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Old 06-14-14, 12:36 PM   #1
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Assos, Rapha, Search & State..$$$$$$$$$$...Yada,yada, yada...Chamois!!!!

Okay, the three brands I listed in the subject are pretty darned expensive...

Who's making bibs/shorts with chamois that'll get you 85% there at HALF the price?

Who do you all recommend, and what would you stay away from?

I'll start...I have DeMarchi PT & Leggero bib shorts... I don't like them. Not enough support along the inside of the legs, makes my hamstrings feel like a bowstring rubbed raw. Too lightweight.

I also have Giordano Trade FormaRed Carbon Bib's...These are pretty good. Much more substantial chamois coverage, stays in place, keeps the bits & pieces feeling okay...

But...

There's room for improvement.
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Old 06-14-14, 12:39 PM   #2
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I like my Craft, Etxe Ondo, and Giordana Forma Red as much as my Assos. YMMV.
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The mid range Capo are just about as good as the high end Capo. And that's pretty damn good. But I have been coddling my testicles in the Assos more often lately.
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Just wondering do you use chamois cream in your forma red shorts ? Because you're not suppose to. Btw my favorite is the forma red.

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Old 06-14-14, 02:01 PM   #5
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Craft are nice as previously stated. I also am in love with my new Endura Equipe Ubers.
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Assos on sale? Several places have had good sales on the S5 bibs now that the S7 is out, they're still $150-200 but much better than the MSRP. Or do you mean bibs for $100-150?
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Assos S5 bibs are my go to cycling pants!!! Love them!
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Giordana FR-C are nice as someone else mentioned. Today I rode in Biemme I got from GFNY ride, those are decent as well.
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If on a real budget consider Performance Elite or Ultra. Watch for sales. You can sometimes snag them for around $50.
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Just wondering do you use chamois cream in your forma red shorts ? Because you're not suppose to. Btw my favorite is the forma red.
No cream...I've never used any ... The Forma are pretty good... A wee bit more shock absorption would go a long way..
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The mid range Capo are just about as good as the high end Capo. And that's pretty damn good. But I have been coddling my testicles in the Assos more often lately.
They build a phallic penthouse up front correct? I roll my junk out of the way rather well, it's my sit-bones that are a bit noticeable in the stretch...
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I like my Craft, Etxe Ondo, and Giordana Forma Red as much as my Assos. YMMV.
Cool...I'll look into the Craft & ETxe... in the meantime if I can snip some Assos on sale I will... Even $200 is a bit much..Yeah, I'm being cheap. I like sales.
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Castelli Free Aero and Sportful Total Comfort are just as good, I like the fact that these use compression panels, which provide a more supportive fit.

Watch out for the italian sizing, a large is more like a medium

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Sugoi bibs are very comfortable for a season or two than they go down hill. I'm on season 4 with a set of Rapha bibs and they still look and feel like new. $/KM there they best I've found.
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Today must be my lucky day... I just got 2 pair of S&S Bibs over at cc for 40% off...they must have read my post.
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Cool...I'll look into the Craft & ETxe... in the meantime if I can snip some Assos on sale I will... Even $200 is a bit much..Yeah, I'm being cheap. I like sales.
Try Ribble they have the best everyday prices. And the S5 line is more than good enough.
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Try Ribble they have the best everyday prices. And the S5 line is more than good enough.
How do you determine size for Assos? Their sizing system is not easy to understand and different from everyone else.
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I used to think I had to size up on Assos, but I don't anymore. They must call XXL something else. Otherwise just use their sizing charts.
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Excel cycling has assos on sale right now if they have your size.
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Another vote for Giordana's FR-C. Just watch out for the sandpaper-like quality of the fabric on the inside of the bib straps lest you get bloody nipples.

Sugoi's do have more padding (which I don't like), but I'll agree they don't last as long.
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castelli, or for less, voler. my 2 bits worth
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My favourites are my pair of Morvelo Bibs, £80 a pair I believe.
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Thanks all...I've copied down the list for future reference. Hopefully these S&S bibs live up to their rep.
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The mid range Capo are just about as good as the high end Capo. And that's pretty damn good. But I have been coddling my testicles in the Assos more often lately.
I have ridden in PI, Castelli, DeMarchi, and several other "lesser" brands. And, I've always assumed Assos were over priced. But, this season I've been riding on two pair of Assos bibs and, really, they are awesome. Ready to throw out all my other shorts.
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Sugoi RS flex bibs have been my go-to for the past few years. I agree that they start to break down about 2 years in. I had 4 pair that I rotated through which helped somewhat but just had to dump two of them. I look for them on sale and have been paying anywhere from $95-$120.

I don't see the Flex listed on their site any longer, but wondering if it's the same one as the Pro. Does anyone know?
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