Endura's new MTR range, developed by multiple national cross country champion Oli Beckingsale, is now available.
We gave you a sneak preview of the collection back in July. Let's take a closer look now it's available in the shops.
Beckingsale, who admits he has "clothing equipment OCD", has had a hand in developing and testing the range, and the cross country racer's influence is obvious, with features pared down to the key essentials so there's no extra bulk to slow you down when riding full throttle.
Beckingsale says the range is for "guys who are seriously into mountain biking, and who are riding - not neccessarily racing - for a long period of time, and who want solid kit that will back-up the experience". You can find out more about the MTR collection's development in the video below, or scroll down further for a closer look at each piece.
The MTR Baggy Shorts £59.99) and Bib Shorts (£79.99) are at the heart of the range. An anti-slip attachment system holds both items together and in place without snaps or Velcro.
The bib shorts, which come in an aggressive racing position cut, are made from a durable lycra and are also available with a waterproof softshell seat panel (£89.99) for extra protection from tyre spray. "Getting a soggy chamois doesn't make anyone a happy bunny," says Beckingsale.
The baggy shorts have a slimline fit, with a high crotch rise to help prevent saddle catch. A broad rear horizontal rib panel provides back stretch rise, while waist adjusters within the waistband channel allow for an individual fit. The baggy shorts also have hip zipped security pockets and a rear zipped and padded media pocket on the back of the waist.
Meanwhile, the MTR Emergency Shell Jacket (£89.99) does what it says on the tin and is designed to bring you home dry when surprised by a shower on a training ride. The jacket is made from a breathable and waterproof fabric which Endura say packs down to the length of a mini pump, so it should easily fit into a jersey pocket.
The jacket, which has an athletic cut, comes in orange or black, and details include stretch waterproof cuffs and sides, a high collar and reflective trim on hem and sleeve.
The MTR Windproof Long Sleeve Jersey (£69.99) has a windproof front, sides and arms to keep wind chill at bay, while the shoulders are reinforced to protect against wear from shoulder straps, and the back panel is made from a breathable fabric to help prevent a sweaty back when wearing a hydration pack.
There's also three rear pockets and an additional waterproof zipped pocket, while reflective trim helps keep you visible when riding on the road. For spring/summer 2013 there will also be a short sleeved version.
Finally, the MTR Glove (£32.99) is described by Endura as a "simple, pared-down, great fitting glove with no superfluous extras". It is made from four-way breathable stretch mesh, with a lightly padded pre-curved palm with Kevlar inset panels for protection.
An elasticated cuff makes the glove easy to pull on, while silicon grip prints on the palm and finger tips (index finger and fore finger) help ensure safe grip and precise handling of brake and shift levers.