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I suppose they buy these cycling shorts or they would not sell them.

Old 02-08-15, 06:54 PM
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I suppose they buy these cycling shorts or they would not sell them.

I get an email from competitive cyclist on Assos shorts. Now I know they are expensive but never really looked into the prices. Well I decided to check them out on the website and $198 for the daily wear shorts? Being a long distance type rider I looked at the bibs specifically for longer rides and I see $368? Ok I don't mind paying for quality and good stuff but this does seem far fetch to me for a pair of cycling shorts. Nothing against competitive cyclist got a great deal on a Bike Wear Gortex jacket but do they really sell many of these cycling shorts. I need a better pair of cycling shorts but I think even the good stuff is less than $100.
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They sell plenty of them.
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Old 02-08-15, 07:46 PM
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The more you pay the better they are.
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The really good parts of the really expensive cycling gear is invisible to those who are unfit or incompetent for their cycling positions. (There ain't no magic in the ridiculously priced gear.)

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I dunno... I got a pair of FI-Mille bibs from their outlet for about 150 (dramatically lower than MSRP) and they immediately leapt to favorite bib status over an already full bib drawer. They make great cycling clothing and they charge accordingly. There's nothing wrong with buying something else but I think mocking them out of ignorance is just ignorant. I'm pretty sure I won't pay $400 for bibs, I agree with you there, but I *really* like the set I have.
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I've bought two pair of Assos Uno bibs from them for $139 ea. There's also this: https://www.assosfactoryoutlet.com/page/man-shorts
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
I've bought two pair of Assos Uno bibs from them for $139 ea. There's also this: https://www.assosfactoryoutlet.com/page/man-shorts
Hmmmm... bookmarking for future reference/shopping.
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Considering the amount of money many riders spend on wheels that have minimal benefit in performance and comfort, those bibs seem like a good deal:
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I've yet to get a good bib for under $100, though $130 range seems to suit me fine (Garneau Equipe), though I do have a very nice Colnago bib kit that's made of nicer materials and has a more comfy pad, and which I assume was pricier, but don't know truthfully as it was a gift.

Short of it is that I'm happy paying more than a hundred, but a good deal less than $400. Being honest, even $200 is pushing it for me, but that's just because I'm kinda poor. If I had money for all the things I wanted, I'm sureI'd spend a couple hundred in a heartbeat.
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I'm a big fan of rapha shorts and I do find them really expensive ($250+ on sale?!). So I decided to buy a pair of assos next time from the factory outlet. Having a good pair of bibs can contribute much more to riding comfort than any upgrade you can buy for your bike in this price range. Would I pay full price for any assos bibs? No way.
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If they are the shorts that keep you from chaffing, they are worth the money. Just like shoes, you are lucky if the ones that work for you are cheap, but you buy the ones that keep your feet from hurting.
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Who pays retail for anything, much less Assos?
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I've just never been able to get past the irony of the name.

Yes, I'm immature.
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I've just never been able to get past the irony of the name.

Yes, I'm immature.
That plus the "penthouse"... it's a puerile teen's dream.
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Who pays retail for anything, much less Assos?
Only Suckahs.

I can get 60-70% off Pearl Izumi, so I never pay more than $70 for bibs.
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Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht View Post
Only Suckahs.

I can get 60-70% off Pearl Izumi, so I never pay more than $70 for bibs.
This.

There's a Pearl Izumi outlet store about an hour away from me.

It's fantastic.
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Very good shorts are a must. Very expensive ones, not so much.
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I've yet to get a good bib for under $100, though $130 range seems to suit me fine (Garneau Equipe), though I do have a very nice Colnago bib kit that's made of nicer materials and has a more comfy pad, and which I assume was pricier, but don't know truthfully as it was a gift.

Short of it is that I'm happy paying more than a hundred, but a good deal less than $400. Being honest, even $200 is pushing it for me, but that's just because I'm kinda poor. If I had money for all the things I wanted, I'm sureI'd spend a couple hundred in a heartbeat.

Over the past 35 yrs. I have worn a lot of different brand bibs. PI, Castelli, etc. And, I have a hard time thinking that bibs can be worth $300 or more. But, I took a leap of faith last Spring and bought a pair of Assos Uno bibs from Competitive Cyclist on sale for $139. I won't be buying anything else from now on. Really nice.
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Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
I've bought two pair of Assos Uno bibs from them for $139 ea. There's also this: https://www.assosfactoryoutlet.com/page/man-shorts
I just got some Unos from Excel Sports for that price.
I really like them and will be doing a review and comparison soon.


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I guess I have an iron butt....I can ride any saddle (the right size) and don't have issues...just about any brand shorts/bibs keep me chaffing free and comfortable...but if I hurt and cheaper shorts/bibs did not do it for me, hell yes, I would pay the money.
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The only real problem in buying Assos at retail is complicity in the continued employment of that tool male model they seem to love so much. I hate looking at that twerp with is flexed hands and rigid poses, and cannot, in good conscience, support Assos because of him.

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I guess I have an iron butt....I can ride any saddle (the right size) and don't have issues...just about any brand shorts/bibs keep me chaffing free and comfortable...but if I hurt and cheaper shorts/bibs did not do it for me, hell yes, I would pay the money.
For 5+ hours?
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Everyone rode much simpler shorts for the majority of road cycling history without worse results than we experience today. My centuries have all been ridden on $20-30 shorts without pain. Of course since that was a while ago, maybe they would cost twice that now. That's fair. And I admit to appreciating the $80-100 shorts that I own. Not for saddle comfort but more for other aesthetics. The emperor may need something pricier, but not everyone.
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Whatever shorts makes you comfortable and want to ride more is worth the money regardless of the price... some prefer PI at $75 and some pay retail for Assos. Not everything's value is measure by the price. For me, I find Rapha to be a more comfortable fit for me, but Assos are very nice too. Are they better than PI/Castelli/Giordana/Louis Garneau/et al? Absolutely!
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