Keep it tight.
Troy Lee Designs is known for its moto-inspired DH gear, but this old dog has a few XC-ready tricks up its sleeve, too. The Ace Men's Short without Liner, for example, is a lightweight, stretchy, and close-fitting pedaler's short that pairs well with carbon frames, clipless pedals, and 4in travel so you can ride hard and long without getting bogged down by excess fabric or hung up on trailside trees and shrubbery.
The stretchy polyester construction is engineered with welded seams, the better to prevent chafing and discomfort during long hours in the saddle. It's also highly breathable and moisture wicking, so you don't sit in a puddle of sweat, and features laser-cut inseam perforations to help you stay cool when the pace gets as hot as the sun. The elastic waistband and laser-cut side stash pocket keep bulk to an absolute minimum, but Troy Lee does include a zippered pocket at the back for a snack, phone, or multitool.
- Sleek XC mountain bike shorts
- Close-fitting to avoid snagging
- Liner free to let you choose your own chamois
- Laser-cut perforations for ventilation
- Two side pockets and a zippered security pocket