Assos T.equipe_S7 Bib Shorts - Men's

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lean, mean, and ready to race.

Developed in conjunction with Assos' Werksmannschaft factory team riders over the past six years, the all-new T.equipe_s7 Bib Shorts stand as a testament to the Swiss brand's dedication to race-tuned perfection. So, to all who've ridden in the legendary FI.13, these build from their proven platform. There are four new "mission-specific" models of bib shorts within Assos' technical-feature-laden _s7 lineup, with the T.equipe _s7 aligning itself as the low-volume race-fit option. Six patents and nine innovations later, a new level of technological firepower has officially been unleashed on the world of cycling apparel design.

The main Assos-specific textile that makes up the paneling of the T.equipe_s7 bib shorts is called Type.439. This fabric is used for the five low-volume panels of the T.equipe_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. Prototypes tested by Assos' very own Werksmannschaft (the Assos factory team) riders proved to Assos engineers that this exclusive textile provided 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. A cool, dry, and fresh feeling is the result, which complements your body's fully supported lower half.

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.

And now for the core of the T.equipe's technological dominance: the chamois. 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 one of the top-end chamois within the _s7 line, it received the bulk of Assos' technical innovations to emerge from its extensive product testing. The engineers began with an 8mm-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 extended the chamois' thinly-padded sides over this short-to-chamois junction, making the transition against your skin as smooth as possible.

The Assos T.equipe_s7 comes in a claimed weight of 168g, which is the second lightest of the four new shorts in the _s7 collection. 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.

Tech Specs

Material:
[paneling] Type.439 (70% polyamide, 18% elastane, 12% polyester)
Season:
summer
Fit:
race cut
Chamois:
S7
Chamois Thickness:
8 mm
Bib:
yes, Y7 frame carrier bibTech
Leg Gripper:
superFlat silicone
Actual Weight:
Black Volkanga, M: 175g
Recommended Use:
road cycling, racing
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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Avg. ride time: 10h 21m per week
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Disappointed

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Medium

Long time Assos user, through s5 were my favorite all time bibs. These have several issues.

1. Legs are too long
2. Quality seems lower on the stitching and after 2 rides some wear is clearly visible on the inside of the leg that took an entire year to develop with the old generation Assos bibs.
3. Pad is bunching in spots and less comfortable than the S5 bibs. Could be due to the sizing being larger with this pair.
4. Medium is larger than normal, needed a small when I normally wear a medium.

The good:

1. Great leg grippers
2. Good straps
3. Great material feel and cooling on hot days.

Overall not worth 250 in my opinion. If they come down in price I might try a small and see if this solves some of the problems.

Overrated and WAY Overpriced

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Size Bought: Large

Decent pair of bibs but in no way are they any better than any other brand and certainly not worth the hefty price tag. You can probably get 2 pairs of Giordana or Castelli or Craft for about the same price as for a pair of these. In the end I guess you're paying for the brand name because nothing about these distinguishes them from other top brands. The old Assos style shorts were in my opinion much better and worth the money.

100 % agree, the old models were much higher quality.

Avg. ride time: 9h 21m per week
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Wow - Amazing Fit

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

I'm 5'10" 165 lbs and the medium fits me perfectly. At first I thought the leg grippers were too loose, but then realized the they should ride up higher on your quad, not down by the knee, as some other shorts do (e.g. Castelli). The chamois -- as most reviewers have mentioned -- is what makes these shorts feel amazing, both on and off the bike. The flat straps also stop that annoying nipple rub that happens with many shorts (including Castelli). A Competitive Cyclist salesperson tried to convince me to switch from Castelli to Assos several years ago and I resisted. Now I only regret that I did not make the switch sooner. They are well worth the money!

Quality bib

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

Great fit. Wider set straps felt odd for a while but work nicely. Extra room for genitals is comfortable but negatively that does allow more movement when hitting bumps (a bit sensitive after hernia surgery). Very comfortable chamois. Has worked nicely in 80-95 temperatures on 2-5 hour outings. But, I consider the high end Endura & Garneau bibs as viable alternatives for a bit less coin.

Avg. ride time: 2h 46m per week
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Its the Chamois

  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Small

I find the Assos sizing by height to be screwy. I wear an XS in the NeoPro and bought a S in the Equipe due to its tighter cut. According to my height I should wear a M which would be way too big. The Equipe in size S is not tight on me but snug enough to wear. I purchased the Equipe because it was on sale for $10 more than I paid for the NeoPro. Well how do I like them?

I buy Assos because of the chamois. You can feel the difference. I like the lower cut of the front of the Assos shorts as they don't constrict my breathing as much as other bib shorts. I find I do like the Equipe better than the NeoPro because the chamois seems to be cut better. I find that I get some bunching and folding of the chamois with the NeoPro but not with the Equipe. The NeoPro is a slippery fabric where as the Equipe is not. Not sure if that's good or bad. What I find is that when I'm wearing the Equipe, I don't really feel the shorts. In other words the Equipe's don't interfere with pedaling and that's what shorts should do. I always worry about shorts you have to stretch with each pedal stroke.

Equipe: Recommended

Avg. ride time: 6h 6m per week
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Really good, but short of great

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

These bibs are really good in every way, and just not great in any way. The chamois is really nice, but I find it a little to thick along the edge. It does provide really good padding for long rides, but kinda feels like an adult diaper. I have Capos that give as good padding, but don't make me feel geriatric. The straps are really nice, but a hair to snug. I am 5'7 and do not have a long torso. They are truly uncomfortable, but I feel them pulling down on the shoulder. The compression is snug, but not firm. I prefer firm in my distance Shorts. For this price point I will stick to Capo GS's.

No more brand X bibs for me.

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XLG

In 45 years of riding in Houston heat these are the coolest bib shorts ever. Assos legs are longer than most and being tall I like that. The legs don't pull up or move. As soon as you start riding they disappear and you forget about them. Worth every penny in a hot climate. When Fall comes I will be buying the Fall Winter Spring model.

Assos products are simply the best

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Xlg

Just picked up my 2nd pair of these bibs. By far the most comfortable bibs I've ever worn. The flat straps are super can't even tell they are there. The chamois has the exact amount of padding for a 30 mile ride or a 75 mile ride.

Best Bib Shorts.

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: large

These have been my third pair of ASSOS bib shorts and they fit and feel great. And the best part is they are extremely comfortable.

I am exactly the same size and have been wearing Giordana, and most Euro brands, in large and medium in Pearl bibs, etc. Do you always wear a Large in Assos?

No Flatlock?

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I'm disappointed that Assos doesn't use flatlock stitching on a short at this price point. I can't remember the last pair of shorts I bought that didn't use flatlock stitching on the legs. Its a shame as the shorts seem to be otherwise good. The pad seems one of the best and the fit is good.

Light, comfort, breathability

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

I really like these. Compared to my Silverline Giodarna which I've had for over two year the chamois doesn't bunch, move or shrink (not yet at least). Swapped these for a pair of CRAFT bibs whose straps just scrapped the hell out of my nips.
These are super comfy, especially in Spring weather. I do wonder if they could be a little more breathable in the back

Avg. ride time: 4h 26m per week
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Size down?

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: L

149 lb 6' 1"

Everyone I have been hearing says size down. I just received a L for myself, 29" waist, 149lb 6'1" and I will be trying a M or S. I size S for Castelli and Rapha; I found going by Assos's chart that I don't get much compression legs to the point where the material isn't stretching much at all, and the straps are giving very little compression. For a product that is race cut, I infer that I am a size or two too large. The front of the bibs as others have commented rides a bit low too.

Too early to give ride review but suggest sizing down compared to the size chart if you're in race shape.

Here's an update. I did get to try M and S sizes as well. Guess I'm going with my tried and true as M felt like an improvement but still felt a little loose. Leg elastic was still baconing a little.

S fits very similarly to my Rapha Classic Bibs and so it looks like I will keep this size. Get good compression all round.

I agree with you completely, I'm 6' 1 1/2, 162lb on average (156-165), 32 waist. I bought an XL based on their size chart and it's at least one or two sizes too big through the midsection and less compression than I prefer in the legs. I have no idea why manufacturers make 'race fit' clothing that is made to accommodate a large belly. The length of the straps though is nice, maybe a slight bit long but far far better than Castelli which in an XL fits me perfectly in the legs and midsection but has straps that are significantly too short.

The Best I ever had!!

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

Specs: Male, 6' 3" 175 pounds
After 36 years in the saddle with such names like Pearl Izumi, Louis G and Castelli, I felt I owed it to myself with the Best: Giordana Forma Red Carbon and an Assos Equip. The perfect blend would be the ‘Red’ from the waist up, with the Assos from the waist down. No complaints, though. The straps totally disappear as they hug my base layer in place. Because I am not physically challenged, unlike the Assos, my bibs don’t dip below my belly button when I need a nature break.
In closing, I would highly recommend both these makes (same price, too!) if you plan days of 3+ hours in the saddle.

We are close in height and weight, what size bib fit you best?

Giordana Forma Red Carbon: XXL
Assos Equip: XLG

Ordered XLG and XL based on Robert C. review......I am also 6'3'' 175lbs. Keeping the XL, returning the XLG. The XLG were to large in waist area and moved around.....felt fine in legs but loose in waist/straps. Amazing shorts.....coming from performance brand these are like going from 9speed 105 to Dura Ace Di2.

I am 5'6 155lbs, not race type body. Should I get a M or L?

Best Answer

BLe, I am almost the same height and weight as you, with 32 waist. I have these in a medium and they are fine for me - also wear medium in just about everything except for Castelli bib tight which I wear a large. There is definitely a compression fit around the thighs, maybe a little more than the Giordana bibs that I alternatively wear. The chamois is great. As others have commented on, the straps may take a bit of getting used to as they may feel a little tight especially when standing and not on the bike.

Thanks Jonathan. I got the M, and yes it does fit well. As for Castelli, even the L Areo is somewhat tight, I wished I had an XL on that.

The Medium will fit you well with adequate compression for cycling.

Don't let race cut prevent purchase

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great bib! I am 60+ and in reasonable shape but NOT a racer body like the pros. 6' and 185 but longer in the torso and a 36" waist. Size chart indicates a Large. Large size was comfortably snug in the legs and a nice overall fit except the pad was pulled up a bit too tight--presumably due to straps/torso length. So I tried an XL. XL was snug in the legs and overall fit was just like the L but a bit more comfortable with the pad. Also tried on the Cento but pad felt a bit thick.
The XL is nicely compressive but not too tight. The "pocket" in the front part of the pad makes this bib wonderful. I own several higher end bibs from other companies but nothing compares! Most comfortable bib I own---so nice I now own 3. Do yourself a favor and don't let the race cut description concern you. Just get these. You won't be sorry!

GREAT review, I am in, pulling the triggger 6'0" 165lbs long toso 34 waist going for the XL
thanks, Rick
Cheers
John

Too thick pad, not progressive thickness

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Some aspects of this bib are great. Its very well made, nice wide straps that don't twist, and comfortable in the crotch with a bit more room than other bibs. That extra roominess up front, along with the padding, can give a bit of a bulging look though so be advised.

The real issue I had with this product though, and why I ended up returning it, is that the pad is just too thick, and also lacks a progressive design like the Castelli's I own. Basically on the Castelli the pad is thick under the sit bones but then tapers down thinner towards the edges. The Assos is nice and thick under the sit bones, but stays quite thick right til the edge, making it really noticeable when your sitting on the saddle on the hoods and you can feel part of your butt on the pad, part of it off. Its also noticeable on my hamstrings where I can feel the edge of the pad digging in. I much prefer a progressive thickness that prevents these issues.

Likewise, I find the really thick pad presses up on my soft tissue, even with a cut out saddle. There is a narrow channel right down the middle of the pad, which is well and good, but once sitting the two sides of the pad basically close in together so its like you've got the full thickness, 10mm I think, pressing right up on your soft tissue. I think some might not find this too big of deal, but if your sensitive in that area like I am, it could cause some discomfort. Basically is makes my cut out saddle feel like I'm on a traditional rounded saddle. Can't imagine what it would feel like on a saddle like a Regale...

Overall this is still a good quality product, but I was surprised to find that for me "less may be more" and I'll stick to something a little thinner.

My crotch felt a little better which was great, but everything else felt worse.

I'm 5"11 and 160lbs and ordered a large. Good overall fit around legs, nice compression and straps fit well.

The Equipe. I might of gotten the pad thickness mixed up with the Cento which I think its the 10mm, the Equipe is 8mm

I agree, I wish the chamois pad thickness was variable (less under the perineal area), but I think it is more of an issue with the much thicker chamois pad on the T. Cento model. Still... Assos bibshorts are awesome and I wear mine almost every time I ride.

Always the best from Assos!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have several Assos bibs and love them all. These are fantastic, they are true to size (6' and wear a large), cut is perfect, materials/workmanship top notch.

Good bib

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my 3rd pair of bib from Assos, the fit and comfort did not disappoint. I have other bibs from Specialized, Rapha, POC...etc..., this is the one I would wear if I go on a training or long ride, the others just doesn't fit as well. This particular version of the new S7 series seem to have just the right amount of compression that I was looking for, it is very supportive, the new strap design works equally well as before, just a different design, however the front of the bib does seem to be slightly lower than others. The only issue I have with this is the material, specially the location where my sit bone hits my saddle (Fizik Antares 00), which showed signs of wear after the first 30 mile ride. For comparison, my Rapha classic bib also showed signs of wear. POC's Essential Bib, however, didn't show any signs of wear until a few hundred miles. I am expecting this bib to last another year just like my last pair of Assos.

Avg. ride time: 6h 24m per week
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Fits well for tall (6'8") guy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 6'8", 200 lb, and I've been pleased with the fit of the XLG. The legs fit snugly, even though my legs are thin. I've also been pleased with the comfort of the straps -- you hear tall guys talking about lengthening straps with extra fabric, but I've had zero issues with chafing, even on all-day rides. The chamois is more comfortable than your typical chamois, particularly on flat rides. However, when climbing, I don't find these bibs markedly more comfortable than a typical short, my "Assis" still kind of unhappy! The bibs are cut too low (IMO) in the front. Sure, it gives easy access at the Porta-Potty, but as a tall guy, one reason I got bibs was to be able to wear ill-fitting jerseys! My back gets pretty warm on hot days, but it's not prohibitive.