One of the common issues in cycling is trying to pin price to performance. The adage is that you get what you pay for. Our review has revealed that to be about half true. It turns out the most expensive shorts, the CB Carbon 2, developed a hole early on in our testing, while the cheapest, the Canari Velo performed almost as well as the Performance Elite bibs. We generally found that those bibs in the upper mid-range of price performed the best. The Performance Elite bibs were at the lower end of the price range and offered lower performance.
These shorts certainly weren't our favorite, but what they had going for them is that they were enough to get you out on the bike with a pad under your butt and get the job done. In terms of the general affordability of cycling clothes, their $80 price tag makes them pretty accessible and they're the most affordable of the bibs we reviewed. We think these bibs will do, but a lot of the other shorts and bibs we reviewed have advantages over these.