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Assos T.campionissimo_s7 Bib Shorts - Men's

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T.campionissimo_s7 Bib Shorts

Six years have passed since Assos rolled out what would become known as the pinnacle of its bib short designs. Called the _s5, this revered collection of shorts has been, to all who've ridden in them, simply the best fitting and most supportive bibs on the market. Well, in the true fanaticism that dominates the collective mindset in the Swiss-based brand's Centro Studio, Assos engineers took to improving what many called perfect. The new collection to emerge is aptly titled _s7. There are four new "mission-specific" models of bib shorts within this technical-feature-laden lineup, with the T.campionissimo_s7 living in, shall we say, a penthouse above the rest. Six patents and nine innovations later, a new level of technological firepower has officially been unleashed on the world of cycling apparel design. Welcome to the next generation of unparalleled Assos perfection.

To start, let's run through the main Assos-specific textile that makes up the paneling of the creme de la creme T.campionissimo bib shorts, as it's notably a fabric-first in cycling shorts manufacturing. Assos is calling this material Type.444 ergoKompressor, with the real secret ingredient residing in its composition. First, Type.444 is a woven textile with a 33% Lycra content, versus the traditional knits used in almost every other pair of cycling shorts currently available to the public. The reasoning behind this is that Assos wanted a highly compressive bib short design that was still as light and comfortable as possible. So while most manufacturers rely on bib short constructions that use many fabric panels to achieve a desired level of compressive hold — while sacrificing both weight and comfort in the name of heavily-stitched seams — Assos' Type.444 woven textile mitigates this bulky, abrasive side effect that comes with standard compressive shorts by building the T.campionissimo with merely five sleek panels. Countless prototypes tested by both professional cyclists and Assos' very own Werksmannschaft (the Assos factory team) riders proved to Assos engineers that this exclusive woven textile provided the ultimate compressive-support-to-low-weight ratio, which was simply unattainable if they were to have paired this low panel count with a knitted material. And like the other fabrics composing the rest of the _s7 bib shorts line, Type.444 was finished with an iceColor application, which is similar to Coldblack cooling technology in that it effectively reduces surface temperature in dark fabrics. A cool, dry, and fresh feeling is the result, which complements your body's fully supported lower half.

Assos engineered these bib shorts to provide a slightly asymmetrical compressive hold that stretches more around your body, rather than vertically. This tuned stretch works to firmly secure the shorts in place while down in the cycling position, feeling more dialed while sitting in the saddle than while standing upright. This feeling has long been known to Assos' devoted followers as the signature "click on" fit. This Advanced Ergonomic Pattern Design (AEPD) fit is ever-present with the _s7 line, and it's been further enhanced by its new Y7 bib strap design. While the _s5's straps were spot-on from a comfort perspective, this latest generation's straps have been moved outward in the front slightly for better support. For example, while positioned over the hoods or down in the drops, traditional bib straps generally create a gap away from the torso between the collarbone and upper hips. But by aligning the straps outward, more along the obliques, the straps hug the torso, mimicking the body's movements without any gap, regardless of on-the-bike positioning.

Now for the heart of the T.campionissimo's technological dominance: the chamois. While we're always reluctant to use the phrase "game changer" in anything we describe, the research and development of the T.campionissimo's chamois might just warrant an exception. Assos is calling it the "kuKuPenthouse." Yes, that is the name, and we'll get to its meaning momentarily. But first, as with all of the _s7 collection, it wears the new amethyst color. According to Assos, this purple hue was chosen to pay homage to the clothing of Roman emperors, English monarchs, and members of Japanese aristocracy, as the historically-significant color highlights what it calls the "most technically advanced cycling shorts on Earth."

As the top-tier chamois within the _s7 line, the kuKuPenthouse received every one of the new technical innovations to emerge from Assos' extensive product testing. The engineers began with an 8mm-thick memoryFoam material. This was first introduced with the venerable _s2 FI.13, as its shock absorbing composition returns to its original position, "filling the gap," every time pedaling position is changed in the saddle through the shift of weight. The memoryFoam features multiple layers, with its superAir and waffle composition making up the first two. This perforated design works to increase breathability and to shed weight. Additionally, this dimpling, combined with the ultra-soft microfiber top sheet, effectively pulls moisture from within the layers below, which allows it to dry much quicker than the previous _s5 chamois. Once Assos got the chamois layup to their standards, the engineers began rethinking the way a traditional chamois is attached to the shorts. This led them to what they are calling the "goldenGate," which involves interrupting the stitching along both of the chamois' side panels, allowing a more "three-dimensional" freedom of movement in this sensitive, rotational area. Additionally, because the seams are eliminated, friction is minimized even further. But if that weren't enough, Assos went ahead and bonded its lightly-padded anatomical side flaps over this short-to-chamois junction, making the transition against your skin as smooth as possible.

And while the aforementioned is impressive, the true magic of this chamois is located at the front, as Assos removed the section of padding where a male cyclist's genitals would normally contact the chamois. In place of the padding is a soft, brushed microfiber layer, which creates a "nest," or cradle into which the genitals are comfortably supported, free of the chamois' foam padding. This is where the kuKuPenthouse name is derived, which is truly a first in chamois construction. Pressure is thus eliminated in this area, and ventilation is increased substantially compared to a traditional chamois. The overall chamois design was then finished off with a "rearTerminal" at the back — where the chamois' rear portion meets the lower back fabric panel — by fitting a smooth layer of durable and wicking microfiber in this high-stress moisture collection zone.

The Assos T.campionissimo_s7 comes in a claimed weight of 162g, which is the lightest of the four new shorts in the _s7 collection. The leg panels were finished off with new low-volume, calibrated-stretch superFlat grippers to keep the cuffs securely in place, and small gold Assos logos accent the shorts throughout. They are available in seven sizes from X-Small to TIR and in the color Black Volkanga.

  • Racing shorts that offer long mile comfort
  • Gently compressive fabric supports comfortably
  • Signature "click-on" fit disappears when you're in the saddle
  • Free-floating chamois helps reduce friction against skin
  • Fabric treated to promote cooling in hot conditions
  • Lie-flat bibs spaced to eliminate gaps between body and straps
  • Elastic grippers with optimal stretch hold leg openings in place
  • Assos has earned a reputation as the shorts company among discerning cyclists
  • Item #AAS000D

Tech Specs

59% Nylon, 31% Elastane, 10% Polyester
spring, summer, fall
Chamois Thickness
Y7 frame carrier
Leg Gripper
Recommended Use
Road Cycling
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

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Simply the Best!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: TIR
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 230lbs

I have been cycling for a long time and I have had many different bibs and these are the best I've ever worn. I know the price is a challenge for many but they are worth it. The penthouse for your junk and the type.444 material it is supremely comfortable and like nothing else I’ve seen. It’s interesting that Assos markets these bib shorts as not everyday bib short but to save them for those “special days”. I could not disagree more. For me, everyday on the my bike is a special day.

I’ve got more than one of these and they are the only bibs I use in the Summer and they hold up great for everyday use. I've put them through the wringer and I have not seen any wear on the bib short. Which is amazing! Even some of the other Assos shorts I own for other seasons eventually start getting those little fuzzy things where they contact the saddle. These do not! That type.444 material is very durable!

The Penthouse is a game changer. No other bib treats my junk so well and the breathable fabric along the front definitely aids in keeping you comfortable. The chamois stitched to the bib is an excellent idea and makes a real difference. They make the shorts extremely comfortable with not not much material to moving against your body. If you can spare the expense, save and shop for a good deal and get these. You will not regret it.

Feels great

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

The material on this bib feels great, better than any I've owned. I was apprehensive about spending so much $$ on a bib, but they are definitely the most comfortable I've ever worn. Only complaint is the front rise (between the should straps) is a bit lower than I'm used to, and apparently I need to be at 0% body fat to not have a bit of a belly stick out when I'm standing up straight, but then again, that's not what they're meant for - in riding position it's not an issue.

The best. Sublime.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Who is audacious enough to market $400 bibshorts? Assos.

Are they worth it? Yes.

The people at Assos are perfectionists. Assos was founded by Tony & Elaine​ Maier in 1976 near Lake Lugano, Switzerland. Elaine, being of Greek descent, inspired the company name: Assos. Greek for "the first, the best."

No one designs better or finer cycling kit.

The kuku Penthouse is a revelation.

These are the best bibshorts made in the world.

Campionissimo bibshorts + Assos jersey + Assos Equipe socks = cycling perfection.

Sizing Info & More (all about the KuKu)

  • Fit: True to size

I remember the first pair of bike shorts I bought, a pair of Select Pearl Izumi's. I couldn't believe I was paying $100 for shorts. I sit here and write this while wearing a pair of $450 pair of Assos Campionissimo'€™s thinking I have lost my mind. To bring me back to reality I understand the importance of a pair of race day shorts, or a pair of shorts that give you a little more motivation to push harder, or go the extra mile.
That said, the type A.444 ergoKompressor material and craftsmanship of these bibs are amazing. The material reminds me of my daughters high-end swim suit. Assos claims the material is not just light, but superlight, super aerodynamic, superfast. I didn'€™t take them to the wind tunnel, but they do feel super. I bought a Small just like the other Assos bibs I have and they fit very similar. They are slightly more compressive in my upper thighs...in a good way and firmly fitted at the band. The highlight for me is the kuKuPenthouse without question, it'€™s a beautiful thing and should be mandatory in all bib and shorts forever. I have a few hundred miles on them so far and I have no regrets, I have been riding with them more than I should be, but I wanted to get some good saddle time with them for a good review. I will be hanging them up for now until the next big ride. If the fit is right for you, you will definitely be happy. #assosornothing Any questions at all let me know, happy to help out.
Sized Purchased: Small
Height: 5-10
Weight: 140
Waist: 32in
Thigh: 19in
Inseam (jewels to your foot): 31in

Bill Sherman
Customer Account Manager-Bike
Office: 801-204-4545

Sizing Info & More (all about the KuKu)

You get what you pay for

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

I was highly reluctant to pay so much for a pair of bibs, but based on the great reviews here and my prior excellent experience with Assos bibs, I decided to go for it.

Was a little uncertain which size to get since I have previously worn size L in Assos but I knew I had gained 10 lbs and based on their size chart and what other reviewers bought in relation to their size, I went with the XL. This turned out to be perfect.

First time out, since they seemed to fit so well, I rode 65 miles on a really hot day and they worked great. I didn't notice the itchy shoulder straps some others commented on.

Only negative is for this amount, would have been great to get the mesh laundry bag and little container of wash soap they used to include. These shorts are made in Bulgaria, not Switzerland, so between this and the much higher price, Assos must have at least doubled their margin on their highest end shorts so they could afford a few freebies.

Not for skinny legs...

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Size Bought: Large
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 150lbs

I've had a pair of the Equipe S7's for a year now and really like, so wanted to give these top of the range a go. Unfortunately, the leg opening at the bottom of these is a half inch wider than the equipes (same size Large, diameter measures 7.75" vs 7.25"), so they are baggy at the bottoms on my skinny thighs (flared like a boot cut) . The rest of the short fits nice and tight, so the mediums would not be an option. The fabric seems really nice, and anyone with big legs should not be disappointed. Fortunately for me, CC has a great return policy, and since I did not wear, it only cost me the price of return shipping.

Special Sauce

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn these for nearly a year and a half, put loads of miles on them, and have yet to be disappointed.
They fit different than any other bib. Most other bibs nearly feel like you're wearing a loose girdle as they are cut up so high in the front. These drop much lower which, when you get use to it you wouldn't have it any other way. It also makes those little biological breaks on the go much simpler. They are very much a compression short but not so much that they restrict movement. Glasses holders on the bib portion is a nice treat. The name of the chamois says it all. I have yet to wear a bib more comfortable overall and surely I won't wear anything else. They're worth the money, hard to stomach paying that much but they're worth every penny!!!

works as advertised

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

after 3 century rides in these i refuse to wear any thing else. i have used pearl izumi elites, raphia classic bib shorts, castelli bibs, and other earlier iterations of assos and this turns out to be the best so far. i have made zero adjustments to my "package" as soon as i am on my bike (assuming, of course, that your package rests spot on the kuku penthouse). males with low sperm counts, abnormal sperm morphology, or who are trying to impregnate their partner should probably use this in addition to modifying their cycling technique.

scratchy bib shorts

    I ordered the very expensive Assos shorts to see what great shorts felt like. When I put them on I noted right away that the joint where the straps meet the shorts in back was very scratchy. The stitching seemed to irritate and none of my other bib shorts do that. For such a high end product with such touted high tech materials, etc it seemed like a major defect to me. I am returning these shorts.

    Your really need to try Q36-5 bib shorts. The former head of R&D at ASSOS left to start this company 2 years ago. They are the future of cycling wear. Very few seams as the patterns are new and innovative and the fabrics are revolutionary and last 10X as long as other makers. They are the only shorts I will wear.

    Hi Thomas. Yes, I have felt this itching also. An area in the upper back (at the shoulder strap connection) causes distinct itching unless I use a baselayer (I usually do). Originally I thought this was an (itchy) stitching issue. But eventually I figured out it was caused by a slightly sharp and hard edge on the strap formed by the thermal fabric cutters during manufacture. This was probably an early production run issue. I was able to *very* carefully cut this away using precision bathroom scissors (though I can't really recommend that anyone else do the same!).

    Hi Thomas,
    You are right on. I've experienced similar issue with pruritis lower back, at the thermal fabric stitch junction as well stated by John above, not sure how he knew such cutters existed though. Although these are my best riding bib shorts for 70 + mile rides. The chamois take getting used to and does give a prominent male "camel toe" effect. The new kuku penthouse should help with that.
    I solved issue by applying a small amount of "fresh" chamois lotion to the fabric itself and the pruritus resolved and no longer an issue. But unsure if fabric degradation over time would be increased.
    Assos take note, bit of over site for such expensive bib short.

    So yeah...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My a$$ didn't even know I rode a 100miles on a hardtail. Not an every day bib, just a race day bib that is for sure. The quality and feel of this bib makes my $200 bibs feel like I got them from the goodwill store. Save your pennies and buy these bibs.

    worth it

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    i've got 4 pairs of these. i wear them on the road and on the trail. most of the time, i don't use any chamois cream. no chaffing or discomfort. i wore these at leadville last year. they are the best. i've tried others in the line, but i've not found anything as comfortable as these babies when you're sitting in them for hours and hours on end.

    by the way, i'm 6'4", 210. wearing the xl.

    Love is expensive

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    After a short test ride I can establish that I will not be disappointed by the new flagship of Assos. The shorts are very supplel, and the new design of the bibs reduces the abdominal pressure compared to previous models. I'm now a happy owner of four pair of Assos shorts (Fi 13 s2, Fi 13 s5, T.equipe s7 & these), and they are all high quality items. The oldest pair still holds its snug fit after uncountable number of laundries. I'm quite convinced the new pair will do that as well. Now all non-Assos shorts (which I don't use anyway) is out of the wardrobe!

    I'm 204cm/91kg using XL. I might be able to use L, but I think the pressure from the bibs would be to high..

    Yes they're expensive, but use them on that special occasion or long ride where you need to just forget about your shorts and you and your KuKu won't regret paying the extra. I was skeptical about the KuKu penthouse. But after several rides I can establish that the KuKu penthouse is akin to getting a lazy, slow and uninterested blow job. Which may sound unappealing. But at the time of this review these are the only shorts I know that will blow you.

    The wide straps grip well and you don't know they're there, the chamois is slightly thinner than other shorts but is padded in exactly the right places and the material grips your legs to just the right degree.

    These bibs are so good I’ll probably wear them with any jersey I own because they are so comfortable. Nothing from another brand that comes close to how comfortable these bibs are—at any price.

    Yeah I got my head polished a few times when I first wire these......but no bodily leakage thankfully....adjust t angle of t saddle slightly as this fabric (depending on your saddle) does tend to grip slightly which I have found holds your position well.....as fa as t blow Ows, I still think I prefer the real thing ;-)

    This has to be the best review of a product of all time. I still have the last generation of Assos bibs and, even thought they have seen many mies, they are still so nice I was hesitant to get new ones - until this review. haha. Now if only Assos could make jerseys that weren't bugly...

    Expensive but worth every penny

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The bib feels different in many ways. The Lycra fabric feels much more delicate than s5 bib or any other top end brands, but it seems to be wicking moisture quite well. It seems to offer just about the same degree of compression as s5. By far, my favorite part of this bib is the chamois with kuku penthouse. It is absolutely supremely comfortable. Now I am almost tempted to cut out parts of chamois from my other bibs. The overall fit is much better than s5. I always found the overall fit of Giordana bibs to be very good and this one is better. The label says that it was hand-made in Bulgaria. At this price, I expected it to be hand-made in Switzerland, but I can't find any fault with the workmanship. Unlike s5 bibs, this one didn't come with a wash bag or cleaning solution and I find this rather annoying considering that it has a very long care instructions about washing.

    After reading the care instruction, I felt that just about anything is going to damage the bib. So far, I have put on about 700 miles and followed the instruction carefully-i.e. hand washing. I have used this since it was released earlier this year. I must say that it still looks like a new bib. The most I have ridden in this bib is about 70 miles and I didn't have any problem with the comfort.

    What is the difference between these and...

    What is the difference between these and Assos T.cento_s7 Bib Shorts?

    It looks like these have some new unique fabric and will wear much tighter. The Assos website says they aren't for every day use, but only for "when you feel you are in best form and need every competitive advantage." The Cento are more comfort based with a thicker chamois pad and more forgiving compression for more comfort on longer rides.