Enduro Engineering Handguards

Solving the question of flag vs. barkbuster

If you ride the kind of single track that has you climbing over logs and rocks that are taller than the clutch cover and the hillsides are steep enough to grab the clutch lever, this article is for you. For you have likely been torqued more than once because of a slow tip that wasted a handguard, or been caught by a whipped branch that you would swear went right though that high dollar piece of aluminum wrapped in plastic.

However, if you are just looking for a roost deflector, this article can prove interesting but it’s over the top for your needs. You can skip to the Enduro Engineering Moto Roost Deflector if you still want something that is overkill. If it were me I would simply get a few kits of flags (extras are good) that have plastic mounts with a decent arm. Warm the arm if needed to mold it around reservoirs. Shave a little off the clamp area here and there to clear perches and buttons and call it good.

About this Article

Over the years we have tried many different hand guards in both the “flag” and “bark buster” styles. Most experimentation resulted in dissatisfaction from poor performance, quality, or fitment. While Enduro Engineering Handguards can be found in both styles and I have some good information for you, I want to take advantage of having my own special spot here on the Internet and perform some well deserved bashing on Acerbis and Cyrca first.

Acerbis: Proving Failure is an Option

Acerbis fail
Initial testing of bar to bar impact with Acerbis Rally Pro: Results indicate you better have one heck of a good surgeon.

Cyrca: Bent about Pro Bend

Ah, Cyrca Pro Bend. I read the reviews, spent the money on a set specifically for ProTaper 1-1/8″ bars, started mounting them and, bam! Disappointed. They packaged 2 left deflectors. Okay, stuff happens so I wait for replacements. After they arrived I began to mount the supposedly flexible mounting points that people talk about (bunch of bull if you ask me). Sure, maybe if you have just the right bar bend. I was running the EVO in an RM Low with super thin perches. They should have been easy to mount up but I had to rearrange everything.

The very first ride after I sacrificed my desired positioning for controls to get the overpriced Cyrca’s installed, I dropped the bike and the POS Pro Bend bar bent. Makes me wonder if that is how they got the name. I am not joking when I say I took them off the bike as soon as I got home.

Enduro Engineering Debris Deflectors

Enduro Engineering Debris Deflector Kit
The Enduro Engineering Debris Deflector kit comes with a smooth bar insert. I chose to modify the set by adding bar end spacers, using knurled inserts from an Acerbis kit, and grinding our the bar to lock in the Acerbis insert.
Mounted Enduro Engineering Debris Deflector
The modified Debris Deflector mounting bar locked on to the Acerbis bar insert, combined with the Enduro Engineering bar mount took every last bit of flex out of the ProTaper EVO bars which was less than ideal.

Enduro Engineering Moto Roost Deflector(s)

Enduro Engineeting Roost Deflector mounting bar
The Enduro Engineering Roost Deflector mounting bar is a thick strip of plastic held on by 2 plastic straps, each of which have 2 small screws. It may sound and look less than ideal but turns out they just may be the best thing on the market.
Enduro Engineering Solid Mount
Clutch side mounting was a bit challenged with the reservoir, perch mount, and button. I did eventually shape the sides of the clamps at the bar to get the controls to fit where I wanted them.
Enduro Engineering Solid Mount Clearance
Clearance in front of the clutch lever was a bit of a concern but it never became a problem.

After Report

Just as with the Debris Deflector clamp, the Moto Roost Deflector bar clamp molded to the bar and stuck. Once you put it on you never worry about it moving. I did get a slight bend every once and a while but never anything that warranted replacing them. Simply take the arm off and flatten it back out as needed on the bench.

The mounts themselves are sturdy enough that I had no problem taking a fair amount of material out of them to thin them out where needed to make room on the bars. This included rounding out enough area to get the start and stop buttons to rest in just a bit in the mount which also ensured they never moved.

From the most challenging single track up American Fork and Hobble Creek canyons, to every trail on the no-go side of Jerrico, to the Nevada 200 Trail Ride, and to the muddiest WORCS race I have ever been to, I have absolutely nothing but praise for these deflectors. After so many hours that I stopped tracking the only things I ever replaced were the plastic deflectors. Having several colors for matching graphics is always good and it just making things look cleaner since they get cutup on brush pretty quickly.

The fact that they are cheap makes it easy. The fact that they protect like they should, don’t jamb your levers, and don’t break, makes buying them a no-brainer.

The decision to rebuild the site from scratch was a decision to dump all comments that were on any article prior to the rebuild. While I am not aware that anything that should have received a response went unanswered, feel free to re-post if needed.

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    American Fork
    few clouds
    68.4 ° F
    73.9 °
    62.5 °
    68 %
    0.8mph
    23 %
    Sat
    85 °
    Sun
    85 °
    Mon
    84 °
    Tue
    82 °
    Wed
    85 °
    WORCS mud race
    Me sporting the Enduro Engineering solid mounts at a WORCS race that got a little wet.