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I am battling to decide on whether to run wider bars with bar ends or a narrower bar without bar ends. What is the feeling out there or is this one of those never ending forum topics that is down to personal choice. Is there a diff between longer rides and shorter one day events when making this choice. Please help.

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I tried running with no bar ends.

 

Found myself reaching for them on longer rides so went back to my old setup.

 

It has been said not to use bar ends on risers, looks funny apparently. :P I use on my risers, end of marathons when the body is tired I dont care how I look!

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I would struggle without them, they are great for long rides, climbing and just cruising down a flat road with the wind in your hair! Mine may seem a little strange but they are old and have served me well over many years.

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I tried running with no bar ends.

 

Found myself reaching for them on longer rides so went back to my old setup.

 

It has been said not to use bar ends on risers, looks funny apparently. :P I use on my risers, end of marathons when the body is tired I dont care how I look!

 

That's the spirit!! Enought of this nancy pansy stuff....

do whatever works well for YOU!

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I would rather think the choice is between wider bars without ends or shorter bar with bar-ends.

 

I changed from wide bar with bar ends to only wide bar. Then to narrow bar without bar ends, and now to narrow bar with bar ends.

 

Big problem with wide bar and bar ends is the clearance when you're riding singletrack through trees

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I've recently put grip shifts onto my bike, but miss my bar ends. Can you have both?

 

hmmm...you will have to send in a pic, us hubbers only make decisions based on how things look!

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Bought an Anthem X2 second hand and was not used to the high rise without bar ends. Fitted Specialised grips that "flatten out" towards the seat and are damn comfortable, costly but comfortable so I don't miss the bar ends any more

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I put "pro" bar ends on the end of my flat bars after suffering numb hands after 3+ hours on the bike. Didn't think I used them that much until I took them off last week. Only disadvantage is that they can catch on vegetation.

pro's include veriety of hand positions - no numb hands and additional leverage (particularly climbing out of the saddle).

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I've recently put grip shifts onto my bike, but miss my bar ends. Can you have both?

Yes u can :)

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I've recently put grip shifts onto my bike, but miss my bar ends. Can you have both?

You sure can.

In my opinion if you are doing MTB for fun, put on what works best for you not what is expected from you.

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Mampara, I've actually been looking for clip-on bars for the mtb. On a flat race they would work nicely.

 

Greenhorn, I run bar-ends on a very narrow bar with gripshifts.

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Bought an Anthem X2 second hand and was not used to the high rise without bar ends. Fitted Specialised grips that "flatten out" towards the seat and are damn comfortable, costly but comfortable so I don't miss the bar ends any more

How are those grips for 'gripping'? I read somewhere that the reviewer of these types of grips was concerned that you could notget a solid hold if the grip and risk slipping? I would also like to try some but am worried I throw R350-300 down the tubes! (hope its the same ones we are taling about)

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You sure can.

In my opinion if you are doing MTB for fun, put on what works best for you not what is expected from you.

 

I have the Ergon GC2 series on my bike. These are gripshift specific. I bought from Chain Reaction Cycles as the LBS's all tried to sell me the normal ones that they would "modify" (At more than double what I paid from CRC)

 

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=19850

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I've recently put grip shifts onto my bike, but miss my bar ends. Can you have both?

Sorry - meant to qoute Greenhorn on prev post.

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