Assos is known to be conservative with iterative changes to proven designs. They simply don't make changes to make changes, but to truly improve the product and cyclist experience. GTS marks the introduction of the second generation of MILLE, an all-new bib short that builds on the iconic GT shorts’ Total Comfort formula with its plush double-layer insert, fatigue-reducing textile, and revamped fit. These improvements make it Ideal for pro riders looking for added comfort during training to everyday riders seeking maximum long-distance support. From epic rides to gran fondos, even fast gravel or XC race, the MILLE T GTS Summer Bib Shorts featuring C2, will provide you with the comfort and performance you require.
The Assos design team started by adapting the patterning of their S9 race bib shorts, using its two-panel “butterfly” lower to smoothly wrap your legs, lock the insert in place as you pedal, and reduce friction with its minimal seams. Above this, its Xbib straps feature calibrated stretch throughout, with the rear section using a single strap to form an A-frame for added stability. The primary difference between the S9 version and this GTS set-up is that the GTS is built with the Assos regularFit, versus the raceFit used in the S9. You get the same feel and superb fit, but optimized for a semi-aggressive cycling posture that can become more or less aggressive with more comfort.
The short section features a new proprietary fabric, the OSSIDIA textile, which has been developed specifically for the MILLE GT c2 platform. It strikes the ideal balance between frictionless comfort and muscle-supporting compression, a key to the whole GTS concept. Its warp-knit composition is made with ultrathin, elastic yarns for muscle hold, breathability, and a silky-smooth wrap along your low back and thighs. This combination results is a more responsive, compressive regularFit, ideal for a variety of body types and riding styles. 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.
Despite all that tech and textile excellnce, the heart of the GTS is an all-new insert, adapted from the GT using a double-layer memory foam construction and honeycomb topsheet. This multi-layered cushioning system provides targeted dual-density structural support for your sit bones, while the 3D top layer and kraterCooler ventilation holes increase breathability for added next-to-skin comfort. The well proven goldenGate construction 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, and is one of the most enduring Assos build techniques because it is incredibly effective and can be adapted for various fabrics, fits, and insert shapes.
The MILLE GT has been out best selling Assos bib short the last two years and we see no reason why the GTS won't continue that run of success. It offers the best overall combination of comfort and performance for a wider group of riders than the pure raceFit system bib shorts, and is actually favored by many pros for the seemingly endless hours and miles they endure in the saddle- which makes it almost perfect most enthusiasts.