Assos T.cento_s7 Bib Shorts - Men's $368.95
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 composing 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 into 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.
|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|
- How to Measure:
- For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
- Measure around the widest part of your chest.
What community has to say
Great shorts, but ....
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These bibs are very expensive to say the least. Then again, your contact point with the bike can make or break a ride, so the money may be well spent. I wore these for 10 hours on a 300K brevet the day after I got them and was very impressed. I'm 6' and 163 lbs --- the size large fit well.
One note of caution: the pad is VERY thick. It's extremely comfortable, but If you are sensitive to saddle height, you may want to be careful. I lowered my seat height by 3-4mm to account for this pad thickness. It seems like a drag to have to do this every time I put on these bibs. Most of my other bibs (Castelli, DeMarchi, Capo) have substantially thinner pads and are much more in-line with each other. The Assos pad is a real outlier for thickness.
I also own one of the original Fl.13 bibs (which do last a long time if you take care of them), and it has always pulled a bit in the front of the crotch, even in the cycling position. These bibs do the same, and I find myself numb part of the time. It's not a deal-breaker but worth mentioning.
Will these work on a tri bike?
Will these work on a tri bike?
Expensive, but worth every penny...
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I'll just say right off the bat, I never thought in my wildest cycling dreams I'd be dropping over $350 on a pair of bibs. I've worn Pearl Izumi Pros and Castelli Endurance bibs for the past six years and been content with them but there were always small gripes about them. Irritating seams on the bib straps, not enough room for my junk, legs too tight, bulky seams, etc. Well, recently I was going to purchase two pairs of the Castelli bibs (which have been my "go-to" bibs for about two years) but came upon the insane realization that I was finally in the position (finance-wise) to try out a pair of (nearly) top of the line Assos bibs. I was very hesitant to say the least. But when I really considered how much cash I'd spent on my helmet, eyewear, jerseys, and shoes, it seemed like a no-brainer that I shouldn't spare any expense when it came to arguably the most critical aspect of my kit.
To cut to the chase, after my first ride, I'm sold. These are, hands-down, the most comfortable bib shorts I have ever worn. In fact, I'm still wearing them now (yes, sweat is soaking into my chair). The chamois is insanely comfortable and the nifty little "treasure pouch" is a god-send for someone who has always felt cycling shorts were too constricting up front. If you're on the fence about getting these shorts, don't wait, order them immediately.
Can someone help with sizing for bibs?...
Can someone help with sizing for bibs? Both the Assos site and Competitive Cyclist base it on height. Is that how most people go with? I'm between 5'8"-5'9" but recently just went from 200 lbs to 175 lbs (waist size reduced from 38 to 34). My thighs are still fairly big, though.
Recommendations greatly appreciated. I'm not sure if I should go for Medium per the recommendations or Large.
Hi Gino. Congrats on the new healthier you! Our #s are close, I own the size L (they fit perfect). But I'm 15 lbs heaver and 1" taller. Still, I think the size L would fit you best. My advice? Try the L. If for any reason you don't -love- the fit, return them for a size M. Good luck and let us know.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
To clarify, regular length is 10 inches according to Assos. Long's are 4 cm longer. These are equivalent to the Mille regulars.
Double Century Tested
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have now ridden 12 double centuries. Every pair of shorts or bibs that I have worn required chamois cream on them and reapplication during these rides. I purchased these shorts 3 days before my 200 mile ride this weekend and wore them for the event. Normally I would not do this but I had faith in the Assos name. I never applied any cream before or during this ride with these shorts. I had no chaffing and no sores after. My rear felt like it had done a 40 mile ride when I was done. These shorts are well worth the money. Every detail is thought out and there were no hot spots anywhere. They were extremely comfortable from the moment you put them on to mile 200. Wow!!
Surprised by no "extras"
I just got my pair today and I must admit I'm a little miffed that they didn't come with a mesh wash bag, chamois cream or detergent like the s5 models did. I mean this is $370 (which they tell you to to value at 30 euros on a customs form in the event you need to send it to be fixed by the way).
My star rating is arbitrary since I haven't actually ridden yet but just want others to know.
I will revisit once I've used them.
What is the inseam length of the T.cento...
What is the inseam length of the T.cento?
I'm 5'10 and have the new T.cento_s7 bib shorts in size L. They are of normal/typical length (i.e., same as Castelli bib shorts, etc.). They extend to the end of the quadriceps.
I just measured my XLG and got 9.5 inches unstretched.
So I take it these do not fit like the s5 Mille "regular Leg" Length? The leg length is approx 4cm longer?
OK, they're here!
These are (really) expensive. What are they like?
Assos says their new s7 lineup of bib shorts are each highly "mission specific" and that the new T.Cento (tee-chen'-toe) bib shorts are specifically designed for "high-performance long-distance" riding and training. These feature the thickest chamois pad by Assos. In addition, the T.Cento can fit non super-slim riders (or more "robust" riders as Assos puts it). Since I'm not built like Froome, I appreciate this.
PROS: Of course the chamois. First, the "kuKu penthouse." Assos says the kuKu penthouse comprises "a nest into which the male's genitals are properly stored." I have personally found that this feature works very, very well indeed. Second, there is a total cut-out in the perineum area of the chamois sub-pad. Together these features decrease pressure and numbing significantly in these really important areas.
Other PROS: Very comfortable. Smooth 439 lycra fabric. Few seams. Great leg grippers. Thick ventilated pad in the sit bone area for long hours in the saddle.
CONS: These are great bib shorts, ok, but do they really need to cost almost $400? Be aware that these shorts are made in Bulgaria (Assos says in their own factory). That's fine, but does that really support a $360 price tag here or $520 for the campionissimo? I don't know. Capo bib shorts are made in Italy, are really fantastic and while very expensive, are not this expensive.
QC: No problems. At these prices, I examined every stitch. ... UPDATE: I've ridden in these almost every day for 50+ days. No problems! Still, put them on carefully (as the accompanying owner's manual instructs).
Fit: Yes, true to size. I'm 5'10 and 185. The L fit me perfectly. Assos counsels NOT to choose a size that is too large.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These bib shorts are unbelievable. I just picked up a pair. I previously used the Assos Fi.13 S5's and these are a marked upgrade. The quality is simply there. Both of the major changes (the kuku penthouse and the detached chamois) are SUBSTANTIAL improvements. When you try them on you do not quite notice this; however, both changes make riding in the saddle much more comfortable. The shorts fit true to size as well. I wore an XL in my S5's and an XL in these too. The other shorts, the Neopro and Equipe are also good but I would try each pair on because they do fit differently. Personally however, these are the best because they have the kuku penthouse, which actually works and is amazing.