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Great design, but plastic is beyond redemption
on 1 April 2014
The mirror is tiny, but works great, feels sturdy, is easy to adjust and makes riding way safer and easier.
Why one star? I've had two days' worth of riding out of it. On the third day I leaned the bike against a bin, it slid down and landed on some garbage bags. The front wheel swung and hit the ground with the bar end where the mirror was. Result? The plug that goes into the bar shattered into three pieces. The mirror is done with.
To emphasize. It was quite a gentle fall, and the whole bike didn't land on the mirror. The plug didn't just get scratched or cracked - literally three pieces broke off.
And no, it's not the case of me giving one star to a great product because of my own clumsiness. The hit it failed to take was nothing in comparison to what a bike component should - in my mind - be able to withstand.
I do mostly touring, to the tune of 7000 miles a year. Although I care for my bike and look after it, the sheer amount of road time it gets means that it receives a fair bit of bashing without even crashes, just from normal use. Think trains and ferries... Or even someone pushing your bike out of the way at a shared bike rack. No way this mirror could withstand any of that.
So it works really well, it really does, but if you buy it, make extra care not to damage it - I wouldn't even lean the bike on the side you've got the mirror at, otherwise it might break off on the wall. Folding it away doesn't help, either - in my case it was folded when it broke off.