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Old 02-20-06, 06:46 AM
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Bar Ends??

Im wondering, can you put bar end on a low riser handlebar??
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Old 02-20-06, 07:05 AM
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It depends on the bar. If it is aluminum then yes. If it is carbon then check with the manufacturer. Some of them have put reinforcement in the ends allowing them to take the extra pressure of having the bar ends clamped down. Others don't.
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Old 02-20-06, 07:08 AM
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Thanks lowcel for all your good answers to all my questions so far, cause I read before and a guy wrote, DONT PUT BARENDS ON YOUR RISER BAR, ITS NOT DESIGNED TO HANDLE PRESSURE. but anyway thanks
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I like oversized handle bars... they are less likely to bend or break. I run bar ends on my riser bars too, for now
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Actually, if you notice, a riser usually flexes more than the the equivalent flat bar. And bar ends do add more leverage on the bar. That said, I've used ends on a riser before, and I have several friends who do the same with no incident.
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Old 02-21-06, 01:18 AM
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ok, great, why is more XC bikes use flat bar rider then low rise?
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Originally Posted by wheelhot
ok, great, why is more XC bikes use flat bar rider then low rise?
Are you asking why more xc riders use flat bars or why more xc bikes come with flat bars? In either case I would say that you are incorrect. It seems like most bikes come with risers these days unless they are actual race xc bikes. As far as riders choice it seems like I see a lot more risers than I see flat bars.

I am just now making the switch to a flat bar on my full suspension bike. I have grown used to the shorter bar and the bar ends that I use on my hardtail. To me the handling just feels really slow when I use a wide riser bar. I have grown used to the tight twitchy feeling that a narrow flat bar gives me. It is not something that everyone likes though.
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^^Weight also. Flat bars tend to be slightly to much lighter than risers.
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ugh, bar ends are as bad as kickstands
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Originally Posted by concernicus
ugh, bar ends are as bad as kickstands
Thank you for that overwhelmingly enlightening and beneficial post.
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Bar End is GOOD!, its not bad at all expecially if you are cycling at a very steep point. Unless you are the guy who pushes his bike on steep uphills
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I ran bar ends on risers for quite a while. No problems.
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I got rid of my bar ends in 1993.
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I have been running bar ends since '91, 3 flat bars and 2 risers, the last three bikes, I had them put on before I left the shop. Won't ride with out them, I run the larger Profile Boxxers, and spend most of my climbing on the far end of the bar ends, it allows me to strech out, keeping enough weight on the front wheel.
Bar ends add funtionality to my bikes, and are a personal preference.

concernicus, you perspective is just that, your perspective, but thanks for the insightful respones.
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Old 02-22-06, 10:07 AM
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I quit using bar ends years ago, not sure why. I put them back on a bike sometime last year. I will have them on my other bike as well the next time I have a chance to work on it.
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Originally Posted by wheelhot
DONT PUT BARENDS ON YOUR RISER BAR, ITS NOT DESIGNED TO HANDLE PRESSURE.
BULL!!!!

If the end of the bar can handle your yanking on it, the bar end can as well.

The big exception here is that if you are running "really light" bars. Than there is possibility of crushing the bar.

If you haven't bought the "lightest thing" out there, you are just fine running bar ends.
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Old 02-23-06, 01:18 AM
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oh i see, another reason why i love bar ends is cause when you fell, your barend will hit the ground first instead of your hand, XD
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Originally Posted by wheelhot
oh i see, another reason why i love bar ends is cause when you fell, your barend will hit the ground first instead of your hand, XD
You keep your hands on the grips when you crash?
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Originally Posted by wheelhot
oh i see, another reason why i love bar ends is cause when you fell, your barend will hit the ground first instead of your hand, XD
Helloooooo Mr. Broken Wrist!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-23-06, 02:48 PM
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well sometimes you just forget to jump or release your hand from the handlebar and the bar end will make your wrist not to hit the ground first
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Originally Posted by wheelhot
well sometimes you just forget
Forget?

I dont know about anyone else, but I certainly dont go into the memory bank and think about all the things i should do in a situation like crashing. Its all instinct
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Old 02-23-06, 02:54 PM
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Good point, cause sometime you fell unexpectedly or you take a risk and you fell
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Originally Posted by LowCel
You keep your hands on the grips when you crash?
If you're smart you are. Though, I'm not often that smart. The best way to crash on an MTB is allow the frame to take the impact (via bars, pedals, tires) which will than distribute the impact to you more evenly.

Some bar ends will indeed protect your hands in collisions. I like them and I use them. But I am also keenly aware that in an endo, they can spear you in the abdomen (though a bare bar can too just under different circumstances).

Remember everything is a tradeoff. Myself, I know that I pinball off of trees way more often than I endo.
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Old 02-24-06, 05:44 AM
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The majority of my crashes are caused by going over the bars or from washing out. I'm not lucky enough to have the simple fall overs I guess. I'm generally all over the place in a crash or trying to run out of it.
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its gd for uphill only and if you do lots of XC riding, i don't suggest you do unless u wanna hook onto trees all the time
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