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.

Endura MT500 Burner Flat shoe review

Sturdy, sticky and race-focussed

There 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, er… absorbing shocks, funnily enough. The MT500 Burner Flat shoes reminded me of a less Frankenstein-clumpy Five Ten Impact Pro. They’re very grippy and planted, but just a tad on the stiff side to offer maximum pedal feel. The sole also felt a bit on the thick side towards the rear half of the shoe, where the trailing edge of the pedal sits, which was great for fending off shock-fatigue, but did seemingly cost a bit of feel and rear-wheel control/pick-up.

With regard to living with them, they appear to be well made but as they’re a new shoe they haven’t been tested as long as the others in this test. They do a decent job of keeping splashy weather at bay (although doesn’t everyone just wear waterproof socks nowadays if it’s wet out?), and they dry out impressively quickly after wet rides, ready to go again.

Review Info

Brand: Endura
Product: MT500 Burner Flat
Price: £119.99
Tested: by Benji for 12 months

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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  • MadPierre
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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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