Photo: Oliver Baker

Rapha Men's Core Bib Short and Core Jersey

$150 and $115 (respectively),

The draw: Affordable class and comfort

This kit may be understated in appearance, but there’s nothing basic about it. The chamois performed just as good as bibs triple in price, and the dense knit material in the shorts provided a snug fit and solid front coverage. The bib straps were supremely comfortable, thanks to their broad cut and silky polyester blend fabric. And because this is style-savvy Rapha, these bibs come in all black or with white straps so you can better conceal them under light-colored jerseys. The ultra-soft jersey felt solidly constructed with classy details like a ribbed collar and arm cuffs.

– Cycling kit reviews by Julia Beeson Polloreno