Ringleaders

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Race-ready bib shorts for conjuring tricks under the big top and marshalling the peloton. 12-panel cut with Bandolier™ cuffs and s-shaped seams ensures an exact fit, while no elastic at your waist means no pressure around the pancetta.

Three Month 'Free' Trial. Ride the Ringleaders (hard) and if they don't blow you away, return them to us within 90 days for a full refund.

+Features
  • eXo™ skeletal pad - 3D anatomical shaping, multi-level foam, rapid drying, seamless synthetic 'chamois' pad with anti-bacterial finish.
  • 'Contour fit' with s-shaped seams.
  • 12-panel construction.
  • Full flat seaming for enhanced comfort.
  • Lycra mesh diamond-shaped back panel and wide shoulder straps for maximum comfort and cooling.
  • No-elastic waist means zero pressure around your midriff.
  • Bandolier textured-lycra cuffs glue these shorts to your thighs.
  • Designed & made by us in Aotearoa | New Zealand.
+Tech

  Weight: 230 gm

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4-way stretch nylon with a non-shiny finish. It's soft against your skin, yet is incredibly tough and dries quickly. Blended with 16% lycra to deliver body-hugging performance and durability.
  • Composition: 84% nylon; 16% lycra.

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This state-of-art eXo™ skeletal pad delivers maximum performance for those who ride long and fast.
  • Pad and shorts' outer fabric are laminated as a single layer – providing increased precision with minimal movement between the fabrics and your saddle.
  • Near-seamless interface between pad and body of the shorts.
  • External and internal differential-density mouldings provide additional padding at pressure points without increased bulk.
  • 3D anatomical shaping, 4-way stretch and seamless construction hug your body for a performance fit.
  • Polyester-knit face fabric against your skin disperses heat and moisture.
  • Anti-bacterial finish and dries rapidly after washing.
  • Made by TMF in Italy. Market leaders in cycling pad design and innovation. Manufactured in strict compliance with European environmental standards.

+'S' Seams
S-shaped seams don't limit the stretch of lycra fabrics - ensuring Ground Effect shorts hug and move with your body, not against it.

+Bandolier™
Textured-lycra bands glue the legs of our premium shorts to your thighs, and provide muscle support – all without the discomfort of gripper elastic.

+More than Kiwi Made
Ground Effect clothing is crafted right here in New Zealand. Has been ever since we started back in 1994. Manufacturing locally works for us. We operate a quick-response system - holding minimal stock of any one item, but churning out a few more quick-smart when the pile gets low. The upshot is that we are seldom caught with our shelves empty, so orders get despatched the same day you place them.

+FAQ

▸ Should I wear underwear with these shorts?
Hell no. You want to have as smooth an interface as possible between your bum and the saddle. The seams on your underwear will inevitably be in the wrong place - causing rubbing and saddle sores. Also underwear is generally cotton - nice for everyday use but damp skin below is more susceptible to chaffing.

+Washing

  • All Ground Effect clothing enjoys a warm 40ºC machine wash. Try to avoid cold-water detergents and those with bleach, 'oxygen whitener' or fabric softener.
    • The cold-water varieties have little enzymes that are super-charged to brave the cold but can damage technical fabrics and cause skin irritation. 
    • Bleach rots natural fibres like merino, strips the dye, attacks laminates of waterproof fabrics and can also cause skin irritation.
    • Sodium Percarbonate (the main ingredient in oxygen whitener) can make colours run.
    • Fabric softener and stuff containing it like wool wash destroys the water repellent finish on waterproof and water resistant fabrics, and can cause colours to run. 
  • As a rule of thumb, a product that is easy on the planet is also easy on your body. Select a mild plant-based soap like EcoverEcostoreEarthwise or Aware.
  • Hand washing is sometimes the only option on tour, but a washing machine rinses more thoroughly and is preferable if you have the choice.
  • Most Ground Effect gear dries super-fast so hanging on the line or drooping over the bedpost is generally the best option. High heat can damage some fabrics so if you do take your threads for a spin, set the device on 'medium' or 'warm' rather than hot. A lap in the dryer is recommended for your rain jacket, after it has dried on the line, as it helps recharge its water repellent finish. 

  • With shorts in particular, cold-water detergents and those with bleach or fabric softner can cause 'nappy-rash' so if you're experiencing issues in that department try a warm 40ºC machine wash and a change of cleaning brew. 
  • A washing machine rinses more thoroughly and is preferable if you have the choice.
  • UV rays accelerate the decay of lycra. Our fabric is knitted so the lycra component lies on the inside of the fabric - shielding it from the sun when you're out riding. Consequently you should avoid drying these shorts inside-out. It's not a bad idea to do so occasionally as the sun does help keep the pad hygienic - although it is treated with an anti-bacterial finish anyway. But drying in this manner is a trade-off with the damage done to the Lycra.
  • It's common practice to not wear underwear with your riding shorts so you need to wash your shorts daily. And it's recommended to give your shorts an initial wash when they're new - the eXo™ pad in particular becomes less stiff after the first wash.

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    JR
    12/01/2020
    John R.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Ringleader bibs - an update

    Having had multiple rides/races in my Ringleaders, I'd like to modify/add to my previous review.My Ringleaders have actually become my most comfortable and good looking shorts: great chamous with smart and comfortable 'cod piece' with good support all round. Ringleaders for me next time! John R . Waikanae.

    CS
    09/01/2020
    Chris S.
    Australia Australia
    Super comfy

    Had a bunch of different branded knicks over the years and have to say that after a few weeks using these pretty much every day i can say I’m super impressed with these. Super comfy, great fit and I’m putting out there one of the nicest chamois going around. For reference I’m 183cm, 82kg with bigger legs and the L fit snug as. Thanks Groundeffect for another solid addition to my kit, looking forward to many k’s in these.

    JR
    15/12/2019
    John R.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Ringleaders bibs

    I'm size M in all my kit.My new Ringleaders size M are a very snug fit including that over the shoulders.I would also like a bit more length in the leg.Sounds like a smallish 'Medium' doesn't it? However, they're ok for shorter events, giving good support in the right places. John. Waikanae.

    16/12/2019
    Ground Effect

    Hi John, thanks for your feedback. Keen to know what your height is - if you have a moment email ernie@groundeffect.co.nz. Thanks Ernie

    RN
    08/12/2019
    Richard N.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Great shorts at last

    I've tried many shorts but these seem to be the best. Did 7.5 hours in them on single track and didn't have to reapply chamois cream, and no chaffing. I was a bit worried about the low cut at the front as I have a big gut but these sit low enough that they don't chafe my guts like other bib shorts did, this is also an added bonus as a male.

    RH
    03/12/2019
    Richard H.
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Good set of bib shorts

    Decided to spring out on a new set of bib shorts. Definitely worth the investment. Used them in anger on the Around the Lake Taupo challenge this past weekend and found the shorts to be very comfortable. Highly recommended if you are considering a pair of these. O for awesome.

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