Finding the right bibs

The most sensitive point of contact between a biker and his bike is on the saddle. This point determines whether a ride becomes a pleasure or pain. For this reason, special attention should be paid to high quality when buying cycling shorts.

The perfect cycling shorts – bike seat padding explained

Only a relatively small piece of fabric is needed for cycling shorts but still they are among the most technically demanding and sophisticated pieces of clothing. The demands on fit and comfort are enormous. The processing must be of high quality to ensure functionality and durability.

Of course, different models must meet different requirements. Cyclists are tall or small, light or heavy. There are cycling shorts for women and cycling shorts for men. You sit on different saddles in different riding positions for racing, biking, or touring. And needless to say – the pants should look good.

A second skin

The aim is not to feel the cycling shorts when riding out! But what features does the perfect model need? One requirement is that the pants fit properly – preferably like a second skin. The perfect pants must guarantee maximum freedom of movement without restrictions and pressure or chafe marks. A specialized magazine wrote on this topic:

“CREATING THE PERFECT CYCLING SHORTS IS A GREAT CHALLENGE, BUT YOU CAN SUCCEED – IF THE SEAMS ARE AS FLAT AS POSSIBLE AND THEREFORE DO NOT IRRITATE THE SKIN. IDEALLY, THE SEAMS ARE MISSING IN THE SENSITIVE AREAS COMPLETELY”

Man riding a road bike over a bridge. Man riding a road bike over a bridge. Man riding a road bike over a bridge. Man riding a road bike over a bridge.
Man and woman riding on bikes through the forest in summer. Man and woman riding on bikes through the forest in summer. Man and woman riding on bikes through the forest in summer. Man and woman riding on bikes through the forest in summer.
Woman riding a bike uphill. Woman riding a bike uphill. Woman riding a bike uphill. Woman riding a bike uphill.
Woman riding a mountain bike down a trail. Woman riding a mountain bike down a trail. Woman riding a mountain bike down a trail. Woman riding a mountain bike down a trail.

That’s right!

That’s right! We manage to produce bikewear without seams. Highly elastic materials are welded with the unique hotBOND® ultrasonic technology. Using special machines, the fabrics are melted on the surface and welded together forming very flat joints. These joints are not only comfortable to wear, but also more tear-resistant and durable than conventional seams.

The hotBOND® technology is not only used for cycling shorts in various models and lengths as well as for bib pants but also for tight cycling jerseys.

A small hotBOND® running collection is available, too.

The hotBOND® collection is manufactured and finished exclusively in Austria.

The advantages of hotBOND® can be felt much better than described.

It is best to just try it out for yourself.

Find the right bike seat pad

Special attention should be paid to the right seat pad. In the first place, the seat pad should comply with the cyclist and his or her subjective feeling of well-being. However, the intended use also plays an important role. Important factors are the seating position and the time spent on the bike. We have optimized our pads over many years and continue to bring suitable seat pad concepts for the different areas of application on the market.

COMFORT EXTREME

HIGH PERFORMANCE SEAT PAD FOR LONGER DISTANCES. PERFECTLY TUNED TO RACING SADDLES.
HIGH PERFORMANCE SEAT PAD FOR LONGER DISTANCES. PERFECTLY TUNED TO RACING SADDLES.
  • Various foams with different densities.
  • Ultra High Density (120 kg/m³) in the sit bones area.
  • Long-lasting dimensionally stable.
  • Perforated for perfect thermal regulation, lightweight.
  • Seamless ergonomic bent shaping for a perfect fit and more
    stability.
  • Super soft, elastic high tech eco-fabric.
  • Bacteriostatic and skin-compatible.

 

Density: 120 kg/m³

Strength: 14 mm

COMFORT GEL AIR

COMPACT, LIGHTWEIGHT SEAT PAD FOR CYCLISTS WITH SPORTY AMBITIONS.
COMPACT, LIGHTWEIGHT SEAT PAD FOR CYCLISTS WITH SPORTY AMBITIONS.
  • Vibrations absorbing gel pads in the sit bones area.
  • High density foam.
  • Dimensionally stable and good torsion.
  • Continuously perforated for perfect thermal regulation.
  • Anatomically pre-shaped for sitting comfort and perfect stability.
  • Breathable, soft microfiber fabric.

 

Density: 90 kg/m³

Strength: 16 mm

COMFORT ELASTIC

SPORTY ALL-ROUND SEAT PAD FOR A PLEASANT SITTING COMFORT.
SPORTY ALL-ROUND SEAT PAD FOR A PLEASANT SITTING COMFORT.
  • Long-lasting compact foam, very good cushioning features.
  • Different foam zones for ideal pressure distribution.
  • Elastic, flexible.
  • Pleasantly breathable, fast drying.
  • Ergonomically pre-shaped.
  • Cover fabric with a silk-soft touch.
  • Pleasant sitting comfort in an upright to compact sitting position.

Density: 80 kg/m³

Strength: 12 mm

COMFORT BASIC

BASE MODEL FOR COMFORTABLE RIDING.
BASE MODEL FOR COMFORTABLE RIDING.
  • Compact foam with a good density.
  • Discreet with low volume.
  • Ergonomically pre-shaped.
  • Used for transtex®-bike undershorts.
  • Partially perforated for good thermal regulation.

Density: 60 kg/m³

Strength: 6mm

COMFORT TOUR

SEAT PAD WITH A LESS VOLUMINOUS DESIGN PROVIDES COMFORT IN AN UPRIGHT SITTING POSITION.
SEAT PAD WITH A LESS VOLUMINOUS DESIGN PROVIDES COMFORT IN AN UPRIGHT SITTING POSITION.
  • High density foam but very low volume.
  • Well-placed in the sit bones area.
  • Partially perforated, breathable, fast drying.
  • Very lightweight with pre-shaped wings.
  • Perfect for a mainly upright sitting position.
  • Soft microfiber fabric.
  • Low weight, elastic.

Density: 110 kg/m³

Strength: 9 mm

Cycling shorts – tips & tricks for the right use

  • Do not wear normal underpants under cycling shorts! Choose the right bike seat pad instead.
  • It is vital to by the cycling shorts in the correct size. Too large cycling shorts do not serve their purpose. If in doubt, choose a size smaller. Observe the size chart. Tip: It is better to try on several sizes to decide which size fits best.
  • Wash them! Sweat, salts and suntan lotions make the fabric inflexible and the pants will not stay where they should. Therefore, wash the cycling pants gently after every ride. More cycling shorts are likely to be ruined by washing too seldom than by washing too often. Sweat and oils attack the material. Do not use fabric softener but use normal mild detergent economically. Follow the care label.
  • A damaged or unsuitable saddle (e.g. rough surface, decorative stitching, dirt) can chafe the seat of the pants.
    Saddle pockets on the seat post – often with Velcro fasteners – can cause chafing on the inside of the thighs due to friction. This way, even the best cycling shorts are damaged within a very short time.
  • Caution is also required when wearing clothes over it. Cord stopper belts with sharp edges can, for example, damage the thin, elastic fabric of cycling shorts.

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