Being interested in cycling usually comes with the added bonus of picking up at least a few words here and there from Italian. Forte we know means “strength” and once you have the chance to try the Giordana Trade Forte FRC Bib Shorts you won’t wonder that they decided to give these bibs that moniker: these are the high performers that FormaRed-Carbon is supposed to be about.
For the side and front panels, Giordana uses their Shield Endurance Power Lycra. It is an unusual fabric since it is manufactured using exclusive super dull poly yarn along with elastomer and woven using the latest Super 40 technology. Giordana has used it with these particular panels of the bibs because it is a fabric that resists color release. So you won’t have to worry about the colors of your bibs fading, even after repeated washings. The material is also especially useful on the side and front panels of the bibs because the Shield Endurance has a UPF 50+, so that you will get great coverage and protection from the harmful rays of the sun.
To increase the durability of the shorts in those hard-wearing areas like the inner leg and seat panel, Giordana incorporates their Zaffiro 2.0 fabric, which is a Power Lycra that uses a multifilament polyamide giving the material a compact weave and increasing the durability, since nothing is worse than seeing your fancy new bib shorts quickly wearing holes at the inner thighs due to saddle friction. For the sections that wrap around the waist, Ametista is used as a core contour system to provide a small amount of compression. Carbon threads are woven throughout the Ametista material that helps keep the fabric supportive while also helping to eliminate electrostatic interference. The hem of the legs are made from a six centimeter wide material called 190 E. However non-descriptive that name sounds, you’ll be impressed with how effective it is at holding your bib legs comfortably in place. It is a soft, non-restrictive leg band that discreetly has silicon threads woven through. These babies won’t snag at you even if you have not quite decided to join the world of the shaved legs. Meanwhile, the micromesh uppers will aid your torso in its cooling process since the light mesh does not trap heat and in fact the material works to wick the sweat away from underneath the straps.
All the fabric technology in the world won’t save a pair of bib shorts from the dustbin if you can’t also feel comfortable on the pad. Giordana understands that, and so makes sure to give the Trade Forte FCR Bib Shorts the top of the line Cirro OmniForm Insert. It is made from three layers of varying thickness and purposes. This highly ventilated padding is cut to a unique smaller shape that protects and supports the rider at crucial points against the saddle. To ensure that seams never come in contact with the rider’s body, all stitches are completely concealed in recessed channels. The layer that sits closest to your skin is made from a special nylon micro fiber infused with Aloe Vera. Since the Aloe is infused into the threads, and not just an after production treatment, it is not something that will ever wash out of the fabric. Aloe cools, protects and even heals the skin while the rider is in the saddle. In addition, Aloe Vera is a natural defender against bacteria, so you won’t be in constant fear of developing those accursed saddle sores. The middle layer is a four millimeter thick waffled memory foam which helps with the moisture management by circulating any dampness to the outside of the short so that it can easily air out. Underneath the upper layers is an eight millimeter-thick section of open-cell padding that is hand sewn to the materials above. The Cirro OmniForm insert stretches like elastic and conforms to all movements on the bike, so you won’t be fighting your pad as well as the wind.
Though the Giordana Trade Forte FRC Bib Shorts have been designed particularly to suit the Forte FRC Jersey, you’ll quickly realize that their classic good looks with subtle Giordana branding will make these the sorts of bibs that you can turn to and match with any jersey or jacket. When comfort and performance meld so well with good looks, you will never need to think twice about pulling on these bibs for a three, four or five hour ride.