My first impression of the Flexx Bars was a variation of “why the heck did I wait so long?” I admit that at first, I thought I wouldn’t like them. I am fussy about my bend and was of the opinion that bars should not move. Ever. I was wrong. Then again, any movement I feel is quite subtle and depends which on which combination of compression/rebound elastomers you use.
I first mounted these after I hurt my wrist at the Cheese Grater enduro. I started out with the blue/yellow combination while my wrist was healing and gained am immediate appreciation for the Flexx Bar system. As my wrist got better, I moved up to the red/red combination which seemed like a happy medium for bouncing through rock gardens at speed. A month or so later we picked up our 2014 Beta 250 RR which vibrates a little more than my KTM XC-250. I then took the Flexx bars off of the KTM and put them on the Beta and the difference was immediately noticeable.
There are also several different bends to choose from. I went with the 10 degree Enduro Bend. The length is 31 inches, which about what I generally cut my own bars down to. The sweep was pretty good, too – a lot like the Renthall 886 that come stock on the KTM XC models that I like. The current set up I have works great for me but we still have a lot of testing to do. We are of f to Florida in a few weeks and these bars are going with me. In fact, I will be taking the Flexx Bars every place I plan to seriously compete. We are just getting started with our testing, so look for follow up reviews in the near future.