Premium Cycling Bibs
Unique to ELEVEN vélo comes the combination of 100% Superfine Merino/Lycra side panels + 'brace', the highest quality Italian Lycra inner panels and a superior Cytech chamois to provide full comfort for those long hours in the saddle; all fully coverstitched.
The Premium Bibs are the perfect combination of next to skin comfort and superior, all day performance.
“Simply put, these are the best bibs I have ever ridden in.” BikeRumor
Made in Sydney with 100% Australian Merino & Italian Lycra.
Standard bespoke options include:
- Thread colour
Enhanced bespoke options (AU$):
- Length: +$10
- Stash leg pockets: +$6
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Sizing & Fit
The Superfine Merino fabric we use is 100% Australian grown, spun and woven. It is not sent offshore to be processed but is made in Victoria, Australia. This means that our Merino retains a low footprint by reducing the transportation required from the farm to our supplier, to us; all of which add to the already high sustainable credentials of wool fibre.
Our Merino is also certified ‘non-Mulesing’, meaning it is sourced from ‘best farming practices’ growers that ensure the highest standards of animal welfare.
The 170gsm (5.9 oz) Superfine Merino is light and tough, yet soft against the skin with a non itch feel. As the 170gsm regulates temperature so well, we use it as a base layer in winter and an only layer in summer, and have tested it from 0 degrees C all the way through to 38 deg C and can vouch for its outstanding abilities.
Other key features of Merino are:
- Fully breathable.
- Natural thermally regulating - keeps you warm in winter AND cool in summer.
- Naturally anti bacterial and odour free.
- Flame resistance.
- Fully sustainable, renewable and biodegradable.
- Ethically grown, locally.
- Guaranteed 17 Micron, Superfine.
- Not blended with other, lesser quality wool.
- Machine washable.
- Excellent colour fastness.
For a more detailed explanation of Merino wool's properties click here
On the inner panels of our Premium Bibs we use a premium level, Italian made 250gsm (7.37 oz) LYCRA®. This innovative bi-elastic fabric is soft, internally brushed and offers excellent benefits in terms of breathability, high resistance to pilling and abrasion as well as an exclusive antibacterial treatment that blocks the proliferation of bacteria.
The LYCRA® Sport certification, guarantees that the LYCRA® can reduce muscles vibration through support, decreasing muscles strain and improving athletic performances.
For best results and product longevity, we suggest the following care instructions:
- Cold to warm wash. Cold wash for best results.
- Hang or warm machine dry. Hang dry is preferable.
- Do not bleach.
“...To round out the kit, I have been riding in the ELEVEN vélo premium cycling bibs. As with the other bit of kit, these are made from superfine merino wool (170gsm), but they also include some Lycra panels for a perfect fit with the right amount of stretch. Specifically, they are made using closed mesh merino wool straps and side panels. The inner panels are made using a tougher 250gsm Italian Lycra for “compressive comfort and durability.” A rear stash pocket is built in to hold less frequently accessed items, and two optional leg stash pockets can be added for access to gels or other small items. As with the jersey, internal elastic is used on the cuffs to keep the legs from riding up.
The chamois pad comes from Elastic Interface, and it is their Tour-HP Carbonium model designed for long distance riding. It’s made from three layers of high density foam, and features their “HEART SHAPE” zone for a better anatomical, comfortable fit.
Simply put, these are the best bibs I have ever ridden in. Thanks to the large size range offered (six options total), I was able to order a pair that fits me just right. They have a tad bit of stretch to them, but it’s nothing like the usual spandex bibs we are all used to. That gives these bibs a quality, tailored just for me, feel that I love. Again, knowing it was about to get colder outside, I went with the optional 3/4 length legs to get me through fall and spring. The legs stop 4” below my knee. They worked out perfectly in the fall weather. With the onset of winter temperatures (nothing to severe here in Portland, OR), I found I could wear these, along with some knee high wool socks, and if needed a pair of wind stopper fleece lined winter pants and stay plenty warm. These are looking to be a great three season bib.
In short, this kit is fantastic. The design and styling is classy, and is a nice change of pace from the logo heavy race kit we are all used to seeing. It’s produced ethically and responsibly, it’s made from high quality materials, shows fantastic craftsmanship, is available in a size range to fit most anybody, performs amazingly well, and is very comfortable. In fact, it’s so comfortable, it’s like riding in my pajamas. And if all that wasn’t enough, you get to pick out the colors. With all that in mind, the cost of these products is very reasonable, and quite competitive. When it comes time to purchase more clothing, ELEVEN vélo’s gear will be at the top of my list, and should be on your’s too.”
“The bibs are fantastic!
The material, the hand and feel is soft & fleecy with just the right amount of stretch. The blending of the lycra and the merino wool is nice and the stitching on both pieces is super nice, flat lock and no 'rough' edges to chafe or irritate. The chamois pad is super comfortable - much like my bibs that cost 2X as much!! The only 'negative' is the straps could have a little more elasticity or give to them but that is probably because I am used to other brands that have straps that are more stretchy. And the understated 'branding' - just a few brand tags round out the whole package and make for a nice, classic, high end look instead of a rolling billboard!
I am completely satisfied with the kit.
Keep up the good work!”
Drew, CA, USA
“Just back from the bibs maiden voyage and they are very very comfy, breathe well in all the right spots, and are a good fit. Quality workmanship and the blue thread is a nice touch. Thanks”
Neil M, AU
“Further from my last post my merino bibs from Eleven Velo have arrived and I managed to get out for a ride on a sunny day sporting the new bibs. I will admit I was a bit nervous after ordering them online, hoping that I had measured myself correctly.
I had erred on the smaller side having had a pretty ordinary Winter with a bit of illness and therefore some weight gain. I need not have worried as they turned out to be exactly spot on. The bibs have a firm fit but seriously comfortable. It is all well to parade around the lounge singing their praises but until you are on the bike for a decent distance you dont really know how good they will be. Whilst my ageing body does not do these bibs justice they look fantastic.
I dont know what the seatpad in the bibs is but it is without doubt the best I have come across. It also seems to be perfectly situated in the bibs which is an issue I have had with my last bibs. Not a hot day when I did the ride but long enough to get up a sweat and very comfortable. As you can see I am pretty darn impressed with the fit and feel, no riding up at all and the straps don't slip either. Of course being new to me I can't vouch for the longevity of the product but the materials feel seriously luxurious and the stitching is perfect.
The Shopping Experience! As I said earlier I was a bit nervous when ordering as they are made to order so you want to get it right. I had no need to worry though. The Eleven Velo website is good fun with a "clothing builder" so you can work out the colours. You do have colour choices with the bibs on the vertical panels. Even more useful with their merino jerseys I would imagine. Pretty cool indeed. At $185.50 they aren't the cheapest bibs around but far from the most expensive as well. I would suggest they are excellent value for money taking into account they are made from Australian materials and made up here.
The only thing I would like to see is a gallery of previous jerseys, bibs etc as the builder doesn't really show you exactly how it would come up. I am one of those people who is not creative when it comes to colour so seeing other examples of what has looked good on other orders would be awesome, (hint, hint Gerard). Fortunately Gerard at Eleven Velo is all over social media and they are on instagram, FB and Twitter with most of their orders regularly instagrammed so you can get a better idea.
I should put a disclosure in that I paid full price for my bibs and didn't know Gerard before ordering my bibs so I am going purely from my own experience here. I'm just stoked that there is another Australian made cycling product that is of high quality at a reasonable price.”
Keir W, Mclennan Cycles
“I have been using your bib knicks for a few months now. It is so nice to have a set that actually fits - well done.”
Wayne H, Australia
“...guess I did not really state this...I LOVE these bibs!”
Lance G, USA
“Just got the Premium Bibs and merino jersey and rode my first 100km with it! What can I say just fx#%ing awesome. Keep on the great job!!!”
Stéphane, Paris, FR
“The bibs are excellent. Perfect fit and they were nice and comfy on my ride in to work this morning. I can see why people rate bibs over knicks. I am keen to order another set exactly the same.”
“...beyond my wildest imagination… top notch quality with bells and whistles galore. Amazing. Comfortable. Warm. And perfect custom fit. I’m still amazed at how pieces of cloth can come together and fill me with this kind of joy. I’m smiling just thinking about this evening, when I slip into them to go for my evening ride.”
Hector C, AU
“...Can I also order some Premium Bibs while I’m at it? (Love the pair I already have – best fitting shorts ever).”
Steve N, AU
“I’ve worn them on a few all day 200km rides now, perfectly comfortable the whole way, wouldn’t ride in anything else anymore (a couple of pairs of regular lycra knicks are lying in the back of my cupboard unused for the last few months).”
Rob B, AU
The Premium Bibs FAQ
How do the Premium Bibs fit? As we use a heavy weight, premium Lycra as well as a Merino blended fabric, the premium Bibs have a firm, quality feel to them. They may not seem as stretchy as others at first but the firm feel aids in muscle support, which in turn reduces fatigue.
Can I have a custom fit? We can work with you to find the best size and, if needed, alter the length of the brace section and legs to give you the right fit. Due to the complexity of the anatomical panel cut, we do not offer in-between sizes.
What if I want panels a different colour than what you offer? We can offer other colours on request for an up-charge if you want to order several pairs.
What are 'Stash Pockets'? Stash Pockets are subtle pockets we incorporate into the bibs that allow you to store and access small items quickly. We offer options Stash Pockets on the legs and all Premium Bibs come with a single rear pocket that is located above the waistline.
Do you use 'leg grippers'? No. We use no external grips that contact the skin in the hems of our bibs. Rather we use an internal elastic that does not contact your skin, ensuring the best fit and comfort - there is no need to turn your leg cuffs up when wearing our Premium Bibs!