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PBK Clothing Range Review: SS18

The PBK clothing range has been around for a few years now and aims to provide high-quality Italian cycling clothing at an affordable price. For 2018 we’ve developed and expanded the range to include jerseys, bib-shorts and baselayers to suit all cyclists from beginners to racers.

PBK Clothing Range

PBK SS18 Men’s Range

Our men’s range features two different styles of jerseys as well as a three-tier range of bib-shorts. We’ve kept the designs of both our jerseys and shorts clean and simple. That way you’ll be able to mix and match or pair a PBK item with an existing item of cycling clothing in your wardrobe. The whole range is handmade in a factory in Italy using high-wicking materials to help you look good and feel good on the bike.

three cyclists wearing PBK clothing on the bike

Men’s Jerseys

The PBK SS18 jerseys can be broken down into two categories; classic and aero. Our classic jersey, as seen above and below, is the Origin. The emphasis of the Origin is on a comfortable fit, soft fabrics, functionality and affordability. ‘Ball’ fabric, which is fast-wicking, breathable and offers 4-way stretch for freedom of movement is used throughout. This material has allowed us to design a jersey with an ergonomic cut that doesn’t flap around in the wind.

a close up of a male cyclist wearing the pbk origin jersey

PBK Origin Jersey – Navy.

The sleeves are stitched with a light amount of compression around the cuffs to prevent excessive movement when moving from the hoods to the drops. A silicone gripper around the waistband prevents the back from riding up. This also makes it easier to access the three rear pockets which are designed to hold your phone, food and tools while you ride.

a close up of black pbk clothing

PBK Origin Jersey – Black.

Available in a range of colourways and constructed with a slim but not restrictive fit, the Men’s PBK Origin jersey is the perfect all-round jersey to suit any cyclist.

The second style of men’s jersey in the new PBK SS18 range is the Crux Aero jersey. The Crux is the fastest jersey we’ve ever produced and is designed to reduce drag and increase speed. The cut offers a far tighter fit than that of the Origin. Everything from the low profile collar, skin-tight aero sleeves and laser cut grippers have been manufactured to help you save watts out on the road.

We understand that when wearing an aero jersey you’re probably going to be riding in a more aggressive position on the bike than normal. That’s why we’ve also added a zipped compartment to the rear of the jersey to store valuables such as keys or your phone. The Crux jersey is your perfect companion for racing, chasing KOMs or simply sprinting for road signs with your friends.

 

sku shots of the pbk crux aero jersey

PBK Crux Jersey.

Men’s Bib-shorts

Our bib-shorts have always been our best selling item. We use the most advanced chamois pads from Elastic Interface and keep the designs simple so as to not clash with whatever jersey you choose to wear. For 2018 the PBK clothing range features three tiers of men’s bib-shorts – the Origin, Altitude and Crux.

The PBK Origin shorts are our entry-level men’s bib-shorts. Compression lycra and an Elastic Interface pad ensure comfort on the bike at an unbeatable price.

a close up of the pbk altitude bib-shorts.

PBK Altitude Bib-shorts.

The Altitude is our mid-tier bib short and ticks all the boxes, whether you’re a total novice or experienced road rider. The Altitude bib-shorts, as seen above, feature a carbon infused pad which is fast-wicking and anti-bacterial. The pad also offers exceptional cushioning and support for all-day comfort on the bike.

Oversized leg grippers are both fashionable and functional, they keep the cuffs of the shorts in place while enhancing the overall aesthetic. The bib-straps which keep the chamois pad in place are also highly breathable to prevent overheating or irritation. The PBK Altitude bib-shorts truly are the best choice for riders in search of exceptional comfort and a sleek design.

the back of the new pbk crux shorts

PBK Crux Bib-shorts.

Our top-tier men’s bib-shorts are the Crux. Much like our top of the range jersey, the Crux shorts are designed to help you perform at your best on the bike. A 12-hour endurance air mesh pad from Elastic Interface provides premium comfort from the first mile of your ride to the last. A special embossed lycra fabric is used in high friction areas to prevent irritation from chafing and help with heat dissipation.

new pbk clothing, the crux bib-shorts

PBK Crux Bib-shorts.

Aero lycra fabric is used on multiple panels to assist airflow and ensure a comfortable fit when pedalling. Seamless, lay-flat bib straps give the shorts a premium feel that you won’t find elsewhere for the price. If you’re planning on spending a good amount of time in the saddle then look no further than the PBK Crux Bib-shorts.

PBK SS18 Women’s Range

Brand new for SS18 is the women’s specific range of PBK clothing. Our female customer base grows larger and larger with every passing day and with it the demand for women’s PBK clothing. We’ve worked hard to develop not only unique designs for women but also unique cuts and chamois pads to improve comfort on the bike.

a female cyclist climbing in the new women's pbk clothing

The Women’s PBK Origin jersey features a different stitch pattern around the shoulders and a different cut around the chest and waist when compared to the men’s equivalent jersey. Breathable, 4-way stretch fabric makes the Origin the perfect jersey for both short rides and all-day adventures. Available in three stylish designs, you can choose a colourway that suits you best.

a close up of the pbk womens origin jersey

Our top-level female specific short are ideal for those in search of a sleek design and exceptional comfort. The PBK Women’s Altitude bib-shorts come with form-fitting panel construction and a women’s specific carbon infused chamois pad. The soft, mesh bib-straps are gentle on the skin to ensure there’s no chafing. For those that prefer cycling shorts without bib-straps, we developed shorts with an elasticated high comfort waistband.

We couldn’t be happier with the new range of men’s and women’s PBK clothing. From a performance point of view, the jerseys and bib-shorts deliver exceptional comfort and a tapered fit which leads to improved aerodynamics. The styling is simple and elegant allowing to pair any piece with an existing item of clothing in your wardrobe. If you’re looking for affordable cycling clothing that makes you look and feel great on the bike then look no further than the PBK SS18 range.

three cyclists riding uphill in pbk clothing.

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Tom Bracegirdle

Tom Bracegirdle

Editor

Tom has been a keen cyclist since the age of thirteen and began racing competitively on the road as a junior. Since then, he spent three seasons racing full time in Belgium and France. A member of the marketing team here at ProBikeKit, Tom enjoys writing about new products in the cycling industry and road racing.


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