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Old 02-21-07, 03:08 PM   #1
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Nitto Bullhorn snapped at the stem. I hurt.

Correction. This was a Nitto bullhorn from IRO.

Well, this was an interesting ride. I'm on my way home from work and I'm coming up to a red light at a major intersection. Start to put a little back pressure to slow down when bam!!! I'm on the ground wondering what the "f" just happened. I pick myself up, check to see if everything still moves and then check out the bike. The left side of the bar is hanging from my brake cable. Plus my front wheel is now bent. Freaked the crap out of the three women at the bus stop this happened at. Damage sustained. Bruised hand, elbow, shoulder, hip and thigh plus a sraped shin. The frame's fine and the wheel can be trued, but what better bulhorn option is out there for the taking. This might not be too tough to answer since really, all I want is one that isn't going to catastrophically fail. This sh@t hurts.

*IRO is just a retailer for Nitto parts, they deserve no
blame for the failure. I assure you that they do not
get Nitto factory seconds. In fact, I doubt very highly
that a company like Nitto sells seconds or otherwise
defective products as anything other than scrap metal.

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Old 02-21-07, 03:20 PM   #2
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well... the nitto according to just about everyone is the better bullhorn. it sounds like a defect, call tony and ask about warenty stuff
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Old 02-21-07, 03:21 PM   #3
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I'm going to assume the handlebar was never drilled for internal cable-routing, and that you didn't cram a 26.0 bar in a 25.4 stem (both are serious moron offenses).

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Old 02-21-07, 03:25 PM   #4
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cram a 26.0 bar in a 25.4 stem
Why a serious moron offense?
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Old 02-21-07, 03:30 PM   #5
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Dude, that is a moron offense.

Nope stock stuff from IRO. 26 bar with a 26 stem. I'll take picture as soon as the wife is back with the camera on Saturday.
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I thought 26.0 in 25.4 precipitated stem clamp failure, not bar failure. Glad you mentioned that.
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all I want is one that isn't going to catastrophically fail.
you could get the same one, and the chances that it would fail would be extremely slim. i don't know anything about manufacturing processes or what would lead to a failure-prone occasional defect, but i do know that reports of nitto bars breaking are few and far between (this is the first i've heard).

for every product ever made, there's a failure story. a piece failing is not the same thing as being failure-prone or unsafe.
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Old 02-21-07, 03:42 PM   #8
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you could get the same one, and the chances that it would fail would be extremely slim. i don't know anything about manufacturing processes or what would lead to a failure-prone occasional defect, but i do know that reports of nitto bars breaking are few and far between (this is the first i've heard).

for every product ever made, there's a failure story. a piece failing is not the same thing as being failure-prone or unsafe.
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Old 02-21-07, 03:43 PM   #9
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Thanks. My main concern is that the Nitto bullhorns that IRO uses are just cheap pieces of crap to keep the bike build cost down. I've been really happy with the bike and have over 3000 miles on it since May. I took the road bike into work today and frankly, I'm a huge chickensh@t now thanks to last night.
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A Nitto product is a Nitto product. It has nothing to do with IRO.
Unless they are getting bullhorns and calling them Nitto bullhorns, then it would have nothing to do with Nitto.
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qft? what's qft?
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Old 02-21-07, 03:51 PM   #12
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If a company endorses the use of a third party component maker it does. Look, I'm not saying that IRO makes these horns I'm just wondering if they picked the cheapest of the lot from Nitto to supply to their customers.
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sorry, QP..."quoted for truth". i didn't feel like typing "+1" yet again.

i mean..."quit ****ing talking".
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Old 02-21-07, 03:56 PM   #14
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If a company endorses the use of a third party component maker it does. Look, I'm not saying that IRO makes these horns I'm just wondering if they picked the cheapest of the lot from Nitto to supply to their customers.

i doubt they'd do that. everything iro does seems very much on the up and up, to say the least.

it really sucks that it happened...but in my most honest, as humble as i can get opinion, it was bad luck.
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i doubt they'd do that. everything iro does seems very much on the up and up, to say the least.

it really sucks that it happened...but in my most honest, as humble as i can get opinion, it was bad luck.
qft/+1/yes, i agree.
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qft? what's qft?
quid for...true?

quaint frame tape?

quit for tea?

quinn freaks tranny?

ah, i've got it:

quoted for truth.


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+1 on pure bad luck; in my understanding Nitto stuff is all pretty high quality and i have never heard of another Nitto product failing under normal use. You never crashed on these bars before did you?
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oh, i guess i should also add that i've been rocking nitto horns (both 019s and 021s) for a while now, and even wrecked my 021s so that they're bent in on both sides and i don't have even the slightest concern about their performance.

i dunno, just realized i'd said nothing about my personal experience, which is that nitto horns are sturdy, which is my main criterium for parts.
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Nope. First spill as well. I'll I needed was to have a vehicle involved for the trifecta. Thank guys. I'm cool with the bad luck factor. I'll call Tony in the morning to see if they qualify for the warrantee.
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i would bet they probably will. better luck with your next bars.
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quite flippin' true
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good one.
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just switch to these:



I think nitto makes an alloy version as well.
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switch to no bars?
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Ghost bars!
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