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Castelli Free Aero Race Bib Cycling Shorts SS17

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The Castelli Free cycling bib shorts are ideal for serious riders looking for that extra edge in performance and comfort. This is one of Castelli’s best selling shorts, and they’ve improved it for 2015. The classic feature of the Free bibs is the flat raw edge Giro leg band which has been emulated on high-end shorts from all the big brands.

This year Castelli have focused on blood-flow, by providing the right amount of muscle support without being restrictive. Aerodynamics have also been improved with dimpled fabric on the legs which are claimed to save 10 watts at 50km/h (data gathered through wind tunnel testing).

Comfort is important when choosing bib shorts. The Free bibs are very comfortable thanks to flatlocked stitching and the Progetto X2 Air seat pad. This pad is simply one of the most comfortable on the market - even on the longest rides.

Fit is spot-on, there is no movement of the skin underneath the fabric - they’re fixed to your body. As cycling bib shorts go, these are a superior choice, with all the style and design that we’ve come to expect from Castelli.

Features

  • Vortex dimpled fabric on legs for aero performance

  • Forza fabric on inner legs with 38% Lycra® content for perfect fit

  • Carré engineered lie-flat bib strap construction for minimal coverage, maximum comfort

  • GiroAir mesh-like leg gripper elastic for better grip distributed over larger area

  • Doppio V construction in front for increased support and comfort

  • Flat-lock stitching

  • Reflective detailing on back

  • New improved Progetto X2 Air seat pad for even greater comfort

  • Race radio pocket

Castelli Free Aero Race Bib Cycling Shorts SS17 Reviews

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Overall Rating:
4.7
out of 5
4.72
Build Quality
5.00
Performance
5
Value For Money
4.33

Customer Reviews (3)

4
Really pleased so far!!

Chose XXXL as I'm 6' 2" tall, just right for shoulder straps. Fit is fine for my 36" waist. Castelli pad is great, really comfortable after 2 rides. My first ride was in heavy rain. Thought the dimpled side panels shed water quicker than the smooth inner panels. The shorts did dry quickly once out of rain.

Chose XXXL as I'm 6' 2" tall, just right for shoulder straps. Fit is fine for my 36" waist. Castelli pad is great, really comfortable after 2 rides. My first ride was in heavy rain. Thought the dimpled side panels shed water quicker than the smooth inner panels. The shorts did dry quickly once out of rain.

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4.5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
5
Really good

These bibs are the best model I have tried. They are well built, they are fast and they look very good.. Only negative, is the size, they fit well and they are tight as you want them. But the straps upon your shoulder is a bit short, so it can be rather tight around the shoulder and your softer parts.. I'm 190cm and 105kg, the xxxl is my size, but castelli should make the straps a little longer.. For a little more comfort.. Anyway I have to pairs and would by them again, cause of the look, the feeling..

These bibs are the best model I have tried. They are well built, they are fast and they look very good.. Only negative, is the size, they fit well and they are tight as you want them. But the straps upon your shoulder is a bit short, so it can be rather tight around the shoulder and your softer parts.. I'm 190cm and 105kg, the xxxl is my size, but castelli should make the straps a little longer.. For a little more comfort.. Anyway I have to pairs and would by them again, cause of the look, the feeling..

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4.7 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
5
Top Quality Shorts

You buy these shorts for the quality pad and very good build quality. They are light weight and great on longer distance rides. Remember to go up a size as they're sized on the smaller size.

You buy these shorts for the quality pad and very good build quality. They are light weight and great on longer distance rides. Remember to go up a size as they're sized on the smaller size.

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5 out of 5
Build Quality: 5/5
Performance: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5

Castelli Size Chart

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Castelli Clothing Sizing Guide

Use the Castelli size chart to find the best fit for you.

Note: Castelli size their clothing small. To ensure an optimal fit it is recommended you go up one size, compared to your normal cycle clothing size. 

Castelli Men's Sizing

  S M L XL 2XL 3XL
Chest 92cm 96cm 100cm 105cm 110cm 115cm
Waist 80cm 84cm 88cm 93cm 98cm 104cm
Hips 94cm 98cm 102cm 107cm 112cm 116cm
Inseam 82cm 83cm 84cm 85cm 86cm 87cm

Castelli Women's Sizing

  XS S M L XL
Chest 79cm 84cm 89cm 94cm 99cm
Waist 63cm 68cm 73cm 78cm 83cm
Hips 87cm 92cm 97cm 102cm 107cm
Inseam 75cm 76cm 77cm 78cm 79cm

Read our clothing size guide for more information on sizing.

Please note, all size information is provided as a guide - if you're unsure or need any further assistance you can call us on 01792 799508 ... we're happy to help!

Shorts Guide

Why do I need cycle specific shorts?

If you've ever spent a long time in the saddle you'll know how uncomfortable wearing casual shorts can be. They chafe, fit poorly and offer little mobility. Cycling shorts make all the difference.

Padded Chamois

Most cycling shorts come with a padded insert known as a chamois. This insert relieves pressure in your sensitive areas and stops numbness.

Anatomical Cut

Bike shorts are anatomically designed, often with a longer and higher cut at the back for when you’re in a riding position. This means you have a far more comfortable ride.

Lycra shorts will be snug with some stretch for aero performance and mobility. Casual baggies offer maximum freedom of movement for demanding trail riding.

Technical Fabrics

Cycle shorts use performance fabrics such as lycra and nylon.

Lycra is quick wicking to help transfer moisture away from the body.

Nylon is bombproof for durable riding.

These fabrics offer some stretch for added mobility and flat stitching is smooth against your skin to reduce chafing.

Added features such as Teflon coating or Ripstop improve durability.

What types of shorts are available?

Lycra shorts | Ideal for road cycling

Lycra shorts (and bib shorts) offer the best comfort in the saddle. You wear these directly next to your skin – no underwear.

Lycra is quick drying and worn close against the skin meaning the chamois stays in place as you ride.

Leg grippers also help to keep the shorts in place.

Bib shorts | Ideal for road cycling

Bib shorts are similar to standard waist high lycra shorts. However, you also get supporting shoulder braces.

As there is no waist line to dig in to your stomach they are more comfortable. Bibs are pulled taught ensuring the chamois stays where you want it.

Baggy shorts | Ideal for mountain biking

Baggy shorts are popular because of the more casual style which also keeps your modesty in check.

Baggy shorts are more durable with fabrics designed not to rip and tear from branches or debris.

Slip knee pads under these shorts for extra protection. Plenty of pockets are ideal for stashing tools and nutrition.

Not all baggy shorts come with a pad but you can easily fit a pair of padded undershorts underneath.

Undershorts | Ideal for mountain biking

Undershorts are thin liners with an added chamois pads. Slip these under baggy or casual shorts extra comfort and protection in the saddle.

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