- Bar Ends, Good or Bad?
What manga tank said-Posted 7 years ago
when i was doing all day rides over 30 miles, they were great for changing hand position
I dont ride over a couple of hours these days and that’s the only reason i’ve dispensed with themGarry_LagerSubscriber
I don’t use them that often, but they are great for climbing.
I find they take some getting used to – they compress my hand position on the bars a wee bit, I don’t like not being able to grip the very end of the bars. I’m sure you get used to it though.
They are banned in CX races, presumably on the grounds of safety not fashion.Posted 7 years agowarpcowMember
I’v ealways had them. Onzas in the beginning and now some Cane Creek Ergos on my SS. They’re excellent for climbing and just having an extra hand position. Dangerous? No, though you do see some people who don’t seem know what they’re for and have them pointing straight up, or even back.
Brake levers have done me more damage. Not as much as this guy though:Posted 7 years ago
Maybe you should remove the bars as well? I mean, if the bar end hadn’t got her, the end of the bar would of. Having said that, if you removed the bar, the stem would have clobbered her….or the headtube of the frame…or if that was gone, the steerer of the fork…Posted 7 years ago
Hope she’s OK though.
ps. I love my Ergon grips with bar ends.thisisnotaspoonMember
I like them for XC, and will have them on my next bike, but then again thats going to be an all day 100mm mince machine rather than the general trend for my bikes which has been getting heavier and seadily more rad*.
Only for flat bars though, its not a fassion thing, theres just no room on XC raiser bars for the brakes to go that far inboard.
*I hate that word, but at least its better than ‘all mountain’Posted 7 years ago
Hi guys, i have been trying to persuade my girlfriend to remove her bar ends as I believe they are dangerous especially while trail riding, as she proved a couple of weekends ago at Afan when she fell off and stabbed her self in the gut.Posted 7 years ago
What are your views on bar ends?offthebrakesSubscriber
+1 for Cane Creek Ergo bar ends, although I did still manage to poke myself in the face with one whilst rolling on the floor during Sunday’s Gorrick race. Would have been worse if it had just been the bar though.
As Clink says, care required in tight overgrown singletrack if you don’t like harvesting ferns 🙂Posted 7 years agospeaker2animalsSubscriber
I would like some of the Ergon units on my SS as I often do long rides on it. At the moment I tend to ride with the end of the bar in my palm for a varied hand position. A bar end (and the paddle grip) would be much better. I never used to have anymore trouble with bar ends catching undergrowth than just bars on their own. But then of course we weren’t riding on 700mm wide bars.
OP if your GF rides with her bar ends pointing up is that because she really doesn’t like the position her bar position gives her? Maybe she actually needs a shorter/higher stem to get her grip position closer to her preferred riding position on the raised ends now?Posted 7 years agotraildogMember
Used them many years ago. I don’t think they are any more dangerous. If anything, they give your hands a bit of protection and clipping them on trees etc is no different than clipping the edge of your handlebars. And while you suggest you can skewer yourself on them, they stop you from skewering yourself on the edge of the bars which is probably more likely given the shape.
I’d leave your girlfriend to set up her own bike how she likes it. If she likes them pointing up, then that’s what’s right for her.Posted 7 years agojamesbMember
couldn`t ride without them , fitted to lo riser bars graet for climbing and just to ease off hand position for fireroads or on non tech sections.Posted 7 years ago
Have used Ergons too but find bar end a bit on small size and doesn`t offer me a full secure feeling grip cf normal bar endsmartymacSubscriber
ive used them since 1991, dont feel they are dangerous at all from an impact point of view, however i feel you dont have quite the same level of control over the brakes, due to width issues.Posted 7 years ago
however, i must point out i have wide hands, other people ive spoken to (with smaller hands) dont have the same issues at all.HairychestedMember
I got a pair after many years without them off the classifieds here. They’ll go onto the lightweight bike I’ll be building, together with some flat bars and possibly 29er wheel (if rigid) otherwise a 26″ wheel with a Pace RC41s.Posted 7 years ago
I reckon they are fine for XC, racing or similar, the general riding might be done without them.helsMember
They are good for climbs it has to be said. I had two incidents – one where I caught a tree in a race and managed to rip the end off a set of carbon bars, and another catching brush at the side of a narrow track in Spain which sent me off. Got rid of them after that and now could only fit one anyway due to the strange grip arrangement I utilise to cater for gimp right hand.
Depends where you ride – they have their benefits – does she use them on the climbs much ??Posted 7 years ago
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