Review: Endura MT500 Burner Flat

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This review featured as part of the Kit Essentials grouptest in issue 142 of Singletrack World. Sturdy, sticky and race-focussed Price: £119.99From: endurasport.comTested By: BenjiThere is plenty of ‘white coat scientist’ tech in the upper and the insole of the MT500 Burner Flat but… I’m never really swayed by that stuff. Indeed, often a science-forward shoe can end up being over-designed, over-expensive and underperforming. Underperforming when it comes to the actual business of mountain biking. If a flat shoe doesn’t offer traction and plenty of pedal feel, then what’s the point? These come up a bit on the small size and I’d recommend going up a Euro foot size from your usual shoe size. Once you’ve got a size that suits, they are very comfy. They’re definitely at the stiff and supportive end of the spectrum, but the toe box and the hi-tech insole both combine to offer a nice roomy-enough feel at the forefoot. You don’t feel squeezed in at the sides. I like laces. I’m not that convinced about Velcro top straps – they just seem to get in the way when tying up the shoe and are uncomfortably hot-spotty if used as a lace tidy. Maybe if you like your shoes done up really tight, the top strap makes sense. As it is, it feels like something better suited to the clipless version of this shoe. The StickyFOOT rubber used where the shoe meets the pedal offers very good traction. The shock-absorbing midsole works really well for,...

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  • Review: Endura MT500 Burner Flat
  • Premier Icon Mad Pierre
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    I’ve got a pair of these and they seem pretty good after a handful of rides.
    This is the second review I’ve seen not liking the velcro lace tidy – personally I like this on clipless or flat shoes. It works so much better than an elastic lace tidy like on my old Addidas terrax – the elastic has stretched over time and TBH the laces sometimes popped out of the elastic even when they were new! A proper strap is far better and you don’t have to double knot the bow.

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