Capo Riserva Roubaix Bib Knicker - Men's
Call us crazy, but around the end of August we start feeling a little excited for the cool weather if only so we can pull out our Capo Riserva Roubaix Bib Knickers. There’s something intoxicating about a crisp morning ride when we can feel protected from the chill in the air with our knees and bum wrapped in the luxury of their Super Roubaix fabric.
The legs and torso are made with the special Super Roubaix material that manages to be warm, stretchy, and supportive all at the same time. The Riserva Roubaix Bib Knickers will help you feel snug and warm. The fabric also works overtime to keep you well ventilated to prevent a buildup of moisture from irritating the tender points. The Super Roubaix fabric wicks the moisture from your skin to facilitate the required breathability.
The secret to all-day comfort in pair of bibs, no matter the weather, lies in the quality of the chamois. Here Capo has aimed for the moon with the D4 Elastic Interface Technology (EIT) chamois. The super comfortable insert has been anatomically shaped to fit your body and move with you. The insert has varying thicknesses at strategic points to target areas that need extra padding while not inhibiting other places with extraneous, bunched up material.
Grippers hold the leg hems in place. Available in Black with the typical Blue Riserva styling, the Capo Riserva Super Roubaix Bib Knickers are the perfect foundation for all-day comfort in chilly weather. They come in Small through XX-Large sizes.
- An Italian-made EIT chamois provides supreme comfort in the saddle when you decide to stay out for another lap around the mountain
- Foot loops secure the legs during your vigorous pedaling
- Bib features Super Roubaix fabric for increased insulation, which also works great as a baselayer during winter rides
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January 29, 2012
I've worn these on long road and mt bike rides in temps down to the upper 30s. They have a fleece lining, so they're really warm even after they get a little wet from rain or wet roads/ trails. I'm 5'6" with a 29" inseam. The medium fits me really well and doesn't bunch up around my knees.
Sweet, normal strap length on Capo Bibs!
November 10, 2011
After ordering the Capo Verona bib shorts and finding out the bib straps were uncomfortably short, I had just figured Capo wasn't for me. However, I needed a pair of warm knickers for fall riding and really liked the look of the Riserva knickers as well as the fact they featured Capo's Super Roubaix material. So I ordered them in XXL on Bonktown (I am 6'3" 195 lbs with a 34" waist) hoping they were sized differently than the Verona bib shorts. For reference, I wear XL in Peal Izumi, XL in Hincapie, and XXL in Castelli. I even own a Capo Jersey and Vest in XXL that fit perfectly.
I tried on the bibs and the fit was spot on, without any of the issues of the short bib straps like the Verona bibs shorts I tried. Furthermore, the Super Roubaix material is exactly what I was looking for as these knickers will be perfect for rides anywhere between 45 - 60 degrees. The chamois is very comfortable and overall the knickers are solidly constructed and look sweet as well. One could kick things up a notch by completing the Riserva kit with the jacket/vest/jersey, that's for sure! The only knock on the knickers and the only reason I'm not giving them 5 stars is the position of the seam on the lower part of the knickers is right on my knee caps. Regardless, they are comfortable and I highly recommend ordering them - heck, they even say they are made in Italy, which adds even more style points!
what temp range would you recommend these for?
what temp range would you recommend these for?
October 10, 2011
45 to 60. They have a very thin fleece layer on the inside which makes them very comfortable and warm, but not too warm. I've had them on a ride in temps that ranged from 45-60 and they were perfect. Very high quality product in my opinion.
By: Blder Seven
November 17, 2011
January 21, 2012
Have found these knickers to be very comfortable for both temperature and riding needs. Size M fits me very well also, 5'9" 160#. Padding is to my liking also, using a Fizik Arione saddle. Overall very satisfied.
tight, but comfy
January 7, 2012
these are some super nice knickers, i wear a large in their shorts and tried these and i have to say: they are super tight! they do have some minor compression so that could be part of it, but just a warning you may want to size up. they are super warm from the second you put them on but will keep your temperature even throughout your ride. for this price they are hard to beat, so if you want quality on the cheap, look no further!
Good, but not without issues
January 16, 2012
I've used these now on two rides; 45 and 35 miles. I really like them. However, I do have some issues. I'm 5'9" 178. Sized up as recommended. They fit very well in Large and no issues with strap discomfort. They feel good while riding although I'd say the padding in the seat is good but not great. My issues are when I got home and took them off. I had vertical crease lines running down my legs from the seams. I don't really care because they didn't bother me one bit while riding. The bigger concern is that there are two crescent moon shaped abrasions on my upper inner thigh (near crotch area) from where the edge of the padding meets the pant material. Each abrasion is about 2" in length. Again, I didn't notice it during the ride but these are litterally red abrasions that last for a while. Though they don't cause any real pain they are very noticable. Capo should definitely work on making a more smooth transition between the padded and unpadded areas.
Overall, I still really like these bib knickers and they will be my go to pants for cool/cold weather rides. Hopefully my legs will become more resistant to the abrasions after a few more rides with them.
January 2, 2012
These are possibly the finest bib knicks I've ever had. The chamois is the same as the Riserva bibs, so no surprise there. The length of the legs is perfect (some knicks are either just shy of being tights, or barely cover your joints.), and the straps are perfect length.
Not much fault to find with these.
I will say though, 40-45 degrees is about the upper limit for wearing these. I know folks have said that the Riserva knicks can be worn up to @ 60...not for me. If I wore these @ 60, I'd either burst into flames, or come home with boiled huevos.
I rode them this morning in 45 degrees and 15mph North wind, and never felt either.
They're a deal @ RC's price. Keep your eyes on Bonktown though, 'cause BT is BLOWING them out!
Wished I would have bought more
January 3, 2012
I'm just getting into winter rides; made possible by the great prices of cc, BT, and RC.com. I got a pair of these for $65 or so. I wanted to order more, but I didn't have any Capo stuff at the time, so I wasn't sure of the fit. I'm about 5'8" and 150 lbs and the medium fits me perfect; a little better than Castelli mediums (Capo appears to be a tad larger).
Man, I really like these. The padding is very comfortable, and the fuzzy lining is perfect. I do agree with Mark... I wouldn't personally wear these above 50 F as they are quite warm. but I have worn them at 35 F no wind and 42 F with a LOT of wind; and they kept me very comfortable.
After attempting some cold weather rides last year without the right gear, I never would have guessed how nice winter riding could be. It's amazing what a little preparation will do. I pair these with one of the Capo jackets, and no base layers, and I am as snug as a bug (in a rug of course).
I've seen these on BT for mid $80's and held out... stupid. Now they're out of mediums and the price is higher. If I would have known, I would have ordered at least 3-5 sets of these; oh well, lesson learned.
Excellent for cooler temps
December 11, 2011
I purchased these bibs, along with the matching short sleeve jersey, arm warmers, and socks for colder rides in Colorado winters. I'm 6', 135 lbs and got a M bib, S jersey, and S arm warmers. Everything fits perfectly. I have long, thin arms, and the arm warmers actually stay up! They are long, and actually bunch a little bit at my wrists - no big deal but if you're shorter than me you'll have a decent amount of bunching.
I got to test the kit out yesterday on a 40 degree with no wind. The bib, as people have mentioned has a real thin layer of fleece on the inside that adds more warmth than I would expect. The legs come down to about shin height, and with the socks I had about 2-3" of bare leg. The bib overall is ridiculously comfortable. Feels like you're wearing pajamas while riding! The material has a good stretch as well, while maintaining it's warmth. The chamois is nice and form fitting (no diaper look), though thin compared to others I've worn. The straps are a great length, and overall it fits pretty snug.
The jersey is a touch short (had to get a S due to my lankiness) but expected. It's a little heavier than my other jerseys, so adds a little warmth as well (not much though). I wore it with a base layer underneath, and a wind shell over it and was fine in 40 degrees (with arm warmers, of course).
The socks are your basic thin, breathable sock. Nothing fancy.