GORE Wear is kicking off its 2019 Spring/Summer Collection with a completely new bib shorts concept. The design is called ‘central torso architecture’ and keeps the seat insert in the correct position, helping to ensure maximum comfort.
The collection comprises three purpose-built bib shorts designs – one for competitive racers, one for cyclists who spend a long time in the saddle and one for hot weather conditions. The new shorts have been designed in collaboration with Olympic cycling champion Fabian Cancellara.
Head of Design at GORE Wear, Clemens Deilmann, reportedly had the idea several years ago: ‘a bib short design that stems from the central torso and keeps the seat insert in the correct position no matter what.’ After much tweaking, the new cycle apparel offering is being unveiled with the international GORE Wear athletes and current Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara for the Spring/Summer 2019 season.
GORE Wear’s new ‘central torso architecture’ builds the bib shorts’ design concept around the seat insert. In common constructions the seat insert is usually applied to an engineered bib short ‘shell’. When riding, GORE Wear adds that bib short straps exert multi-directional tension on the seat insert and the stretchy fabric of the bib short.
The company claims that, with ‘central torso architecture… everything revolves around the seat insert and how it is connected to the body and the bib shorts.’ This design keeps the seat insert in position – and thus provides a stable but sensitive connection between rider and bike.
What all the seat inserts also have in common is the ergonomically shaped and patented GORE WINDSTOPPER Cup. This is ‘breathable in summer to prevent overheating while being preventative from wind and over-cooling.’
GORE Wear adds that the use of elastic stretch materials also enables range of motion for a rider’s legs while simultaneously helping to eliminate most of the usual seams thanks to clever pre-formed cuts. The wide, seamless shoulder straps and the silicone thigh cuffs put the finishing touch to the fit.
Fabian Cancellara, current Olympic champion and GORE Wear ambassador, was involved in the development at an early stage, especially when it came to the fit and details such as leg cuffs, seam placement or the degree of compression. He said “The best shorts throughout my professional career were always the ones I could barely feel. And these new Race Bib Shorts are so wonderfully unobtrusive that you could simply stay in the saddle forever.”
The C7 Race Bib Shorts+ use a new lightweight, non-abrasive and woven 4-way stretch material with a compact seat for muscle support without limiting range of motion – ‘ideal for competitions and hard training’. The pre-formed Expert Race seat insert provides comfort through the use of open-cell foams paired with a dense, pressure-resistant foam at the precise point where the bones meet the saddle in the extended racing position.
The C7 Long Distance Bib Shorts+, made from non-abrasive knitted 4-way stretch material, is for longer rides. The straps are soft and do not dig in, the thick knit fabric is opaque, comfortable and soft, and ‘provides comfort and a safe seat even after many kilometres on the bike’. The Expert Long Distance seat insert is the same design as the Expert Race seat insert but provides more comfort in various positions on the bike (normal on longer rides) thanks to the more generous use of pressure-resistant foam.
The C7 Vent Bib Shorts+ are tailor-made for the hot and humid conditions of midsummer. The fast-drying, elastic fine knit fabric of these minimalist shorts feels cool in the heat thanks to their heat and moisture-wicking properties. The fabric is non-abrasive and opaque. Cleverly placed perforations add extra cooling, even when the race heats up. The exclusive Expert Vent seat insert provides a blend of comfort and ventilation on hot days thanks to its open-cell and simultaneously pressure-resistant foams across the entire seat. It reportedly absorbs only a tiny amount of moisture and dries quickly.