what happened to bar ends
I’m not sure exactly – my first flirt with MTBing was 92 to about 95 and you wouldn’t dare go into battle without a pair, when I returned in 2005 I bought a pair for my first cheapest bike and wondered why no one else did same, when I asked about a pair for my Enduro 12 months later when I bought it the sales guys vomited into his mouth slightly at the thought.Posted 6 months agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
It started when we all started buying 26″ x-lite (and Easton and Answer) riser bars with braces in the late 90s at the start (rebirth?) of the wide bar thing.
In the search for width and downhill cool they got ditched.
The rise of downhill, then 4X, dual slalom followed by freeride and latterly ENNNNNDUROOOO. None of which were focussed on climbing.
Can’t say I miss mine often off road (I rarely ride all day, more a quick 2-3 hours now) but if I was riding big long epic rides or flat bar touring they would definitely be a consideration.Posted 6 months agomickmcdMember
seriously just came across this ad http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/onza-ski-bend-140-bar-ends
and it made me wonder , at one point they were as prolific as fidget spinners,……where did it go wrong.for the mr big of the bar end worldPosted 6 months agodaernMember
My son was running some short, stubby carbon ones on his MTB until this summer. He initially had them because his grandma did, but he grew to love them and wouldn’t accept losing them:
In the end, they’ve only really gone now because they were getting way too battered and probably unsafe and he’d started to realise that noone else is using them any more…Posted 6 months agophiljuniorMember
My dad still uses them.
I think it’s part fashion, part wider bars meaning the extra 1″ width could be a problem – that said, I remember getting a 685mm riser bar that was considered wide, so this is probably all in my/our heads.
Looking back, I’m not sure mine were a great benefit really – nothing on a technical climb that they’d help on, it’s just another hand position. Jones bars etc. offer more options and standard bars are a bit wide for them to offer much comfort.
Anyway, I have the next big thing in alternative bar positions going on with my HT these days. Ride with me and I’m bound to mention it.Posted 6 months agosimons_nicolai-ukMember
I ran them when I started riding. Even kept them on my first riser bars. Finally came off when I hooked them into the undergrowth in a Berkshire hedge at speed.
Looking back, I’m not sure mine were a great benefit really – nothing on a technical climb that they’d help on, i
Likewise. i don’t think I ever really used them – I didn’t like them for climbing. As much as anything else they protected my hands from hitting trees. But 25mm narrower bar (the effective width they took) would have helped with that anyway.Posted 6 months agomarcMember
I agree with “evolution”.
Back in’t day, XC was king. Manufacturers brought in lads from their road race teams to start winning races and boost sales.
They brought with them a craving for the lightest kit you could find, so we all sawed 1″ off our bars and drilled anything drillable.
They also wanted a setup that mimicked the drop bars they were used to; so someone came up with bar ends.
They were actually really good on fully rigid bikes with narrow bars.
[Health Warning; This may be Bollox]Posted 6 months agobelugabobMember
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