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Old 06-30-10, 08:34 AM   #1
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Bar ends, any one use them on their hybrid bikes?

I'm getting a 2009 Jamis Coda Comp which has Ritchey Comp 5D bend, 580mm flat handlebars and WTB Street Smart grips. I'm thinking that I will eventually add bar ends to help when out of the saddle and to change hand positions. Anyone use bar ends on their hybrids? If so why did you get them, how do they work for you and any suggestions on what kind I should use and how are they installed over the equipment I have? Thanks for your replies.
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Bar ends are a necessity for me since my 2006 Sirrus LTD hybrid has no front suspension. Just having my hands flat on the bars all the time really beats up on my wrists. With the bar ends, I can side-grip the handlebars which seems to make going over rough surfaces easier on my wrists. Helps with hill climbs too coming off the saddle.

The bar ends simply clamp onto the ends of the straight handlebar. My bar ends are shorty carbon-fiber.

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Does one just push the grips in farther or cut them to accommodate bar ends?
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Does one just push the grips in farther or cut them to accommodate bar ends?
I had to do both on mine.. The stock grips that came with my bike covers up the ends of the handlebars. So I had to cut off the ends and push the grips in further by about half an inch (and move the shifter and brake lever clamps) to make room for the bar ends.

It was easy to do. Took me all of half an hour.
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I use my bar-end all the time when standing up for climbing the steep hills.
I've got Ritchey pro long bar-ends like this:



They are very comfy and the bended shape at the end keeps your hands from sliding off.
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AdelaaR, I can't seem to find those particular bar ends anywhere. Do you have a model number?

Also, what kind of aero bars are those? Profile Jammer GT?

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I think they're called "pro medium", but it is indeed hard to find them apparently
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indeed. the giant rapid series (i have the 3) comes with short bar ends. i use them quite a bit as an alternate hand position. i'm thinking of picking up longer curved ones in future...
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I'm thinking maybe the Ergon GC3 might be nice.
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I have the Bontrager on my other hybrid and got the Ergon GC2 on my other. They are both perfect, allows other hand positions on the bar.
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indeed. the giant rapid series (i have the 3) comes with short bar ends. i use them quite a bit as an alternate hand position. i'm thinking of picking up longer curved ones in future...
Same for this guy here---I, too, have the Rapid 3 and I use the bar ends for an alternative hand position.
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AdelaaR, I can't seem to find those particular bar ends anywhere. Do you have a model number?
Profile Designs has identical bar ends to those Ritchies: http://www.amazon.com/Profile-Design...7952000&sr=1-2

Heck, I bet both Ritchie and Profile source them from the same OEM and just put their own logos on it.

These guys have them too: http://www.amazon.com/Power-Tools-Ba...952212&sr=1-93
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Profile Designs has identical bar ends to those Ritchies: http://www.amazon.com/Profile-Design...7952000&sr=1-2

Heck, I bet both Ritchie and Profile source them from the same OEM and just put their own logos on it.

These guys have them too: http://www.amazon.com/Power-Tools-Ba...952212&sr=1-93
I have those my 7.5FX, the LBS threw them in for free. I am now thinking of switching to an Ergon GC3 or GR2, as I want to change the stock grips of the Trek.
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I just had a set put on at the LBS. If you buy them there they install them free. Took the kid about 10 minutes.

I wanted some alternative hand positions too. Plus my lower back starts to ache and these alow me to occasionally sit up straight and stretch it a bit.
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AdelaaR, I can't seem to find those particular bar ends anywhere. Do you have a model number?
I'm pretty sure that wiggle.co.uk carries those. I was just looking at their bar ends yesterday.
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I have the Bontrager on my other hybrid and got the Ergon GC2 on my other. They are both perfect, allows other hand positions on the bar.
Do you have picture of setup?

Currently, I have stock grips on FX 7.3, and Mirrycle Mirror. Want to modify setup to include bar ends & keep mirror. Thinking of going with the Ergon GP1's slightly moved in on the bar to allow for Bontrager Bar Ends which will allow me to keep mirror with configuration.

Any drawbacks to proposed configuration...are grips moved further inside uncomfortable or awkward feeling?
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I didn't notice that much difference with the grips moved in. But I didn't use them that much anyway. I usually ride with my hands draped open over the trigger shifter covers.
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Do you have picture of setup?

Currently, I have stock grips on FX 7.3, and Mirrycle Mirror. Want to modify setup to include bar ends & keep mirror. Thinking of going with the Ergon GP1's slightly moved in on the bar to allow for Bontrager Bar Ends which will allow me to keep mirror with configuration.

Any drawbacks to proposed configuration...are grips moved further inside uncomfortable or awkward feeling?
That configuration will be fine - you probably won't even notice the difference - you will still like everything.
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Here's my 2010 Sirrus Sport. I'm currently using the stock grips and bar ends, with my MIRRYCLE Mountain Mirror inserted in one of the ends. The mirror sticks out slightly because the mirror post is just a hair thick for the tapered inner diameter of the Sirrus handle bar, but it works just fine.

I'm heavily considering changing out the stock grips and bar ends for Ergon GP1's and Profile Design Boxer Mountain Bike Bar Ends.

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That's a nice picture, buzzbait!
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I had some bar end grips on one of my hybrids, but they went unused about 99 percent of the time. I just could not get comfortable having one or both of my hands that far away from the brake lever, since the same percentage of time on the bike was working urban traffic.
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TomChgo I hope these pics help. Sorry I didn't get to take pics of the Bontrager bar ends
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Just got some Specialized Overendz P2 (http://www.specialized.com/es/en/bc/...jsp?spid=47424) bar ends. I see them as a very good addition to an hybrid bike due to the lack of multiple hand positions on flat handlebars.
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Old 07-03-10, 08:34 PM   #25
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Probably not what most think of when bar ends are mentioned but I have these drop bar ends. Not sure what to put on them right now, a rubber grip or bar tape.



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