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same Assos bib, different feel

Old 10-01-09, 11:46 AM
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same Assos bib, different feel

I'm trying to decide if I'm being too neurotic about this and should just live with it.

- I have some Assos FI.Uno bibs from Wiggle and love them. In July I picked up another pair from Ribble cycles. I've worn these newer ones a few times and they simply don't feel the same. Material isn't as thick, doesn't provide the same compression. The pad seems to feel just as good, however.

I have contacted Assos. They suggest I send the not-as-nice pair for them to inspect. But, better yet, send both pairs. Nice of them to offer, but...I'd have to ship them to Switzerland, and I'd be without my top-choice bibs, at least one pair, maybe both.

Do I just live with it and accept it and get over it?
Do I send them in? (I just feel like if I'm spending that $, they'd better both be excellent, and the same quality.)
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Old 10-01-09, 11:49 AM
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maybe they are nashbar bibs with assos logos sewn in
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Old 10-01-09, 11:59 AM
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I'd send both in and if it turns out Ribble is selling knock-offs, you slander them unmerciful in here and on every consumer advocate site you can find.
~OR~ perhaps you can ask Assos to put you in touch with a learned sales-rep near you, to cut down on the freight costs & delay.
Good luck and keep us abreast!
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Old 10-01-09, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by nayr497 View Post
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Do I just live with it and accept it and get over it?
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No, next time buy Exte Ondo. My Assos FI:13 Mille have held up well, but I've been even more impressed w/ my Exte Ondo Skal knickers.
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Old 10-01-09, 12:34 PM
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Ha ha ha, they could be nashbars...

The thing is that the nicer feeling ones are a bit older (earlier in 2009). They started a new id # system to register them and the nice ones don't have it, the not-as-nice do.

Hmm, sending both back would kind of be tough. I have other bibs & shorts, but they simply aren't as nice. I've learned to only love the best But...I could survive it, I suppose.

Tell me more about the Exte Ondo Skal knickers. I'm in the market for either full tights or knickers. I am moving south come January though. Was thinking I could get knickers and use leg warmers over them for Dec. up north. Looking to get either knickers or full length, not both just yet. What temps are your knickers good down to? I'm in NY as well...
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Probably a stupid question, but are they both the S5 model with the blue chamois?
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Not a stupid question.

Yes, they are both S5 and have the same light blue/aqua chamois. Like I said, the chamois feels a little less nice, but maybe just mental tricks I'm playing. However, the compression and thickness of the material is definitely not the same.
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if you want compression, then you need to buy something better than unos.
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Tell me more about the Exte Ondo Skal knickers. I'm in the market for either full tights or knickers. I am moving south come January though. Was thinking I could get knickers and use leg warmers over them for Dec. up north. Looking to get either knickers or full length, not both just yet. What temps are your knickers good down to? I'm in NY as well...
Well, I should qualify my statement regarding Exte Ondo by saying that the Skals have the "Golden" chamois. They have other bibs/knickers that use their "Urraki" chamois/pad -- but I haven't tried those.

The Skals are basically midweight and I believe Exte Ondo advertises them to be most functional from 50-65F. I used them w/ leg warmers to down ~40. They can be found at Lickton's or cbike. cbike often has 25% "sales" on the $165 Skal (sans pubes -- I'm aware of the debacle that another user had w/ cbike, but I didn't have any problems w/ them).

Oh... and I'm from NY, but don't live their anymore. "Synecdoche, New York" is actually a movie about a guy from Schenectady (pronounced "Skin-neck-titty" )
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