Eurobike 2012: Endura’s MTR Range

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Eurobike: Endura’s MTR – a technical range of clothing for ‘serious’ mountain bikers. Serious enough? Read on…

We got glimpses of Endura’s new MTR range back at CoreBike in January, and after two years of development, it’s finally ready to come out. Endura had Oli Beckingsale on hand at Eurobike to talk people through how it came about.

Oli explains that Endura wanted a range of clothing for serious mountain bikers, with exactly the features that they’d want and nothing else. They asked Oli to bring up a bag of his favourite kit and talked through just what made every bit important and good for him. The range literally started as six blank pages and will consist of a long and short sleeve jersey, a bib short and a baggy short, a jacket and gloves.
Starting with the shorts, the bibshort is of similar quality to Endura’s Equipe range of premium road gear, but it also features a water resistant back for wet days and an intriguing grey patch of fabric on the lower back. This works with a similar patch on the baggy short to keep the baggy in place. It’s not Velcro, it works more like a velvet, so the two patches lock together and will resist the baggies sliding down. The cut on the baggies is pretty slim – kind of a TransAlp euro-baggy look. They’re simple in design with no vents, two slash pockets and one small zipped rear pocket for a car key and a tenner.

The emergency shell is as waterproof as Endura’s Helium jacket and features very little in the way of extras. There’s a full zip and a high neck for comfort in bad weather. It packs down to the length of a mini-pump and will fit into a rear pocket.

The MTR Emergency Shell, in black too.


MTR Windproof Jersey (there's a non-windproof race jersey too)



The Endura MTR windproof jersey comes in long and short sleeves. Both have a windproof front, reinforced shoulders for wearing with a pack and the long sleeve has windproof sleeves too. There are three rear road-style pockets and a small waterproof zipped phone pocket.


Finally the MTR glove is a simple (there’s a theme here…) glove with no Velcro tabs or extra bits. Just a thin, pre-curved palm and Cordura patches in places where you’re going to get scuffed. This should all be out in the shops soon and we’re keenly looking forward to trying it. Meanwhile, Oli’s off to the World Champs at the weekend.



Oli shows the two panels of velvety-grip stuff.


Bibs on the left are £89.99. Baggies will be £59.99


As for colours, the Emergency shell comes in orange or black. Everything else comes in… black.


Rear stretch panel to help the baggies fit well when on the bike
The man himself - Oli Beckingsale

Prices: Emergency Shell £89.99, Windproof jersey is £69.99 long sleeve and £54.99 short sleeve. The bibshort will be £89.99 with softshell panels and £79.99 for regular bibs, the baggies are £59.99 and the gloves are £32.99. Currently it’s a men-only range.


And finally, not part of the MTR range, but Endura has come out with a women’s bibshort trying to solve the eternal issue of going for a wee without having to completely undress. The Endura short has a small zipper that works in a semicircle (a moon?) around the back panel of the shorts and allows bottom access.


Looks pretty much like a regular short.
And with the hidden zip unzipped...





Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (9)

    Nice chaps!

    Hopefully this will see a return to form for endura

    Have to say that kit looks rather good, can see myself buying a few pieces….

    The jacket looks interesting. I’ve been using a Helium for commuting and MTBing for the last couple of years and it’s been great. It’s as waterproof as I need it to be and nicely breathable too.

    What’s the difference between the Emergency Shell and Helium that would make me switch once my Helium dies?

    I really like the ladies shorts with the quick entry system!

    The shorts I’ve been waiting for at last. A bibshort/baggy that work together. And a baggy with the features I want. eg almost none, no profusion of useless pockets.

    I can see an almost full compliment being added to my wardrobe over time.

    Any idea of an “in the shops” date as yet?

    Can they do a men’s version of the zip bibs for mid ride poos?

    …and for relieving sweaty arse syndrome mid ride as well.

    Some proper good ideas there, and simple looking kit (less to go wrong, see) is good.

    why oh why zip pockets on jerseys designed to be worn with a pack? All that happens is the backpack forces the zip into your back

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