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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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I recently heard that assos has updated their bib shorts range. can you confirm what has changed?

Assos T.equipe_S7 Bib Shorts

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

Most comfortable bib shorts I've ever owned. Just looking at them and thinking how comfortable they are makes me happy.

I have been disappointed with the fit of these in small (the leg bands immediately started to pucker and not hold, and the chamois is too loose against my butt & won't stay in place - it moves back while riding leaving my sit bones without cushioning). I am 5'5", 125lbs. & w/ a 29" waist. I'm thinking of trying the XS but Assos's size chart indicates that an XS is for a person even-tinier than me (i.e., <5'2" in height). My main concern is that the legs and shoulder straps will be too short (the legs are already barely long-enough on my short legs). Thoughts?

Hi, I'm 5'6" 155lbs. & w/30". It fits perfectly.

Hey Ira, I am 5'11 and wear an XS. Works great.

Rueing the loss of a great product

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

Assos, to me, was always the brand that exemplified quality at any cost. By moving production to Bulgaria, I'm not sure if the intention was to cut cost or improve build quality, but given my experiences with my old Uno shorts and the current reviews stating that the quality is now somewhat more variable, I'm inclined to believe it was the former.

I've put some good miles in on the shorts and I do really like the fit. My major misgivings are with the goldengate design, which tends to bunch a bit unless I grab my junk and readjust every once in awhile (a great social tool on group rides) and with the strap/back, which feels very firm and breathes about as well as an ex cigarette smoker post throat surgery.

I have sold countless dollars worth of this brands product and wear much of it myself. This pair of shorts has marked my exploration into Giordana and Castelli. Please take note Assos; customers buying a high end product take special note of build quality and particularities. I personally am not fond of the changes, and you can only ride the wave of brand reputation for so long.

Zane - You're 5'11" wearing the XS and the bib straps aren't carving trenches in your shoulders? I've been considering the XS since the small ended up being too generous in the waist/legs which causes the chamois to keep moving way back. I'm 5'5", 29" waist and 125lbs. but have not pulled the trigger since the Assos sizing chart says that the XS is for someone under 5'2". Thoughts?

Assos t.Equip

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

Great bibs. Just bought second pair. I have previous version of Assos bibs S5. But S7 is better in my opinion.

Out of curiosity what is your waist size?

In case your interested I have a 29" waist (which is well within Assos sizing chart for a small). I own the small and find them a bit loose in a few areas (i.e., the leg bands immediately started to pucker and the chamois keeps moving back as I ride). I'm a bit leery of buying an XS since the small's leg length is already a bit short (even though I'm only 5'5") and the leg compression is already quite pronounced. Maybe Assos just doesn't fit my body type?

Over-engineered

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Over the past ten years have ridden in many Assos bib shorts and all have had unmatched comfort and quality.
These shorts, on the other hand, have a chamois that is not connected for a long stretch between the inner thigh and perineum, resulting in
pinching and folding of the chamois material in the one area that you don't want that to happen. The result: one very sore bottom.
It's potentially a good idea, allowing the chamois to ride partially free from the short, but at least for me it was awful. Shorts are unrideable. Just strikes me as a way that Assos could distinguish their shorts from the competition to no particular purpose and the result is awful. Over-engineered in other words. Bring back the Uno!

Very Disappointed

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: large

I have been a longtime wearer of Assos bib shorts (I have owned 4 pairs of the Assos Uno bib shorts, which were discontinued). I have always found them to fit well, be comfortable and durable. I purchased 2 pairs of the T.Equipe bibs less than 1 year ago. One pair has already worn through and developed a hole, while the other pair is getting close to doing the same. I have NOT worn these T.Equipe bibs exclusively over the past year, but along with 3 other pairs of older bibs (4-7 years old), including several pairs of Assos Uno bibs and a pair of Specialized Rouboix bibs. I purchased the T.Equipe to replace 2 pairs of older Assos Uno shorts. While my much older shorts show some signs of wear, none have had any wear through issues. I am very disappointed with the durability of the Assos T.Equipe shorts and do not recommend them. Unfortunately, it looks like I'll be searching for a new manufacturer/model for my cycling shorts.

I though I had good shorts

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I've owned several different "high end" cycling shorts. At least what I thought was high end until I wore these. The pad is amazing and the fit is truly like second skin. I'm using them for cross country and trail riding off road. They stay in place everywhere.

Avg. ride time: 7m per week
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Great Bib

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: M

For me the best Bib I have used, Today I use Giordana Formared are nice but this Assos bibs are really the good maybe the best, let's see what happens in the future

Weakest bibs ever!

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

Extremely disappointed with the performance of these overpriced bibs. I bought in the offseason in September 2016 and by December had friction holes near chamois from the seat. I contacted Assos customer service and they would not return my inquiry. Not worth the money. I do not recommend. I'm staying with Castelli.

Hey Kevin,

Just out of curiosity, what saddle do you use? Assos will generally not respond to individual warranty inquiries as well; you'll need to go through us, which we'd be happy to orchestrate for you given the fact that it sounds like you had a faulty pair.

I have had many different Assos items and all of them have had zero issues with durability; regardless, sorry to hear you got a bad pair, and just get in touch with us in CS if you do want to get that warranty sorted out.

As indicated in recent post, I have had the same issue with wear through also near the chamois on 2 pairs of these shorts purchased at the same time less than a year ago. I don't think it's a matter of getting a bad pair, but rather of poor material durability and/or design related to the chamois.

I agree. I had an initial fit issue that was solved by sizing down, now the fit is exceptional. Absolutely 5 stars in regards to fit and function, but durability is questionable. In 3 months or so of use i have friction wear marks in several places that have never appeared on previous Assos bibs. They are still better than the crap Castelli makes.

Best Bibs Ever

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

I have never had a bib that fits as well as these. They are amazing. Super comfortable and good fit. They are nice fitting and you don't have to worry about them riding up on your legs. The chamois is designed for all day comfort and long days in the saddle. The bibs material not only feels great, but it is made to last. You won't have to buy another pair of bibs for a long time. Invest in a few of these and you're set.

Avg. ride time: 5h 44m per week
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Best bibs I've own!!

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I've only been riding for 2 year and this by far is the most comfortable bibs I've own. I own Castelli, Girodana, Black Sheep, Cadence, and cheapy performance brand.

There is more compression around the legs and abdomen, which I like. The leg inseam is about 1.5-2 inch above my knees. Material feels great and sturdy. I don't think it would be wearing out too quick.

ASSOS T.EQUIPE_S7 BIB SHORTS - MEN'S

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

True fit. Excellent short! The chamois is amazing. Read the descriptions provided with product highlight, they are what they say.
Have a good ride

Avg. ride time: 1h 35m per week
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Love them!

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

The most comfortable bibs I have used to date. This includes many miles in the S5s. The improvements to the chamois take these to another level. Highly recommend.

I'm the same height and weight as you. What size do you recommend?

Assos be da bomb!

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

After going through multiple Peal Izumis in a season, I decided to spend some bucks and get the good stuff. Well, these absolutely rock. I've done multiple 100-milers in them, plenty of big climbing days (10k feet+), and they really are great. I wouldn't say the chamois makes 6 hours in the saddle feel like a soft leather sofa -- but I would say it is dramatically more comfortable than anything else I've worn. The way it "moves" (or rather the unsewen sections are free-floating) is a brilliant idea. The fit is solid. I am 5'9", 145# and the Medium size is a good fit. The *only* thing I'll point out is the oddly embarrassing bulge in the crotch area. It's weirdly padded (hey, that's a good thing), in that area, and makes me a wee bit self-conscious. Nobody else has noticed or said anything however...

Finally, wash only in a garment bag with mild detergent.

Daniel, you're right about the bulge in the crotch area.

Height-based size chart is way off

  • Size Bought: XLG

Mainly writing this review to help others with sizing. I am 6'5", 180lbs, 7-8% body fat. Wear size 33" waist, sometimes 34". Size 41"L suit coat. Assos size chart indicates XLG which I knew would be huge. So I tried XL and while the straps are nice (i.e., not digging in like is often the case due to my height) the legs are a bit loose and the butt and crotch areas are definitely too loose. I then ordered the size L and that is much better in terms of compression although the straps are a bit tight/short now.

The chamois on the front is great. Other bibs didn't offer enough coverage and sometimes I'd get chaffing. The straps are wider than most bibs and naturally sit toward the "outside" of my pecs, so hopefully that will reduce nip chaffing.

Avg. ride time: 5h 47m per week
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Wow!

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

These are the most comfortable bibs I have every put on. Great on long rides and so comfortable, I almost forget to take them off when I am done. Don't buy cheap ones, buy a couple pairs of good ones. You won't regret it.

Excellent bibs, but for the price.

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

According to the sizing chart, being 6'2", I'm supposed to be in the XL. Uh, no. I tried the large and the medium, first trying the large thinking it fit a little better. I was disappointed with the large in that the compression effect was minimal and there was too much fabric in the crotch--the extra fabric on the right inner thigh was rubbing against the nose of my saddle. I exchanged for the medium and the medium is much, much better. Compression is better, no extra fabric. The pad and the cut of the shorts overall was very good. The straps are comfortable. They felt just fine, as good as any higher-end bibs I imagine. No complaints. Are they better than any other bibs in the same (broad) price range? I don't see it. I was waiting for an "OMG these are fantastic" epiphany based on what I've heard, including from CC.

These are excellent, but not any better than the Giordana Laser's that had been my favorites for the last several years (and which I'll greatly miss). The new Giordana's (FR-C, for example, that have the same pad as the Laser's) are every bit as good for me, and cost $50 less (the cut of the bib is a little different so I don't like it as much as the Laser).

There are many other brands that I simply have not had a chance (or need) to try yet. Capo, Craft, Castelli, and many others would probably be excellent, too, but once I find something that's good I continue to use it until forced to change. These t-Equipe S7's are very good, excellent even, until you factor in the $50 higher price tag. I could see purchasing more when they're on sale. . . but only then.

And what's with their packaging? A box with flap after flap all covered in promotional baloney. It's on the outside, the inside, all over the flaps that open left and right. It's over-the-top.

I added a photo of something I noticed has been added, it's sewn to the foam and ends up placed between the foam and the outer layer--can anyone tell me what it is? I thought maybe it was some kind of anti-theft sensor. Any ideas?

Excellent bibs, but for the price.

Thanks for the review Arthur. You're my same height, but how much do you weigh? I'm pretty skinny at 158 lbs.

Thanks,
Charlie

Charlie: I'm 160, though I've been known to fatten up to 162 once in a while. I was down to 156 at one point earlier this year.

Turns out that the item in the photo, above, is an "RFID" tag, Radio Frequency ID. Probably just used to track inventory, unless you like conspiracies--then maybe it's used to track US!

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/high-tech-gadgets/rfid.htm

I don't like it because where the plastic of the tag meets the fabric will become a weak point and will be one of the first spots to wear--just like where they install the Assos logos in the form of those little "A" buttons on the front leg and back rear are weak spots. Not a knock on the bibs as a workable item, just a little short of thought.

Avg. ride time: 13h 4m 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.

Thanks for the input. Based on yours and the 1 star review I thought long and hard about buying a pair. Price vs what you get was a theme with yours and the other review. Thankfully they're $127.50 delivered from Ribble which makes taking a chance on quality a little easier.

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.