Wiggle's in-house clothing brand, Dhb, brings fantastic value to its Classic Roubaix bib tights, teamed with top performance. I could stop the review here, because that's all you really need to know. At £55 these bib tights are knocking around the bottom rungs of the cost ladder, but punch way above their weight for comfort, warmth, chamois quality and fit.
Designed to improve on the old Vaeon Roubaix bib tights, the Roubaix fabric is constructed of a mix of 86% polyamide and 14% elastane for the entirety of the tights. It's extremely comfortable, flexible and warm – easily capable of dealing with temperatures close to freezing.
Windproofing is also very good, and with the high-rise zip facilitating greater coverage of the midriff (in practice, it rises right up to my sternum when on the bike), body heat retention is one of the tights' strong points.
The 14% elastane content lends itself to a great anatomical fit – they stay tight to the skin but aren't difficult to put on or restrictive to move about in. There's enough flexibility in the fit to accommodate those with bulky or thinner legs, and the length is well considered – sitting slightly on the long side to ensure enough length for tall riders, and maximum coverage for shorter ones. That said, I recommend you stick to your usual sizing if you want a pair.
The Elastic Interface Giro Air pad is, frankly, excellent for the cost. It isn't the best quality Cytech pad I've ever encountered – my bottom has met plusher types – but after rides of 80-90km with this between me and my bike's saddle I have to say I'm impressed. I finished rides knowing I could have carried on, and had no rubbing or chafing even in damp conditions.
Other features worthy of note include good quality zips at the ankles, just in case you want a little extra ventilation or have particularly large feet to fit through the silicone cuffed holes, and comfortable shoulder straps that don't cut in at all, teamed with a mesh back to aid breathability.
Build quality also gets a big thumbs-up, which in a pair of tights of this price I wasn't expecting. They've been used in dry, wet and sometimes muddy conditions, and after six or seven washes on 40 degrees I can spot no degradation of fabric, and the Roubaix lining has remained soft and comfortable – like new, in fact.
The seams are well constructed too. They're tough and durable, yet have also remained soft like the rest of the tights. This means you get no rubbing or chafing, and barely notice there are any seams at all when actually out riding. This comfort extends to coffee stops, so you can go on wearing them all day without irritation.
A couple of integrated reflective logos and tabs provide minimal visibility, par for the course in winter tights.
My only slight complaint is how readily the tights absorb water from splashback and spray. Riding through puddles can give you a bit of a shock when the water penetrates the fabric, though I suspect this would largely be avoided if you ride with a decent pair of mudguards (I don't).
For £55, for all this quality with minimal downsides, these tights are an absolute steal. They'll see you through near-freezing temperatures in comfort and warmth, and I daresay will last into winters to come as well. Highly recommended.
Simply put: one of the best value and best performing pairs of bib tights available
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Dhb Classic Roubaix Bib Tights
Size tested: Medium, 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?
Dhb says: "The dhb Classic Roubaix is a new improved version of the top-rated Vaeon Roubaix Bib tight. Giving you super snug warmth from their super soft Lombardia Roubaix Lycra.
"[The] dhb Performance range is designed to get the enthusiast outside and enjoying their sport all year round, whatever the conditions.
"Using high performance fabrics, advanced technologies and robust construction methods, dhb Performance garments are suitable for energetic and sustained efforts. With the widest variety of products on offer - each with a considered specification, the dhb Performance range provides extensive choice for all-season riders."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
- The dhb Classic Roubaix is a new improved version of the top-rated Vaeon Roubaix Bib tight
- Anatomical form Fit
- Lombardia 235g Roubaix Lycra fabric
- Breathable and Warm
- CyTech Elastic Interface Giro Air chamois
- dhb branded elastic leg opening with silicone gripper
- Durable size 5 Lock-down YKK ankle zippers
- Reflective dhb logo on backside and lower right side leg
- Reflective strips on rear calf
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Incredibly well. The only slight shortcoming is their resistance to water.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Warmth and comfort afforded by the great fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes – I'll be using Dhb as the benchmark for my winter kit in the future.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes – I can't see why you'd spend more.
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