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Rapha - Men's Core Cargo Bib Shorts

A comfortable, dependable pair of cycling shorts for every day, with pockets to support any type of riding.

Color: Black


Our bib shorts with pockets have changed the way many of us dress to ride. With two mesh pockets on the legs and two more on the back, the Core Cargo Bib Shorts carry all you normally would in the pockets of a traditional cycling jersey, allowing you to wear whatever you please up top. These workhorse bib shorts excel on every ride, from short spins to work to longer adventures.

Made of a supportive, dense-knit fabric with fewer seams around the waist, the Core Cargo Bib Shorts are durable and comfortable. The mesh pockets on the legs hold a phone or other small items securely while a curved top seam makes for easy access. Two additional pockets on the back sit out of sight under a t-shirt. The bib section uses a lightweight, breathable fabric that stretches to accommodate riders of all heights while laser-cut leg grippers hold the shorts in place. Flat locked seams, together with our tried and tested Classic chamois pad, minimise irritation and chafing for comfort every time you ride.

For a guide to our full range of cycling bib shorts and tights and the key differences between them, click here.

“The greatest compliment you can give a bib short is that you don’t give it a second thought once you’re in the saddle, and that’s been my experience with the Core Cargo Bib Shorts. The fit is just dialed, with a comfortable chamois and silicone leg grippers holding everything in place. The breathable mid-weight fabric strikes the right balance — not too heavy, but not paper thin, either. The mesh pockets are there when you need them, but lay flat when you don’t, making the Core Cargo Bib Shorts a versatile and very reasonably priced piece of kit.”

– Neal Rogers, Editor-at-Large at

“In summary then, just as I concluded with the original Cargo shorts last year, the addition of pockets might seem like a gimmick but once you start using them you quickly realise they're actually really useful. I can certainly see a lot of clothing brands looking to add a couple of rear pockets instead of those pointless radio pockets you get on some pro-inspired bib shorts. Rapha has played a blinder with the Core range. Yes, it's still not exactly cheap, but just like Shimano's 105 groupset is every bit as good as Dura-Ace, so too the Core range is as good as Pro Team.”

– David Arthur,

“Built around the brilliant Rapha Core bib short, the Core Cargo adds versatility to an already comfortable package. I started by using these for my commute, then promoted them to standard road ride duties and now I'd use a pair on every bike ride if I could.”

10/10 Editor's Choice 2019,


Carry more

Two mesh pockets on the legs and two more on the back.

Stay in place

Comfortable leg grippers keep everything in its place.

Classic Comfort

Award-winning Classic chamois pad for all day comfort

Simple, effective

Minimal seam construction for clean, comfortable fit.


Details and Materials

  • The same Rapha chamois pad used in all our Classic range
  • Black dense-knit fabric for compressive support and modesty
  • Laser-cut, soft-silicone leg grippers to hold shorts comfortably in place
  • High-stretch bib accommodates any rider height without compromising fit
  • Comfortable flatlock stitching
  • Subtle tonal branding
  • Hard-wearing mesh ensures leg pockets are secure even on rough roads.
  • Eliminate the need for a traditional cycling jersey
  • 82% Polyester
  • 18% Elastane

Classic Fit

A close but relaxed fit, longer in the torso and suited to longer rides. Regular fit is applicable to our Classic, Brevet and Core ranges.

Ruben is wearing a size small and measures:

Height 6ft


Care instructions

  • Gentle machine wash at 30°C
  • Wash with non bio detergent
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not dry clean
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Do not iron