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Available in 10 sizes and designed to compliment their new Elan saddle, the Italian-made X-Over bibs will set you back £219

Scicon, best known for their bike bags and more recently a new saddle, have now branched out further with the launch of their first bib shorts. 

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Like the Elan saddle launched back in October, the Italians have again called upon the bike fitting and testing experts at ASG Bike Science, part of their parent company, to design the shorts, before they're handmade in Scicon's own factory. There are separate men's and women's versions designed to support the different anatomies optimally, relieving sensitive areas and promoting blood flow, so say Scicon. They also say the shorts are suitable for on or off-road use, durable enough to use for super long road rides and dense enough in the padding to provide adequate support on sketchy, muddier trails.  

Scicon of course say the 'Power Ergo Design' of the shorts is best matched with their £180 Elan saddle, designed to "offer an additional level of compatibility when paired with each other". The Power Ergo Design concept was devised to be more comfortable all day long for riders who favour an aggressive riding position. The padding includes Scicon's Hybrid Cell System, made from recycled materials and consisting of a cell structure that's supposed to be lighter and more breathable. There's a 4-way compression fabric for the lower parts of the shorts, and the straps are kept minimal to allow for extra freedom and comfort.      

While they might not get immediate outdoor use here in Blighty with the temperatures in the minuses at the moment, if you want to invest ahead of the warmer months then that investment will be to the tune of £219. They're available in 10 sizes from a 2XS to a 5XL, and you can get notified when they will be in stock over on Scicon's website here

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He joined road.cc in 2017 having previously being Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine, and reports on all things tech as well as editing road.cc's live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.