Our list of the best cycling shorts has more than a dozen different bib short options. It has more options than most of our buyer’s guides but it would be easy to continue listing more. There are so many options out there and many of them are incredible to wear. It’s a struggle to narrow down the list to the best but the flip side of that is it’s easy to always have something new to assess.
Tech Specs: MAAP Pro Bib 2.0
Price: £235 / $355 / €290
Weight: 216g size small
Colour Options: Black, Shiitake, Navy
Main Fabric Content: 71% Polyamide / 29% Lycra
As I was getting ready for a big ride up through Central California, to test the FSA K-Force WE groupset, I tested a lot of different clothing options. I had a small selection of the bib shorts I knew I could count on for a couple of twelve-hour back-to-back days in the saddle. Then, right before I had to leave, the MAAP Pro Bib 2.0 landed on my doorstep. Now that I’ve had a chance to use them on a number of rides, including one fourteen-hour day, I’m ready to talk about them. If you are curious to know all the details about one of the more expensive bib short options on the market, keep reading.
Design and aesthetics
The design of the MAAP Pro Bib 2.0 isn’t actually all that groundbreaking. I’m sure that’s not quite how the brand would put it but as I sit here and write this, I have a number of years worth of MAAP bib shorts, as well as other brands, that I’m comparing. Instead of being a radical departure, the Pro Bib 2.0 builds on everything MAAP has learned over the years and adds new touches.
As you look at them, the most radical thing you might notice are the outer thighs. It starts with an almost completely unique fabric that previously made up the vast majority of Pro Bib 1.0. This time it’s the same papery nylon/spandex mix but it’s gone through a whole new shaping process.
I’d love to tell you some real details about this but MAAP was not forthcoming. Still, MAAP isn’t the first to do something similar so we can draw some conclusions even without details. MAAP is using a unique fabric but what the brand does with it is less unique. Like Castelli before, there’s a textured element to the whole outer thigh panel where this fabric is featured. The texture disrupts the airflow and helps the air stay attached for longer. To create the texture, the Pro Bib 2.0 uses a unique weave to create…
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