Fizik Link R1 bib­shorts

£230, ex­trauk.co.uk

Cyclist - - New Gear -

ycling doesn’t need an­other cloth­ing brand. That’s not our view – that’s the opin­ion of Al­berto Fonte, brand direc­tor at Fizik. ‘We don’t want to be an­other cloth­ing brand,’ he tells Cy­clist. ‘We sim­ply want to give rid­ers the best ex­pe­ri­ence they can have from their sad­dle in­ter­face.’

Deter­min­ing the com­fort of a rider’s back­side is no sim­ple task, but Fizik claims that its three years of data collection and lab­o­ra­tory stud­ies of the hu­man form have led it to the con­clu­sion that the se­cret to a comfy perch lies in hav­ing the right bibs to match the sad­dle, which is why it has cre­ated a new range of shorts.

Fizik’s sad­dles come in three shapes – Bull (Aliante), Chameleon (Antares) or Snake (Ari­one) – de­pend­ing on your body shape and flexibility, and there are three Link bib­shorts to cor­re­spond with the sad­dles. Each has a specif­i­cally tai­lored Elas­tic In­ter­face pad; for ex­am­ple the Snake short, op­ti­mised for the Ari­one sad­dle, has a pre­formed pad shaped with thin­ner but denser foam, plus the bibs are longer on the back and shorter at the front for the rider who can achieve an ag­gres­sive po­si­tion. At the other ex­treme, the Bull is a to­tally dif­fer­ent pad con­struc­tion, much larger and shaped so com­fort is tuned for a more up­right body pos­ture.

Two lev­els of the short are avail­able, R1 be­ing the top-end race level, while the R3 is a cheaper al­ter­na­tive at £150. Re­gard­less of how good the shorts are, though, one prob­lem re­mains. With no match­ing jersey, we’re left with a se­ri­ous wardrobe dilemma.

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