The Intel shorts are part of the One Industries Bike range, and straight away you can see that the Atherton connection is paying off.
The Intels are light, offer decent stretch and, although designed with downhill in mind, wouldn’t look out of place on a trail bike. The thinner, lighter construction means they don’t offer as much crash protection as typical downhill shorts.
The cut is pretty baggy and they are slightly longer than average, but for taller blokes fed up with above-knee efforts, that’s no bad thing. We also like the bonded (rather than stitched) hems. They help the Intels slide smoothly over kneepads.
Neat zippered venting keeps things cool on longer climbs. The rear panel helps reduce lower back sweating thanks to extensive meshing and we like the pocket at the back too. Small zippered hip pockets are handy and keep the contents tight to leg.
The padded liner isn’t top flight, which is disappointing at this price and our only real criticism. We’d definitely recommend trying before you buy to get the best size too.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.