MTB bar ends - the rise and fall of MTB's earliest trend

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Lance Branquinho

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born media professional who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his fascination with trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. Lance is an award-winning writer who has contributed to myriad piblications all over the world including Cyclingnews, Bike Perfect, MBR, Topgear, TopCar and Car magazine.


10 months 2 weeks ago

My bar ends bend inwards at the front, any surviveable strike from a tree will still be surviveable with the bar ends, if anything gets inside the bar ends I would be crashing anyway. The real reason bar ends have fallen out of fashion is that most people don't ride far enough to need them.

10 months 2 weeks ago

I'm still using my severely cutdown onza l-bends on my x-lite ti bars, but they are only 550 mm, but everything looks and feels right on the Marin Pine Mountain 91, full rigid. By the late 90s things had gotten curvier, so ends didn't look right on my x-lite xcountry bars. Got a set of Jones H bars now, multi posion built in.

10 months 2 weeks ago

The solution is the InnerBarEnds shown in the header image for this article. Supremely comfortable, efficient position for climbing, and you can even shift/brake from them if you set them up to do so. As a roadie convert to MTB these unlocked longer rides for me and reduced hand pain considerably.