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Pedla SuperFit 2.0 Bib Shorts

9
£191.00

VERDICT:

9
10
Fantastic pair of bib shorts at the premium end that could just do with slightly longer legs
Superb Elastic Interface pad
Great fit and feel
Quality finish
Good breathability
Attractive design
Legs could be longer
Weight: 
206g
Contact: 

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The upgraded Pedla SuperFit 2.0 bib shorts now feature a more comfortable brace and some minor detail enhancements to make what was already a brilliant pair of bib shorts even better – though the legs still come up slightly short for taller/longer-legged riders.

Ben reviewed the original version of the SuperFits and thought they were excellent; I've not worn those, but going by his findings I'm pretty certain these are even better.

> Buy now: Pedla SuperFit 2.0 bib shorts for £191 from Pedla

They're summer shorts with a race fit, made from an Italian-sourced fabric that consists of 78% polyamide and 22% elastane. Designed in Melbourne and assembled in China, they're delivered direct from the warehouse in Australia, though you'll need to spend a minimum of £200 to get free overseas shipping.

The new version, Pedla says, has been upgraded with 'an advanced brace system for superior support and ventilation'... and that's about it – at least in terms of features. Whereas the old model featured a brace with mesh throughout, the new brace only uses mesh at the back.

2024 Pedla SuperFit 2.0 Bib short - back.jpg

The front features thicker, more substantial nylon straps. Given there are no raised edges on the material as before, I'd guess these offer more comfort than the mesh version. I certainly found them so comfortable I didn't notice them there.

2024 Pedla SuperFit 2.0 Bib short - strap detail 1.jpg

Visually, there are a couple of changes: a reflective Pedla logo now features in large type along the left leg, replacing the row of reflective dots (those on the right leg remain)…

2024 Pedla SuperFit 2.0 Bib short - leg logo.jpg

…while four large reflective dots now feature on the back of the bibs, addressing the issue of the lack of reflectivity on the outgoing model.

2024 Pedla SuperFit 2.0 Bib short - back detail.jpg

While the original bib shorts only came in a few colours, these updated ones are available in black, pumice, navy, paprika, olive, evergreen, and stormy (on test – and my favourite). As before, sizes go from 2XS to 2XL.

The Elastic Interface Performance Carbonium chamois appears to be unchanged, but given just how comfortable it is, why would you? Pedla says the pad is rated for eight hours, which I'd say is a fair assessment based on other long-distance EI pads I've used – it's certainly up to the job, and its low profile doesn't get in the way. I did notice that the bib shorts needed to be adjusted perfectly before setting off – if the pad was ever so slightly in the wrong place it would cause some discomfort – but that could just be a me thing.

2024 Pedla SuperFit 2.0 Bib short - chamois.jpg

Elsewhere, the SuperFit 2.0s have the same high-quality construction and lack of seams as the originals, meaning they are super comfortable to wear and feel very luxurious. There's a slight compression to them, and although they feel quite substantial overall, they breathe well in warm weather, though they're perhaps not the lightest option.

2024 Pedla SuperFit 2.0 Bib short - side.jpg

The silicone grippers around the hem are as super grippy as before, which is great once you've got the legs in place, but they can be awkward to adjust.

2024 Pedla SuperFit 2.0 Bib short - cuff gripper.jpg

The front of the shorts is just about low enough, and stretchy enough, for when nature calls.

I'd suggest going bigger if you are in between sizes. I tested a large, my usual size in bib shorts, but in some Italian-fit clothing I tend to size up to XL, and I think that would have been ideal here. While I appreciated the snug fit of the large on test, and the brace was comfortable over my shoulders, the legs come up a little short for my liking (as they did for Ben in the outgoing version).

Value

These version 2.0s are up a tenner from the originals (which are now available in some sizes and colours for £92).

Pricey as the 2.0s are, there are more expensive options out there. The Assos Equipe RS Schtradivari Bib Shorts S11 Long, for example, come in at £215, and look to be on a par performance-wise with the SuperFit 2.0s, and Rapha's Pro Team Powerweaves are £300.

You can get a similar level of quality and performance for a bit less money, though: the Albion ABR1 Bib Shorts I reviewed a few years back also feature a super-comfortable Elastic Interface pad, a great fit (with slightly longer legs) and quality materials, for £155 with pockets, £145 without, but the SuperFit 2.0s ace them for overall fit and finish.

For more options, check out our guide to the best cycling bib shorts.

Conclusion

These are excellent bib shorts that would be perfect (for me) if the legs could be just slightly longer, and would no doubt have slightly more universal appeal if the price was slightly lower. That said, I still think these are worth the money given the level of performance they offer.

> Buy now: Pedla SuperFit 2.0 bib shorts for £191 from Pedla

Verdict

Fantastic pair of bib shorts at the premium end that could just do with slightly longer legs

road.cc test report

Make and model: Pedla SuperFit 2.0 Bib Shorts

Size tested: Large

Tell us what the product is for

Pedla says, "Experience unparalleled comfort with SuperFIT 2.0 Cycling Bib Shorts, Pedla's most cherished bib shorts now upgraded, elevated by an advanced brace system for superior support and ventilation.

Constructed from the finest Italian fabric, this bib is meticulously engineered to provide optimal muscle support and stability. Its aerodynamic design seamlessly aligns with the rider's movements, offering an unmatched riding experience.

The SuperFIT 2.0 is designed with a seamless, non-stitched cuff, integrated with reflective logos for enhanced visibility and safety.

At its core, the SuperFIT 2.0 features a chamois from Elastic Interface®, renowned for exceptional performance and all-around comfort. This bib short remains a top choice for cyclists who value enduring comfort and superior quality in their ride."

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

Pedla lists:

Fit: Race fit, layers nicely with base layers

Fabic: 78% Polyamide, 22% Elastane, 200gsm

Base Fabric: Italian Miti / Matte finish

Bib Brace: PowerMESH 180GSM

Grippers: Italian Supergrip

Engineered panel construction for optimal fit

Excellent wicking & breathability

Dense-knit fabric for superior coverage and high compression

SuperFIT Firm anatomical compressive fit

Italian SuperGRIP seamless, non-stitched lazer cut cuff with imbedded gripper

Minimal brace system

Italian EIT Road Perfromance Carbonium chamois

Chamois Performance - rated 7+ hrs

Features

Finished with Pedla reflective branding

Durable Nylon

24cm Inseam length

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
10/10

Perfect!

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

It doesn't get much better...

Rate the product for durability:
 
9/10

So far so good, even after a few washes it looks new.

Rate the product for fit:
 
9/10

A wonderful fit, only slightly let down by the leg length – an inch longer version would be ideal for me.

Rate the product for sizing:
 
8/10

Almost spot on - if you're in between sizes (and not that slim), I would recommend going up a size.

Rate the product for weight:
 
9/10

Really light.

Rate the product for comfort:
 
10/10

Elastic Interface pad is superlative, brace is comfortable around the shoulders.

Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

Not cheap, but still less than some... and you are getting a high level of quality and performance that should last a long time.

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

Easy, and looks like new even after several washes.

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

Very well – it's fair to say I experienced a high level of comfort, and the updated brace definitely does the job.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

They feel wonderful to wear.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

Performance-wise they're on a par with the more expensive Assos Equipe RS Schtradivari Bib Shorts S11, and although the Albion ABR1 Bib Shorts are cheaper, the SuperFit 2.0s ace them for overall fit and finish.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

They're excellent. Fit, finish, feel and comfort – the Pedla SuperFIT 2.0s are almost the perfect bib shorts for summer wear, and although a mild update, they are better than the outgoing version. Very tall riders might want slightly more leg length, but everyone else will be very happy they made the purchase.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 39  Height: 6'4  Weight: 175lbs

I usually ride: Condor Italia RC custom build  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, sportives, mtb,

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