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AssosEquipe RS Bib Shorts S9 - Men's

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Item # AAS00B3

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Item # AAS00B3
Description

Equipe RS Bib Shorts S9

Never one to rest on its laurels, Assos put in six years of research and development, creating the Equipe RS Bib Shorts S9, a very worthy successor to its popular S7 shorts. Using its most advanced race insert to date, and a host of new features throughout, the S9 promises to be a comfortable pair of bibs that will keep you feeling great on your longest, most difficult rides. This all-new design was honed and tested not only by its in-house riders, but the BMC World Tour team also had a heavy influence in its design.

Perhaps the most scrutinized component of any cycling shorts is the chamois and Assos paid careful attention when designing this race-specific insert constructed of 3D Basalt. First up, it's now grey instead of the previous amethyst. One big goal was reducing its bulk by shedding excess volume and grams over the previous S7 chamois. It now feels much thinner between the fingers versus the S7 insert, yet it somehow improves comfort and remains so even after many hours in the saddle. The padding consists of superAir microShock foam helping to absorb road vibrations thanks to its ultralight open cell foam. Up front, kraterCooler ventilation holes help to increase airflow and offer much-needed cooling while the 3D Waffle three-layer composition further aids in breathability. The middle section of the insert receives Assos' much-lauded GoldenGate technology which essentially eliminates stitching the chamois to the short allowing it to more easily move with you for more comfortable pedaling. Final chamois details include its Horizontal Stabilizer that locks the insert to the outer textile with a reinforced central stitch. Bottom line, the S7 insert was already one of our favorites and these new updates take the S9 over the top.

Up top, the shorts see a total redesign there as well and now feature a detail that Assos is calling A-Lock Engineering. It’s a totally new way of attaching the Carbon Xbib straps to the shorts using advanced textiles and bracing technologies that aim to better stabilize and secure the insert as you pedal. The straps themselves are a single section of elastic material which is folded over on itself and forms a supportive A-frame with its tuned vertical elasticity. Furthermore, the straps crisscross at the back and anchor in place while in the front they're placed in a wide stance to sit comfortably and help minimize irritation.

The construction of the lowers consists of just two panels, one for the lower back and one for the legs. It connects using a butterfly panel that wraps the legs and meets at the rear ergoBox, a square pattern construction that frames the insert at the back, boxing it in for added stability. This yields a consistent and uniform hold while dropping the overall weight. Furthermore, it allows for 30% fewer seams creating a very lightweight short that simply fits better.

Lastly, there are two versions of the S9, the more affordable RS we have here, placing an emphasis on total comfort and support and uses its rollBar technology of bib strap bracing to secure the insert, ensuring it stays in place in or out of the saddle, and the RSR for the more weight conscious that foregoes the rollBar to keep weight to a minimum. Additionally, the RS uses Assos' Type.441 material offering a moderately compressive warp knit for support, second-skin fit, and ultimate durability, where the RSR uses its superlight woven with high elasticity Type.701kompressor for higher compression, better aerodynamics, and a snug fit.

  • Assos latest shorts with a new insert and bib strap construction
  • Type.441 material offers compression, stretch, and breathability
  • A-Lock Engineering stabilizes the shorts and secures everything in place
  • Equipe RS Insert offers a streamlined race platform with less buck
  • The single panel on the lower back and legs delivers a uniform hold
  • rollBar bib-strap bracing design secures the insert
  • ergoBox square pattern construction frames the insert for added stability
  • Carbon Xbib straps utilize a single section of elastic material forming a supportive A-frame with tuned vertical elasticity

Tech Specs
Material80% nylon, 20% elastane
Seasonsummer
FitForm-Fitting
ChamoisEquipe RS
BibCarbon Xbib
Manufacturer Warrantylimited
Size

Assos

Men's Apparel
 XSSMLXLXLGTIR
Leg, Knee, Arm Warmers0III 
Skinfoil0IIIIII
Height

5ft 3in - 5ft 7in

(160 - 170cm)

5ft 7in - 5ft 9in

(168 - 175cm)

5ft 8in - 5ft 11in

(170 - 179cm)

5ft 11in - 6ft 2in

(180 - 187cm)

6ft 1in - 6ft 2in

(185 - 189cm)

6ft 3in+

(190cm+)

Weight

< 132lb

(< 60kg)

< 154lb

(< 70kg)

< 165lb

(< 75kg)

< 176lb

(< 80kg)

< 187lb

(< 85kg)

< 198lb

(< 90lb)

> 198lb

(> 90lb)

Waist

27.5 - 29.1in

(70 - 74cm)

29.2 - 31.5in

(75 - 80cm)

31.6 - 33.8in

(81 - 86cm)

33.8 - 36.2in

(87 - 92cm)

36.3 - 38.9in

(93 - 99cm)

39 - 41.7in

(100 - 106cm)

41.8in+

(107cm+)

Chest

34.6in

(88cm)

36.2in

(92cm)

37.8in

(96cm)

39.3in

(100cm)

41.7in

(106cm)

44in

(112cm)

46.4in

(118cm)

Note: Assos clothing has a very slimming, anatomic cut, if your build is less than slim or if you like your fit looser, go up in size.

How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Chest:
Measure around the widest part of your chest.
Waist:
Bend to the side and measure around the place where your waist bends, keeping the tape a bit loose.

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 2

Fabric ripped after 2 years

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
S
Height
5` 9"
Weight
145 lbs

Over the last decade, I've purchased about 10 pairs of Assos bibs...so it gives me no pleasure to report that the fabric on this R9 ripped at the chamois seam after 2 years. The fabric on this bib always felt thinner & less durable than my others -- so I wasn't surprised when I noticed a rip/hole in it. I have another R9 that's holding up OK at the 1 year mark. But an Assos bib that rips after 2 years? That's unacceptable for a brand noted for its high quality gear.

>Rating: 5

Best Bibs Ever

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 8"
Weight
170 lbs

These are hands down the best cycling bibs I’ve ever owned. Pricey, but worth every penny. I’m 5’8” / 170lbs / 34” waist 32” inseam / Ordered a large / Perfect fit

>Rating: 3

Not as good as previous Assos bibs

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 6"
Weight
145 lbs

Gotta give props when they're due. The packaging and presentation of Assos bibs, the unboxing experience is truly delightful. With that said, I like the S5s and S7s a lot better. It seems like Assos is going in the wrong direction. So I am not sure if I am saying this right but the chamois has like a gradient density with it being thicker and firmer in the back and it gets pretty thin and bunchy towards the front. I ride a lot of miles and I also move around on the saddle a lot. The padding is about right when I'm on my sit bones on the back of the saddle but when I am hammering from the nose of the saddle the chamois is very thin and not very helpful. Before anyone tells me I should be wearing a small, I have big thighs and a big backyard. In fact, the compression is pretty good and probably my favorite thing about these shorts. Like another reviewer noted, it's cut a little low in the front. Annoying but not a deal breaker. Overall, they're ok, but not great. Obvy a chamois/bib preference is going to be very unique to the rider. I won't buy another product with this chamois. Tbh, I like my Giordana apparel a lot better and I think I'm going to quit Assos.

>Rating: 3

Very tight in the thighs and I have thin

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
M
Height
5` 9"
Weight
143 lbs

Wore them on two rides. The discomfort of tightness around my thin thighs forced me to unload them on eBay. I prefer S7s.

>Rating: 4

Good standard bib

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XS
Height
5` 4"
Weight
123 lbs

Super lightweight material feels good and stretches well. Back straps are more comfortable than the mesh of the S7. These in XS were closer to fit of the S5 in S which to me is still the gold standard. I have the S7 in S and the fit is too loose in the chamois especially with the floating center padding.

>Rating: 4

Assos Equipe Bib Shorts

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
L
Height
6` 2"
Weight
180 lbs

Super lightweight thin material feels great for summer riding. I’m 6’2” and 180 and the large fits me well. Would say it’s very slightly small for a large but stretchy enough to not make a difference.

>Rating: 4

Nice but cut too low in the front

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
5` 11"
Weight
178 lbs

These are very nice bibs. The insert/chamois Is adequate but could use a little more density in the seat. The kraterCooler is a nice feature and makes a slight but noticeable difference in cooling the front of the chamois. The compression and support is very good and the A-Lock method of attaching the rear straps to the shorts in two areas does hold everything in place and is more comfortable on the lower back. For me the only flaw is that the bibs feel like they are cut way too low in the front. This might have been done have to help with cooling but caused it to bind in the lower abdomen area. The fact that the straps are farther apart might be contributing to this. Anyway, I found myself having to pull the front up several times in the middle of my rides which was really annoying. I would have rated it five stars otherwise. But if you are thin like a pro, this might not be an issue. So keep that in mind.

>Rating: 3

I like them, but I'm not knocked out.

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL
Height
6` 1"
Weight
192 lbs

Fit is generally good. I've typically worn XL in Assos and Giordana for years now, and these are no different. My Castelli Free Aero Race 4 are XXL, and I would say they are about the same size. First, the good. The materials are all very nice and seem durable, and it is all put together very well, with no loose threads and, so far, after a handful of rides, no issues with stitching, etc. I like the material of the straps, and they stay in place well. They seem a little heavier/thicker than the straps on the Giordana FRC bibs, but I don't really notice a difference when riding. Chamois padding and density is just about right for me. Just slightly firmer and thinner than the Giordanas, a little less firm than the current Castelli Progetto. The Assos leg grippers aren't the stickiest, but seem to work okay. The Castelli Free Aero Race 4 definitely have the stickiest grippers, but I think the Giordana leg grippers (a kind of perforated woven material with sections of silicone dots) is the most comfortable of the three. The leg cut might be a little shorter than the Giordana and the Castelli, but it is long enough for me. Now on to the less good. Like a lot of people, I think the chamois has too much material in the front/crotch area. Maybe it is in the transition from the rear padded area to the front of the chamois, but I feel that on longer rides, I can feel it sort of bunching up. I've not had problems with actual rubbing or chafing yet (on rides up to about 40 miles or so), but IMHO its not the most comfortable chamois as the ride progresses. Second, the compression in the legs doesn't feel as good as the Castelli Free Aero Race 4. The Castelli bibs certainly aren't perfect (what's up with those straps?), but the leg/butt compression and support is great on them. On these Assos, its just okay. I suppose Assos might say I should move up to the Equipe RSR for better compression, but that seems a big jump in price from what is already a very expensive bib. Finally, the straps themselves are comfortable, but I don't really notice that the novel design where they cross over and extend down almost to the chamois really helps keep the chamois (or the rest of the bib) in place better than any other bibs I've had. So overall, it is a nice, high quality, well-made bibshort, but, after a handful of rides, nothing to me really stands out as exceptional. Perhaps, at this price, it should, and the jury is still out on the chamois. Like the Castellis, I would give them a 3.5, but I can't, so 3 stars it is.

>Rating: 2

Ouch

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
True to size

After tying them on without underpants, you might feel a thick and not so flat flat-stitch run across the bum cheeks; too low for a base layer to cover. If you can, spend the extra $$ for the Cento EVO Bib Shorts and their kuku's nest.

I would agree that you notice this stitch when you put them on, and it's surprising how noticeable it is. But, after two years and thousands of miles in a single pair of these bib shorts, I can attest that I have never once noticed the stitch while riding the bicycle. In riding position, it disappears.

>Rating: 5

Perfect bibs

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
6` 0"
Weight
180 lbs

Fit perfect. I prefer Assos bibs, and have to say theses are the best I own.

>Rating: 5

Fits like a glove

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 8"
Weight
160 lbs

Bought this as a back up from my Assos Cento i purchased earlier. Fits great and has been working for me on long rides. Highly recommend them.

>Rating:

Looking to upgrade from S7 T equipe shorts size med I fall in the small in hip and medium in waist What size should I go with??

>Rating: 2

Wanted to like these

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 8"
Weight
175 lbs

Had to replace my old S7 T Eequipe bibs (my favorite) and wanted to like these. I’m disappointed in the new S9 TEquipe RS short. The chamois has too much material in groin and leg area, for me, and make longer rides a bit uncomfortable. Returning for a pair of the S7 Tequipe EVO bibs

I wish I had given more weight to this comment and the other about the s7 vs the s9. After dozens of rides I can agree the s7 was just better for me in the exact area you describe. The leg and groin area just gets uncomfortable from the chamois in the s9. I am 6'2" and wear a large at 185lb

>Rating: 5

Best Bibs I've Owned

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

After using these bibs through the summer, I have to say I'm shocked by the sub-5-star reviews. From fast 25-milers to longer rides, these are the most comfortable bibs I've ever used. The high quality chamois makes me disappointed every time I put on other bibs. Regarding the length, they seem in line with all other bibs I've worn, although I wouldn't mind if they were shorter. Cyclists complaining about showing too much leg is like a bodybuilder worried about showing off too much bicep. Recently pulled the trigger on a pair of Assos winter bibs. I know I'll love them if they are half as good as these.

>Rating: 3

OK, but not what I expected.

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 8"
Weight
160 lbs

So I finally sprung for some Assos bibs, after many years of seeing their ads, etc. Good; Like the compression. Love those anchor point for the bib straps. Just feels right. low cut in front where you don't need too much fabric. Pad just attached in front and back makes sense - quick drying, etc. Not so Good; Don't like the 'anatomical cup' feature. Pad tends to bunch on the sides, so watch for chafing. Concerned with premature wear. The bottom compression strip is already showing some wear, and I've worn these maybe 12-14 times. Bottom line As others noted, given the hype, I expected more. My conclusion is that if I'm going to spend a lot of money on the next pair of bibs, I'll try another brand. My Louis Garneau team shorts, which were well under $100. (part of custom club order), look pretty strong in comparison and keep going for several years. Sizing - Medium is my size primarily due to length - I have short legs. They are quite tight in the legs, but that's ok and I have quite large thighs.

>Rating: 2

Disappointed!!!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 7"
Weight
140 lbs

Unfortunately, initial reviews I read did not provide for me the exceptional fit I was expecting! Way too much chamois pad material. Serious bunching and discomfort. Not what I expected from all the hype! Perhaps I should have read between the lines “massive upgrade”!

How are you 5'7", 140 wearing a medium? I'm 5'6", 152. You need a small.

Hey you might want to consider a small. I'm 5'9", 145 lbs and I wear a small. I started out as a medium when I weighed 155. Small, for me, is more comfortable.

>Rating: 2

Best bibs

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 9"
Weight
145 lbs

The feel, the fit of these bibs are the best I have ever wore in the last 25 years!

So why just 2 stars?

Why 2 stars?

>Rating: 3

Returned for S7

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XLG
Height
6` 1"
Weight
190 lbs

Had a pair of S7s already, wanted to try S9. S9 has to much fabric in crotch area, bunches up and causes, rubbing, chafing. Returned S9 for another pair of S7s Wanted to love the S9 like the S7 but not comfortable. Will stick to S7s kuKuPenthouse for the goods.

Repeating my comment here for visibility: I wish I had given more weight to this comment and the other about the s7 vs the s9. After dozens of rides I can agree the s7 was just better for me in the exact area you describe. The leg and groin area just gets uncomfortable from the chamois in the s9. I am 6'2" and wear a large at 185lb

>Rating: 5

Perfect Bibs?

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

I have the S7 Cento which I thought were good, but they were too short and didn’t have enough compression. I bought these and they addressed both issues. Great compression, much longer down the thigh, and even though they don’t have the Kuku Penthouse, the new area in the front is extremely comfortable - better than the Kuku in my opinion. I’ll be buying many more pairs.

>Rating: 2

Good but not good enough

Fit:
True to size

Ive always wanted to try Assos and compare it to my Rapha kits. the fit on the Assos gear is good but the Pad could not compare to Rapha. as bad as i wanted it to be better it was NOT.