drying’ tag given by Biehler. Breathability and odours are also dealt with, due to the combination of the new lightweight material weave and the antibacterial properties of the lycra. They also have a really soft feel to the fabric against the skin.
One area where we feel the bib could be improved is with the straps. Biehler have gone for a high quality mesh/ webbing style upper, and the standard industry elasticated strapping, whereas we feel that at this price point they’d have benefitted from wide elasticated fabric bib straps that sit more softly across the shoulders. It’s a small and somewhat picky point for what is ultimately a great bib short. On a very positive note regarding the straps; they’re cut and sewn into the lower areas and panelling to maximise strength and fitting. Sizing is excellent too and they’re simply a super comfortable bib short on long days, meaning that you can relax and concentrate on riding.
We’ve used these shorts on both road and mountain bike, and on every ride they’ve been absolutely awesome and performed as you’d expect from a high end brand short. Anyway, they come in a variety of block colour tones, and are stylishly finished off with the Beihler logo and branding on the sides and in the terraband style leg hems, with some nice reflective touches too. They’re a great performance bib short that could easily become a favourite and will definitely be a first choice for riders who value high quality, technicity and high performance. Biehler continue to develop and innovate with their products, and these Signature bib shorts are a worthy product to carry the carry the brand name forward.