Over seven years in the making, Assos has released what they call the Game Changer. This refers to the incredibly unique and exclusive S7 range of bibs designed by Assos Workmanshaft team riders, designers and engineers. Every part of the cycling bib has been torn apart, scrutinized and reworked. Simply trying on the S7 bibs and riding them is all it will take for you to see that S7 has raised the bar by reestablishing the norm and expectations of a cycling bib short. Game Changer is not as much a slogan as it is a reality.
At the heart of the T.Equipe bib short is the S7 chamois. This purple insert has several features new to anyone who has previously worn a cycling short. The insert is elastic, so it will stretch while you are cycling to help cut down on friction from chafing. The chamois features GoldenGate technology, which means it is only attached at the front and rear of the insert, allowing the unstitched center to free float and act as if it were a natural extension of your body. These innovations give the S7 chamois an organic and comfortable sensation. The padding and support comes from the Assos designed memoryFoam which features a shock absorbing, closed cell foam construction. The memoryFoam padding returns to its original form as soon as pressure is released. This means that every time your pedaling position changes, you move on the saddle or shift your weight, memoryFoam foam fills the gap. The foam is placed in strategic areas including around each side of the prostate area to create a well for pressure release. The top layer of the chamois is billed as Assos superAir and is located directly under the top sheet. This waffled pattern design dissipates heat by creating proper air flow, while simultaneously wicks moisture and perspiration away from your body. Anti-bacterial threading is used on the top sheet to help keep the top pad clean and sanitary.
The body of the bibs are made of many anatomic panels that are specifically tailored for the athletic body. This anatomic fit is called AEPD (Advanced Ergonomic Pattern Design) and helps achieve the perfect fit while in the riding position. This is known as Assos Click-Fit and it is unrivaled for the industries best bib short fit. These panels are constructed from Type.439 lycra. This magical fabric offers plenty of muscle compression and is super low volume and low weight. Being low volume and sheer, it offers plenty of ventilation and has great wicking capacity. These panels are all stitched together using over-locking seams provide a tight bond between panels and add elasticity. Combine the compression of the Type.439 with the tailored fit of the panels and you get the perfect race-type fit.
The uppers of the T.Equipe has anatomic and flat suspenders that use Assos's Y7 Bib Carrier strap design. These straps are s-shaped, super flat and move towards the outside of your chest which offer better support while being lower profile. Thanks to Assos, bib straps no longer have to sit directly on your clavicle. The Y7 carriers offer the support you need while feeling like they are not even there.
One of the most noteworthy features of the T.Equipe bibs is something you cannot see, but certainly feel when using and handling the garment: low volume and low weight. The bibs are so low volume that it feels as if any excess material was cored out of them. They make all other bibs shorts seem heavy and dated. The average weight for a pair of these bibs are a scant 170 grams and manage to use half the amount of seems as your average bib short. Truly a Game Changer.