The Mojos are Ground Effect’s women’s version of the New Zealand company’s top of the range lycra shorts. The men’s counterparts are the Supersonics. Known for producing high quality bike clothing at reasonable prices, Ground Effect design with comfort, style and practicality in mind.
On first appraisal these are an understated and low key looking pair of shorts. The 10 panel construction is highlighted by curved colour contrast seams, the curve not only looking flattering but also allowing the lycra fabric to stretch easily with the body’s contours. The fabric itself is soft, comfortable to wear, non-shiny and flattering to every body shape. This is one of the areas where Ground Effect excel, in producing kit that women (and presumably men) of all shapes and sizes can wear and enjoy using. Although the Mojo’s are only available in small, medium or large, catering for women up to about a UK14-16 (other options are available in XL), they don’t have leg grippers, so don’t produce the dreaded ‘stuffed sausage’ effect caused by some shorts in those with less than perfectly sculpted thighs. Despite this lack of leg grippers, they don’t shift in use and cause irritation, remaining comfortable even on the longest rides. A well-shaped and broad waistband also enhances comfort.
The anatomically shaped quick-drying synthetic foam chamois pad is a good balance of not bulky yet is genuinely comfortable in use, with different densities of foam where needed, and features an anti-bacterial finish. The shorts are washable at 40 degrees, which is a bonus that’s sadly unusual in technical kit, and they’ll last for years.
A simple interior rear lumbar pouch pocket is useful for stashing tissues. There’s also a reflective logo on one thigh.
Ground Effect Mojos $NZ119 (approx £55)
A supremely comfortable and flattering pair of hardwearing lycra shorts. Especially good for those who dislike leg grippers.
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Make and model: Ground Effect Mojo shorts
Size tested: WM
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Top of the company's range of women's lycra shorts, designed 'for long spells in the saddle'
Spot on for on or off road rides of any length.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Flat seams for comfort and chafing reduction.
10 panel construction.
Quick-drying synthetic chamois pad with multi-density foam, anatomically shaped
High backed waist with broad waistband.
Interior pouch pocket
Fast-drying hardwearing lycra fabric
No leg grippers
Great comfort even on the longest riding day. Dry quickly too. Well shaped pad.
Wash well and very durable.
Extremely comfortable, both the pad and the fabric
A good price for high quality, long wearing shorts.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Performed excellently. Extremely comfortable and unobtrusive. Pad good for long days in the saddle.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Non-shiny soft-touch fabric
Lack of leg grippers
Excellent comfort chamois pad
Washable at 40
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Definitely. Already have.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Well considered and well designed hardwearing shorts that will appeal to women of all shapes and sizes, especially those who dislike leg grippers.
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.