Endura mountain bike shoes: flat and clipless options

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Endura are getting into the mountain bike shoe market. Their new shoe range comprises of three models. Two for flat pedals (MT500 Burner Flat and Hummvee Flat) and one for clipless (MT500 Burner Clipless).

You may have spotted the Athertons wearing them in their team launch photos recently.

Broadly speakling, the MT500 Burner models are the premium performance shoes and the Hummvee is the more affordable part-casual shoe.

Having said that, the Humvee is more like a classic Five Ten Freerider than a Five Ten Sleuth; it’s very much a shoe for biking first and pubbing second.

The MT500 Burner models arguably don’t really correlate to a Five Ten model (like it or not, Five Ten are the go-to MTB shoe brand these days so comparisons are valid and useful).

he MT500 Burners’ nearest rival would arguably be Specialized and certain models in their 2FO range. Or perhaps Bontrager shoe range. Whatever. It’s just good to have more choice in decent shoes for mountain biking these days.

MT500 Burner Flat

Endura MT500 Burner Flat
  • ‘Technical trail performance’ shoe
  • Tough upper
  • EVA midsole for shock absorption
  • Low-absorbency wipe clean materials
  • Uppers: welded panels and reinforced stitching
  • Slightly stiffer than the Hummvee Flat
  • Multi-compound StickyFoot Grip & Dura rubber sole
  • EGM insole
  • Rounded heel cup with a grippy sharkskin fabric lining to reduce heel lift
  • SRP £119.99

MT500 Burner Clipless

Endura MT500 Burner Clipless
  • ‘Performance clipless’ shoe
  • Engineered flex profile (for ‘support and control’)
  • Tough upper
  • EVA midsole
  • Low-absorbency wipe clean materials
  • Uppers: welded panels and reinforced stitching
  • Reinforced nylon shank to house the cleat and provide stiffness
  • Cleat box features extra-long rails to allow for a large range of mounting positions
  • Multi-compound StickyFoot Grip & Dura rubber sole
  • EGM insole
  • Rounded heel cup with a grippy sharkskin fabric lining to reduce heel lift
  • SRP £129.99

Hummvee Flat Pedal

Endura Hummvee Flat
  • Bike specific, skate styled shoe
  • Designed to balance walkability and pedalling comfort.
  • StickyFoot Grip rubber compound
  • Internal lining and padding as light and quick drying as possible
  • SRP £89.99

Durometer tho

The shoes use a combination of Endura’s proprietary ‘StickyFoot’ rubber compounds. There are two rubbers: StickyFoot Grip and StickyFoot Dura.

The Grip rubber is for, er grip (softer). This rubber is used on the areas where the pedal contacts the shoe. The Dura rubber is longer-lasting (harder). This rubber is used elsewhere ie. the toe and heel ends of the sole.

Let’s get to the point. How sticky are the new Endura mountain bike shoes?

The answer is: very.

We’ve had a pair of the MT500 Burner Flat shoes on test for a few weeks now and can testify to their grip. We’re publishing a full review in the next issue of the magazine. For now, here are some details of our durometer testing…

The ‘StickyFoot Grip’ rubber durometer where the pedal lies
The ‘StickyFoot Dura’ rubber durometer of the non-pedal zones

The stickiest part of the MT500 Burner Flat shoe sole is around 40a. A Five Ten Freerider Pro sole is around 50a. Durometer is not everything. There is a whole science of rubber and how it rebounds etc but all info is useful.

By the way, the whole sole of the Hummvee Flat shoe is made from StickyFoot Grip rubber.

On to the rest of the shoe construction, they are similarly performance-minded. And wet-weather minded too. Low absorbency, wipe clean materials to the fore. Laces for reliability and adjustability, combined with a top Velcro strap (on the MT500 Burners) for cinching down and optional lace secrurity if so desired.

The sizing range is decent. UK 5/EU38 up to UK 12/EU47, with half sizes for the most part.

EGM in it init

EGM insole underside

Inside the MT500 Burners is another bit of tech. Called the ‘EGM Insole’. Basically, it’s a fancy footbed designed by people who wear white coats and wear spectacles. People liked Phil Burt, who is the clever bod Endura have used to help design the insole.

That bulge is the ‘Metatarsal Button’. The pimples are the ‘Sole Stimulant’. You can kinda make out the ‘Power Arch’ arch support too hereS

Metatarsal Button: raised button helps spread your big toe from the rest, “greatly improving your forefoot function and comfort -vital in cycling – while preventing the unwanted scrunching of the toes.”

Sole Stimulant: “small raised soft tactile dots are strategically placed to improve your foots proprioception, greatly improving its ability to soften and stiffen through co-ordinated muscular contractions.”

Power Arch – “contoured support … better power transfer and improved comfort.”

We’ll have review of the MT500 Burner Flat in the next issue of SingletrackWorld Magazine and a review of the MT500 Burner Clipless going online soon.

While you’re here…

Orange Switch 6er. Stif Squatcher. Schwalbe Magic Mary Purple Addix front. Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra rear. Coil fan. Ebikes are not evil. I have been a writer for nigh on 20 years, a photographer for 25 years and a mountain biker for 30 years. I have written countless magazine and website features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrackworld. Although I am a Lancastrian, I freely admit that West Yorkshire is my favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without me riding and exploring the South Pennines.

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  • dangeourbrain
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    Ohhhh this is good. I’ve always wanted shoes where the left and right ones are likely completely different sizes despite being the same.

    Woo
    Full Member

    Now come on people, let’s be precise. Flat pedals don’t use clips and so are clipless. Shoes with cleats clip to the pedals so they aren’t clipless. Not even roadies use old fashioned toe clips these days.

    Rubber_Buccaneer
    Full Member

    Have they been specially designed to make fitting Endura’s flat pedal overshoes super easy?

    dc1988
    Full Member

    It’s about time some more thought went into insoles, it’s amazing how a good insole can transform an otherwise average feeling shoe. Feet aren’t generally flat so why are most insoles!?

    mashr
    Free Member

    Ohhhh this is good. I’ve always wanted shoes where the left and right ones are likely completely different sizes despite being the same.

    Came here to be snidey about Endura – can’t top that 😂

    zippykona
    Full Member

    Thank god they’ve stuck with laces for that full on skate look rather than something practical for MTB.
    Every single flat shoe designer is a knob.

    dangeourbrain
    Free Member

    I’m probably being overly mean @mashr, credit where it’s due I’ve never had two different leg lengths on a single pair of endura trousers.

    honeybadgerx
    Full Member

    I’d kinda hoped for some UK (i.e mud) friendly soles a la Shimano ME7s or similar.

    zerocool
    Full Member

    I like laces, never got on with Boa and ratchets die after a while.

    No make a pair with wide toe boxes please

    stevenmenmuir
    Free Member

    I don’t mind laces but how about a big flap over them to make them a bit more Scottish weather proof.

    lister
    Full Member

    I’m surprised they’re not more ‘Scottish’ in their design.

    prettygreenparrot
    Full Member

    Have they been specially designed to make fitting Endura’s flat pedal overshoes super easy?

    🙂 if I remember correctly my ‘large’ endura overshoes might have fitted over the shoes of my primary school-aged children at the time. Straight to the charity shop.

    DickBarton
    Full Member

    They are a worldwide company now and have a lot of very expensive riders/teams to support…suspect the design can’t be too ‘Scottish’ as it won’t work so well in warmer/drier climates…they look ok, my ME7 shoes have got about another year left in them, so I’ll have a nosey at these closer to the time…I appear to be thinking about making sure I’m as visible as possible and the orangey red versions seem to be of interest!!!

    endomick
    Free Member

    How much thought went into the sticky part of the soles pattern before they said f##k it, we got a logo might as well get our money worth, seems like most of their attention went to the heel and toe sections. How much of fivetens success is down to those circles rather than it all being about the magic recipe, I never tried the impacts with the smooth section.

    zx970
    Full Member

    Can I have them in size 49 please? Pretty please?

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