Assos has a long history of appearing on the podiums of cycling's biggest events. Sometimes these appearances are prominent public endorsements, as with Cancellara in Rio, and sometimes they're clandestine, as with the entire podium of the 1982 worlds. Considering that that podium comprised the likes of Saronni, LeMond, and Kelly, that's a ringing endorsement, and it demonstrates the brand's dedication to creating kit that meets the expectations of the most demanding cyclists in the world. The Men's T.milleshorts_s7 represent a different side of Assos' design philosophy. It privileges that same level of technical nous and expert construction, but it does so in a fit that accommodates those of us who aren't quite in the shape that Saronni enjoyed during his superlative '82 season.
Long-time Assos fans will likely remember that season of Saronni's, or at least the later exploits of King Kelly or LeMond's rise to dominance in the late '80s. That same demographic may also have fond memories of the original FI.Mille bibs, an endurance model that turned the Assos dial from race to comfort. The new T.milleshorts_s7 speak to that pedigree by combining the materials and chamois of the T.neoPro_s7 bibs with a more generous comfort fit at the waist. The thinking is simple: the T.milleshorts bring the construction details and functional brilliance that have won Assos so many fans in the peloton to those of us who want the experience of high-end kit but don't correspond with the typical body type profile of a racer.
As with the T.neoPro they're effectively replacing, the T.milleshorts are built with Assos' Type.429 Lycra blend. This durable fabric is used for the low-volume panels of the T.neoPro_s7, as it's incredibly supportive, hard-wearing, soft on the skin, lightweight enough to be appropriate throughout summer. It provides exceptional breathability, and it rapidly transfers moisture to its quick-drying outer surface. While that level of moisture management is general across most well-made cycling shorts, the feel of the material identifies the T.milleshorts as Assos quality by touch alone.
That feel also translates to a moderately compressive hold, which, supports the body underneath. As a result, these muscles are partially shielded from the fatigue-inducing effects of muscle oscillation that are derivative of road vibration. Countless prototypes tested by Assos' very own Werksmannschaft (the Assos factory team) riders proved to Assos engineers that this exclusive textile provides the ideal blend of compressive support and low weight for cyclists who may dabble in racing but are primarily into cycling for the sheer love of the sport. We recommend the T.equipe or T.campionissimo models for a higher-denier construction for race days, but the T.milleshorts' long-distance pedigree shines through during long base miles and charity centuries alike.
The Advanced Ergonomic Pattern Design (AEPD) shape of the lowers also contributes to this confident feel. The shorts describe a slightly asymmetrical compressive hold that stretches more around your body, rather than vertically, so it wraps your engine rather than simply stretching to cover it. This tuned shaping secures the shorts while you're stretched out in the saddle, contributing a dialed feel to ride time that feels less ideal while standing upright or navigating the café patio. This feeling has long been known to Assos' devoted followers as the signature "click-on" fit.
The AEPD fit is universal across the _s7 line, and it's been further enhanced by its new Y7 bib strap design. While the straps on the previous generation of Assos shorts, _s5, were spot-on from a comfort perspective, the _s7 straps have been moved outward in the front slightly for better support and more clearance for breathing. The design also minimizes the gap that traditional bibs tend to leave when they fall from the shelf of the collarbones to the attachment point at the hips. By aligning the straps with the obliques, Assos keeps them closer to the torso while letting them mimic the body's movements without any gap, regardless of on-the-bike positioning.
As with anything Assos, though, the chamois is the crux of T.milleshorts. 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."
In practice, this lofty goal starts with an 8mm-thick memoryFoam material cut into two pads shaped to support your sit bones. This foam was first introduced with the venerable _s2 FI.13, as its material properties let it compress and immediately return, effectively filling the gaps created between body and chamois throughout the pedal stroke or while shifting in the saddle The memoryFoam isn't a homogenous material; rather, and in true Assos form, it's a complex gestalt of myriad materials. The first two layers are the brand's superAir and waffle composition, which provide perforated padding that increases breathability and to shed weight. This layer is responsible for the dimpling that shows through the ultra-soft amethyst top sheet. The combined effect pulls moisture from within the layers below and lets the chamois dry much quicker than the previous _s5 chamois.
Once Assos got the chamois layup to its 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 extended the chamois' thinly-padded sides over this short-to-chamois junction, making the transition against your skin as smooth as possible.
The T.milleshorts are built on Assos' s7 platform, which entails a host of bulk-reducing, anatomical features, but the goldenGate design warrants a specific call-out. GoldenGate involves attaching the chamois at the front and rear, leaving the sides free to float so the chamois moves with your body instead of against it. This effectively relocates friction from the skin/chamois interface to the chamois/shorts, all but eliminating the potential for abrasion and irritation. It also facilitates the chamois' "gap filling" action by helping to keep contact constant to avoid chaffing.
Before we let you get back to replays of the Paris time trial in the '89 Tour, the T.milleshorts' aesthetics and finishing details warrant some final attention. First the looks: stealth, sleek, classic. The legs are all black with just a hint of Assos branding in the form of rubberized logos. The legs terminate in low-volume, calibrated-stretch superFlat grippers which secure the fit, sure, but also contribute to the overall timeless style by eschewing the translucent meshes and unfinished hems that have become proprietary solutions to a problem that, since the advent of the single-piece elastic cuff, had never really existed.
- A classic cycling short tailored for long-distance cycling
- More forgiving waist fit adds comfort to performance
- Gently compressive Lycra offers confident support and stretch
- AEPD fit wraps muscles rather than formlessly stretching
- Endurance chamois adds cushion without undue bulk
- Lie-flat bib straps sit wide to eliminate gaps
- Elastic leg cuffs ensure fit without pinching
- Assos' superior construction and attention detail has long earned it a reputation as "the shorts company"
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What do you think about this product?
March 4, 2020
First & last Assos purchase
So I bought these a while back in my usual bib size (small) thinking about how other riders rave about Assos products. After a test ride, I found that the "Golden Gate" portion of the pad was irritating my skin. So I did what was recommended and downsized to a size XS, well, now I can tolerate them for about 2 hours until the same thing starts happening again. I thought I'd branch out, and try something other than that brand that begins with an "R", big mistake!
January 24, 2020
These were recommended to me as high end shorts, but they're not! Initially they climbed up my leg a bit as others here have mentioned. I do have fairly large legs. I decided to keep them because I liked the chamois. But after using them for 6 weeks, they are riding 4-5 inches up my leg. Basically looks and feels like I'm wearing boxer briefs. I totally regret spending money on these, as they will probably end up in the garbage after a few more rides.
December 4, 2019
I own a pair of these bibs and thought the new ones would be the same, not. The leg grippers are a size too large and flaps against my thigh.
October 28, 2019
These are very comfortable.
August 5, 2019
I've heard untold numbers of people tell me Assos is the best possible short you can buy. So when these went on sale recently, I thought I'd give them a try since I need a new pair of long distance bibs for an upcoming gravel century. Long story short, these things are awful - fabric is similar to low grade Pearl Izumi - very thick, zero compression, and extremely hot. The pad is nice at the start, but the damn thing moves around too much and bunches up in areas, creating chafing. Went on a 40 mile ride yesterday and they chafed the joint between my taint and my thighs to the point of bleeding. Now I get to take a week off to heal so that I don't get a full on saddle sore. I'm stuck with having to return these for store credit instead of a refund. Not happy at all
August 8, 2019
I had the exact same issue. What a terribly designed short. I have several Assos bibs in M and these do not even compare. They ride up like crazy and about 8-10 inches above my knee is exposed. Wish I could return these.
September 9, 2019
Is it possible that this site is selling chinese knock offs? I'm not claiming that this is true, I'm just wondering if anyone knows for sure. It seems like a lot of people are complaining that the quality is not up to par on this sites bib shorts.
July 9, 2019
Assos bib short
Assos has undeserved reputation if this garment is typical. Compared to Giordana Forma Red, the fit on this garment was sub par, with front so low almost exposing genitals, and fabric not nealy as smooth against skin as Giordana.
June 12, 2019
Assos?! What did you call me?!!
I've always been a bit of an Assos man myself however a bit of a snob about it. I've tended to opt for their bibs with a higher cost of entry from the F13 bibs I found myself in my youth to the Equipe Evo 8 bibs I picked up last season. It was with a little bit of speculation with the price point in mind that I found myself ordering the Assos Mille. Dress me impressed the Mille bib did not disappoint!!! True to Assos form a lot of thought went into these bibs; comfort and quality is in abundance. Very clean over all look and they pair quite nicely with the MilleGT jersey. One thing worth mentioning is that the Mille series offers a bit more forgiving fit then the rest of the series in their line up. The size chart Assos provides is plenty accurate so I would call them out as running true to size.
May 28, 2019
Go to bibs
I have the Assos Equip and find these are more comfortable for training rides , I have a pair of bibs and tights I love them so much. Did 8 hour gravel ride on them with no discomfort. I ride 150+ miles per week and have had many bibs over the years. This is my favorite by far. I usually wear a medium in bibs but got these in large and fit was great.
September 3, 2018
These bibs are just delightful. The chamois is amazing and the fit is spot on. Top shelf materials. Look no further for your next bib. Just remember to size up!
August 28, 2018
I’ve went through many bibs and kept hesitating on getting these, for one thing they are never on sale and it seems as though they are very expensive to be an entry level short. Saying that this was the best purchase that I have ever made, all ailments, numbness etc.. out the door, such a good bib - fits true to size, Love!
April 11, 2018
Review After 1 year ....
I have ridden in these shorts for well over one year. Last year, 2017, in many many outdoor miles, and many more miles during indoor trainer during the early 2018 season. These are one of the best shorts I have worn in decades, Pros: They are very comfortable on long rides, 30-60 miles. Shoulder straps are what every other manufacturer should strive for, and the waist is perfect for those times when you need to relieve yourself. Now, for the Cons .... I can certainly overlook that they are a bit short on the legs, that's ok for me. More importantly though, the padding is not completely sewn in, after many washings they start to bunch up in the middle, exactly the spot where you do not want them to bunch in [the area of the perineum]. Almost felt like wearing a diaper. Would I buy these again? Yes! Only because I have yet to find anything better. I would hope they would sew the padding in, and remove the padding completely away from the perineum, and make the perfect bib. As I've stated, these are not perfect, yet, but I still have not found anything better. Assos should STOP relying on their educated engineers and call me to design their "perfect" bib. :)
November 23, 2018
I had same issue . Went a size down and no issues. Large fit me but bunched up and the mediums fit me to but didn’t bunch like u said
April 6, 2018
Great shorts for me.
I have two pairs of theses bibs. I've used them a lot over the last year. They are well made and have stood up to repeated uses well. I machine wash and hang dry to make them last. The chamois is very comfortable but not the most padded so having a saddle that makes you happy is important. The chamois also takes longer than usual to air dry. I'm in my 50's and not a skinny bones racer so the fit is really great for me. I consider these shorts to be nearly perfect for me. Pricey but worth it.
February 21, 2018
The Least of the Best
I bought the t.milleshorts in hopes that this lowest priced bibshort would be nearly as good as the other Assos bibshorts that I own. They are not. The t.milleshorts are pretty average. They fit well, but lack the crotch support and compression of my t.cento, t.neopro, and t.tiburu shorts. These other Assos shorts are far and away the best I have ever used. They really do have a "locked in" fit, and are supportive without ever feeling restrictive. I will use the t.milleshort for short training rides, but not for long rides. I recommend spending a little more and getting the best.
January 25, 2018
Close to Perfection
I'm a bigger guy with a pretty square build (5'10, 230) and I've struggled with some brutal saddle sores for the last couple seasons. I picked up one set of these...and have had ZERO problems ever since!! I now own 3 sets of them and after trying all kinds $300 bibs, to find something this comfortable for $150 is a game changer! My only 2 issues are the new, lower cut (not a deal breaker, but certainly not my favorite) and the legs are a bit long. But these are small prices to pay for a $150 set of bibs that is this comfortable!! I wear a Large in these.
January 16, 2018
I've tried these bibs in Large, they are too constrictive for my legs. Now I've tried them in XL and the legs feel great but the leg grippers are far too long and hover just above my knees. Assos is great, I've worn s5 Mille for many happy years, but their sizing giude is a huge mess. They go by length NOT width for their clothing so this makes buying a real pain as it may take many tries, and dollars, just to find a good fit plus the larger sizes will be longer. These fit nothing like the original Mille s5. So, if you're a bigger guy and have worn the s5 version you will sorely disapointed with the s7 Mille.
August 12, 2018
What’s your height, weight and waist size?
October 10, 2017
Assos T.milleshorts, why the change?
I've been wearing the Assos T.milleshorts for over 6 years. I just received what is now my sixth set and discovered the design has been changed. What used to be the finest bib shorts I've ever worn has now turned out to be the worst. The low cut in the front feels like I'm wearing shorts with a drawstring. The wide placement of the straps is uncomfortable. Why did they change a good thing? Looks like I'll be going back to Giordana...
January 16, 2018
I agree with you 100%. I've asked Assos the same question, all they say is that the s7 is technologically better. I'm built like a linebacker and the s5 was the best fitting bib short i've worn in 29 of cycling. I do miss the s5.
September 21, 2017
Completely impressed with the quality of the fabrics and construction. I have a larger athletic build type but since these bibs are cut slightly wider the fit was perfect! The pad is incredible, absolutely zero discomfort. I haven't done any centuries in these bibs but they have been fantastic on over a dozen 50 mile rides. I now only ride in Assos bottoms only. One very minor criticism that I got over real quick and I have the same feedback for my Assos knickers is they are cut about 1.5" too short. But again, I got over it.
August 20, 2017
Awesome bib shorts
Fit great, very comfortable and great quality!
July 23, 2017
Wanted this to be perfect
Have and love the F5_Mille bibs, which I tore recently with a crash. Unavailable any longer, I upgraded to the F7 Good: lower front panel, making pit stops easier; straps very comfortable and wider spaced than F5 Neutral: legs a bit longer than the F5 Bad: Leg grippers baggy and don't fit uniformly to my lower thigh
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August 14, 2019
I’m 5’5 / 165 lbs with a 34 inch waist. According to your size chart, I should order a small bib. The Assos website shows a height & waist measurements. What should be the correct bib size for my body type. Any assistance is much appreciated.
August 12, 2018
So do you order this based on height? What if you’re a shorter rider (5’6-5’7) but wider?
August 28, 2018
Hey Emil! I'd recommend sizing based on height, and then deciding which bibs from Assos's line would suit your body/riding style best. These particular bibs are part of Assos's Mille line, which is designed to fit a more upright riding position, and be a little bit more forgiving in terms of width. If you were after something a little bit more race-cut, you'd want to look at Assos's Equipe line. Be sure to reach out to me directly at email@example.com if you have any more questions!
April 10, 2017
What is the inseam length on the S7 mille bib in size large? thanks
April 14, 2017
Hey! Okay so the inseams are as follows: Small 9" Medium about 9 1/4" Large 9 1/2" XL 9 3/4" Please contact me directly if you have any additional questions!