Buying bib shorts on a budget can be a dangerous game – you're just as likely to pick a dud as you are a decent pair – and it's well accepted that if you're going to spend your money on a piece of clothing, getting a decent pair of bib shorts with a good quality pad is an absolute must. So we're happy to report that Oneten is on to a winner with its excellent value – currently discounted to £44.99 – Tempo bib shorts.
They come with a Cytech Performance Air pad. At first glance it doesn't look anything special; there are plushier, larger and more 'detailed' pads out there, graduated with different densities. But used over a period a few weeks on several rides of around 80-100km, plus a track session thrown in for good measure, it stood up to everything thrown at it. It's only when I ventured over 100km on one ride that I began to feel pressure on my sit bones, and even then it certainly wasn't unbearable.
The fabric used for the legs is cool and breathable. Although none of the seams are flatlock stitched, they are well positioned and caused no rubbing or discomfort. The silicone grippers are comfortable and secure too, and again caused no irritation. The legs are slightly shorter than most on the market, though not hugely different, and for summer rides it's quite nice to have a bit less fabric covering your skin.
On the top half, the shoulder straps are comfortable enough, with no hint of digging into the shoulders, and the cut fits extremely well, whether you prefer a racy aerodynamic position or a more relaxed upright ride. There's also enough mesh to provide ample cooling for warmer days.
At this price point you'd expect there to be a compromise, and after three washes (following the 40 degree instructions) one of the yarns in the stitching has come loose. Otherwise, they've held up well.
For the quality of performance they offer, both in terms of fit and comfort, at £44.99 the Tempo bib shorts really are a snip, and are strong candidates if you're looking to buy your first pair, or you want an inexpensive upgrade from old ones.
For the money they're very good, and at their discounted price we've seldom come across better. Highly recommended
road.cc test report
Make and model: Oneten Tempo Bib Shorts
Size tested: Medium, Orange/Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Reasonably priced bib shorts designed for mild riding conditions.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Highly elastic, deep-cut bib straps with an open structure on the back
CYTECH Performance Air chamois
Unfortunately, one of the stitching yarns came loose after a couple of washes.
Fabrics stood up well to our test rides, save for the one seam.
Excellent fit and comfort from straps to pad.
At discount price of £44.99, a snip.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well - we had no complaints at all at this price.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
A shame about the stitching coming loose after a couple of washes.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
About the tester
Age: 25 Height: 188cm Weight: 83kg
I usually ride: Specialized Allez Sport My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Under 5 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding