- Had $150 Castelli bibs and $120 Castelli jeresey I crashed on and had to trash
- Had $200 Assos bibs and $180 Assos jersey I crashed on and had repaired for free by Assos
- Money wasted crashing in Castelli: $270
- Money wasted crashing in Assos: $0
Thats ridiculous, why on earth would they repair you're crashed kit. Did an Assos rep cut you up? Explain further... as for the majority of people the lesson to be learnt in this scenario would be, don't crash.
I'm not jumping on the Assos bashing band wagon, I have had a pair of their entry S5 unos bibs for three years and rate them highly.
Have a gander at the Assos warranty page http://www.assos.com/en/72/warranty---repair-policy.aspx
. I've had numerous Assos items repaired after crashing and always free of charge. I ride the stuff while mountain biking so it happens. They even added a headphone jack hole in the pocket of a jersey for me that originally did not come with one. I believe Rapha has a similar repair policy, but I haven't need to send anything to them yet
"Naturally, as any other product, ASSOS apparel does wear out!
Depending on the riding style and on the way one takes care of the garment (see Wear and Store and Wash Instructions), this will occur sooner or later. In the meantime, if a thread breaks, we can repair it and if you crash, we might be able to repair it. But, when, eventually, the material does wear out, we cannot repair it. The majority of the repairs we do, are free of charge, regardless the number of kilometers the garment has."