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Essential Cycling Short

Designed for the endurance rider who simply prefers a short. With thoughtful details like a yoga-inspired waistband to eliminate uncomfortable pressure and a seamless silicon leg band so they stay put. The 8.5" Inseam makes for a versatile, mid-thigh fit.



Why We Made This

Many view shorts as the novice kit, a first step on the way to bibs. But our community was saying something different… They aren’t beginners; they’re out there riding centuries and multi-day tours, mile after mile. But they prefer the easy in and out of a short without losing any of the technical benefits of a high-performance bib.


- The 8.5" Inseam makes for a versatile, mid-thigh     fit. 

- The Essential Short features the same fan-favorite   chamois as Machines’ Endurance Bib. It’s graded   for 6+ hours in the saddle, bacteriostatic to inhibit   infections, and wide enough for most women’s sit   bones.

- The yoga-inspired waistband is revolutionary:   compressive enough to stay up without sagging,   but soft enough to eliminate elastic bands that dig   when in the riding position.

- New seamless leg bands stay put without squeezing.

- Machines’ iconic paneled construction combines   style and a flattering sleek silhouette.

- Highest quality European fabric is compressive,   moisture-wicking, and silky soft to the touch.

Size & Fit

A snug fit is crucial to performance!

If you are under 5'-3" tall we recommend sizing down.

If you are over 6' tall, you may need to size up.

These Cycling Shorts have a 8.5" inseam.


Kaelani is wearing a size Medium and is:

5'10" / bust 34" / waist 28" / hips 40"

Anna is wearing size X-Large and is:

5'9" / bust 45" / waist 33.5" / hips 47"


Check out our Fit Guide for more detailed instructions, or pop your measurements into our fit calculator for a personalized recommendation!

Detail & Care

To get the longest life out of your garment, we recomend washing in cold water with a mild detergent and hanging it to dry. If you need to toss it in the dryer in a pinch, that's okay! Just keep this to a minimum. Overtime, heat can degrade the yar, resulting in lost compression and durability.

Shipping & Returns

All orders are shipped free within the US, and will include a pre-paid return label for easy returns and exchanges.

If ordering from outside of the US, be sure to check local duties and taxes! Machines does not cover this cost and rates vary country to country.

For international returns, please use the carrier of your choice and return to 1475 S 5070 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84104



As always, we put fit first and this produt was developed to perform for every body shape, with sizing from X-Small through XXX-Large.


Our yoga-inspired waistband hugs the midsection, without pinching, for a comfortable ride.


Sizing Calculator


For cycling bibs and shorts, the HIP MEASUREMENT is the most crucial factor. Measure around the WIDEST POINT of the hips/bum. If you are between sizes or petite (5'3" or under), we recommend SIZING DOWN for a compressive fit. A snug fit is crucial to performance. Check out our FIT GUIDE for more detailed instructions, or pop your measurements into the fit calculator above for a personalized recommendation! (Please note, the fit guide requires chest, waist and hip measurements.)