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Outdoor Research
Freewheel Ride Short - Women's

5 out of 5 stars
5 Reviews


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Why We Like The Outdoor Research Freewheel Ride Short

The Freewheel Ride Mountain Bike Shorts from Outdoor Research focus on durable comfort and breathability with a bike-specific fit and trail-ready features. The sturdy four-way stretch fabric is complimented by DuraPrint on the outer hems for extra abrasion resistance in high-wear areas without adding weight or impeding flexibility in the fabric. The higher back waist offers better coverage when seated, and laser perforations in the back yoke increase breathability on warm rides.


  • Bike-specific shorts for gravel and trail rides
  • Durable, stretchy fabric moves with you
  • Adjustable waist tabs secure a customized fit
  • UPF 50+ sun-protection adds defense against UV rays
  • Multiple pockets stash small trail items
  • Item #ODRZ8WS
Responsible Collection
bluesign® APPROVED
88% nylon, 12% spandex
2 zippered hip
contoured waistband, slide lock snap closure at center front, Low-Pro side waist adjustment tabs
UPF Rating
Claimed Weight
210g (7.4oz)
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime
trail, enduro, cross-country, downhill

Overall Rating

5 based on 5 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

May 4, 2024


I am so stoked that Outdoor Research started a MTB line. These short a great: they're very durable, they have roomy pockets, they hold their own out on the mountain. The vents are nice, they are very stretchy and can accommodate a chamois no problem. One feature I love are the side cinches at the waist. Men's hiking and biking pants always have this feature, but it's really rare to find women's pants or shorts that do, so KUDOS to OR! If it were about 1" thicker that would be perfect, so it would feel more distributed like a belt instead of a cord.


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5 out of 5 stars

March 16, 2024

Fav mtn bike shorts to date

Being a plus size rider, it's difficult to find shorts that are comfortable, breathable, have a good stretch, and actually look good. These shorts are all of the above plus some. The pockets are great for phones/keys not much else, which is ideal or else you end up putting everything in there and look like a chipmunk. I do wish they had belt loops. The waste is slightly too big but the legs fit like a dream. They don't slide down too much but I do find myself having to adjust a bit more when stopping for water/looking at a map. But great shorts over all!


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Alexandra IGearhead
5 out of 5 stars

February 23, 2024

New Daily Drivers

I've used it several times

OR has always been my go to for everything outdoor apparel, so I was stoked to see they're making MTB gear now! The Freewheel shorts blow every other pair of shorts I own out of the water. They're true to size, durable (haven't crashed them yet though), and insanely comfortable. The locking snap is really nice too! I'm usually a large in shorts across the board with thick thighs, and the 12 fit perfectly with no gapping in the waist.

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Kelley FGearhead
5 out of 5 stars

February 23, 2024


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

OR being a solid brand in snow, to no surprise do I love these MTB shorts.. WOW seriously the best fitting shorts I own and I have more shorts then a normal person should. Super stretchy, PERFECT inseam (just above the knee), phone pocket ideal and waist is perfection... insert chef's kiss here. Definitely worth the investment because this will be the only pair you will want to wear!

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Phoebe PGearhead
5 out of 5 stars

February 21, 2024

Great shorts!

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

I was excited to see OR is making MTB product now! These shorts are awesome. I am anywhere between a 8-12/L in bottoms, and I got the size 10. The fit is spot on. I love the slide lock snap closure, and they seem super durable. I am deciding if I need a second color now!

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