Mini Advice Poll- Mayhem- First 24 Solo – Bar ends or Not?
I use bar ends on both the bikes that I do marathon and 24hr type things on. Find them great for changing hand positions etc. Not just for climbing, for general riding.
I think it’s a carry-over from riding road bikes – sort of equivalent to changing between hoods/tops etc.
The only thing I’d want to mention is that I tend to run quite wide flat bars to allow for the bar ends as otherwise the bars are too narrow when I’m not on the ends.
Stick em on. Go for a spin, see if you like them. If they annoy you during MM – take em off half way round? 🙂Posted 6 years agorichiethesilverfishMember
If you don’t already use them I wouldn’t go fitting them now. That said, I’ve done some solo 24’s and to be honest by 3am you’ll feel so screwed you probably wouldn’t even know if you were riding a donkey never mind using a piddly little pair of bar ends!!Posted 6 years ago
JoB, I know, but I’m breaking all the rules, it’s a new bike!! I ordered it to build 6 wks ago but it failed to turn up and my other bike is totally non suitable being a 33lb 160mm monster Enduro bike.
So I kinda have no choice as the bike only arrived yesterday.
I am used to riding on hoods which is why I thought they might be good and I did buy wider bars than I started with and rode at Bikefest for the reasons mentioned, it felt too restrictive. I’m very tempted to leave them off…Posted 6 years ago
Come on guys help me, pros and cons of bar ends.
Setup is Titus x-carbon, flat bars, 640 wide ( I had to change the 600’s I’m used to 780’s!!)
Cockpit feel is rangy enough I think, longer than my AM bike but not so long I’ll have a broken back and neck after 24hrs. I am very used to training on the roadie on the hoods.
I rode Bikefest on the wife’s bike which is a bit small with the narrower bars and bar ends and it was nice on the climbs, but maybe cos of the tighter cockpit.
I feel a wee bit ‘hemmed in’ on the twisty bits with bar ends for some reason..not sure Mayhem has many twisty bits 🙂 or if I’ll care after a few hours.
so I’m not sure i’m convinced, I’m in new territory, never done 24 solo, never ridden extensively with bar ends. Thought maybe I should cos alot of those xc racers seem to use them, but looking at pics, not too may of the 24 boys appear too?
I’ve got some nice comfy foam grips I’m holding off fitting till I’ve made the decision as once on, they’ll be a pig to move…so what do the single track massive, or more importantly some of you with experience, think?Posted 6 years agoJunkyardMember
try them and see I have them on all my bikes and with risers and ergo gripsPosted 6 years ago
Dont care what the fashion police say it is a bike and designed to be comfortable.
A forumite did once quip ah that is what they are for when I hung my helmet from them on a long road climb one summerjamesoSubscriber
If you ride on the road a lot, bar ends / h-bars are great for enduro MTB rides and having the ability to change hand position is a major benefit. You have nothing to loose by adding them apart from 3/4″ of bar width, for an addition like this I wouldn’t worry that it’s close to the event at all.Posted 6 years ago
I’m leaving them off, but taking them 😀
Saddle is changed! I love my SDG fxr which I’ve had for miles and miles and years BUT it’s no good in a more stretched position for some reason, I fitted one to my roadie commuter cos I love it so much on the mtb and hated it.
I rode bel airs before that and I think they’re better for me in a more stretched position, last few days riding have presented no porbls so well see.
I also didn’t want lock on’s as I do find on long long rides they are a bit hard.
Went with Ozriders and must say very very impressed, just the right amount of give, loads of grip in the wet and he bonus is light not the reason.
It’s pretty much d day now so cheers for the advice guys see you there..Posted 6 years ago
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