Saturday, 5 September 2009

New Assos Products Spring / Summer 2010

Official information and images have begun to emerge about Assos' 2010 spring / summer product line. The information below is translated and edited from the original German.

SS.Mille Short Sleeve Jersey
Colours: Black Volkanga, Blue Calypso, Yellow Volt, Red Swiss, White Panther
RRP: €129.00

Assos SS.Mille White 2010

The Mille introduces a third type of jersey to go alongside the Uno and .13. The main difference is in the fit with the Mille being a looser fit than the existing two, intended for riders of a larger build or for long distance riding. Assos say those that prefer a tighter fit can still wear the Mille, albeit in a size smaller.

Four different materials are used in strategic areas. The front and arms are in Assos' brand new "Type 151" which promises less volume and better breathability for more optimum body temperature regulation. This fabric is claimed to actively vary how breathable it is depending on perspiration. The back of the jersey is similar to the SS.13. Plasma fabric and the "stabiliser panel" keep the jersey central on the body when the pockets are loaded.

The jersey features a revised zip garage (as seen on the BMC squadraMondo jersey) and the usual 3 pockets plus a zipped smaller one.

LS.Mille Long Sleeve Jersey
Colours: Black Volkanga, White Panther
RRP: €139.00

Assos LS.Mille White 2010

This is the first long sleeve summer jersey Assos has offered, intended for cooler days or riders who want their arms protected from the sun. Assos suggest that with a warm base layer the jersey may be worn in autumn and winter. As with the SS.Mille, the cut is looser but only black and white colours are offered. Pockets are the same as the SS.Mille.

federationJersey Swiss and Brazil
Colours: Swiss, Brazil
RRP: €109.00

Assos federationJersey Swiss 2010

Assos federationJersey Brazil 2010

Assos has been the official designer and partner of the Swiss Cycling Federation for 8 years and to celebrate the 2009 World Championships in Assos' home territory of Ticino, they have redesigned the Swiss and Brazil jerseys to celebrate. The Kazakhstan jersey has been discontinued.

Like the Mille, the new federation jerseys are constructed from the new Type 151 fabric (details above) although the fit is described as between the Mille and the SS.Uno - neither too tight nor too loose.

Mille summerSocks
Colours: White
RRP: €13.00 (regular) €14.00 (high)

Assos Mille High Summer Socks

Based on the skinweb summer socks but with a design to match the rest of the Mille range. Available in two lengths - regular, like the skinweb and high - like the classicSocks.

Mille Summer Cap
Colours: White
RRP: €13.00

Assos Mille Summer Cap 2010

Not just the existing cap redesigned to match the Mille range, but a completely new cap. Constructed from a cotton and spandex mix for elasticity with a perspiration catching headband on the interior.

Mille Drinks Bottle
Colours: White
RRP: €3.90

Assos Mille Drinks Bottle 2010

A 500ml bottle with the new Mille design. Appears to be a Tacx bottle as with the previous design.

Individual availability for Mumu and SixDays
From summer 2010 it will be possible to buy the individual items from the Mumu and SixDays packs. The design of the kit remains unchanged.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

New 2010 Assos Swiss Federation and Mille Jerseys

Assos 2010 Suisse Jersey

Assos are using their stand at the Eurobike 2009 show to unveil some of the new 2010 product range. First up is a redesigned Swiss Federation jersey which is reported to be a different material to the current version. I'd expect this to be the "Plasma" of the SS.Uno and 13 jerseys. The design has also been reworked, looking a little like the custom BMC/Swiss National Championship sported by Markus Zberg. It's certainly much more modern than the existing one and something that I'll be handing over the funds for as soon as I can.

The next items on display were two more jerseys, this time forming part of the new "Mille" range, intended, like the shorts of the same name, for longer rides and therefore a bit looser fitting than the racier cut jerseys. There will be both long sleeve and short sleeve available and the colours appear more subtle and less saturated than previous offerings. The long sleeve looks particularly interesting as this is something Assos don't currently offer, with the jacket/jersey hybrid intermediateEvo being the closest.

Finally, the base layer range will be expanding with new items for very cold days, incorporating wind blocking and micro fleece materials, as well as super lightweight items for the hottest weather.

Pricing for the Mille jerseys and new base layers is said to be "aggressive", so hopefully this is a reduction in profit margin, or reduced production costs and not a loss in quality.

No release information is currently available but given that Assos traditionally release items at the start of the appropriate season it looks like it may be spring before these are in stores. There doesn't appear to be any new autumn or winter products but as this news was compiled from various sources on the web it may be that they have been overlooked or simply not reported due to time or space constraints.

Images courtesy of Velonews and

Assos Mille Short Sleeve Jersey - Front

Assos Mille Short Sleeve Jersey - Rear

Assos Mille Long Sleeve Jersey