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    Bar ends

    What happened to bar ends?

    When I raced in the mid-90's they were all over. Now you don't see very many if any racing with them. What happened?

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    People say riser bars killed them, which I don't understand. The point of bar ends for me is to bring the body forward to use different angles on muscles for climbing. I love the power I can make when I spread out over the bike on the bar ends. I use titec micros.

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    I don't use them atm but I love them. When I can afford to get some nice light ends I will be running them again.

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    Bar ends kept getting caught on stuff along the side of the trail. So now I have a set of carbon fiber bar ends collecting dust in the basement. Anybody interested? )

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    For free?

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    bar ends made me happy

    Just put some ergon grips with the bar ends on my race bike for my race last week-I didn't want the extra weight but I did it anyway. It made a huge difference in my climbing, allowing me to stand up more and it gave me an extra element of control and comfort on the flats and descents. I will not be taking these off anytime soon except to replace with a lighter version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2fst4u
    Just put some ergon grips with the bar ends on my race bike for my race last week-I didn't want the extra weight but I did it anyway. It made a huge difference in my climbing, allowing me to stand up more and it gave me an extra element of control and comfort on the flats and descents. I will not be taking these off anytime soon except to replace with a lighter version.
    +1... I just mount the ergon grips with bar ends for a 100km marathon. WOW! they are on the heavy side,but they are staying for sure !

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    Yup

    Ergons are bringing them back.

    For me, they went away because of carbon bars. I couldn't get a bar that wouldn't crush or come delaminated, and frankly, after taking the bar ends off, I got used to not having them and it was no big deal. Now that I have bars made for them (syntace) and the ergon grips, they are back and I am happy.
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    They all left and went to Europe

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    They're still being used. At least on my bikes. As for them getting caught on stuff alongside the trail mine don't because they're looooong. I began using longer bar ends after a few encounters with trees. I'd rather bounce the bar end off a tree than my hand. And since I use my ATB exclusively the added length means additional hand positions on-road. The ones I'm currently using are so long that I can actually use them on-road to get into a modified aero position. Definitely helps on those long road rides into strong winds.

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    These are my favourites. I'll get some when I get some cash.

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    Ran 'em 1.5 decades ago down in SoCal, but gave 'em up just cuz. Not really missing anything IMO.

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    Love them and can't imagine not using them...my hands are not on them only when I need to brake.

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    Warning Ergon bar end users ! ! !

    One summer night while doing a 24 hr solo race (Summer Solstice Ont) a tree reached out and tried to steal my awesome grips ! ! ! I fought desperately head over heals to keep it from getting them. Chain ring cuts on my left leg, scrapes and bruises, lights flying all over the forest ! In the end, with the help of several riders following, I managed to scare off the tree, collect my lights and continue on.
    To this day I still have my Ergons with bar ends

    Seriously, before the Ergons my hands would get so bad during a 24hr that they were numb for a week and I could hardly tie my shoes or zipper my jacket.
    For my local races I sometimes switch out to my foam grips(40g total with caps) and my hands are a bit sore after, but that's racing
    One negative, other than the obvious, tree thieves, I find I get so comfy out on the ends that I sometimes am in a tricky section at speed and need to grab a whole lot of brakes. This sometimes makes for interesting moments

    I do like to use old style bar ends for commuting as well.
    I think bar ends are not gone, just evolving into smaller renditions of them

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    I bought some and put them on last weekend; and they are already off my bike. Its probably just me/my setup but they didnt seem to help much and they restricted how wide I could place my hands on the bars. I guess to each their own.

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    They are supposed to be used uphill, but I believe that they allow for a much more relaxed grip on the handlebar when going down.
    This is especially helful on long , rough downhill. Singe your hand cannot slip past the bar end, you can avoid the classical "death grip" and focus on picking the best line.
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    It helps when I need to get out of the seat and change my grip angle. Additionally, it helps me throw the bike around when I feel the need to push harder.

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    Couldn't live without my Cane Creeks. Heavy but oh so comfy.

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    dont bump this ****

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    Already hashed out in Endurance Section

    There was already a huge debate about this recently in the endurance section!!

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    Bar ends are wicked for out of the saddle climbing. If that is way you climb then bar-ends are the way to go. If you climb in the saddle then other than giving a different hand position for comfort they don't really serve any purpose.

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    When bar ends were "in" I had them on my bike, but later I realized that I never really used them, so now it just one less thing that I have to haul up the hill. I have also eliminated a lot of other parts by switching ot 1X9 and tubless also.

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