Assos delivered the best news of all this season for loyal fans when it announced a partnership between itself and Mercedes AMG Petronas. Whether or not the team is your number one, let's be honest, collaborations between cycling teams and single-seat auto racing teams are rare. Seeking inspiration from the engineering and style of another industry that values speed--albeit with different engines--Assos celebrates this partnership with a line of special edition kit. The Men's T. Works_Teamshorts_S7 are built on the familiar T. neoPro_S7 platform, but feature graphics in the signature Mercedes AMG Petronas colors. Assos took the same meticulous care when constructing the T. Works as with any of its other kit, producing a piece capable of doing long-ride duty days in a row, not just a pretty, commemorative decoration. Nylon and elastane fibers dominate its construction, resulting in fabric that will hold its extremely contoured shape and gentle compression over the miles without bunching or sagging. The fabric also expertly draws moisture to the surface of the short, encouraging the kind of rapid evaporation that will keep you dry and cool on hot days. It shouldn't surprise you to learn that the short follows the classic Assos fit, tailored to the point of almost being tight when you're not in the saddle and achieving the ideal fit once you're in a riding position. A set of slim, minimal bib straps anchors the top half of the bib short, smoothing the transition between lower and upper body with a supportive waistband that stays in place as you move around. The neoPro_S7 chamois was subject to the same obsessive construction process as the rest of the T. Works, its flexible design and strategic accents of plush cushioning admirably balancing comfort and breathability in the saddle.