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327p949311wrote a review of on August 4, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

After going through the wringer with cycling kit over the years nothing ever fit me as well as my Assos road kit. I frequently rode my s7 and now s9's for XC rides and endurance events because none of my mtb stuff or road kit from other brands does it for me like Assos.

For those already initiated with the brand, these Torpedo gray XC bib shorts are more in line with the s7 gen but with the upgraded side panels for trail-worthy durability and even more minimalist straps, which fall between the s7 and s9's in my opinion. The unboxing was similar to the older s7 too.

Compared to other Assos kit, these bibs were a bit snug though the hip flexors getting started and I assume that was a bit of the side fabrics which pull and stretch differently than the rest but after a few miles these shorts disappeared and were near perfect for me for the next two hours of race pace singlestrack efforts.

To upgrade these I give the s9 insert a slight edge and I'd prefer all black, but the gray's not bad. For all Assos bibs I wish they were an inch longer down the leg which could be accomplished if the brand doubled the leg gripper, but this request does not take away from their 5-star rating.

I know we've all got our own sizing and fit preferences but for me being 5'11" and 150 lbs, the mediums are spot on. Most brands I fall somewhere between small and medium but the Assos mediums are perfection everywhere.

Aspects Assos gets right and IMO sets the bar for all other brands :
Straps - wide and snug with consistent tension, they last forever
Chamois - perfect density for short and very long rides
Compression - nice everywhere, through the legs, shoulders, across hips, and up front where it really matters! No "room for error"
Durability - I've owned s7 T.Equipes for years, each pair with hundreds of rides and thousands of miles. Sill performing like new, albeit a bit sun-faded. I've bailed very hard descending on rocky single track in my Assos s9 road kit and I am astonished that they were not damaged while I had to visit the ER for stitches from what happened behind the fabrics. My prediction is that these XC shorts will hold up to the harshest of challenges and last a long, long time.

Some balk at the price but from my experience, Assos bibs are WORTH EVERY PENNY.
Trying to justify saving a few bucks over the 5+ year lifespan of a pair of best quality kit instead of replacing some cheaper, lower performing stuff every couple of years is something I've decided I don't have the time or bandwidth for anymore.




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327p949311wrote a review of on November 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this frame on a complete gamble. Earlier this year there were only a few reviews of it and they were and mix of pump track and dirt jumping, badass freestyle- none of which I do. I talked to a BC rep who owned a DV9 and described it to me, sounded too good to be true. I ordered one and built it up with X01 eagle, a Pike 120 and a race face dropper post.
I'm coming off of a Niner Jet 9 X01 SID XX 100/100 and the DV9 is more confident EVERYWHERE. This bike climbs better and is much burlier descending. I just pick a line and go. I love it. Simple hardtail, stout fork, built for the long haul. I ride everything in and around Bozeman and Big Sky, Montana (except the chairlift) and this is just a ton of fun..
My one and only niggle with this frame is the chain stay. There is nothing on the frame here to take the abundant chain slap and there's not enough space under the chain to run the old inner tube trick for protection and sound dampening. Maybe Ibis has a solution here that I am unaware of.
I'm looking forward to some 50 mile endurance XC events next year on this rig to see how an extra pound or two of comfort compares to harshness of steeper frames with light duty race forks.

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327p949311wrote a review of on June 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have worn kit from nearly every maker out there (Eliel, Pactimo, pearl, Castelli, Patagonia, mt borah, etc). We all have our preferences but these check all the boxes for me. I'm not sure what's changed over the last four years since I invested in two pairs of these but mine are still going the distance. albeit a bit sun-faded. I see these are still the S7's so I imagine that aside from the USA graphic not much has changed.
The spec I have are a tad short, maybe an inch shorter through the leg than I prefer but that's certainly nothing to complain about. I've worn these with layers through cold snowy winters and through the hottest, most humid days. Short crits and long mountain centuries and under my mtb shorts.
A few things that set these above other bibs: the fabric is the most comfortable and retains shape better than anyone else, the cut works with the body while the straps and front waist are set up for easy pit-stops (unlike others when you to stretch the front down to have a pee you can feel the shoulder straps and waist seams popping), the chamois is super comfortable and designed for high mileage.
I've been alternating these bibs for four years and they each have hundreds of rides and thousands of miles.
I highly recommend these!
I am 5'11" 150 pounds and the mediums fit PERFECTLY.

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327p949311wrote a review of on October 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I was excited about trying the air attack shield as I am hoping to find a helmet that is more aero than my Bell Volt and that will make removing my Smith PivLoc eye protection for frequent hill climbs easier.
*For the record, the Smith's fit well upside-down in the front holes of the Volt. This air attack combo seemed like a proper solution for me.
I can say that the helmet sits high on my head. The circumference is correct and the rear dial, though small (and seemingly delicate) did a nice job cinching the lid to my dome and making the helmet properly snug. The helmet sits high with a good 3+ inches above my ears which only exaggerates the poor fitment of the lens for my face. My hope was for the nose piece to just barely rest on my nose and the bottom of the lens to be just barely touching my cheek. There is a gap that I can run a few fingers between which creates a large visual distraction by looking at the bottom edge of the lens and being able to see the nosepiece. Replicating a tucked position as if deep in the drops did slightly help the fit as I was looking through the middle of the lens but for the percentage of rides I find my back parallel to the pavement is not enough to justify keeping this helmet. The lens does detatch and quickly snap upside-down into a secure storage location for times you won't want them.
I think if there were holes to keep my Smiths garaged I may have given the helmet a try before sending it back unused.

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327p949311wrote a review of on July 17, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

5'11 150 lbs. The medium was too long so returned for the s/m. Fit is good and form fitting. Fabric is very elastic, slightly uncomfortable and clings once a sweat begins -which is immediate because the torso of the jersey is not very breathable. This jersey utilizes advanced technologies that help to evaporate moisture quickly which seems true, thankfully.
Tossing the cell phone, spare road tube and granola bar in the back pockets was enough to sag the overly stretchy torso/pockets off the waist and downward by a distracting measure.
On a positive note, The shoulders and sleeves are quite nice and the white version with green is a good looking piece

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327p949311wrote a review of on December 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I scooped up a Gabba 1 jersey for fall and winter riding here in northern Virginia and have been using it exclusively on all my rides since it arrived. I like it so much that I wanted to review it here for anyone looking at this version -as I'm sure the Gabba 2 has only been improved.
I am 5'11" 163 and the large fits perfect. Comfortable while standing off the bike and when stretched out not restrictive.
I just got in from a ride wearing my Gabba with no base layer, temps are in the mid to upper 40's and I was perfectly comfortable for 2 hours out.
When it drops below 40 degrees I wear a craft long sleeve base layer for perfect warmth and comfort, the chest vents help to quickly regulate any overheating.
The snug jersey fit of the Gabba is so much nicer than bulkier jackets.
The quality is top notch and I can't imagine needing to replace this jersey for many seasons of cool-cold riding.

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