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Spokesman Team Shorts

7
£100.00

VERDICT:

7
10
Quality bib shorts with good performance and comfort
Weight: 
0g

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One hundred pounds is probably the tipping point for many cyclists when shopping for road cycling bib shorts, and this new offering from British brand Spokesman offers a good fit and performance, comfortable padded insert and smart styling and compare favourably with similarly priced offerings.

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Spokesman is a new cycling clothing that launched with a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014. Since then, it has seen its popularity surge, and it's gaining more presence in retail outlets, including very recently Cycle Surgery.

Read more: Best cycling bib shorts

What the company aims to provide is "stylish product with cutting-edge fabrics". Nothing new there, that's a similar claim lots of companies might make. Spokesman founder Nathan Gibbons comes from a 20-year stint in the clothing business and his expertise shows, as these are very well made and the performance and fit not only matches shorts in the same price bracket but more expensive bib shorts as well.

The padded insert is where the bulk of the money goes when you buy a pair of bib shorts, so let's start there. Spokesman uses a high-quality Cytech padded insert. Cytech, in case you're wondering, is a company that specialises in padded inserts and supplies many cycle clothing brands. It's a simple-looking pad (and very yellow) but has deeper foam where your sit bones contact the saddle, and thinner foam at the edges. It provides good comfort for club rides or long sportives. It's a well-shaped pad too and stays in place.

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Holding the padded insert in place, because that's really the primary job of the rest of the bib shorts, is a mix of Power Lycra side panels and a mesh fabric for front and rear centre and underneath the padded insert. There are sticky silicone inserts lining the short openings to keep the hem from riding up. There's a lighter mesh material used for the panel that sits over your back, and two wide elastic bib straps spread the pressure evenly over the shoulders, and there are no seams to irritate if wearing without a base layer. The shorts are constructed with flat-lock stitching throughout.

They're good-looking shorts. There's a thick band of reflective material on the right leg that is a bonus for late evening or night time rides and complements the orange band at the end of the shorts as well. There's a large Spokesman logo on the other leg and a radio pocket features on the back of the shorts. I never find much use for radio pockets on bib shorts, but if you want an extra pocket for an MP3 player or something else, it's there.

You're spoilt for choice if you want high-quality bib shorts these days and these Spokesman Team Shorts provide offer all the performance, comfort and fit you could want. There's really not much to dislike about these shorts at all. The one feature that wins for me is the large reflective band, which manages to look reasonably stylish.

Verdict

Quality bib shirts with good performance and comfort

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Spokesman Team Shorts

Size tested: Medium

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?

Developed in conjunction with the world authority on cycling pads Cytech, Spokesman Team Shorts feature a flush base layer foam which dovetails into the sides to prevent chafing. Two high density foam pads cushion the perennial area which helps to tackle saddle sores that can kick in in the middle of your ride, whilst seamless elastic tape eliminates nipple rub. With great stretch from Power lycra and using a built in silicone gripper, your shorts will be comfortable throughout your 6 hour ride.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Highly Breathable Back

Flat Lock Stitching

Radio Pocket

Power Lycra

Reflective Glass Particle Strip

Deluxe Pad by Cytech

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for fit:
 
7/10
Rate the product for sizing:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

You can spend a lot of money on bib shorts, but as these Spokesman Team Shorts prove, you really don't have to these days

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

No problem going through multiple washing machine cycles

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Good comfort for long rides

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The reflective leg band

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The unnecessary radio pocket on the back

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Maybe

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe

Use this box to explain your score

Nicely appointed bib shorts that don't cost the earth

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 31  Height: 180  Weight: 67

I usually ride:   My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,

David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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