Prototype Endura Lids & New Thule Backpacks - Eurobike 2018

Jul 10, 2018
by Alex Evans  
Endura

Endura was fairly coy about their new prototype MT500 full face lid but did say that you can expect it to have full downhill certification, weigh less than 700g and cost £189.99. This was a very early prototype made using 3D printing techniques and the final version is obviously going to be way more refined!

Endura have been working hard on a full face enduro lid. This is a 3-D printed version but it s based on their popular MT500 helmet.
Endura have been working hard on a full face enduro lid. This is an early prototype 3D printed version, but it's based on their popular MT500 helmet.

Endura, along with some other brands, has launched a knitted glove. They certainly look a little different and on hot days it's possible to appreciate why you might choose to go for this sort of model. These gloves sell for £34.99.

The Endura knitt glove looks funky and retails for 34.99
The Endura knit glove looks funky and retails for GPB 34.99.

Also in the pipeline is a junior version of the MT500 helmet with all of the same features as the grownup's lid. Endura did say that it's going to retail for £75, but at this price neither Koroyd or Endura are going to make any money - they think that top-level protection shouldn't break the bank.

This is Endura s prototype MT500 kid s helmet that ll retail for 75.
This is Endura's prototype MT500 kid's helmet that'll retail for £75.



Thule

The bag looks awesome in green
The bag looks awesome in green!

In 2017, Thule entered the mountain bike world with their Vital backpack. Underestimating the bag's popularity, they sold out of their entire inventory 2 months after it was released. Fast forward to 2018, and Thule has launched another two bags: the Rail and Uptake.

The hip straps have pockets that are idea for storing gloves or valuables
The hip straps have pockets that are ideal for storing gloves or valuables.

The Rail is now their flagship backpack and Thule have crammed quite a few features into the 8 and 12-litre bags. The 12 Pro, pictured, comes with a double-laminated Koroyd back protector that the non-pro versions miss out on.

Every bag comes with Thule s 2.5 litre bladder and extendable and magnetic hose nipple system.
Every bag comes with Thule's 2.5-litre bladder and extendable and magnetic hose nipple system.
There s a double-layer Kroroyd backplate inside its own compartment in the bag that offers protection
There's a double-layer Kroroyd backplate inside its own compartment in the bag that offers protection.

The chest straps are positioned low down the body to help the bag feel more attached to its wearer and all models come with the Thule 2.5-litre water reservoir that's attached to their awesome magnetic, extending retract pipe. The bags retail for €129 for the 8 litre, €149 for the 12 and €199 for the 12 Pro.

Thule Rail s back has plenty of vent channels and additional padding for comfort.
Thule Rail's back has plenty of vent channels and additional padding for comfort.

Thule's other addition is the Uptake which is a slightly cheaper bag. The adult version comes in 4, 8 and 12-litre capacities and features 1.75-litre bladder in all the adult models. The youth version only has a bladder in the 6-litre bag, but there is a smaller bag for 8 to 12-year-olds. Prices start at €69 and go to €119.

Thule s lower-priced Uptake comes in 4 8 and 12 litre models for adults and 6 litres for kids. It ranges from 69 - 119.
Thule's lower-priced Uptake comes in 4, 8 and 12 litre models for adults and 6 litres for kids. It ranges from €69 - €119.


MENTIONS: @Endura



53 Comments

  • + 27
 Fox Pro Frame?
  • + 2
 @Golden-G my first thought exactly
  • - 3
 First off I love products from Endura, I am a fan. High quality, durable and reasonable pricing. I even know a pro rider who missed their products after switching to another more hyped out sponsor. But this helmet looks like an order made by Decathlon at factory doing Etto: I will be quick Mr Chong: we want something like Fox Proframe, cheaper.
  • + 2
 If I can pry the little neon green piece out of the mouth hole I'd love a more affordable version of the Proframe.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Quoted from the article, “This is an early prototype 3D printed version, but it's based on their popular MT500 helmet.”

I think the final version will be much more refined.
  • + 0
 @ChachiArcola: It doesn't look like MT500 at all...LOL
  • + 0
 @pingryj: i have one Wink
  • + 1
 Fox Proframe is the dopiest looking helmet on the market!

Unless propertioned like a gorilla; people in Proframes look like groms wearing helmets that are far too big for them.
  • + 7
 I wish manufactures would stop using koroyd, especially for spine pads I cant afford to replace that expensive material every-time i take a dirt bath! For spine pads use visco-elastic or EVA foam. Im starting to think these companies think im made of money or I fall once a year!
  • + 32
 They know the majority of their customers are middle aged guys who ride slowly round the red trail for an hour once a week, then spend three hours talking about it at the car park over coffee and cakes.
  • + 35
 @Fix-the-Spade: Always good to hear something original from the "hate on the old riders" tribe. If you're really lucky, you'll get to join someday.
  • - 2
 @Fix-the-Spade: Holy crap is it legal to put that much truth in one sentence! hahahahaha im literally giggling to myself reading that comment!
  • + 10
 @Fix-the-Spade: It's not that us middle aged guys ride slowly and never crash, it's just that we have plenty of natural padding to cushion the fall.
  • + 3
 @hangdogr: I have seen plenty of old rippers who shred daily but I think companies are targeting the people who dont shred but the people with deep pockets. A one time use helmet is fine but one time use armor is not cool, I have seen Koroyd elbow pads. I fall on my elbow almost every bikepark day so that means every weekend i need to replace my $120 koroyd elbow pads no way, especially since d30 and other multi impact armors are so good!
  • + 10
 @rockchomper: The best part is I know this because I'm there with them. Coffee and cake is an awesome pastime.
  • + 3
 @rockchomper: No worries man, I was poking fun at myself, not commenting on the obvious truth that companies prefer repeat customers who have plenty of money.
  • + 5
 @Fix-the-Spade: There are also us middle age guys that do after work rides 4x days a week and weekend getaways to various locations for even further extended time on the saddle.. The car park talk is true... However it's only about an hour with a 6 pack consumed during that duration.
  • - 1
 @hangdogr: unless of course your name is Brian Lopes! Whom I'm quite certain would destroy any younglings in the comments section hands down at his age.
  • - 4
flag jrocksdh (Jul 10, 2018 at 13:46) (Below Threshold)
 @Fix-the-Spade: what happened, daddy left early?
  • + 2
 @jrocksdh: Yup, and Mama was poor. I'd meet a man and I'd follow him blindly. He'd snap his fingers. Me, I'd say sure.
  • + 3
 @bohns1: and then punch you in the chest...full circle back to why I wear a Koroyd chest guard while I have my coffee and cakes in the parking lot. You just never know.
  • + 3
 @Fix-the-Spade: Hey, I resemble that comment!
  • - 1
 @bohns1: this is pinkbike. no one cares about lopes here. get with the program ----> cliche middle age speak.
  • + 1
 @VtVolk: any guesses as to where his car would be parked in said car park? oh and t-shirt status too we can't forget about t-shirt status.
  • + 1
 @cuban-b: kids!
  • + 1
 @VtVolk: coffee and cakes?whagghhhttt for real?
  • + 1
 @Fix-the-Spade: Can i get those guys info? That sounds like a hoot.
  • + 1
 Don't they have some kind of warranty? The spine pad of my Evoc core protector has a crash replacement. Not sure about the spine pad in my Ergon BE1 backpack though. So far it still seems to be good after a good few crashes. I don't know anything about this Koroyd material.
  • + 1
 @hangdogr: That's true and its also sprung weight which apparently can make our suspension work better as well.
I must admit that coffee after a ride seems silly, that's when its time for beer. I just wish I had a decently portable kegging system so I could serve my own in the parking lot post ride. My buddy and I have been considering a portable keg cart that looks like a portable oxygen unit so we could have beer places where we really need it, like hot tubs, and ski and bike parking lots. We figure we look old enough that no young fools (like cops or security) are going to question our need for oxygen.
  • + 1
 @acrowe: I agree about the coffee, though there is really no bad time for cake. My best rides are from the coffee shop to the pub, which has the added benefit of not requiring the actual transport of beer - and my bike doesn't need to be sold because it got dirty.
  • + 7
 Kitted glove?
  • + 4
 That Endura lid should have been called "Master Chief".
  • + 1
 actually it's Enduros feminine cousin :-)
  • + 1
 Not sure exactly which downhill certification Endura is referring to, but aren't the enormous vents a problem with at least one of them? Maybe ASTM 1952?
  • - 1
 The vents are one thing to worry about. In this day with current insights, I'm a bit worried too by the angular shapes. If you need a smooth and rounded shape to limit the risk of concussion, why show up with something like this? I just hope the Athertons won't be using these!
  • + 1
 It's a prototype which is nowhere near the finished article
  • + 1
 Raptors are functionally good but get them near some thorns and they rip to bits. Ive had 2 and neither has been durable.
  • + 2
 New Endura Knit Gloves will match your ugly Christmas sweater!
  • + 1
 Perfect! I was looking for a way to look even creepier, I mean, festive at the holidays.
  • - 3
 best backpack is Osprey Raptor 16, period. Other manufactures should consider that.
  • + 3
 i blew mine apart in 1 crash. TBH, i separated 2 ribs in that crash. so, there's that. also, i sent it in and got a warranty replacement, Osprey customer service is awesome...
  • + 2
 I like the bags, but for whatever reason, the osprey bladders go horribly yellow for me. I've had 2 that I've only ever had water in and looked after them and dried them out better than any other one I've had before but the first one in particular was almost florescent after a while. To be fair to them they did replace it for free without any fuss but not exactly ideal.
  • + 4
 Kind of a cranky comment but I can't disagree. I have a Raptor 14 and I keep hoping to replace it with something more minimal but I have yet to encounter anything that's lighter, more comfortable, stays in place better, or is better suited to most of the riding I do. It's super compact yet can fit just enough extra stuff when I go for a bigger adventure. Incredible pack.
  • + 3
 @alexsin: try the raptor 10, I just had mine for a few weeks now, but I think it’s awesome Smile
On a slightly unrelated note: did anyone ever try to fit a back protector inside a “non-protector” pack? I guess it should work about as good as long as the protector fits and does not move around too much. Are there any generic back protector panels on the market for this?
  • + 2
 @MaartenT: viper d3o in a shimano unzen, use the reservoir section though. Also use a revit seesoft in a vest, lighter and breathes well. Plenty of shapes and sizes made for motorbike jackets.
  • + 1
 @el-nombre: these are not designed to take British tap water Wink hence yellownes
  • + 1
 @maddiver: we do have quite hard water where I live so I did wonder if it was something like that. Just a bit weird that it only seems to be osprey that I've had the issue with.
  • + 1
 Evoc, the materials and built quality is second to none. And it has a proper breathable back.
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