Get these Nitto Bar End Plugs if: you like small chunks of anodized aluminum glinting in the moonlight, think anything made in Tokyo is ‘fab’, and you love the idea of your bar plug outlasting your handlebar.
The Nitto bar plugs come in two diameters, one for road bars and Rivendell swoopy bars (choco, billie, albatross, losco, etc) and one for mountain bars. Now, we say mountain bars like they’re all the same but of course Simworks makes a mountain bar that Nitto makes, so if you are in doubt you can attempt to communicate with James telepathically during his ‘telepathy office hours’ on Mondays and Thursdays between 11pm and 2am.
Probably the grippiest, least likely to slip out of any bar plug ever.
Aluminum, no padding, so make sure your bar end won’t wack your top tube, or it’s goodbye paint job at best, and big ole dent at worst. If you need a cushy bar plug, get the Cardiff ones.
Our recommendation, always, is to wrap your bars right to the edge of the bars’ end, and refrain from tucking the bar tape into the bar. The tuck, which serves no purpose, has a tendency to explode the bar tape back out, cause it’s sort of under a spring like tension. That causes you to lose your bar plug, sad day, and it looks bad, like the end of an over boiled hot dog. Secure your tape to your bars with a drop of super glue gel, and cut the tape on a bias before you do that, so you are only gluing a thin sliver of tape to the bars. If you do it right, it will not look like there is a weird bulge of tape where you start the bar wrap.