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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 2:10 pm 
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I am curious to see if anyone here that has used both could give some real world insight as tot he differences in fit and feel. I have been using the S5 top of the line since they came out, but as I considered to add a couple of more, I noticed the S7 line came out. I presume the 3 new S7 bibs correlate in price with thee previous 3 S5 models, but there is a $100 or so difference in price between the new top S7 and the top S5!!


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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 2:20 pm 
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I have several S5 Mille and one S5 607. I love them.
I also have the S7 Equipe and have experienced chafing on every occasion I have ridden it. I will try the Cento model and if that one doesn't fit me, I will see if I can get hold of some older S5 Mille.


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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 2:41 pm 
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To me, the difference is more about the cut than the pad.

The S7 cut is very low at the front. And the new wider 'braces' are nicer in warm weather. You feel much less like you have a total undergarment on at the front. The S5 kept you 'in' more and felt more supportive around the tummy (yes, I know we all have 2% body fat and rock solid core muscles so this doesn't matter!)

Otherwise, the pad doesn't feel that different. Nice, but not the revolution that Assos think.

I like them, but the S5 was just as good.

I have the Equipe which has a nice compression in the leg.

Altogether a nice piece of kit. They haven't chafed or rubbed, or felt uncomfortable in any way. But then again, nor did the S5. If you can get some S5s for a closeout price, buy some.


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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 3:52 pm 
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i normally wear most of the Assos bib shorts. tk607, tk434, mille, FI.13 and many others...all in medium. i bought a used S7 cento to try out from someone on WW. it was a small. ironically, the fit feels like my other mediums and fit very well. yes, the front is much lower...but makes for nice and easy bathroom breaks. i've been on only 2 rides with them, back to back (65 mile and a 45 mile) and must say that the pad on the cento is much better than the S5 variants...and feel like i can ride much further than in my S5s. not sure if i want to pay even more for the next level up...but the cento is very nice.

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 8:09 pm 
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I have the Mille, 13 and 607_S5, and the equipe and campionissimo (don't ask)_S7. All in M, and all fit me the same except the Mille which is too wide for skinny me.

All round the equipe is just as good as 13 was. The fit is better, but the pad not as great. Jury is out on the campionissimo, I've just done a single ride in it thus far.

The 607 will get a S7 replacement this fall, the Tiburushorts, using the equipe pad.

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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2014 8:42 pm 
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I've got the T cento bibs. I don't like them as much as my s5's for two reasons
1. The side edge of the pad is not sewn to the shorts. It "floats" and thus the edge is exposed. This digs in and causes irritation.
2. Here's the most annoying issue. The back straps are now two different materials sewn together with a very large horizontal seam at each strap where the material is joined. These seams are huge and elevated. They dig in and "scratch" your back. Whereas the S5 straps were smooth.
I'm going to buy some more s5's now that they are cheap.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 4:17 am 
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goodboyr wrote:
2. Here's the most annoying issue. The back straps are now two different materials sewn together with a very large horizontal seam at each strap where the material is joined. These seams are huge and elevated. They dig in and "scratch" your back. Whereas the S5 straps were smooth.
I'm going to buy some more s5's now that they are cheap.
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I own four pairs of S5 variants and two pairs of the new S7 variants and noticed the exact same problem with the shoulder/suspender straps!

All things considered I am not convinced the new S7 are really any better.


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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 7:39 am 
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I have not noticed that problem at all. I wear undershirts, though.

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PostPosted: Mon May 12, 2014 11:51 am 
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Kjetil wrote:
I have not noticed that problem at all. I wear undershirts, though.


same here. i always wear base layers regardless of temperature. i have different base layers for all 4 seasons. when i don't wear a base layer, it feels odd.

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