If you’re after a decent pair of mountain bike shorts but don’t want to spend a fortune, here are some of the best cheap men’s mountain bike shorts around the £20-30 mark that we’d recommend. Note that none of them have padding apart from the Endura Fireflys so if you’ve got a long commute or are doing long-ish rides at the weekend then you’ll probably want to get yourself a pair of padded shorts to wear underneath for added comfort.
These shorts from Lixada are very stylish looking and come in black, green and blue. The prices seem to jump about a bit – on occasion we’ve checked and some colours have been £20 so it’s pot luck really. Price also sometimes differ depending on the size. They’re made from breathable material with plenty of zipped pockets for your valuables. They’re quite slim in the leg so if you’ve got big thighs, they might be a bit tight. They don’t have a pad so you’ll need to wear short-liners underneath. They get 4.5 stars from over 230 reviews so they seem pretty well rated. Get them here
These Endura shorts come with a moulded 3-D CoolMax® pad which means you don’t have to wear short liners underneath. They’re made from a Supplex nylon fabric which feels robust but is very comfortable. As with all Endura gear, the quality is noticeable and worthy of the price tag. We’ve always found that Endura clothing comes up quite small though so you should definitely go up a size – or even two sizes as you can easily get away with that with baggies. Get them here
These mountain bike shorts from Tenn have the added bonus of being waterproof which is not only great if it rains but also if you’re getting a lot of spray off the wheels or the guy in front! The price differs depending on size and pocket colours which are green, black, blue or orange. However they’re not padded so you’ll need to wear liners for comfort. They’re made from a lightweight material which is breathable for those summer months but also robust enough to withstand some rough rides. The manufacturer advises to go up a size. Get them here
These non-padded shorts from TOMSHOO are a bit more expensive (for the larger sizes anyway) and come in blue or black. They have two hand pockets and three zipped pockets which means you can safely carry your phone, wallet etc if you don’t fancy wearing a bag. They’re made of very lightweight material so are quick to dry if you get caught in a downpour. They’ve also got ventilated mesh panels in the pockets for added breathability. The blue is really quite striking so will definitely get you noticed on the trails! Get them here
This article was last updated in April 2018