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Castelli Free Aero or Assos Neopro S.7

Old 07-21-15, 07:45 AM
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Castelli Free Aero or Assos Neopro S.7

Hello, recently I've order a pair of Assos Neopro S.7 from Ribble.
However, after almost a month, it's still not here. Spoken with Ribble and that I would get a refund if it doesn't turn up next week.

When I ordered the NeoproS.7, it was on sale for $140cdn, but now I am seeing Wiggle with the Free Aero on sale for $135cdn. Both being similar priced, anyone has experience with both bibs that can provide some feedback?

My current bibs are 2x DHB Aeron Pro bibs, 1x Aliexpress Bib, Champion System bib.
Champion system is the most comfortable of the ones I own.

I am 169cm, 31" waist, 59kg.

Tried the Castelli size "M" in a store, it fits but can't really tell on how they might feel on the saddle. Never tried the Assos but ordered M from Ribble.

Basically, it seems I might have an option to get my money back for the Assos from Ribble, and is wondering if the Free Aero would be a better choice.

I originally purchased the Neopro based on the review on Tour International's bib review.
Just hoping for some comments based on actual user experience. I understand that each bib might suit different people, but it would still be interesting to hear what everyone has got to say.

Thank you in advance for your help, and happy riding.
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Old 08-16-15, 07:37 AM
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Today was my first ride wearing Castelli Free Aero bibs 2015 model. Reading the many reviews I thought wearing them would be like 7th heaven. Wrong! Not sure why but my perineum is very sore after only riding a couple of hours. My Gist bibs with a simple CoolMax pad never gave me such pain so I doubt that my Sella Italia Max Flow is the problem. I'll try again tomorrow.
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I bought the Asssos equipe about a month ago. My third pair of Assos in 10 years and they have been outstanding. I have at tried Castelli, Santini, Craft and a few other brands, and none come close in comfort, especially on rides over 2-3 hours.
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