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Six years in the making.

Assos' engineers worked with their Werksmannschaft factory team riders over the past six years to develop the all-new T.cento_s7 Bib Shorts. These stand as a testament to the Swiss brand's dedication to fit and function perfection, as they are the next generation of the proven FI.Mille. There are four new "mission-specific" models of bib shorts within Assos' technical-feature-laden _s7 lineup, with the T.cento _s7 aligning itself as the long distance, comfort-oriented option. The next level of Assos bib short innovation has officially arrived.

The main Assos-specific textile that makes up the paneling of the T.cento_s7 bib shorts is called Type.439. This fabric is used for the panels of the T.cento_s7, as it's incredibly comfortable and supportive. The material provides exceptional breathability, and it rapidly transfers moisture to its quick-drying outer surface. Additionally, this smooth fabric provides a moderately compressive hold, which, in turn, supports the muscle groups of the legs. As a result, these muscles are partially shielded from the fatigue-inducing effects of muscle oscillation that are derivative of road vibration.

Countless prototypes tested by Assos' very own Werksmannschaft (the Assos factory team) riders proved to Assos engineers that this exclusive textile provides the ideal blend of compressive support and low weight. And like the other fabrics constituting the rest of the _s7 bib shorts line, Type.439 was finished with an iceColor application, which is similar to Coldblack cooling technology in that it effectively reduces surface temperature in dark fabrics.

Assos engineered these bib shorts to provide a slightly asymmetrical compressive hold that stretches more around your body, rather than vertically. This tuned stretch works to firmly secure the shorts in place while down in the cycling position, feeling more dialed while sitting in the saddle than while standing upright. This feeling has long been known to Assos' devoted followers as the signature "click on" fit. This Advanced Ergonomic Pattern Design (AEPD) fit is ever-present with the _s7 line, and it's been further enhanced by its new Y7 bib strap design.

While the _s5's straps were spot-on from a comfort perspective, this latest generation's straps have been moved outward in the front slightly for better support. For example, while positioned over the hoods or down in the drops, traditional bib straps generally create a gap away from the torso between the collarbone and upper hips. But by aligning the straps outward, more along the obliques, the straps hug the torso, mimicking the body's movements without any gap, regardless of on-the-bike positioning.

Now for the heart of the T.cento's technological dominance: the chamois. While we're always reluctant to use the phrase "game changer" in anything we describe, the research and development of the chamois might just warrant an exception. Assos is calling it the "kuKuPenthouse." Yes, that is the name, and we'll get to its meaning momentarily. But first, as with all of the _s7 collection, it wears the new amethyst color. According to Assos, this purple hue was chosen to pay homage to the clothing of Roman emperors, English monarchs, and members of Japanese aristocracy, as the historically-significant color highlights what it calls the "most technically advanced cycling shorts on Earth."

As the top-tier chamois within the _s7 line, the kuKuPenthouse received every one of the new technical innovations to emerge from Assos' extensive product testing. The engineers began with a 10mm-thick memoryFoam material. This was first introduced with the venerable _s2 FI.13, as its shock absorbing composition returns to its original position, "filling the gap," every time pedaling position is changed in the saddle through the shift of weight.

The memoryFoam features multiple layers, with its superAir and waffle composition making up the first two. This perforated design works to increase breathability and to shed weight. Additionally, this dimpling, combined with the ultra-soft microfiber top sheet, effectively pulls moisture from within the layers below, which allows it to dry much quicker than the previous _s5 chamois. Once Assos got the chamois layup to their standards, the engineers began rethinking the way a traditional chamois is attached to the shorts. This led them to what they are calling the "goldenGate," which involves interrupting the stitching along both of the chamois' side panels, allowing a more "three-dimensional" freedom of movement in this sensitive, rotational area. Additionally, because the seams are eliminated, friction is minimized even further. But if that weren't enough, Assos went ahead and bonded its lightly-padded anatomical side flaps over this short-to-chamois junction, making the transition against your skin as smooth as possible.

And while the aforementioned is impressive, the true magic of this chamois is located at the front, as Assos removed the section of padding where a male cyclist's genitals would normally contact the chamois. In place of the padding is a soft, brushed microfiber layer, which creates a "nest," or cradle in which the genitals are comfortably supported, free of the chamois' foam padding. This is where the kuKuPenthouse name is derived, which is truly a first in chamois construction. Pressure is thus eliminated in this area, and ventilation is increased substantially compared to a traditional chamois. The overall chamois design was then finished off with a "rearTerminal" at the back—where the chamois' rear portion meets the lower back fabric panel—by fitting a smooth layer of durable and wicking microfiber in this high-stress moisture collection zone.

The Assos T.cento_s7 comes in a claimed weight of 185g. The leg panels were finished off with new low-volume, calibrated-stretch superFlat grippers to keep the cuffs securely in place, and small Assos logos accent the shorts throughout. They are available in seven sizes from X-Small to TIR and in the color Black Volkanga.

  • Long-distance/endurance bibs from The Cycling Shorts Company
  • More accommodating fit than Assos' race-fit bib shorts
  • Gently compressive material laid-out in an inimitable pattern
  • Free-floating chamois moves with you rather than against you
  • The playfully christened kuKuPenthouse adds men-specific comfort
  • Since the brand was launched, Assos has enjoyed clandestine popularity throughout the peloton

Tech Specs

Material:
[paneling] Type.439 (73% polyamide/nylon, 17% Elastane, 10% polyester)
Fit:
form-fitting
Chamois Thickness:
10 mm
Bib:
yes, Y7 frame carrier bibTech
Leg Gripper:
superFlat silicone
Actual Weight:
Black Volkanga, M: 185g
Recommended Use:
cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited

Size chart

Assos

Men's Apparel
Shorts
 XSSMLXLXLGTIR
Leg & Knee Warmers 0 I II
Height 4ft 11in - 5ft 2in
(150 - 159cm)
5ft 3in - 5ft 6in
(160 - 169cm)
5ft 7in - 5ft 10in
(170 - 179cm)
5ft 11in - 6ft 1in
(180 - 185cm)
6ft 1in - 6ft 3in
(186 - 190cm)
6ft 3in - 6ft 5in+
(191 - 195cm+)
XLG but wider
Tops
 XSSMLXLXLGTIR
Arm Warmers 0 I II
Chest 35.4in
(90cm)
37.8in
(96cm)
39.4in
(100cm)
40.2in
(102cm)
43.3in
(110cm)
45.7in
(116cm)
46.5+ in
(118cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Chest:
Measure around the widest part of your chest.

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Assos T.cento-S7 Bib SHORT

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Product may be good but problem is padding inside, it is not enough and stitches from padding rubs on your butt, in rides over 50 miles more damaging and causes bruises. I talked to competitive cyclist that i got it from and they did not honor their return policy because it was used. How do I know this expensive item is going to be good or not without putting it in actual use. Very disappointed it is not a cheap item in price to say forget it.

Assos Bib

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I am 6' 1" and about 190 lbs. I ordered a large and I would say that I am on the border line between a large and X-Large. If you have big legs, I would go with the X-Large. I wear XXL in Castelli and Large in LG. I would say the sizing compares with LG.
As for the bib itself, it is comfortable and I would say more so than my Castelli's. You will have to decide for yourself if the Assos are worth the extra money...

Avg. ride time: 3h 23m per week
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My favorite bibs

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XLG

By far my favorite bibs, great for longer rides. The chamois just disappears and the penthouse is amazing. Very comfortable relaxed fit with slight compression. The front is nice and low for easy nature breaks. I find myself grabbing these even for my shorter rides. They are on the expensive side but worth every penny.

My favorite bibs

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL

I love these bibs! They feel like they disappear once I start riding. The pocket in the front is great. The front is also low to make for quick bathroom stops, but it is not too low that my belly shows. The compression is a little light but noticeable. I like the length, not short but not down to the knee - maybe 6-8" above my knees. Everything about these shorts is just right - not too much, not too little. I just can't get over the pocket...I wish every pair of bibs I have had it.

I am 6'3, 200lbs, 34x34. I think the XL fits great

Buy Sportful Total Comfort Instead

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I'm probably going to be in the minority but these shorts are not worth the money and do not live up to all the hype, to me anyway. The best thing about these shorts is the Kuku Penthouse, it does what they claim and other bibs could benefit with this addition. Otherwise the shorts did not do the job. First the chamois is too small and my sit bones were right on the edge of the chamois at the back end but in the center there was too much padding material on the sides and it hung down on the side of the saddle chafing my inner thighs. Also the transition from the padded area to the side is done with an additional strip of material sewn in which tends to chafe me. The worst part though is where the padding material is left out in the middle for perennial relief. This area pinch my soft tissue so badly I developed two hard peanut size saddle sores....not good. I cannot recommend these bibs.

Avg. ride time: 20h 23m per week
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Worth the money. Straps are tight

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Note: I ride a lot (According to Strava, 14k miles in 2015, 10k and counting this year). Unlike many people I know, I wear shorts out rather than replace them when I crash or when they get moldy. I hope this lends some credibility to my review.

I see one and two star reviews, but few people mention things like how far they ride and how fit they are. For the record, I'm fit, but I'm not especially fast or powerful and I never raced. I'm a middle-aged man in Lycra (a MAMIL -- if someone calls you this, it isn't a compliment), a bit scrawny, and I ride 50-80 miles at a time, four to five days a week, at 18-20mph on the flats. I've been riding for 35 years and wore Assos in the late 90s and early 2000s. I moved away from Assos around 2005 because no bike store within 30 miles carried it.

I've ridden about 6000 miles on the Assos t.cento_s7 bib shorts (I'm on my second pair) and I'm basically reduced to a guy who owns one pair of summer bib shorts as all others pale in comparison.

For me, the design is almost perfect. The straps are uncomfortably tight for me when I'm standing, but perfect when on the bike. I'm 5'8", 145 lbs, and I tried the mediums but they were too big in the middle, so the smalls are best for me.

I wash these in a washing machine set to 'delicates' EVERY SINGLE TIME I wear them, in a wash bag. I'm surprised when people tell me they rinse off their shorts. Dirty shorts chafe. Period. FYI, I used Ecover wash (recently switched to Assos wash), and the shorts lasted about 5100 miles with no visible signs of wear until they finally gave out due to stress at the back of the right thigh, where the insert is sewn in.

CON: It's fair to say I got my money's worth, given the high mileage, but clearly other 'cheaper' shorts will probably last longer. Having said that, didn't hesitate to order a new pair and I 'suffered' through a few rides on Rapha Classic shorts, which I would have said were perfect before I tried these.

Highly recommended.

Avg. ride time: 2h 37m per week
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Much Needed Relief

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I ride about 250 miles per week, and the limiting factor is usually seat pain. I experimented with numerous saddles but couldn't get past the 3 hour mark with the bibs I'd been using.



I purchased the S7 Cento earlier today and took them for a 65 mile test ride when I got home. What a huge -- almost unbelievable -- difference these shorts made.



Not only was I comfortable for the entire ride, but my lap times were even closer than usual. I was shocked when I realized how many minutes I'd been giving up to discomfort.



The Penthouse is worth every penny. I've done a lot of rides trying to adjust the twig'n'berries, up-down-left-right, slathering on the Chamois Butt'r and keeping my fingers crossed, but often arrived home with some bits chafed bloody. (See photo - yes that's blood.)



With these bibs, I feel like I can finally start putting in more miles without having to bail due to discomfort.



I hope you have a similar experience.

Much Needed Relief

The best yet.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I own four different shorts currently. Castelli, Bellweather, Craft, and These: Assos T Cento S7's. For longer rides of 60+ miles, these will be the shorts I always wear. The fit and comfort of these easily justifies the price. I wear a medium size, and these fit perfectly.

Avg. ride time: 3h 54m per week
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Addressing the controversy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

These are not one-star shorts. There have been enough changes to bring out the vitriol, though, so let's compare these S7/T.Centos to the S5/F1 Mille, and the old school F1 Mille. Besides Assos making bets in-house about how feminine they can make these colors and still get hundreds of dollars for them from us (I cringe at what's next--pink lace?), there are big differences, differences that matter on your longest rides.

The universally-loved S5s were, believe it or not, a controversial change from the old orange F1 Mille. The orange Cytech chamois was a classic and is still used by Rapha and Search & State. The orange pad still feels denser than either the S5 or the new S7, and is rougher than either of the new ones. The S7 pad is actually marginally thicker than the S5, and appears to be made similarly well and is the same size. It's safe to figure that the S7 chamois has the same durability and comfort as the S5, which is saying a lot. The big difference--the entire value of these shorts, really--is in the black, blank spot on the S7 chamois. There is a cutout so there is no pressure at all on the genital area. These are revolutionary in comfort, with no pad or pressure where it is harmful.

There have been some complaints about them fitting small. Now, I'm 6'5" / 190 and have been wearing "large" bibs from Assos forever. In Assos-land, "large" means "gangly," not "chubby." If you're comparing these to a Pearl Izumi large, it's going to be very different. Assos has always been like this, and frankly cyclists who ride so much that these short make financial sense are more likely to have the body shape Assos is aiming for--you're never going to stretch a pair of these over Axl Rose. Nevertheless, I don't find that these are materially different on the bike, but standing around they feel pretty small. Why? Let's review.

There doesn't seem to be a long-leg version like there was with the S5, so you're probably going to feel like these are a couple inches short, and that feels constraining. The leg opening size is the same on the S5 and S7. The thinner material is harder to get ahold of and adjust without pinching yourself, so it might feel tighter and more irritating until you get it all lined up. It seems to have less volume, but the measurements seem consistent from the S5 and S7.

The bib straps were probably a mistake. They are an unforgiving elastic strap similar to what a heart rate monitor strap might be made of. They have a lot less give than the old S5 straps, and there is just less material on the S7s. The picture I attached shows the shorts hanging from a closet bar, with another closet bar run through the two pairs of shorts. They were even to start, but the bar pulled the S5 shorts down more, indicating that the S5s have more give. So you seem to get less volume and less give on the upper half of these shorts, and it is less comfortable. There's a lot of tension in these straps and they definitely have more pull power than the S5 straps. I don't see why they made this change unless it was to save on production costs. I'll say that the chamois makes up for it, and you don't have these aggressive straps constantly squashing your junk because the chamois keeps the pressure off. I would still greatly prefer the old S5 straps with the new chamois, but the point is moot on the bike, where the straps seem more lined up and pulling up the back instead of the front. It works, somehow.

Over all, was it worth it? I think so; I mean, I won't go hit up the other sites to clean out their S5 inventory. The chamois is pretty incredible, and the other parts of it don't detract enough. Sure, I just paid $600 for two pairs of shorts, so I guess I'm committed now, but I think they have already been effective on long rides with relentless climbs.

Addressing the controversy

Great review. I've owned the S7's for over a year, put on thousands of miles and this bib is fantastic!

Great review so thank you. I just ordered a pair but I'm returning them as they are just too short. I'm not that tall or wide (5'9", 145 lbs), and not that long legged (more of a longer torso), but there feel REALLY short relative to my Giordanas and Garneau team shorts.

My question is do I buy the S7 in a large, or do I go hunting for the "long legged" version of the S5s? Not having owned Assos shorts I'm flying a bit blind here. Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated.

Eugene: if you really can't stand the shorter leg, head to the internet for S5 long leg, don't try to make these work. Bet that Assos offers the long leg next year. I trained this spring in mostly S5s and wore the S7s for a very long sunny event, and now I have a hilarious 1/2" sunburn at the top of my legs, it's a badge of honor.

yes game changer but to the worst......

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

S7 have no proper fit, or you have a perfect body type or they don`t fit well and the golden gate pads are just scratching like a crazy. I have the whole S5 series and it was perfect. this S7 are a disaster and not to say about the seams, are crazy annoying! and the pads are too long in the front part and crash with your growing.

I agree. The kuku pad is abrasive for people who ride arse-settled-on-the-saddle.

Assos outlet is still selling S5 FI Milles on closeout. Maybe if enough people buy them and email the message, "Keep making these," they will.

Also, if I can completely disqualify myself, Brooks B17 saddles are fantastic for senior citizen riders who want to ride 3oo miles per week.

Younger riders can pooh-pooh this, but are you going to be riding when you are 60?

Avg. ride time: 3h 24m per week
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Once "Clicked In" They Are Perfect

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I purchased these bibshorts believing the reviews and marketing of ASSOS that they are made specifically for long rides. I was set to ride the 100 mile Gran Fondo New York and thought I would give them a try. I tend to have a sensitive bottom (occasional numbness and sit bone issues) and worked through many saddles before settling on the Selle Italia SLR Superflow. Then I began trying different bibshorts looking for long ride comfort. I've tried Castelli and have been relatively happy with the Progetto X2 chamois but the Castelli sizing is just not right for me. The XXL is slightly too tight and short in the torso and the XXXL is slightly too big. I've tried the Specialized RBX Comp and RBX Pro and have been generally happy but depending on the day, any ride longer than two hours, I may begin to shift around looking for the sweet spot. Once I got the chamois in the right position and "clicked in" (an ASSOS marketing term) I was good to go. The bibs just disappeared and did their job. The straps are wide and the most comfortable I have ever worn. The KuKu Penthouse is all that the hype says it is. The soft no compression fabric allows your junk to rest comfortably where ever you put it - left, right, up, down - you guys know what I mean. The chamois will not be for everyone because the cushioning is substantial. I prefer that for longer rides and it was superb. The memory foam does not compress flat but provides nice support. I like the lack of billboard graphics found on many Castelli bibs. I did find myself noticing other ASSOS wearers by the identifying purple tag on the rear of the bib. I saw many more than I would have expected given the price. Also, the graphics on the bib straps is a nice touch and eliminates the need for a tag offering washing instructions. Overall, I like this bib for long rides and find myself looking for other ASSOS products because so far they give you what you pay for.

Once "Clicked In" They Are Perfect

Disappointed

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Quality is great but the concept is confused. I've worn the Mille shorts for years and appreciated each revision, but I'm mixed on this one. First: Compression. Conforming-comfort? Impressive. Compressive-comfort? Not as. Labeled "medium"; I'd say "light" compression. The Mille's felt more balanced, the fabric, more substantial. Perhaps the Cento's lost some in pursuit of the almighty gram? Second: Chamois. The Penthouse is crazy-comfortable, and I especially like not having to stop and re-arrange. But surprisingly, the sit bone cushioning feels less than that of my now-tired Mille's. Hard to figure with all that loft. Third: Straps. The stitchless straps feel great. (As do the superFlat leg grippers!) But beneath my Assos Mangussta jersey (half black, half white) the ridiculous rear graphics show through the white badly. The Mille straps were wisely made totally black. A lesser issue, but really dorky-looking. Fourth: The outside of the Penthouse looks like a crocheted Speedo overlay. Again a lesser issue, but really dorky. Fifth: The dip in the front and side panels (1-2" lower than the Mille's) Sure, easier nature breaks (1 minute); but less supportive (hours of riding).

Adding it all up, this is probably where I'll part company with Assos long distance shorts.

Sorry, for $330 I feel I've earned the right to speak up.

Update: Is anyone noticing the Assos warranty? "Customer service that fits the performance of our products". 3 months. Uh-huh. Does all their marketing braggadocio fit "3 months"? My first $200 Mangussta Jersey began to unravel at the back of the neck, early on. No broken thread, just unraveled. Would Assos stand behind it? Nope. But I can say from experience that Competitive Cyclist has excellent customer service.

make junior happy!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: medium

once in ..the comfort is phenomenal! when you do century rides, the feeling of your private not in the right place is bothersome. it holds true pre/mid/post rides! the fabric is tight compression and durable but not constricting . i sat on selle smp( with embossed stitching on sides) with no rubbing /scrapping noted on the groin area unlike my other bib shorts. beware though!!!!!... it feels like your wearing a diaper off bike but for century ride this is the best!

Avg. ride time: 1h 24m per week
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If i wanted a pair of tights in the same general construction/sizing as the t.cento_s7, which product should i be looking at?

Assos just released their new s7 bibtights in Oct 2015.

The Mille bibtights ($270) feature slight more forgiving comforFit (similar to the T.Cento shorts you ask about); RX heavy front panels; and the "long-distance Mille insert."

The Habu bibtights ($390) feature RX medium main panels, stratagon textile in the lower abdomen, and the insert from the Equipe bibshorts.

The Bonka bibtights ($500) feature the warmest textiles and the kuKuPenthouse -same as in the T.Cento and Campionissimo bibshorts.

Which model you purchase depends upon your needs and how much money you are willing to part with. I think the Mille bib tights are roughly the most corresponding to the T.Cento shorts you ask about.

Avg. ride time: 6h 36m per week
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I'm a normal size American...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

And these things fit amazing. The comfort level of doing a 100 miles in this babies are 2nd to none. The only negative is that the legs are a little short than I would like but not super short, just a little shorter.

Assos T Cento shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Great fit - very comfortable. The "cut-out" in the insert really prevents overheating

Yep - Straight up suck

    100Kgs 185cm rider. I've ridden enough miles to know what are good knicks and I'm 100% sure that these suck. Chamois causes damage to the skin every time, even with cream. I get better results from the $80 ones off ebay... guess I'm just lucky. caveat emptor.

    I agree 100% from the S5 to the S7 there was a vertical fall, hope Assos understands that.

    bring back the old assos.... the style, comfort way better.