I am planning to make some serious effort in building endurance on the saddle since I want to be able to do 2 brevets of 200 and 300 km. For that I am interested in buying my first good bib short. I am between Assos F1 Uno S5 and Rapha's Classis bib short. Is there a difference that justifies that Assos is 120-130 Euros while Rapha sells for 170 euros?

I really like Rapha gear and I own some gear for bodywear. Should I go for Rapha or Assos, since 35 euros are a big difference for me. I am willing to pay for quality but I am already at my limit.



Blackhound [458 posts] 5 years ago

I have not used either of the shorts you have suggested but last summer I rode 4,000 miles in 8 weeks, many off-road and wore a pair of Etxeondo Dicolor for about half of the trip and they were truly excellent. Cheaper than either of the above as well and I really thought them a relative bargain


(For the other half I wore the Etxeondo Attaque which were nicer, but a *lot* more expensive.)

phax71 [287 posts] 5 years ago

I own a few Rapha pieces (really nice, quality stuff) but dont own any of their padded shorts ..

I do however own some old ASSOS Bibshorts and I have to say they are the best I have ever worn. Other than that I have always been very happy with everything I have purchased from Giordana ... I have both Bibshorts and 3/4 Knix and both have been fine for long rides.

russyparkin [570 posts] 5 years ago

worth bearing in mind the pad in most shorts is made by cytech(including rapha) i own rapha shorts and dhb shorts,aeron race and pros the pad in the mid priced and rapha are very similar and for short distances i use the aeron pros for sportives and long rides i actually favour the dhb aeron race, (£55 ish quid)raphas are prettier but i wont replace them with new raphas thats for sure  1