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Those who swear by Assos bibs a moment of you time.

Old 10-28-17, 09:03 AM
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Those who swear by Assos bibs a moment of your time.

I have a pair of the entry level s5 and s7. They are good. I have a pair of Castelli Inferno that are just as good, and a pair of Mavic Stelvio that I think are on par. Now are the higher level Assos shorts better and worth the extra cash over the others mentioned in your opinion. Trying to come up with an Xmas gift for myself this year.

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I have a pair of the Assos S7 NeoPro and two pairs of the Assos S7 Equipe (all 3 are less then a year old), and I like the Equipe's more than the NeoPro's. The NeoPro's are good, but the Equipe's just seem to be more comfortable on ride's over an hour. I've ridden 6 hours in the Equipe's without any discomfort at all (though I always use Body Glide for any longer ride as habit from when I used to run before converting to cycling cause of a hip issue). The Equipe's design allows for more space up front for your tender parts, which my riding buddy mockingly calls the 'cod piece', but it's really not that noticeable and is partly why I think those bibs are so comfortable. They both have similar leg compression, which seems tight during your first few rides with them, but they loosen a little up as they age.

I'm fairly new to riding, so measure my comments accordingly. The only other brand I've ridden is Izumi Quest shorts, and I only use those shorts on my trainer - they just aren't comfortable on rides over an hour. Assos has more expensive S7 bib models (Campionissimo, Cento), and I've heard good things about them both, but I'm not willing to throw that much coin into riding apparel.

So long story short, the answer is a 'measured' yes, in that the Equipe's are around $220, and to me are worth the extra $100 dollars over the NeoPro (which are now replaced by the S7 Mille). Also, if you didn't know this already, make sure you check the Assos online factory outlet, that's where I got my NeoPro's for significantly less than other online sites.
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Some years back when I was having trouble with saddle sores I was persuaded to buy a pair of Assos bib shorts. I was distinctly unimpressed. They were not noticeably more comfortable than any other shorts I had and the stitching on the pad started to come undone after about a year. By contrast I recently bought a pair of Castelli bib shorts and liked them so much I went and ordered a second pair. I think you get what you pay for to a degree but my personal feeling is that Assos gear is overpriced.

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