Assos Equipe RSR Bib Shorts S9 Targa review

Can a bib short design actually be considered groundbreaking?

Assos Equipe RSR Bib Shorts S9 Targa
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The very best bib shorts will still sometimes cause chafing and when it happens it's almost always on the inner thigh. The Assos Equipe RSR Bib Shorts S9 Targa wraps the whole saddle area in a panel of low structure fabric to solve a problem no other brand has successfully solved.


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    High abrasion resistance

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    Comfortable straps

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    A-lock strap design keeps chamois in place

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    Low structure inner thigh is genuinely groundbreaking


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    Signature Assos codpiece look is better but still a feature

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If you take a look at our list of the best cycling shorts, which covers bib shorts, you'll find it's expansive to say the least. There are so many good options that it's tough to narrow it down. Different products cover different kinds of riding and different situations and making the right choice is important. No matter how good your bike fit and saddle are, you need the right chamois to make sure you stay comfortable. Modern bib short designs also have features like aero optimisation and, of course, these are clothes so there’s an element of fashion in addition to the performance.

When it comes to Assos, they've got a couple of entries in our list of the best bib shorts. The brand has a reputation for making high-end products with unique design insights. The Assos Equipe RSR Bib Shorts S9 Targa is yet another entry into this same product category. These are the range-topping option that sits above even the already premium Assos Equipe RS Bib Shorts S9 Targa. After spending time with them we are ready to share what we think of the technology that Assos is bringing to market in their range-topping short design. If you are thinking about a new pair of summer bib shorts, or even just curious what these are all about, keep reading to see what they are like.

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Josh Ross

Josh hails from the Pacific Northwest of the United States but would prefer riding through the desert than the rain. He will happily talk for hours about the minutiae of cycling tech but also has an understanding that most people just want things to work. He is a road cyclist at heart and doesn't care much if those roads are paved, dirt, or digital. Although he rarely races, if you ask him to ride from sunrise to sunset the answer will be yes. Height: 5'9" Weight: 140 lb. Rides: Salsa Warbird, Cannondale CAAD9, Enve Melee, Look 795 Blade RS, Priority Continuum Onyx