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dhb Pace Roubaix 3/4 bib tight with pad



A very comfortable pair of three-quarter tights, at a very good price, ideal for spring and autumn riding.

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Three-quarter tights are perfect for autumn and spring when you want your knees covered but not the whole of your legs, and the new range from dhb has a couple of options worth considering.

The dhb three-quarter tights are available in two versions: the Pace model is made with lighter fabric (190g/m2), while the Pace Roubaix is made with slightly heavier material (235g/m2). Both versions are available with an insert pad (male or female) or no pad at all (you’ll need to wear a pair of shorts or a short-liner underneath).

I tested a pair of Pace Roubaix three-quarter tights with pad. From the very start – a little test-spin on the rollers – they were comfortable. To give a good anatomical fit there are ‘bends’ in the tights to align with your torso and knees when sitting on the bike, so they’re constructed from a surprising number of separate panels – including some unusual diamond panels on the upper leg. This means lots of seams, but the fit was snug all round without being over-tight, and none of the seams chaffed.

Next, a 30-mile training jaunt to make sure the pad was comfortable when riding the bike on the road. It was. It's a high level option from the Cytec range and it provides good cushioning without being too bulky. So I wore the tights on my last big ride of the year, the Severn Bridge Sportive, a beautiful 100-mile circuit through the falling leaves of the South Cotswolds and Forest of Dean. The day started chilly, but was warm by mid-morning, and even a bit hot by about 1pm, and the tights were perfect. Totally comfortable throughout the ride, they kept me warm enough on the descents without getting over-sweaty on the uphill bits.

Adding to the comfort, the main fabric of the tights is brushed on the inside to give a slight ‘fleecy’ feel, while the straps and back of the bib are made from a mesh to allow a bit of breathing. The front of the bib is quite high, but it didn’t crease or ruck when riding on the drops.

To make the tights easier to put on, and for male pee stops, there’s a YKK zip at the front. Other features include silicon grippers to stop the tights riding up your legs, and a little orange Cytec tab in the seam at the back. Also on the rear-end is the dhb wording and logo in reflective white, and there’s a little logo in red on the right leg too.

I’ll use these tights into early winter on any day there’s a hint of warmth in the air, then I'll probably put them away until March. I prefer three-quarters unless it’s really cold, and often prefer them when it’s raining as the bottom of full-length tights can sometimes get baggy when wet, whereas water just falls off bare shins – especially if you rub in a bit of Vaseline before setting off. No? Oh, just me then.

All the dhb Pace and Pace Roubaix legwear products are available in black only. The lighter fabric Pace model is £36, and the versions without pads are a few quid less again.


A very comfortable pair of three-quarter tights, at a very good price, ideal for spring and autumn riding. test report

Make and model: DHB Pace Roubaix 3/4 bib tight with pad

Size tested: S

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

The Wiggle website says this: "Our PACE ROUBAIX leg wear is made from brushed Italian, 235g lycra. The Roubaix fabric is manufactured by MITI, who are one of Europe’s leading stretch performance fabric specialists. The 80% polyamide 20% elastane content offers unprecedented warmth as well as compression, breathability and durability as standard. The inside face of the fabric is soft and luxurious to touch. These are your winter saviors and will keep your warm and comfortable whatever the weather."

I'm not sure about *whatever* the weather, but for spring and autumn riding these do the job very well indeed.

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Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 49  Height: 5ft 10 / 178cm  Weight: 11 stone / 70kg

I usually ride: An old Marin Alp  My best bike is: An old Giant Cadex

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: touring, club rides, sportives, mtb,


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Fringe | 13 years ago

i just gotta a pair of them the other day, but haven't taken them out for a spin yet, still 3/4 lengths weather wise for me at the moment. seem okay, esp. for the money but not sure about the seams, not flat stitched but the pad looks top dog.

i'm 1.55m, 0.78m waist, 63kg. Aries.  4

David Else | 13 years ago

Now the weather's got a bit colder, I'll be reviewing a pair of long tights from dhb here soon (the Pace Super Roubaix windstopper bib tights, to use their full name). I've got size Small, and haven't done a long ride in them yet, but trying them on in the test lab, they fit fine. I'm 5ft 10in, 30in waist, 11 stone, Sagittarius.

amazon22 | 13 years ago

Just got a tights version and sent them straight back - the odd ball sizing hasn't improved from the previous models. I'm 5'11 and bought the XXL which fitted my 38 waist just fine, legs the right length but then - impossible to get the upper half on! The straps are ridiculously short, exactly as the 09 model. Given that wiggle's sizing says these will fit 6'4 I'm incredulous. I compared them to the equivalent Endura's - their straps are some 4 inches longer.

Tony Farrelly | 13 years ago

If they don't fit might be worth returning them to Wiggle, they do seem to have a pretty good returns policy, and either getting a refund or going up a size.

G-bitch replied to Tony Farrelly | 13 years ago
tony_farrelly wrote:

If they don't fit might be worth returning them to Wiggle, they do seem to have a pretty good returns policy, and either getting a refund or going up a size.

I already returned for the larger size - they fit OK, it's just the gripper is a little tight and the seam huuuuge. Can't expect too much though for not much more than £30!

G-bitch | 13 years ago

What timing - I got a pair of these last week and gave them a baptism of fire on a 200km audax on the Saturday, that includes a couple of hours sat in the car in them, not ideal....
Have to say that I didn't have such a positive experience - after sizing up to a L contrary to the sizing guide (too tight on my legs!), I had some seriously sore calfs from the enormous seams around the gripper. I'm starting an Assos fund - stuff like this just doesn't seem to be cut out for anything more than your average club run.

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