T.equipe_S7 USA Cycling Bib Short
We were excited to hear about Assos' announcement of a partnership with USA Cycling starting this year, which sees the brand becoming the official supplier of team kit in a mutual attempt by both organizations to promote a more inclusive message going forward. As such, Assos has released its USA Cycling kit for the rest of us to train and race in, adding some US of A embellishment to its T.equipe_S7 USA Cycling Bib Short.
Assos spent the last six years working closely with its Weksmannshcaft factory team to develop the T.equipe_S7's, fine-tuning and reworking the design until it was something the fastidious Swiss brand could be satisfied with releasing into the world. Continuing the legacy of Assos' legendary FI.13's, the T.equipe_S7's occupy the low-volume race-fit option among Assos' clearly defined _S7 line, crafted with a streamlined, precise fit applied specifically to a riding position. Assos trusts its proprietary Type.439 fabric to construct the main body of the shorts, a supportive synthetic designed to ferry moisture quickly away from your skin as you ride, while stabilizing your muscles with a moderately compressive five-panel design. Some degree of compression has become a standard amongst top-end kit, and Assos is no stranger to its ability to limit the effects of fatigue-inducing road vibrations when you're riding for hours. Bearing in mind the fatigue that can come from riding through summer heat, Assos also chose to finish Type.439 with an iceColor treatment, which aims to reduce surface temperature in dark fabrics prone to absorbing heat from the sun.
The five-panel design Assos chose for the T.equipe_S7's is notably more minimal than the standard eight-panel construction adopted by most bib shorts. As expected, Assos had their own reasoning for this, choosing a five-panel design that would allow for a slightly asymmetrical compressive hold that stretches more laterally than in a linear direction. This closely-tuned stretch works to firmly secure the short in-place while you're stretched out in your drops or aero bars, but might feel slightly restrictive while standing. Devout Assos fans know this signature "click on" fit well, and know that slight discomfort out of the saddle is a small price to pay for the incredibly precise fit that the short achieves once you're riding. Assos also introduced a new Y7 bib strap design for the short this year, moving the straps outward toward the obliques for better support and to eliminate the gap that often forms along the torso between the collarbone and upper hips, mimicking the body's movements without any gaps.
And for the core of the T.equipe's technological dominance: the chamois. First, as with all of the _S7 collection, it's designed in Assos' 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." Though we don't necessarily like to acknowledge it, the US hasn't quite moved away from being a generational aristocracy, and these shorts are worthy of the Phinneys of our national cycling scene.
As one of the top-end chamois within the _S7 line, it received the bulk of Assos' technical innovations to emerge from its 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 a development they have proudly decided to refer to as "goldenGate," which essentially interrupts the stitching along both of the chamois' side panels, allowing for 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 extended the chamois' thinly-padded sides over this short-to-chamois junction, making the transition against your skin as smooth as possible.
The Assos T.equipe_S7 comes in a claimed weight of 168g, which is the second lightest of the four new shorts in the _S7 collection, with leg panels finished with new low-volume, calibrated-stretch superFlat grippers to keep the cuffs securely in place.
- Special edition cycling bib shorts made with USA Cycling
- Fabric weave has differing stretch for an exact fit
- Fabric wicks sweat and breathes exceptionally well
- Wider cut of elastic in the bibs for less pressure on your shoulders
- Chamois pad balances performance and comfort via memory foam
- treatment on fabric reflects sunlight for cool comfort
- Grippers return the shorts to the perfect fit during your ride
- Item #AAS006W
- 70% polyurethane, 18% elastane, 12% polyester
- Leg Gripper
- Claimed Weight
- 168 g
- Recommended Use
- road cycling
- Manufacturer Warranty
What do you think about this product?
June 28, 2019
- I've put it through the wringer
I have worn kit from nearly every maker out there (Eliel, Pactimo, pearl, Castelli, Patagonia, mt borah, etc). We all have our preferences but these check all the boxes for me. I'm not sure what's changed over the last four years since I invested in two pairs of these but mine are still going the distance. albeit a bit sun-faded. I see these are still the S7's so I imagine that aside from the USA graphic not much has changed. The spec I have are a tad short, maybe an inch shorter through the leg than I prefer but that's certainly nothing to complain about. I've worn these with layers through cold snowy winters and through the hottest, most humid days. Short crits and long mountain centuries and under my mtb shorts. A few things that set these above other bibs: the fabric is the most comfortable and retains shape better than anyone else, the cut works with the body while the straps and front waist are set up for easy pit-stops (unlike others when you to stretch the front down to have a pee you can feel the shoulder straps and waist seams popping), the chamois is super comfortable and designed for high mileage. I've been alternating these bibs for four years and they each have hundreds of rides and thousands of miles. I highly recommend these! I am 5'11" 150 pounds and the mediums fit PERFECTLY.
March 27, 2018
Just What You'd Expect from ASSOS
- I've used it several times
- Runs small
- Size Bought
- 6` 2"
- 180 lbs
Considering Assos prices, this pair is a real steal. You won't be disappointed. It fits like a glove from the moment you put on as it hugs your body completely. It makes a great complement to my FRC Pro bib.
November 19, 2019
I am 5'7" , 180 (u.s. pounds) Muscular legs and my pants size is 33-34. What size should I use?
November 19, 2019
Hey Jose, Assos recommends for someone within 33.8-36.2in on the waist to size in to the Large so you are pretty close both ways, I would likely size up. You could always purchase two different sizes and return the ones that do not fit you too! If you have any more sizing questions for Assos, i would love to hear from you. You can direct email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank You!