Author: Oli Woodman, BikeRadar

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Kona DH Shorts

Kona DH Shorts
£404.5

Kona don't just produce bombproof bikes, as these impressively robust long-leg shorts prove. Heavyweight Cordura cloth marks them out as seriously crash and thrashproof, but they're still light and mobile enough for you to ride all day in them.

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Lusso Tember
£44.993

Lusso are another UK company with an excellent performance-for-price reputation, but the Tembers aren't quite there yet.

Raceface DH shorts

Raceface DH shorts
£79.954.5

Most downhill shorts are too stiff to be comfortable beyond a few runs, but these can be worn all day long. The soft polyester-faced Cordura fabric is intricately cut so it drapes around your legs perfectly.

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Nike Pro Bib
£79.993.5

The Pro Bibs use an innovative multi-panel Swift cut that includes mesh venting strips down the back of the legs and aerodynamic mesh thigh strips around the base of the legs.

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Scott Unleaded
£54.994

These bad boys come straight from Scott's Freeride range of clothing. The crash-friendly over-the-knee cut is preshaped with strategic mesh panels for a more mobile fit.

Specialized Terra Enduro Shorts

Specialized Terra Enduro Shorts
£59.993.5

Specialized's clothing range is as dependable as their range of bikes. The Enduro shorts use a lightweight, splash-proof, quick-drying Ripstop/ Tactel outer, with strategic stretch panels wrapping round from the inner thigh to arse for good mobility.

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Altura Altitude
£404.5

The Altura Altitude shorts have been among our favourite budget baggies for years and now they've been upgraded with new fabric. The new Cordura skin is tougher, less shiny and softer than the old upholstery, giving a real quality feel

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THE Lux XC
£69.954

What should a cross-country saddle do? Something like this... allow unimpeded pedalling, be soft enough to cope with long hours in the saddle and be firm enough for you to exert full power to the pedals.

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Oakley Remix Shorts
£89.993.5

Oakley set their own style rules and these shorts come straight from the techno ghetto and on to the trails. Big rubberised logos and a 3D neoprene back panel with a metal icon logo give classic Oakley pimp appeal.

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Topeak Propshock
£44.995

Needless to say, a shock pump is an essential item if your bike has an air-sprung shock, but this little number from Topeak has a trick hidden up its screw-on sleeve.

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Identiti 1420 Rebate fork
£1205

Identiti are easily the most productive UK-based mountain bike component company right now, with a constant stream of new products hitting the shelves and more in development all the time.

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Hutchinson Piranha Tyre
£29.994

If Hutchinson do one thing better than anyone else it's producing high volume/ low weight tyres. The new low profile tread Piranha and full profile Barracuda are available with a variety of widths, bead materials and casing types.

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