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Lusso Peloton Pro Bib Shorts

7
£94.99

VERDICT:

7
10
Well-made and comfortable bib shorts; good but perhaps not the very best at this price point
Weight: 
209g
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The Peloton Pro Bib Shorts sit at the top of Lusso's range and use comfortable and sleek fabrics to give a great fit and a quality feel. Lusso says they're designed to be perfect for long-distance riding (rides of eight hours or more, apparently), and general comfort levels are indeed very good.

Mike tested the Carbon bibs from Lusso earlier this summer and praised them for a combination of "value, understated style and long-distance performance". Lusso is based in Manchester and makes all of its products there too. The Peloton Pro bibs are made using CoolTech Plus fabric, although I can't tell you whether that's the plain black or rather natty pinstripe panels on the sides. In any case, and as you would hope at this price, the fabrics all feel soft and really comfortable against the skin.

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The bib straps use a Cool Mesh fabric to provide plenty of ventilation over your shoulders. To the rear is a radio pocket which – for us mere mortals – also doubles as a handy place to stash an emergency gel or inner tube. I got on well with the straps, which are wide and elastic enough to sit lightly on the shoulders. As ever, the mark of success here is that I simply didn't find myself thinking about them at all during a ride. Aesthetically there's something about the way they join the shorts at the front, rather close together, that doesn't look quite right to my eye, but as no one's going to see that it's hardly a big deal.

Lusso Peloton Pro Bibshorts - back straps.jpg
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The legs are of a decent length – I'm tall and not a fan of the mid-thigh bib short – and stay in place as though applied with contact adhesive. With some bibs I find myself fiddling with gripper strips or shifting the pad around mid-ride, but these remain exactly where they were at the start of a ride, doing the job as well as any I've ever tried. The gripper strips themselves are wide and pretty comfortable, even if this style (with woven-in logos) is becoming less popular among some manufacturers.

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Lusso has chosen a pad from TMF, one of the two dominant Italian players in the market, used by a number of other brands. It's not the same as the one used in the Carbon bibs mentioned above, and it's not one I've used on other shorts before. The shape is quite complex, using four different types of foam in thicknesses up to 14mm. The top layer, which sits against your skin, is fairly flat, with the variations in thickness more apparent from the outside. It is well positioned and sits where you'd want it, with the high density stuff below your sit bones. There are perforations to allow movement of moist air away from the skin.

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So what of the claims of "8+ hours" of comfort? I used the Peloton Pros on some long rides, getting close to that duration, and my experience was good for at least five hours, after which I found I started to get some soreness around the sit bones. Five hours ain't bad, mind, and I think my bum might be fussier than most when it comes to bib shorts. It's a subjective area, and in reality, five hours is enough to cover the majority of riding I do.

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Priced at £95, these Lusso bibs are up against some fairly serious competition from the likes of Alé, Chapeau and numerous other options, including some of the big brand offerings. While they are certainly comfortable, I don't know that they'd be my first choice if I had that sort of money to spend.

A couple of minor things to wrap up. First, a positive – there are sewn-in reflective tabs down the outside of each leg, perfectly positioned to aid night-time visibility from both the rear and the sides. Less positively, it took precisely one wash (40 degrees, gentle cycle, non-bio detergent) for those "L" decals on each thigh to start peeling. After around five washes, the reflective logo on the rear is cracked and half gone. It's a minor thing, of course, and not one that affects their overall performance one bit, but if it was my £95 then I'd be disappointed with that.

Verdict

Well-made and comfortable bib shorts; good but perhaps not the very best at this price point

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Lusso Peloton Pro Bib 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?

This is Lusso's top end bib short, aimed at riders wanting long-distance comfort.

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

Features:

* Fabric: CoolTech Plus

* Bib Fabric: Cool Mesh

* Leg Grippers: 45mm SC-10

* Seams: Flat and Overlock

* Design: Anatomic Race

* Detail: Rear Race Radio Pocket

* Antistatic & 50+ UV Ray Protection: Yes

* Machine Washable: Yes

* Made in UK: Yes

Pad:

* Usage: Long Distance 8hr+

* Thickness: 14 mm

* Layers: Multi (See below)

* Fabric: Microfibre Carbon

* Padding: H.D. Perf Foam

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10

Good quality fabrics and a decent pad. Stitching is neat but much of it isn't flatlocked, which is perhaps surprising at this price.

Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10

I found the legs stayed perfectly in place on all-day rides, with zero need for adjustment.

Rate the product for durability:
 
4/10

If I'd shelled out £95 I'd be disappointed when the logos started peeling after the first wash. No other issues observed during testing.

Rate the product for fit:
 
8/10

Good comfortable fit all over, with no pressure from straps or grippers.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
8/10

Perfect, as per the chart.

Rate the product for weight:
 
6/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
7/10

These are pretty comfortable bibs and I found them good companions for longer rides, if not quite on a par with my favourites – this was largely down to the pad.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

There's strong competition in this price band. These are good, but perhaps not the best for the price.

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

Peeling logos aside, they washed fine.

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

Generally comfortable, although I experienced some discomfort on longer rides, suggesting the pad isn't perfect for me.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Quality fabrics – I like the pinstripe panel on the outside of the thighs. Comfortable straps and generally the way the shorts stay in place. I like that they're made in the UK.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Peeling logos, and the pad wasn't as good as the very best, for me at least.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Not at full price.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Maybe

Use this box to explain your score

I liked the fabrics used and the pad is good quality too, if not quite up there with those in my favourite bibs. Comfy straps and effective grippers too, so it all adds up to a nice set of bibs for longer rides. But for this sort of money, having the decals peeling after a single wash is pretty disappointing, and I don't think they're quite as good overall as similarly priced options from the likes of Alé.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 37  Height: 188cm  Weight: 78kg

I usually ride: On-one Bish Bash Bosh  My best bike is: Rose X-Lite CRS

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: road racing, time trialling, cyclo-cross, commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking

Jez spends his days making robots that drive cars but is happiest when on two wheels.  His roots are in mountain biking but he spends more time nowadays on the road, occasionally racing but more often just riding. 

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