Assos Mille GTC C2 Short Sleeve jersey review

Does the Assos take on gravel cycling capture your style?

Assos Mille GTC C2 Short Sleeve jersey
(Image: © Josh Ross)

Cyclingnews Verdict

If you want a jersey that falls towards the mountain bike side of the style equation but with the features that make it workable on a drop-bar bike then the Assos Mille GTC C2 Short Sleeve jersey does the trick.


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    Fabric choices feel great against the skin

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    Quarter zip design allows for off-the-bike style without too much droop when leaned forward

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    Side panels add extra ventilation and stretch

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    Primary panels use an extra durable interlock knit fabric


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    Placement of security pocket makes it mostly unusable

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For better, or worse, there's very established rules when it comes to what makes sense to wear on a road bike. Putting together a list of the best cycling jerseys for road bike use is more about picking between the many choices rather than understanding what makes sense to put in there. On the other side of the continuum, the mountain bike jersey is just as established. The mountain bike community may claim to eschew the kind of rules that road cycling has a reputation for but there's obvious trends. Then there's gravel cycling. 

Gravel cycling as an established genre is new. There's still a lot of figuring out and what exists covers a wider spectrum than either road or mountain biking. With the Mille GTC collection Assos is throwing their hat in the ring and putting their mark on what gravel cycling is. As with other items bearing the Mille name, the Mille GTC collection represents an offering for the non-competitive side of gravel. We've now had a chance to spend time with the Mille GTC C2 gravel jersey and are ready to share our thoughts on what it does well and what could use some work. If you are looking for a summer jersey to use for bikepacking and endurance gravel riding, keep reading to see if Assos has the right product for you. 

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Testing scorecard and notes
Pocket UseabilityBad placement and no structure.0/5
FitLoose but fits as expected5/5
Zipper QualityHigh quality pull, it doesn't move down, it's possible to operate with one hand5/5
Fashion appeal (does it look/feel good)Different than most, may not appeal to everyone3/5
Quality of fabricsHigh quality materials are a hallmark of Assos products5/5
Overall ratingRow 5 - Cell 1 72%

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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