When a former US-Pro Road Race Champion would rather buy our bib shorts than ride his free ones, it's time to pay some serious attention.
Greg Daniel is no stranger to long rides and hard efforts. And when a pro champion tells your something is worth it, it usually is. When we designed our HC Century bib shorts to solve our own problem of bibs that don't stay in place on long rides causing chamois irritation and discomfort, we had no idea how popular they'd become to serious riders of all skill levels. But we nailed it. Greg likes them, so do we, and so do hundreds of other riders. It's time to pay attention to the HC Century bib from Classic. And at under $150, that's not hard to do.
Compression Where It Matters
The HC Century bib short is constructed from four specially selected Italian compression fabrics to prevent muscle fatigue and improve performance.
Six-Plus Hour Chamois
Made in Italy, the HC Century chamois is 12 millimeters thick and uses two foam densities to keep you comfortable on your longest efforts.
The HC Century bibs don't move. The mesh grippers and uppers are made to stay in place, which holds everything else in place, ensuring a comfortable ride.
The HC Century bib shorts are built differently for different bodies. From fabrics to chamois, these bibs will fit exactly right for both male and female athletes.
Over ten hours in my bib shorts on some days, and frankly, it hurt. Being in the cycling gear industry, I had the best bibs at my disposal to use for this ride. But what I noticed was that even with the “best” bibs on the market, as the hours passed, the shorts relaxed and loosened. And you know what happens next. Yep, the chamois started moving around down there. Which started chaffing. Oh, and it was hot, too from the start, which meant the chamois stayed moist from the first hour on. A wayward and wet chamois do not the best riding conditions make. I think Shakespeare said that. Anyway, with miles and time to think through this problem, I formulated a plan.
With over 140 miles to cover in a single day, I decided to change into new bibs at every rest stop. I changed them three times that day, and it worked like a charm. Goodbye loose bibs, hello saddle comfort. But three wardrobe changes? There had to be a better solution. And there was. When I came back from that epic ride, I started working on developing a bib that wouldn’t lose its shape even after long efforts. And thus, the Century Bib Short was born. Here’s how I did it.
By focusing on every panel on the bib short, I was able to fine tune its function with cut and specific materials to address the loosening I experienced with other bibs. Then, I sourced a high-performance chamois that is perforated and can dissipate that pesky moisture more effectively. Working closely with our Classic designers, we tightened up the front of the bib short with a combination of five new materials – two of them compression fabrics, changed the cut of the pattern and changed the straps. My reasoning here was to make sure there was no movement in the short so that everything from gripper to upper stays firmly in place. It’s not enough to just make the short tight. It must be perfectly cut and patterned to conform to the rider’s body while in the riding position. And yes, we mean riding position (hint – if your bib is super-comfy standing up, your chamois is going to move when you bend over into riding position, and you’ll be as miserable as me at my halfway to DC point).
The next thing we addressed was the chamois. After countless samples and testing, we found the holy grail. The Dolomiti pad we selected for our Century bibs uses two different foam densities with 3mm and 8mm holes. These holes significantly increase the passage of air and moisture, allowing it to dry in less time than the traditional chamois. And, did we mention it feels pretty incredible? In case we didn’t, it feels pretty incredible.
So, after four uncomfortable days of thinking about it and eleven months of product development and testing, I feel that we have perfected the product we set out to create. We’re fairly confident that given a chance, the Classic Hors Category Century Bib Short will become your go-to. How do we know? Because we ride, too.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT HC CENTURY BIBS
‘’I’ve worn nearly every brand of kit in the cycling industry and have never found a bib as comfortable and well fitting as the Hors bib from Classic. That bib was a game changer for me on my long days and is hands down the best product on the market.’’
Greg Daniel - former US-Pro road champion
"I’ve owned every brand of bib from the mainstream lines to the more boutique, IG brands, and absolutely nothing compares to the Hors bib. It is the ONLY bib I use and it does everything from recovery rides to ultra gravel races. Truly the best."
Sarah Hoots - women's elite gravel and road racer
"Perfect for long or short days in the saddle, these bibs deliver. Highest quality materials, great fit, chamois contour/comfort and fantastic styling create an excellent value, everyday bib that I give my highest recommendation. They compete with more expensive $300+ brand shorts with ease."