Strengths: Tough. Still like new after 7 years of abuse. Comfortable, functional. Wide clamp grips bar tight and never slips. A must for the old Ti hardtail.
Weaknesses: None, except the tradeoffs which include hooking branches, bring the only person with bar-ends anymore, and maybe hitting knee on clamp (which I haven't done yet). Made in China.
I love these bar ends because they work the best. I ride AM long travel FS on other bikes now, and also SS, but getting on the old hard-tail is still my favorite for the serious long 50 mile and more the 10k of cllimbing xc adventure rides into the backcountry. I also use this bike when pullling a BOB trailer for camping, and the bar ends are very useful for many reasons hen hauling heavy loads.
They look good. I don't think you can get them anymore.
Similar Products Used: Various CF bar-ends (which get scratched up fast) and the original Control Techs which should be in the Crested Butte Hall of Fame.
Bike Setup: This is the 96' Dean currently with 98 XTR, Cane Creek wheels, Syntace FRO wide stem/bar, Marzocchi air 03 MXC ETA, Xpedo cro-mag spds, pro fork, Ritchey Prologic Cranks (XTR rings non-existent), WTB Ti DH saddle, ODI Lock-on, Ritchey Red brake pads, Thomson Seatpost, SRAM chain, 21t granny, SRAM 11-34 cassette, narrow 1.9 or 1.7 knobby tires at 45 psi.
a Cross Country Rider
from To The City
Date Reviewed: October 18, 2001
Strengths: Titanium, gorgeous shape, functional positioning. Wide clamp area will not crimp handlebar while providing ridgid grip. Satin finish matches most Ti frames.
Weaknesses: Wide clamp area reduces effective bar width. Satin finish, not fine polished. Clamp bolt could wreak havoc on knees.
These Ti bar ends are great! They reminded me of the Ibis Rosies that are no longer available. I think Ibis had a good idea, and these Airbornes improve on that idea. These aren't really exceptionally light. If you have a Ti frame and use bar ends, these are a good choice.
Similar Products Used: Stubby bar ends - not enough for me. Thermoplastic barends, lighter, and very cool, but not as ridgid. Cheap Taiwanese barends are really just as good.
Bike Setup: Put these on a Dean Ti hardtail with 26inch wide bars. Must be careful in narrow forests and chapparal.
a Weekend Warrior
from Dayton, Ohio USA
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2001
Strengths: Light weight, good looks, ti tough, fits my hands well
Weaknesses: None, although I would have like them polished even more.
These walk the walk, and talk the talk. Rough & Tough Ti absorbs harsh vibrations. Feel light in your hands. Octagon shape works well for gripping & ripping. I don't see what the first reviewer was complaining about. I ordered these bar ends for my Lucky Strike. I could have ordered anything I wanted, but these are the real deal as far as I am concerned.
a Cross Country Rider
from Berkeley, CA
Date Reviewed: September 21, 2001
Strengths: weight, ti vibration absorption
Weaknesses: price, clamp width, length of L-bend, hard angle of welded joint
Okay, so I had the original Joy Styx, not the octagonal ones, but the only differences are the hand fit and that mine had 6/4 ti bolts, which sucked, BTW (hard to keep tight). Regardless, these bar ends must have been made for midgets, because my hands barely fit on the straight part. And the extension was extremely short: way too short to grip comfortably on its own. A standard L-bend bar end has three basic positions: the perpendicular extension, around the curve, and on the L-bend, basically parallel to the handlebar. These bar ends only had two; the welded-on bar was way too short for the third. And speaking of which, that sharp, hard weld joint is nowhere near as comfortable as the curved L-bend of the Avenirs, Boxers, or Titecs.
I recommend these only to weight weenies who still want a second position on their bar ends, or racers who ride a lot of really narrow singletrack flanked by trees and need some protection.