The race-tuned Assos Equipe Bib Shorts continue to be the choice of BMC Racing Team riders during the hardest stage races for good reason, leaning on their compressive fit, breathable textiles, and anatomically shaped insert for steadfast comfort and support. The riders’ race-driven feedback is arguably one of the best measures of real-world equipment needs, and for this 2018 iteration, Assos made several updates per their requests.
The first modification is along the lower back panel, where Assos removed the central seam in favor of a single arced panel. Not only does this provide ample real estate for sponsors’ logos, but it also creates a clean compressive wrap along the skin just above the back of the insert.
The second key update to the shorts addresses the elastic leg bands. BMC Racing Team riders reported that during the longest, hottest days, this region of the shorts became noticeably hotter and less breathable than the Type.439 Diadema textile directly above it. Assos' new team-issue shorts now receive a lighter, more breathable material here, which still provides the same lauded hold along the cuff, courtesy of calibrated-stretch superFlat grippers.
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