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EQUIPE RS Bib Short S9 TARGA - Men's

3.5 out of 5 stars
4 Reviews
Current price: $162.00 Original price: $270.00
40% off


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Why We Like The ASSOS EQUIPE RS Bib Short S9 TARGA

Assos' RS S9 TARGA Bibshort is for cyclists who are dedicated to training and racing. It's for those who appreciate meticulous engineering and refinement, and it's for those who want to achieve higher performance. This bib short features a lightly compressive feel that's supportive and comfortable for our ride, and a plush chamois that feels good in the saddle and out. No matter if we're aiming for aerodynamics, breathability, or support, the RS S9 TARGA Bibshort covers all bases to help us push ourselves to the next level.


  • Performance and comfort in a functional package
  • Ossidia material adds stretch to accommodate aero riding positions
  • EQUIPE RS S9 Sundeck chamois for improved support and comfort
  • Superlight leg grippers hold everything in place without silicone
  • Carbon Xbib reduces drying time compared to previous applications
  • Item #AASZ050
75% nylon, 19% elastane, 6% polyester
spring, summer, fall
[large] 11in
EQUIPE RS s9 Sundeck
Leg Gripper
Claimed Weight
[large] 7oz
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty

Overall Rating

4 based on 5 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
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4 Stars - 2 reviews
5 Stars - 2 reviews

Fits True To Size

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5 out of 5 stars

February 23, 2024

Assos =great products

I've put it through the wringer

Very light and confort, my favorite bibs

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Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com

4 out of 5 stars

August 1, 2023

Luxuriously, Good, but with Assos Quirks

I've put it through the wringer
Size Bought:

All my bibs have been Assos until I got a Castelli Sanremo speed suit. Wanting to ride the same chamois during both training and race day, I bought some Free Aero RC bibs. I've been riding Assos Equipe bibs for 5 years so they are my benchmark. This is a size M to M comparison of the Free Aero RC and Assos Equipe RS S9 Targa bibs. FIT Hands down, the Castelli has more compression. They call it a "race fit"; you could call it a smaller fit as well. It takes a few attempts to pull the material at my hips to get it the rest of the way on so it disappears. Assos fits like a second skin and immediately disappears. Pull it on and go. Back to back, though, Assos feels loose, and I have to tug the legs down after an hour or two. WINNER: Assos CHAMOIS The floating chamois of the Assos is thick, comfy, and invisible. For whatever reason, this floating design recently no longer "sits" well with me. Turns out, if I pull the Assos on too high it bunches the chamois on either side of my family jewels. Castelli is the opposite: I have to pull it way high or it will feel saggy. Castelli fixes the Progretto chamois in place so it never moves. It is also thinner where you don't sit and thicker at the sit bones. The lumpy feeling does eventually disappear... The chamois feels lower tech honestly. WINNER: Tie THE CROTCH People have given Assos flack for their cod piece design. I can't blame them, it looks hideous! Boy is it comfortable though! They toned it down with the S9 Targa but it is still glorious. Castelli doesn't leave any room in the crotch; they even put a seam that you have to arrange around or you will a hotspot where you definitely don't want it. With rearranging, the Castelli is fine. Not great, but fine. It took a month, post-vasectomy, before my Castelli bibs were OK again. Been riding Assos exclusively while I've healed because the space difference is profound. WINNER: Assos by a long shot MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION Assos feels luxurious. The straps are smooth and the stiches are immaculate and perfectly placed. Castelli is rough around the edges (literally, the straps are terrible except the small spot they want your shoulders to be). Castelli's seams come with thread sticking out and will start to come apart in places that rub and places that don't. WINNER: Assos BREATHABILITY Assos breaths better in the crotch and maybe the chamois; Castelli at the straps. The rest of the materials are similar enough. I'll ride either of them in the Texas summer. WINNER: Assos by a hair AFFORDABILITY At retail, Assos is $40 more than Castelli. Castelli goes on sale regularly at 15-30% off. In the long run, Assos might last longer but I don't mind stitching a seam or two to save nearly $100. WINNER: Castelli OVERALL I bought a handful of the Castelli bibs.

Jon P
Brian SGearhead
5 out of 5 stars

July 5, 2023

A Great Pair of Bibs

I've used it several times
Size Bought:

After having worn several bibs from other brands, and knowing Assos reputation in the industry for being the best, I decided to try a pair of these Equipe RS S9 Targa bibs. I like a fair amount of compression, but also value a bib that will keep me cool here in the Texas summers. The fit of these bibs is perfect for me. Hardly any wrinkles at the hips when pedaling, but they don't feel too tight. The leg grippers do their job well and are comfortable. The chamois is perfectly shaped with zero bunching and great support for my sit bones while being very breathable keeping things cool between the legs. The fit and construction of the bibs keep the chamois right where it needs to be resulting in me forgetting all about what I am wearing on the bike and just enjoying my ride. That's really all you can ask from a great pair of bibs. These have gone into my regular rotation and I'm looking forward to many more miles in them!

1 out of 5 stars

June 26, 2023

Planned Obsolescence or Incompetance?

I've used it several times

These shorts have a very flimsy elastic leg band that snags on EVERYTHING! The shorts fit great, I like the light weight annd comfortable chamois, and are true to size…BUT the elastic leg bands wears out quickly. They look like rags now that I have worn them a few times. I have to think that Assos has the technology and experience to know what they are doing. Is putting disposable products out like this really helping their rand??

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Alan A

Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com

4 out of 5 stars

May 8, 2022

Upgrade over previous generation

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought:
5' 8"

The previous generation "EQUIPE RS BIB SHORTS S9" with the full gray waffle chamois was very uncomfortable because there was too much material in the front and tended to bunch up during the ride. The Targa short is much better in that respect as they removed much of that material for a very minimalist black cloth. It did not bunch up which made it much more comfortable. However, it did feel a bit constricting in the front, but hopefully they will break in or I'll get accustomed. The leg gripper exterior portion also feels much more resistant to thread pulls that than previous gen. The gripper around the stomach in the front is less constricting than the previous gen. I'd recommend the same size as previous generations I still, however, think that two generations ago, the T.Equipe Evo with the black chamois was the best bibshort they've ever made - that's why I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5.

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