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Outdoor Research
Freewheel Ride Short - Men's

4.8 out of 5 stars
10 Reviews
Current price: $86.21 Original price: $114.95
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Why We Like The Outdoor Research Freewheel Ride Short

Riding off-road is no joke—the falls are rocky, brush reaches into the trails—and Outdoor Research went all in on durability in these shorts. The Freewheel Ride Short is an essential piece of apparel for singletrack, gravel, and park riding due to its durable and stretchy nylon composition. In addition to the rugged fibers, these shorts feature a resin-based 3D-printed overlay, DuraPrint, to boost durability in high-contact zones without increasing weight or limiting flexibility. And speaking of flex, Outdoor Research mastered on-bike mobility in this style: stretch fabric, a gusseted crotch, and pedal-friendly leg articulation keep us moving.


  • Off-road bike shorts deliver comfort for gravel and singletrack rides
  • 4-way stretch nylon is weather- and abrasion-resistant
  • Durability boosted with DuraPrint resin-based print technology
  • High, laser-perforated back offers coverage without impeding breathability
  • Regular fit with gusseted crotch, articulated leg openings to extend mobility
  • Adjustable waist ensures a comfortable, reliable fit
  • UPF 50+ rating for substantial solar defense
  • Item #ODRZ8WQ
Responsible Collection
[material] bluesign® APPROVED
88% nylon, 12% spandex
spring, summer, fall
1 zippered hip, 1 zippered security
UPF Rating
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime
cross-country, enduro, gravel

Overall Rating

5 based on 10 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

May 8, 2024

All time favorite MTB shorts!

Time for a ten ride review! These shorts have all the right features I'm looking for in a bike short. Great material - stretchy yet durable. Great fit - right length, true to size waist with great adjustability (no belt needed) and they fit perfect in the crotch (doesn't get caught on seat). I wear these over a PI liner short and they've quickly become my all time favorites! I've ridden for for over 30 years and used many brands of shorts - these are winners! I've already bought a second pair. For reference I'm 64, 5'9" and 168 pounds. I wear 34" in everything Ferrosi and Method. These are 34".

Beer Grylls 603

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5 out of 5 stars

April 14, 2024

Excellent no nonsense riding shorts

Loose enough for easy movement but tight enough not to bunch or snag. The phone pocket is just the right size where is ready to drop the phone in but not so large it flops around while riding. It's also located where you don't really feel it when pedaling. The new slide button closure is great, as long as you remember it's not a normal snap and try pulling it open. Overall really happy with them.

Sure, I'd love one

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5 out of 5 stars

April 6, 2024

My new favorite pair of shorts

The fit is spot on with a tailored fit and stretch in all the right places. I have been out on 10+ rides in the three weeks that I have had these shorts and I absolutely love them. The length is just right for them to sit nicely while pedaling. With the tighter fit I have not had any issues while transitioning in and out of the saddle. I love the T-snap and you don't notice it even on long rides. I love these as a riding short and an everyday wear short. I will definitely be ordering another pair. Fit was true to size.


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5 out of 5 stars

April 3, 2024

Good short but too long

Great shorts to ride in so far. Comfortable and a chamois short fits underneath just fine. Great pockets and I like the button snap and draw strings. Good riding fit for enduro bros and Dads alike. My only gripe is the length. I'm almost 6'3" and they are long on me. This is a 32 waist as well. I like the vent on the backside.


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Kevin EGearhead
5 out of 5 stars

April 3, 2024

Dialed, Slim, COMFY

I've used it several times

These are my new favorite baggy short. Outdoor Research is best known for their climbing, mountaineering, and hiking lines, and has taken their expertise and crafted something really special in these shorts and several other MTB pieces. I’ve got weird proportions. I have a 32-33ish waist, a 32-33ish pants inseam, I’m 6’2”, and I weigh 150 pounds. Lotsa torso, supa skinny. I have a hard time finding a well-fitted short in the sea of options floating around out there. I appreciate something that isn’t super baggy, has thoughtful pockets, material with the right amount of stretch, and a length that provides good coverage without turning into capris. These tick all of those boxes, and have a few features that made me fall in love with them. Things that surprised me- 1. The material is a goldilocks blend of durability, stretch, and breathability that has had me reaching for these over other options as the weather has warmed. 2. Fit is perfect for me in a 33 with just enough room underneath for liners, with a really nice taper going towards the knee and a longer hem in the front compared to the back of the leg that falls nicely when pedaling but offers sun and debris coverage. Haven’t worn knee pads with these but foresee no issues with bunching or choking at the opening as the knee flexes. Low profile waistband adjusters at the hips that haven’t interfered with the hip pack I sometimes ride with. 3. Two zipper pockets that actually keep my phone and any nutrition from flopping everywhere! 4. Silicone grippers on the rear inside of the waistband keep these things in place on my admittedly flat rear end. 5. The slide-snap button design is one I haven’t encountered yet and I really like it! Super intuitive and seems to keep the lil button from straining against the fabric. Altogether, OR hit it out of the park with these and I’m really excited to keep putting in the miles on em. Reach out to a Gearhead with questions! #CompetitiveCyclistGearheads #BackcountryGearheads

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Benjamin RGearhead
5 out of 5 stars

March 20, 2024

Nice shorts!

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These feel good while pedaling. The fit is dialed and predictable. The structure and fabric is very durable. I'd recommend these to everyone!

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Steve SGearhead
5 out of 5 stars

February 28, 2024

Top notch

I've used it several times

**Be careful with the T-close button! Aside from maybe the warning sticker on the closure system ( so you don't damage the T-closure) being on the outside, I can't think of much that would make these better in my mind. They fit my skinny legs like a dream, are the perfect length and look better than I deserve. The waist cinch system is the best I've seen, no unsightly straps hanging out. The pockets are bike specific for sure, but I try my hardest not to use those unless needed anyways. An excellent addition to the wardrobe and probably my favorite mtb short right now. (slim enough to get away with on the gravel bike too!)

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Brian SGearhead
4 out of 5 stars

February 28, 2024

Really like these!

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just took these on their first ride and I can say I am very pleased! The fit is almost perfect out of the bag, with just a quick tug on the side adjustments. They stayed snug the whole ride and I never had issues with them loosening. This is great because there are no belt loops. The slide-lock closure works great, but you definitely need to remember not to pull on it like a snap. The leg openings hit right where they should for this type of short, right at the back of the knee and a bit lower on the front. I didn't run knee pads this ride, but I can tell these will have no issues fitting over them. That being said, they don't fit too baggy. The overall feel is "fitted". The fabric did a great job shedding mud and spray from some creek crossings, coming out the other side looking spotless. The stretch is great and allow the shorts to move without any restriction. The left side pocket is perfect for my phone and I never felt it while riding. The right pocket is great for keys and your DL/credit card, but the opening is kinda small. I don't really have an issue with it, but it does take a bit of extra effort to remove items from the pocket. Honestly, that's the only area I see for improvement! These might become my new go-to shorts!

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5 out of 5 stars

February 14, 2024

Great new MTB short. Waist design and fit are perfect.

I am an OR employee and have used samples of this short for about half a year. They are super comfortable. The waist design really stands out compared to other MTB shorts I own. It is super secure with the slider snap at the fly and low profile side cinches. These are the only shorts I have that I rarely have to adjust during a ride Also, length is long enough to eliminate knee pad gap, but not too long for comfortable pedaling. Very nice.

OR Employee (Charlie, Product Team)

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4 out of 5 stars

February 12, 2024

Good riding shorts

Great MTB shorts. They move very well and are extremely comfortable. I have to complaints though. 1. Zippered pockets are to narrow. Hand cant fit inside so you're forced to use your fingers to find stuff and it's annoying if you have gloves on. 2. Could use back pocket for wallet etc. besides those miner things they're my new favorite shorts. Hope to see pants in the future.


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