Assos T.equipe_s7 Bib Shorts - Men's $268.95
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.
|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.
Reviews & Community
I'm an Assos man, but disappointed...
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Look all the bibs I own are Assos, previous styles were great, but I'm a little disappointed that the new styles have lowered the front and sides of the bib. Just doesn't wrap around and support list previous....my only issue...improvements in chamois, compression in legs....6'1 and 186, xl fits fine in race cut, large fits great in the long distance one.
Like wearing nothing at all, he says...
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
My brother is 6'1 and 190 lbs and fits in an XL. He initially tried on a L based on the size recommendations and while it fit it was a bit restrictive due to his long torso.
He mentioned that they feel great and have good compression. The chamois is comfortable, and that the quality is amazing. Opening the box is an experience in itself, and while he has yet to take them on any long rides, they seem to be light years ahead of his basic Pearl Izumi Attack Shorts.
Like a magic trick!
- Gender: Male
Used these on race night at the local bike shop group ride the other night. First off, these are my first pair of Assos bib's. Upon getting these in the mail, I was quite impressed with the packaging. Equivalent to how Apple boxes things. Nice! Like an excited school girl I ran and threw them on. My first thought was "Why the heck did I just pay so much for these?!!" They feel awful compared to my Pearl Izumi bibs. Don't get me wrong the chamois felt amazing to the touch but the bib's just didn't seem to wear well at all walking around. Slightly worried, I wore them to ride in that evening. Then a thing of magic happened! As soon as I got on the bike, these things disappeared under me! I couldn't believe how AMAZING they felt! The ole meat and tators were fantastically held in place and were never pinched or felt awkward. The straps, now positioned wider, felt so good in the bike position. The chamois lived up to all the reviews I had read before about the Assos quality. Really impressive. My favorite feature was how well the leg bands felt. No riding up or digging into me. Once on, they were locked into position. I never once had to pull or tug at them. I even found myself looking down trying to see if they would move. Excellent! Now the (I'm sorry, it's pink Assos!) amethyst leg band stripe may not be for everyone. Maybe a black sharpie would work. I however didn't mind at all considering how good the leg bands felt. I am built like a tour climbing specialist. At 5'4'' and 115lbs the small is what I ordered based on the sizing chart and it fits just right. I suggest saving up and getting these instead of settling for something close. They really do feel amazing on the bike!
The new Assos s7 bibshorts are brilliant
To clarify the new s7 lineup (in descending order of price):
T.Campionissimo --Assos' top of the line.
8 mm chamois pad and the kuKu penthouse. Silly price?
T.Cento (100) --Assos' long-distance training/riding bib short. These feature a thicker 10 mm chamois pad, the kuKu penthouse in front, and sl more generous cut in the leg.
T.Equipe (race) --Assos' racing bib short. Thinner 8 mm chamois pad is 3D shaped in front (see photo) for 'package' management and comfort. Fantastic.
T.NeoPro --Assos' general (excellent) riding bib short. Assos says, the T.NeoPro is "the spiritual successor to the Uno_s5, just better, offering less weight and more performance."
ALL Assos s7 bibshorts feature: (1) a special waffle-ventilated chamois pad to keep your seat area cooler and dryer while riding (brilliant). (2) The same "Y" shoulder strap and back mesh design. (3) The same leg gripper design (excellent). (4) Assos "click on" fit. And (5) super high-quality proprietary lycra fabric used in the leg (with minimal seams).
My personal favorites in the new line-up are the T.Equipe (best value, IMO) and the T.Cento (for longer rides). Buy one of these bibs. You will not regret your purchase!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've finally found the most comfortable bib shorts after years of wearing countless other brands (rapha, specialized, gore, and more). I've ridden these a few times now and they are superb. I also have a pair of the Cento (thicker chamois) and prefer these with their lower volume chamois as my "go to" shorts - the Cento are super comfy but they are overkill on shorter rides. As for sizing: I'm 5'9" and 180lbs (working on that!) and the large is spot on perfect. I didn't understand what was meant by the "click on" fit of assos but standing/walking in these does feel a bit odd whereas being on a bike makes the fit as a second skin. I'm sold on Assos now and plan on replacing all my shorts and knickers with Assos.