:: 12 degrees of separation August 05 2015
You may have noticed that roady bibs are significantly less comfortable when you're not on the bike, pulling on the shoulders and bunching at the sides; Assos even mention this in their catalog.
We mountain bikers sit a little more upright than roadies. To allow increased maneuverability and improved weight balance, we typically have about 12° less flex in our hips? Because of this, more pressure is concentrated on the ischial zone (our sit bones) and less in the perenium (soft tissue (taint)).
99.9% of cycling bibs are designed for roadies.
DirtBaggies are designed for mountain bikers.
DirtBaggies are cut with 12° less articulation through the hips, this not only matches the hip angle we adopt on a mountain bike, but it's also better suited for hike-a-bikes, something roadies never have to deal with.
The Cytech Endurance II pad has been selected for it's generous coverage of the ischial zone and positioned specifically to allow for our 40 degree hip angle. It's perineal groove not only promotes blood flow to certain vital organs, but also allows the thickest parts of the pad to move independently - this, and the fact that the bib straps keeps it snug against your crotch prevents it from feeling bulky when you’re walking.
Studies conducted by Elastic Interface in cooperation with the University of Padua have demonstrated that using cycling pads that have been engineered to target specific disciplines can allow energy savings and therefore result in superior athletic performance. Specifically, placing foam densities in the zones that undergo the most pressure eliminates the bulky sensation in favor of maximum freedom of movement to achieve best performance.
Of course, the DirtBaggies tether system also allows the waistband of your baggy shorts to be loose fitting to allow efficient breathing, improved comfort, and to keep your shorts from getting caught on your saddle; and the WeinerGate allows you to water the daisies like no roady can.
Contact points are important. You wouldn't run roady grips or pedals, why sit in roady shorts?