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Endura FS260-Pro Bibshort

9
£84.99

VERDICT:

9
10
Hard to fault thanks to great comfort and fit, especially with their sub-£100 price tag
Very comfortable
Range of colour options
Top build quality
Good value
Weight: 
191g

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Endura says the FS260-Pro Bibshort is its best-selling pair of bib shorts, and after wearing them for the last five or six weeks I can see why. They are super-comfortable, offer a great fit, and the chamois is sublime, both on the road and the gravel, should you fancy a little off-road adventuring. They achieve this without being stupid money too.

The FS260-Pros are extremely comfortable throughout thanks to the soft, Italian-made Power Lycra used for the main section and the 600 Series Pad.

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That pad uses varying densities of gel inserts, with the thickest where you need the most padding, beneath the sit bones, and much thinner elsewhere to reduce bulk and bunching. A small mesh section at the front goes a little way to help breathability.

2021 Endura FS260-Pro Bibshort - chamois.jpg

It offers a great balance of providing shock absorption without removing ride feel from the bike, which I'm definitely a fan of.

2021 Endura FS260-Pro Bibshort - legs back.jpg

During the tail end of testing these, I've been riding Ribble's Endurance AL e, and one thing I've noticed about using an e-bike is that I don't get out of the saddle at all. This can lead to some discomfort in some shorts, but wearing the Enduras, whether on a two or three-hour ride aboard the Ribble, has seen no issues whatsoever.

All the seams are placed out of the way so there are no issues with rubbing or chafing, regardless of how long you are riding for, and the Power Lycra offers a small amount of compression, so you get a close fit and no bunching of the material.

2021 Endura FS260-Pro Bibshort - front.jpg

That's helped by the fact that the FS260-Pros are curved, making them more comfortable in a riding position rather than when you're standing up.

Sizing is realistic to the UK market, too. They have a close fit without being full-on race tight; the mediums here fit me a treat, exactly as the sizing guide suggests.

The legs are held in place by a wide band which uses a bit of silicone to grip your skin. Its width certainly cuts down on any pressure points around your thighs.

2021 Endura FS260-Pro Bibshort - cuff gripper.jpg

The bib section is created using a lightweight mesh with a full back section (no cutout) and wide straps, which stop any pressure as they pass over the shoulders.

2021 Endura FS260-Pro Bibshort - straps back.jpg

There is plenty of coverage at the front, too, if you like your shorts to finish further up your stomach.

2021 Endura FS260-Pro Bibshort - straps front.jpg

Priced at £84.99, the Enduras are really good value for money. The quality of finish is very high throughout, and they are certainly looking to be durable with no wear and tear where they have been in contact with the saddle.

It's great to see a choice of colours too. I like this grey with fluoro yellow decals, but they are also available in navy with light blue leg grippers, all black, or black with either red or white grippers.

2021 Endura FS260-Pro Bibshort - leg logo.jpg

When it comes to the competition, I'd say the Enduras match the comfort and performance of the Rapha Classic bib shorts I reviewed last month – for half the price!

They are hot on the heels of the MAAP Team Bib Evos, which are some of the best shorts I've worn. And they're a cool £190.

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The Spitfire bib shorts from Bioracer are a fiver less than the FS260-Pros, and I liked them when I tested them – apart from the straps not being the most comfortable – but they aren't on the same level as the Enduras.

Conclusion

The FS260-Pros are great bib shorts, delivering everything you want, from fit, to comfort, to performance, which is very impressive considering they come in at less than £100.

Verdict

Hard to fault thanks to great comfort and fit, especially with their sub-£100 price tag

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Endura FS260-Pro Bibshort

Size tested: Medium

Tell us what the product is for

Endura says, "Our best-selling bibshort with power performance fabric and a premium computer cut gel pad."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Endura lists:

High quality Italian Lycra® fabric

600 series pad, computer cut 'Continuously Variable Profile' (CVP) stretch pad with gel inserts and antibacterial finish

Pre-curved race fit

Wicking upper-mesh for optimal breathability

Raw edge grip rib hem with super fine silicone grippers

Reflective trim detail on rear hem bands

Material:

Main: Elastane 22%, Nylon 78%. Trim: Elastane 24%, Nylon 37%, Polyester 39%

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for fit:
 
9/10
Rate the product for sizing:
 
9/10

Endura's guide is spot on.

Rate the product for weight:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

No issues with washing at all. They have come up clean each time and all logos are still intact.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

A great pair of shorts that will see you through spring, summer and autumn.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Excellent pad comfort.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing really.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

The Enduras perform better than the similarly priced Bioracers mentioned in the review, and offer similar levels of quality and comfort as others costing twice the price, like those from MAAP or Rapha.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

A really top quality pair of bib shorts that you will basically not notice the whole time you are on the bike, and that's a good thing. Great value for money too.

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 42  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!

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