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    Bar Ends; Are they on your bike? Why or Why Not?

    When I first took up biking 3 years ago I put bar ends on my new bike. I also put them on my second bike. At first I used them quite a bit, but the better I have gotten the less I used them. Now I don't really ever use them. So when I got my new 2012 SJ FSR Expert Carbon I wasn't going to put them on. What I found though was that when I flip my bike over to remove the wheels (and the rear is way easier to take on and off upside down), my computer would get scratched up touching the ground. So now they are back on. I also have found that with the wider handle bars they deflect quite a few trees that I get to close to. Hopefully that will also lessen with experience on the my new ride. So let me know if you have them on your bike, why and or why not, and what you feel are the pros and cons of having them.

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    Surely that picture is photoshopped... You wouldn't really put barends on a bike like that ;-)
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    I had them on my Jamis a few yrs back. bikes been sold. but loved riding with them. just gave me that extra option for grip climbing and cruising on flats. and it is true, when the bike was turned over (for whatever reason, ie: taking off wheels or chain fix) it lifted the bike up just enough to keep the bars/shifters/brake handles off the ground. just turn over and wipe the seat off!

    im currently on a stumpy elite...want them, but havent found the right pair. all i need are lil nobs. nothing too crazy. just having the option is nice. there is a sweet set on chainreaction, just havent pulled the trigger.

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    I haven't used bar ends since 1997.

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    I havent used them in maybe13 years.

    Perhaps if I was riding long distances on the road I may consider switching back to them, but to be honest most of the terrain I ride is too technical to warrant them.

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    I had them on until I hooked a sapling with one and was launched off the bike. I do like the grip option with them, but the trails I ride have too many opportunities for them grabbing a tree so I took them off.

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    No,they are not because they are fugly. Even if I have to pedal with a shatzload of concrete bricks loaded on my back I'll have my back snap rather than use those obscenities.

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    I don't have bar ends that big but I like the Ergon grips with the small nubs on the end to grap on to. I ride a lot of dirt roads and it is nice to have a few different hand positions and they do really act as bumpers against a lot of trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorCalEmperor View Post
    I had them on my Jamis a few yrs back. bikes been sold. but loved riding with them. just gave me that extra option for grip climbing and cruising on flats. and it is true, when the bike was turned over (for whatever reason, ie: taking off wheels or chain fix) it lifted the bike up just enough to keep the bars/shifters/brake handles off the ground. just turn over and wipe the seat off!

    im currently on a stumpy elite...want them, but havent found the right pair. all i need are lil nobs. nothing too crazy. just having the option is nice. there is a sweet set on chainreaction, just havent pulled the trigger.
    I plan to get a smaller set as well, just haven't gotten around to it either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapsac View Post
    Surely that picture is photoshopped... You wouldn't really put barends on a bike like that ;-)
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    Perhaps you should read the entire first post again. It is VERY hard to remove the rear wheel on this particular bike in the upright position. Even my LBS has troubles doing it that way on this bike. Like I would waste time photoshopping that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devastazione View Post
    No,they are not because they are fugly. Even if I have to pedal with a shatzload of concrete bricks loaded on my back I'll have my back snap rather than use those obscenities.
    Well, everyone has a right to not like something I guess. Even if it means they would hurt themselves for the sake of looking cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabiZcut View Post
    I don't have bar ends that big but I like the Ergon grips with the small nubs on the end to grap on to. I ride a lot of dirt roads and it is nice to have a few different hand positions and they do really act as bumpers against a lot of trees.
    The Ergon grips are the best! I used to get numb in the hands till I switched to these. Also switching to full suspension helped with my hands, feet, and back. So much more enjoyable to ride now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy12 View Post
    When I first took up biking 3 years ago I put bar ends on my new bike. I also put them on my second bike. At first I used them quite a bit, but the better I have gotten the less I used them. Now I don't really ever use them. So when I got my new 2012 SJ FSR Expert Carbon I wasn't going to put them on. What I found though was that when I flip my bike over to remove the wheels (and the rear is way easier to take on and off upside down), my computer would get scratched up touching the ground. So now they are back on. I also have found that with the wider handle bars they deflect quite a few trees that I get to close to. Hopefully that will also lessen with experience on the my new ride. So let me know if you have them on your bike, why and or why not, and what you feel are the pros and cons of having them.

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    Wait till you get your bar ends hooked on a tree with the wider bars. I was following a woman on the trail yesterday and saw it happen, flung her to the ground like a rag doll poor girl. I have not used them since about 1998LOL

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    Just caught a tree limb the other day with mine—riding a 2000-era bike, so they were standard at the time—and took a huge fall. I'm shopping bikes now, and no bar ends planned.

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    Not since the late 90s have I graced my bike with bar ends. Used to love them, I guess I am a slave to fashion and let them go along with my 3D violet crank bolts. They really did work well with the narrower bars of the time, but I think with the wider bars that are popular now that they aren't as necessary. Whatever floats your boat. I used them mainly to shift my hands onto for climbing and to give some relief on long rides.
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    I find these help me kick ass when a deer gets in my way...


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    I have bad wrists so bar ends make a ride bearable and no I have never hooked them on anything. In fact they have save my hands more than once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy12 View Post
    . It is VERY hard to remove the rear wheel on this particular bike in the upright position.
    Huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy12 View Post
    So when I got my new 2012 SJ FSR Expert Carbon I wasn't going to put them on. What I found though was that when I flip my bike over to remove the wheels (and the rear is way easier to take on and off upside down), my computer would get scratched up touching the ground. So now they are back on.
    It's always worth taking the computer off before you turn the bike over. It stops it being damaged.

    On my Epic the stem bolts get really scratched if you have to stand the bike upside down on the bars and saddle for removing the wheels (such as before putting it into a car). What I do is have a thick cloth in the car to put on the ground. By resting the bars on that the bars and stem are protected from scratches. If it's for a puncture then you don't have much choice but for general transport a cloth on the ground works well.

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    I like bar ends, have used them for years, short stubby kinds, not a big fan of the big long ones but to each his own. I currently have ritchey WCS on and love them. For long climbs they are nice to have for the wrists, also, on up hill out of the saddle climbing with a big gear it's nice to pull hard on those babies. just my .2

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    I don't have a Specialized, not that it matters much anyway.. I put bar ends and ergo grips after I got numb hands. I use the bar ends anytime I'm climbing as I can pull and stand better.
    I also like the bar ends because it saves my hands from sliding off the grip. I also like th bar ends as they protect my hands from tree's, branches, etc. I've bounced those bar ends off a few trees rather than my hands...phew...
    Bar ends as OP stated are very nice for flipping bike upside down and repairing. I do alot of bike path checks so a bike stand isn't practical in the woods...haha

    So, like it or not, that's my bike setup the way I like it. Just wanted to share with OP how I ride and that he needs to like it himself and not ask everyone else for their approval!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtydogg View Post
    So, like it or not, that's my bike setup the way I like it. Just wanted to share with OP how I ride and that he needs to like it himself and not ask everyone else for their approval!
    Don't know where you got the idea that I wanted any ones approval??? I've always been one to do things the way I like them done. Like have big long bar ends on my bike. Just wanted to hear other peoples opinions on the subject. As long as that's OK with you......

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    Quote Originally Posted by WR304 View Post
    It's always worth taking the computer off before you turn the bike over. It stops it being damaged.

    On my Epic the stem bolts get really scratched if you have to stand the bike upside down on the bars and saddle for removing the wheels (such as before putting it into a car). What I do is have a thick cloth in the car to put on the ground. By resting the bars on that the bars and stem are protected from scratches. If it's for a puncture then you don't have much choice but for general transport a cloth on the ground works well.
    That is a good idea, especially if you despise bar ends like quite a few people. I am settled on keeping the bar ends though I may switch to a smaller set if I ever get around to finding some I like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rakuman View Post
    I have bad wrists so bar ends make a ride bearable and no I have never hooked them on anything. In fact they have save my hands more than once.
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    I am with you on that. I only hooked on two occasions when I first started riding, but at low speeds. Mine curve in quite a bit and have saved my hands more times than I can count. I am contemplating cutting an inch or so off each end of my bar but will probably run a thread on that before I decide. Lots to debate on small or large bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad andy View Post
    I find these help me kick @#!*% when a deer gets in my way...

    That is pretty cool, but I don't know if I'd want to take that on any of the trails.

    Wouldn't want to wreck on it either, it would probably keep you from flying over the handles, but it would probably hurt more.

    Thanks for posting that pic though!

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    When I started doing more 20+ mile day rides and bikepacking(usually 40-50 miles a day), I bought bar ends and really enjoy the alternative hand positioning.

    Just got a 2013 Carve Expert with a wider bar, its going to get bar ends as soon as I find some I like at the LBSs.

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    I have bar ends on my bike, because they are Teh Awesome. Another hand position on flat ground, and really great hand position on climbs. Any sapling that my bar end hooks is a sapling I would have otherwise crushed my hand on, so I am cool with that trade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    Any sapling that my bar end hooks is a sapling I would have otherwise crushed my hand on, so I am cool with that trade.
    Very true!

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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    Love em
    Those look pretty nice! Do they stick up enough to protect the computer, center post, and brakes?

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    I have them on both my bikes. I'm constantly adjusting my hand position to avoid straining any part of my hand or arm. Even seems to help with my back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
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    I had a great pair of Onza's back in the early 90's but haven't used any since. I do agree they were useful when needing to tip the bike upside-down for repair and not scratching levers/shifters/computer.

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    To the OP. If you want to save your computer from being scratched, grab a cheap phone screen protector and cut it to cover your computer. I've been doing this for a while. If it does get scratched, pull of the protector and put a new one on, it will be like new again. Last time I ordered them, I think I got 3 for a couple dollars shipped.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by toyotatacomaTRD View Post
    To the OP. If you want to save your computer from being scratched, grab a cheap phone screen protector and cut it to cover your computer. I've been doing this for a while. If it does get scratched, pull of the protector and put a new one on, it will be like new again. Last time I ordered them, I think I got 3 for a couple dollars shipped.
    That is an awesome idea whether you used bars or not! I will definitely implement that idea. Thanks!

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    Yes to bar-ends

    Long ago, when I first switched to riser bars, I didn't particularly miss them, as I think the wider riser bars don't need them as much. But one day I decided to try them again, and I feel like it transformed the ride on flats and uphills. I feel like I get a lot more leverage that translates into power to the pedal. I've experimented with trying to keep my hands on the grips on flat or slightly uphill sections, and my hands would always rather be on the bar ends, for the power and comfort. To each their own. The only time I've ever hooked a bar end (and I ride quite a bit in the trees), was one ride that was ridiculously overgrown on one side. Its basically not a concern of mine. I use the RavX Ergo X carbon bar ends because they extend behind the bar a bit, which I feel is a more natural position for the hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    I have bar ends on my bike, because they are Teh Awesome. Another hand position on flat ground, and really great hand position on climbs. Any sapling that my bar end hooks is a sapling I would have otherwise crushed my hand on, so I am cool with that trade.
    This! I have a small set of Ritchey's on mine. I don't know what all these guys are talking about hooking trees. I use mine to deflect off trees that would have otherwise smashed my fingers. If you hook something with a bar-end, you really screwed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy12 View Post
    Those look pretty nice! Do they stick up enough to protect the computer, center post, and brakes?
    Don't run a cycle computer, use a smartphone. But, the bike does rest on these when flipped.

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    I just put some of the spec rubberized bar ends on my 2013 Epic. I like the extra hand position especially for short technical climbs. I hooked a vine once......once. Now I pay attention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottesq View Post
    I hooked a vine once......once. Now I pay attention.
    I agree, while it is possible, it is unusual for the experienced rider to hook a tree or vine with the bar ends, but being saved from smashing the hands on a big tree that you got to close to is nice and I think that happens to everyone.

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    Bar ends are the same thing as pants that go above your belly button. Old.

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    I used them on my 1999 Gary Fisher. It came with narrow bars (23"). My wrists and fingers would get tingly and numb on long climbs and flat cruising, and the pain continued hours after riding. The bar ends solved that problem. I'm riding a 2012 Stumpy now. It has much wider bars (720 mm). I put some fatter grips on and bought some nice gloves. I haven't had any numbness yet, and I feel like I'm much more in control than I was with those squirrely narrow bars. I don't see myself considering bar ends again.
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    I chucked mine a long time ago. Flat out down a hill and caught them on a tree. Bike stopped I didn't

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    " I feel like I get a lot more leverage that translates into power to the pedal. I've experimented with trying to keep my hands on the grips on flat or slightly uphill sections, and my hands would always rather be on the bar ends, for the power and comfort. To each their own. The only time I've ever hooked a bar end (and I ride quite a bit in the trees), was one ride that was ridiculously overgrown on one side. Its basically not a concern of mine. I use the RavX Ergo X carbon bar ends because they extend behind the bar a bit, which I feel is a more natural position for the hands."

    -- I too, use the bar ends quite often. They seem to be the "default position" whenever I'm riding on flats or squirming ascents. I just feel like I can get more leverage with my wrists in this position rather than just straight across on my flat bar. I just move my hands back to the grips when I need to brake or shift. I also prefer that "riding-on-hoods" position and does offer some variety for hand positions. BTW, I use Serfas Stablilizer bar ends.

    With regards to appearance, I may be skewed, but there's something for me about flat bars with bar ends that just look right.

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    I don't want to get caught holding them when I encounter an unexpected bump on the trail.

    But, I have considered them just to have an alternate position when riding the pavement between the trailhead and home. I try my best to rid to every trailhead from my front door so I inevitably encounter a fair amount of pavement.

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    I tend to think that bar ends address issues that are better resolved by changes to the cockpit (stem and bars), are a little more dangerous (friend caught a tree with one at speed and a concussion and severe shoulder injury were the result), and encourage poor/unsafe posture with your hands away from the brakes. That said, I fully understand why some people use them for increased comfort -- I probably would too if I found they helped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xcisok View Post
    I chucked mine a long time ago. Flat out down a hill and caught them on a tree. Bike stopped I didn't
    If that makes you feel better - Cool

    I would suggest that all bar ends (to my knowledge) are clamped on and thus do not make the handlebar any wider. So, if you caught a tree with the bar end, you were gonna catch it with your handlebar and probably wreck anyways.

    As I said, whatever makes you feel better. Sometimes its just a psychological thing. You remove the bar ends and now you don't hit trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    If that makes you feel better - Cool

    I would suggest that all bar ends (to my knowledge) are clamped on and thus do not make the handlebar any wider. So, if you caught a tree with the bar end, you were gonna catch it with your handlebar and probably wreck anyways.

    As I said, whatever makes you feel better. Sometimes its just a psychological thing. You remove the bar ends and now you don't hit trees.
    That is exactly true! I know if I were to "hook" a tree with my bar end I would have wrecked anyway, and probably hurt my hand.
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    Cutter Carbon 2.0 - picked them up off huckandroll for like $20. I love being able to switch up positions on long rides (or short rides).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpy12 View Post
    What I found though was that when I flip my bike over to remove the wheels (and the rear is way easier to take on and off upside down), my computer would get scratched up touching the ground. So now they are back on. ]
    Why don't you just mount the computer to your stem rather than handlebars. That's where mine is and I can flip my bike over without the computer touching the ground.

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    Ergon bar end replacement?

    I have the Ergon bar ends x3 on my three bikes. They are awesome, however, I want to try the Ergon grips but without the bar ends for a while, as it will effectively increase the width of my handlebars.

    Does anyone know whether Ergon do the outside bolt-on clips separately, so that the grips can be used without the bar ends?

    (I just dont want to waste another 30 quid buying the grips without bar ends to find I dont get on with them)
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    I don't have them on the new bike. I have them on my old trek. I don't think I will put them on. I don't really feel like I need them at this time.
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    I've had em on, then off, then on, then off....lol! I never endo'd because of them, but caught them often enuff to make me think twice as they took my front end off line a few times and scared the $#!t outa me, and even though I tend to have wrist/hand numb issues and the bar ends tend to help for that, there just arent enuff 'standing out of the seat, hammering' trails here for me on LI, NY to justifiy the xtra weight penalty or ungainly feel that I got out of the bars, there have been too many times I was cutting thru some overgrowth without bars that made me quite happy I was running without them, moreso than the benefits I'd get from the extra leverage when out of the saddle..... I'd guess the importance of them really depends on what kind of trails/rides your running on, if you're spending most of your ride time up out of the saddle and pounding uphill constantly i'd say Yes... if your inside technical switchbacks and brush and overgrowth I'd think twice....

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    I have had them on an old bike, then I had a Scott bar with curved ends that I liked alot. Never had a problem catching them on anything.

    On my brand new bike I did not put them on but I am thinking about it. I felt they helped with hand pressure and climbing.

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    They are on my bike, I am an old boy, they are useful on trails and with shopping bags!
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    I used to run bar ends because I liked going OTB after hooking on to a tree...but then I took them off Actually I rode them because they helped on steep climbs with my singlespeed.

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    Great thread - I've had bar ends since "1998LOL" myself, never sure what exactly they were for. Nice to read that I've been using them appropriately - changing grip position to relieve strain.

    Don't know if I'll put them on my new bike, time will tell I suppose.

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    I have never used them myself. However, the other day at a local trail I witnessed a guy take a nice slam after his bar ends snagged a vine going down one of the descents. One of the main reasons why I never went that route. And because I'd rather crank the extra energy up the climb than have those suckers on my bike

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    Not anymore, but I tend to ride the narrower bars from the good-ole days in a 680mm-720mm

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    Love my bar ends! Great for really getting some speed up on flats or leverage up hills

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    Ergon GP2--so nice on my Epic. Thought I was done with bar ends but kept reaching for "something" when cranking up hills, and they will never come off that bike...can ride it like a single speed now. Hooking them just doesn't happen for me--I've pinged bar ends off trees but you'd have to have some pretty aggressive vegetation to hook the bar end and pull you into disaster...swamp dwellers beware.

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    I got the Spesh overendz (rubber version) on my 29er. In fact, I kept missing the extra hand position of bar ends and started thinking about the majority of my riding and that led me to buying a 29er ht!

    I was an early bar end user though I guess. Had my first pair back in 1990.

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    I think I remember bar ends when I started mountain biking 20 years ago...With wider bars now-a-days it's hard to miss them, as a 780 or so bar provides lots of leverage for out of the seat climbing (especially nice for fatbikes). I have heard from the long-endurance guys (riding for several days) that it's very nice to have an alternate position for their hands, so that may be a valid reason for them.
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    I just hit 49.4 kmh or 30.9 mph on my bike on the flat using my end bars as leverage. My previous fastest on flat was 41.3 kmh.. Being that my end bars angle in a bit keeps them from hitting any trees or other obstacles if you were to directly hit something on the side of your handlebars..Bar Ends; Are they on your bike? Why or Why Not?-dsc03184.jpgBar Ends; Are they on your bike? Why or Why Not?-dsc03183.jpg
    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    I think I remember bar ends when I started mountain biking 20 years ago...With wider bars now-a-days it's hard to miss them, as a 780 or so bar provides lots of leverage for out of the seat climbing (especially nice for fatbikes). I have heard from the long-endurance guys (riding for several days) that it's very nice to have an alternate position for their hands, so that may be a valid reason for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpix00 View Post
    I just hit 49.4 kmh or 30.9 mph on my bike on the flat using my end bars as leverage. My previous fastest on flat was 41.3 kmh.. Being that my end bars angle in a bit keeps them from hitting any trees or other obstacles if you were to directly hit something on the side of your handlebars..Click image for larger version. 

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    Only 30mph? I hit 43 or so on a downhill, and that is with knobby tires, and a 29er, without bar ends.

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    They are soon to be on my bike.

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    This is on flat ground /ashpalt.. give me a downhill and I am blowing that measly 43mph of yours out of the water

    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    Only 30mph? I hit 43 or so on a downhill, and that is with knobby tires, and a 29er, without bar ends.

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