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Leatt Announces 2024 Endurance Range, Partners With Cape Epic Champions

Mar 14, 2023 at 7:18
by Leatt .com  

Leatt, a leading gear and protection brand dedicated to keeping riders safe, announces imminent product expansion with an all-new endurance cycling range. Additionally, the South African-based brand, is now a major partner with the Cape Epic winning duo of Lukas Baum and Georg Egger who are riding as Orbea Leatt Speed Company Racing in 2023 and beyond.

Conquering climbs, powering through valley roads pumps “feel-good” endorphins through the riders’ body. It’s one of the reasons why riding far and fast, is fun. In this game, endurance matters, gear matters.

Leatt, is building on their success in the gravity and enduro segments to bring a new and highly innovative endurance gear range to XC, Marathon and Gravel riders. The aim; to help endurance riders feel good, ride further, ride faster.

Leatt Chief Executive Officer Sean Macdonald commented, “We are extremely proud to partner with Georg Egger and Lukas Baum to now form the Orbea Leatt Speed Company Racing Team. Last year’s winners of the iconic Absa Cape Epic, Georg and Lukas are considered a competitive force in cross country marathon racing. They are ideal partners for Leatt as we both share visions of excellence in terms of performance, innovation and design. Throughout the year the athletes will be competing in Leatt helmets and apparel as they compete in the Epic Series, selected UCI MTB World Cups and more. We welcome them with great enthusiasm and look forward to this next chapter in Leatt’s continuing growth."

Orbea Leatt Speed Company Racing is a highly energetic professional MTB team known for their dogged determination and racing bravado that puts them on top. Their ethos resonates with Leatt’s brand vision of endurance cycling, making the new partnership a perfect match.

“We are super-pumped to be riding in Leatt gear this season and cannot wait to reveal our new kit.” - says Georg Egger of Orbea Leatt Speed Company Racing. “We love the gravity range that Leatt make and from what we can see their endurance gear is going to be just as successful. It’s also super nice to be part of the development process of all the products. The new kit is super lit.”

Lukas Baum: “It is a honor for us to come back to defend the title with Leatt on our chest. The special connection we have with South Africa is now also visible to the world with Leatt as one of our main partners. We are stoked to present the new kit, which is part of the newly formed endurance line and we will further work closely with the development team of Leatt to create even more products.”

Engineered into the DNA of the new Leatt endurance gear are many exciting, performance-based features that will soon be revealed. The new 2024 Leatt Endurance Range will provide all riders, be that professional athletes, expert racers or weekend warriors, the right gear to unlock marginal gains and help them be their best.

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 Endurance is the new XC
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 and the original XC!
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 It's been around for so long, I was actually confused when I first heard the term "enduro" and it turned out to be more like what was previously called "mini-DH". I think Santa Cruz continued to support Johnny Waddell racing endurance when, after his recovery, he could no longer compete in DH and freeride.
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 Anyone else remember a time when Enduro related to Endur[ance] XC? Think it was circa late 2000’s, Cannondale adding the Rush model above the Scalpel was a recognisable time stamp for me. …before Enduro became the thing it is now! (Which I like). Who knows what genres for “just riding” will be dreamt up next Big Grin
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 What happened to 'marathon'?
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 @ak-77: With endurance I think about races of over twelve hours long, possibly through the night. With marathon I'm thinking about something between 60 and 200km. Compare it like marathon vs ultra-running. Back in the days I like to ride marathons. Not even for the racing, but just because it was a nice day out. You often got to choose between three lengths. The shortest was missing some fun stuff, the longest was just long because they added more boring loops to it. The middle one was the Goldilocks one. Typically around 80km or so, that was the one to go for.

And yeah, I was still doing seated pedaling at the time. Haven't ridden marathon since though I'm curious whether I'd be able do ride something like that standing. The climbs I didn't like to do seated back in the days don't bother me now when I'm standing. But whether I could sustain that for a 80km ride, I guess that's something I'll have to test someday Wink .

All this said, I do think that marathon and endurance racing do use the same gear. Except for maybe frame storage and maybe also lights if they're racing throughout the night.
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 @vinay: Around here, southern Europe, we have 2 types of XCMarathon. Lighter ones - I usually race on those. They are between 50 to 70 km and around 1200/1600 D+ and "pro" marathons with 70/90 with 2000+ D+. Don't know if name changing is in the plans.
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 @vinay: I do ride marathon races in Belgium sometimes, not to race but as a day out. It depends on the event which distance has the most interesting riding. It's fun in its own way,. I am not a big fan of the large crowds but not having to worry about the route and the ability to go with a group without having to stay together all the time are reasons for me to join them instead of doing a self-serviced long ride (which I also do sometimes) . There are single day races but also what I call multi day stage marathons like Cape Epic or Transalp to name the most well-known ones. The latter are apparently implied here by the name 'endurance'. Apart from that there are the 24hr races or ultra distance events like the Tour Divide or Hope 1000 which are multi day without stages.
In terms of clothing though, I don't think any of these are any different from regular XC race clothing. You may beed more cold temp gear because you can have very different temperatures up in the mountains compared to the valleys, but it doesn't seem from the pictures here that they take that into account.
  • 9 0
 Other brands are struggling to offload their 2022 and 23 inventory. Meanwhile, Leatt has forged ahead with 2024 with apparently no loss in momentum. Smile
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flag norfcacka (Mar 14, 2023 at 18:06) (Below Threshold)
 because nobody wanted the gear, so they produced the least
  • 9 0
 The show the two boys put down in south Africa was epic!!
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 with stock frames/mid range, not the top end! that was even more awesome.
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 Awesome to see 2 of my fave brands there together, Leatt and Orbea!
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 Finally, i was already wondering if they would release anything at all for 2024.
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