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Pro riders are known for their supreme racing efforts, but the foundation of race day is training- countless hours in the saddle. These cyclists have a lot of time to think as they log major kilometers. For the most technical riders, they become hyper-focused on the details. Some are more intuitive and simply know when something isn't right. The combination of both thought process, as well as decades of preeminent expertise, is what drive the design group at Assos to develop premium performance clothing for their sponsored athletes, but really hones in on their Werksteam, with whom they can most closely collaborate with. Whether it’s seam placement, stitch type, or how textiles react to changes in body temperature, the Assos Werksteam is taking note. It’s this selection of riders who brings lab concepts to life, and then drives finished product even further with real world testing. Such is the case with the RS T Werksteam Bib Shorts, tuned for the performance-minded rider and year-round racer who makes no compromises in fit, function, or style.

As with all Assos bib shorts, the Werksteam model features a bevy of their proprietary fabrics and proven construction methods that have been carefully selected and refined for the end product. Jumping right in- the short section incorporate Assos A-Lock Engineering, a textile-patterning bracing system that stabilizes the short and secures the insert in place as you pedal. Just two panels are used, with a primary “butterfly” panel fully wrapping your legs and forming the ergoBox structure. This design frames the insert in place and provides you with an ultra-comfortable feel against your legs, delivered by the soft inner finish of the Type.441 textile, which was developed for compressive hold, support, and silky comfort.

The designers then added the Assos rollBar, which mimics a race car’s anti-sway bar by using the bib straps to stabilize the insert as your weight transfers in the saddle. Each strap is sewn into the seam directly above the insert, ensuring it’s under pre-loaded tension at all times. The bib upper utilizes the Assos Carbon Xbib system, which was released as an RS-series signature technology. A single section of elastic material, which is folded over on itself, forms a supportive A-frame that delivers limited vertical stretch in the rear. Above the “X” junction, a more flexible material is employed, incorporating an antibacterial carbon weave, to wick moisture and lay flat in the front. The result is stretch where you need it, and more tension supporting the short and insert, allowing for more comfort in the most aggressive postures and more comfort when more upright. The straps won't dig into your skin and feel more natural than previous designs.

Of course the business end of any bib short is the most crucial feature- the pad insert. Design it wrong, place it wrong, support it wrong- any of these will ruin a day in the saddle before you know it. Fortunately for Assos and all their riders, sponsored or otherwise, this is what the Swiss company does best. The insert the shorts are constructed around features a reduced overall footprint to shed weight, and is made with superAir microShock foam plus the Assos patented 3D waffle. The stitch-free goldenGate returns, lending friction-free comfort while pedaling, and keeping the kraterCooler system of holes delivering airflow up front. and new ultralight leg grippers.

Finishing out the short section, the designers applied zeroWaist- a raw-cut, tape-reinforced edge for the smoothest transition possible between the body and fabric panel. This results in more comfort with less pressure and potential irritation, all of which are always appreciated, if not consciously noticed. At the leg ends, raw-cut, tape-reinforced edges referred to as ultraLight Leg Grippers for the smoothest transition possible between the body and fabric panel without excess pressure or constriction. General details include new white rollBars, reflective tonal thigh graphics, and what can simply be referred to as exceptional construction and attention to every stitch and effect overall. Make no mistake, this is a bib short developed and optimized for the needs of pro cyclists. Serious enthusiasts will love it as well, but it may not be as at home on gravel or for those who ride a more upright posture. Those are personal decisions, but there is no doubt the Equipe RS T Werksteam Bib Shorts is a premium product for premium performance.

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  • Exceptional, race level bib short with an amazing fit and incredible performance, built with an impressive focus on even the most minute detail to eliminate potential discomfort
  • The race fit and cut of the insert favor an aggressive cycling posture and use for road mileage
  • A-Lock Engineering employs S9 racingFit system comprising new textiles and technologies to stabilize the shorts and secure the insert in place
  • The primary textile panel uses the Butterfly Pattern to fully wrap the lower back and legs, coming together in the rear; it's reduced seaming leads to a more uniform hold, less weight, and greater comfort
  • Type.441 is a patented 40-gauge warp knit textile, developed specifically for compressive hold and silky comfort despite it's exceptional resilience to use and overall durability
    • Fabric details: 200g/m2 weight, UPF 50+, moisture wicking (idroFil fastDry), iceColor, odorControl
  • The rollBar is patented bracing design that mimics a race car’s anti-sway bar by using the bib straps to stabilize the insert and lock it in place as rider weight transfers from left to right while cornering
  • A square pattern construction, named ergoBox, frames the insert in the back, boxing it in for added stability
  • Carbon Xbib, a single section of elastic material, folded over on itself, forms a supportive A-frame that delivers limited vertical stretch in the rear, with a shoulder straps that stretch more
  • zeroWaist is a raw-cut, tape-reinforced edge for the smoothest transition possible between the body and fabric panel
  • ultraLight Leg Grippers feature a raw-cut, tape-reinforced edge for the smoothest transition possible between the body and fabric panel
  • Surface Reduction Design reduces insert footprint from previous Equipe Evo pattern to shed extra grams
  • mod.Dep S9 Basalt: Antibacterial microfiber booster top sheet in 3D basalt colorway
  • superAir microShock is a lightweight open cell foam with a shock absorbing composition that returns to its original position, filling the gap every time pedaling position is changed in the saddle through the shift of weight
  • 3D waffle patented, three-layer perforated foam that increases breathability and eliminates excess weight
  • Patented goldenGate technology interrupts the stitching along both of the insert’s side panels, allowing a more three-dimensional freedom of movement in this sensitive, rotational area
  • System of small holes, called kraterCooler, in the front of the insert increases airflow
  • Materials: 80% Polyamide, 20% Elastane
  • Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL, XLG
  • Color: blackSeries
  • Weight: 192 grams (Large)
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