These shorts from DHB’s new high-end range justify their relatively weighty price tag with an impressive performance.
Their best feature is the seat pad from Cytec. It’s contoured, made from four different types of foam in different densities to keep the bulk down and the comfort high, and it’s stretchy enough in all directions to stay in contact with your skin as you move. It’s also soft and very breathable. We stayed perfectly happy in the saddle throughout our regular all-day ride so we have no complaints at all on that front.
The main panels are stretchy and breathable while fine-ribbed sections along the sides add… well, we’re not sure what to be honest, because we couldn’t notice any difference in performance there. The mesh bib section is very breathable too and the shoulders are wide enough to spread the load, while down at the bottom silicone rubber dots on the elasticated leg grippers hold them in place comfortably even when you work up a sweat.
Excellent comfort and performance make these worthy of their price tag
road.cc test report
Make and model: dhb Knowle bib short
Size tested: M
Did you enjoy using the product? Very much
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 36 Height: 184cm Weight: 74kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, mtb,
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.