Both bar ends snapped while torquing them to the bars. This wasn't a case of overly aggressive torquing; this was merely applying just enough torque to keep them from slipping under nominal hand gripping forces. These are made completely of plastic. Had they used a metal sleeve insert for the clamping mechanism, I believe this would have mitigated the observed structural failures, while allowing enough torque to be applied for secure operation. I can't imagine anyone being able to successfully install use these in light of this poor design. I hate to sound like a product basher, but after my experience I felt compelled to submit this review to alert other potential consumers as this could be a serious safety issue. If one were to get these mounted successfully, I would imagine any significant application of riding force may very well trigger an untimely and unpredictable structural failure, which would result in a severely negative, if not catastrophic, impact on bike control. I would further imagine this failure potential would increase dramatically in colder weather where the plastic would become even more brittle.
I have used the same pair of these bar ends for 10 years without fail. They are fantastic for getting some extra ompf when climbing on a single speed. I do not overtighten them so that they will move when crashing instead of breaking. I wouldn't ride without them,
I guess I should have known from looking at the photo. When they arrived, I thought, "I don't want to put that cheap plastic on my bike". So they are sitting in my parts drawer because I don't ever get around to returning stuff.
I like the feel and look, but the quality and/or design is not adequate for the task. These should not break under minimal torquing (i.e. enough so they don't turn on the bars. I agree with the other reviewer, if they can get the design and build right, these are good bar ends, but not in the current form.
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