Assos Dyora S9 women's bib shorts review

Assos' women's range finally boasts S9 shorts which were introduced for men last year

Image: Michelle Arthurs-BrennanAssos Dyora RS Summer Bib Short S9
(Image credit: Michelle Arthurs-Brennan)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

I've made several complaints about the body and grippers of these shorts - I'd prefer more panels for a more compressive and flattering fit and wider grippers. However - and it's a big however - the saddle comfort Assos offers with these shorts is unrivaled. For that reason, I would still reach for the S9s ahead of a long day in the saddle and I'd recommend them to any women suffering from saddle pain (alongside a saddle fitting session).

Reasons to buy
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    Comfortable chamois

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    No movement in or out the saddle

Reasons to avoid
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    Leg grippers

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    Bulky chamois aesthetic

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Assos' Dyora S9 women's bib shorts sit in the brand's 'Race Series' - designed to be the top of the line selection for those looking for performance. I don't think non-racers should be perturbed by the name, these shorts are certainly suitable for longer endurance rides too, but I would happily pair them with my 1904rt race jersey for an event, too.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.