Endura FS260 Pro bib shorts is an excellent premium quality choice for performance-oriented cyclists and long-distance riding. The fit is very snug (race) and that’s why straps and grippers are quite tight.
Product and testing details
Endura brand is very popular among cyclists for its high quality and in many cases affordable products. In this review, I am taking a close look at Endura’s FS260 Pro bib shorts, which receive a lot of praise from cyclists all over the world.
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Fit & Fabric
First off, I found Endura’s sizing chart to be a bit off so I just went ahead with my regular clothing size. It turned out to be the right choice for me, but might not be the case for you. I would recommend confirming your size with a retailer or order two sizes if you are in between, try them on, and send one back.
I really liked how these shorts sat on me. The fabric and overall construction are very comfortable, feel and look premium quality, and are very durable. Definitely bib shorts that will survive a few seasons and many washes.
The fit is very race-oriented and I could feel when wearing these bib shorts. The grippers and straps were quite tight and caused slight discomfort.
In general, I was really happy with the fit and the fabric. Scoring a strong 9 out of 10 for this.
The straps are sturdy, just wide enough, and looked and felt good quality. Giving them a 9 out of 10. They are a bit too tight for my liking.
For the FS260 Pro model, Endura used their 600 series pad designed for maximum comfort and long-distance cycling. The chamois fitted me very well and felt comfortable. Also, the positioning was perfect for me and covered just the right places.
This chamois is ideal for rides up to 5 hours, which should be more than enough for the majority of cyclists including me.
For me, this chamois was everything I could ask for and that’s why scoring it 10 out of 10.
As I mentioned above, the grippers are quite hardcore on these bib shorts. They are very good quality and quite wide (2-3 cm at least) so the bibs do stay in one place, but there was a slight blood circulation issue for me. That’s why scoring an 8 out of 10 here.
1. It’s quite hard to describe fabric quality in wiring, but it did feel premium and durable. Definitely thicker and more durable than, for example, dhb Classic bib shorts, which I reviewed in detail here. Also not as premium as, for example, Assos Mille GT bib shorts, which I reviewed here.
2. These bib shorts also have reflective elements on the back, which I found to be useful and minimalistic enough. Also, I liked the minimalistic branding and that’s why the design was spot on for me.
3. Endura FS260 Pro are not the cheapest bib shorts, but I do believe that you get what you pay for. If comfort and quality are your preferences then you will have to pay around $100 for the good bib shorts. Other good and slightly cheaper alternatives in my opinion are Rapha’s core bib shorts priced at $115 and maybe dhb Aeron Ultra bib shorts priced at $130.
It feels and looks premium quality. Also, I like how sturdy and durable it is. The fabric is very promising and these bib shorts should last a few seasons depending on care and usage.
The chamois is very comfortable and felt good for me. It protected just the right places and was comfortable enough on rides up to 5 hours, which is more than enough for most of us.
The seams and overall construction felt durable so the longevity is very promising.
There is one thing I did not like:
For me, the race fit was a bit too tight (grippers and straps). It would be ideal for performance-oriented cyclists who care about metrics maximization.
I would recommend Endura’s FS260 Pro bib shorts to performance-oriented cyclists, who started to care about the numbers and want to go out for longer sessions. I was really happy with the fabric, chamois, and overall construction, which felt premium quality. The fit was like a second skin and I have very few complaints. My overall score is a strong 9 out of 10.