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Carl

Carl

Carl

Carl wrote a review of on June 13, 2016

5 5

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

Let me first start by stating that I own 5 cycling bib shorts (4 from Assos and 1 from Q36.5) and the Chronosuit tops then all! Out of all bib shorts that I own this one may take the most time to fit into, but once you get past that, you'll forget about it during your ride. To reduce chaffing and skin irritation, I highly recommend Above Category’s Chamois Crème vs. Assos’ Chamois Crème. No cooling feeling (from menthol) in the private area from Above Category’s version. Above Category’s Chamois Crème rates in at a “0” on EWG (Environmental Working Group’s) rating system, while the Assos version scores a “5”.

On the bike trail the Chronosuit performed admirably. Splits on my favorite 0.5 mile bike loop used to take 1:50 to 2:00 with a bib shorts and short sleeve jersey combo, but they now take only 1:40 to 1:50 with the Chronosuit (I even logged a 1:36 lap – my fastest yet). A reason for the improvement in my splits is due to the reduction in drag that the Chronosuit offers by streamlining the torso and upper legs into one piece. The equivalent bib short and short sleeve jersey simply cannot offer this. Assos also claims that the long sleeves prevent drag against hairy arms.

Like KC stated in his review, the Chronosuit fits tightly, but pay close attention to the height measurement in Competitive Cyclist’s sizing chartss. I am 5’10” and I had to go up one size to a large to get a perfect fit (Competitive Cyclist’s size charts recommend ordering a size medium if you’re 5’10”).

The chronosuit uses an Assos Uno_s5 chamois. Best thing about the chamois is that it is barely noticeable during long bike rides.

I’ve only worn the Chronosuit once and did not get hot at all during my 100 minute bike ride (temperature was about 72 deg F). I’ll update this section as I log more rides in the Chronosuit in hotter conditions.

I've searched many cycling websites (Colorado Cyclist, Tour Cycling, Assos Factory Outlet, Bike Bling, etc) but Competitive Cyclist offers the Chronosuit at the cheapest price point ($319.95).

Nice job, Assos on an awesome cycling suit!

P.S. I liked the white version so much that I bought the black version in size large for additional rides during the week.

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