Back in 2015 soon after cycling shorts maker RedWhite introduced their original ultra-endurance The Bib shorts, they also debuted a less subtle version called The KOM. The KOM was a direct reference to the Best Climber’s polka dots of the Tour de France with its polka-dotted bib straps and one polka dot leg cuff. The dotted shorts stuck around for a little over a year, until RedWhite put them aside to focus on the development of their more recent The Race bib shorts. But apparently customers kept demanding a return of the spots, so RedWhite is bringing them back and this time in a limited edition version in either of their chamois styles…
We’ve spent a good bit of time over the last year testing both the original The Bib and the lighter The Race, and can say that they are some of the best shorts out there for long distance riding and competitively priced. So if you are looking for a bit more flashy style the new limited run The KOM bib shorts could be a good option. Both versions share the same price and construction as the all-black $160 bib shorts.
The KOM Fondo share the thicker smooth surface chamois (left) of the original The Bib for those super long days in the saddle. The KOM Race gets the more textured and ventilated chamois of The Race, which we preferred when the weather got especially hot, but still stayed comfortable for many hours on the bike.
RedWhite is finishing production on the first batch of 2017 KOM bib shorts in Europe as we write, so they are currently taking pre-orders with deliveries expected to ship out mid February.