If you’re tired of mountain bike gear that doesn’t hold up to, well, mountain biking, then you’ll be very interested in these MT500 Burner shorts. Made by Scottish brand Endura, the MT500 Burner shorts are said to be suitable for DH racing, while still offering a sufficient flexibility for trail riding.
To achieve this, the MT500 Burner is reinforced with a tough fabric for the crotch and backside, which is designed to stand up to general use, crashing, and sliding around on muddy seats on a shuttle bus. They’re surprisingly comfortable to wear for pedal-assisted riding however, thanks to the use of 4-way stretch fabric that’s combined with a specific rear stretch panel. They get a modern slim fit, with an angled cuff that allows them to fall over your knees while offering plenty of room for bulky armour. A large adjustable waistband with internal silicone detailing minimises slippage while riding, and you can even button them directly to a compatible bib or liner short using Endura’s Clickfast system.
While they are on the pricey side, and we wouldn’t choose them for long-distance summer XC rides, these are a great-fitting pair of shorts that are well suited to gravity riding and those who put their gear through the wringer.