Assos F1.Mille S5 bib shorts£169.99

Flawless bibs

BikeRadar score5/5

The Lycra fabric in the body of the F1 has an ultra-fine weave, which supports rather than compresses the muscles. Combine that with Assos’s ergonomic four-panel design, which requires fewer seams than others, and the shorts feel great. 

The pad has a dimpled surface, a little like a golf ball. It cushions well and does a great job of dissipating heat. The perforated bib section’s lightweight mesh extends low at the front to keep you cool in the tucked position, and is so minimal you forget it’s there at all. 

In fact, everything about the F1 is right; we couldn’t find anything to fault, though at this price and level we’d expect nothing less. If you’re planning long days in the saddle, these shorts have few equals.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 52
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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