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Once the hard assembly is done, a good product...
on 3 October 2015
First of all, item description says "Left mirror", but it can be used on either sides, and in the UK, people are likely to install it on the right side of their bikes. The product page picture shows it installed on the right-hand side...
Item comes in a small box, disassembled, and that's the key issue with this product (hence losing 2 stars): while detailed assembly instructions are provided (and the text and pictures are clear), an hex tool is also provided (quite thin), and there are only a few parts, it's really hard to put together. Two of the long screws are very tight, and it takes some significant force to finish the job, while holding to small parts. I really thought I would bend that hex tool.
The manufacturer is perfectly aware of this, and keeps highlighting in the instructions that significant force will be required, and that the screws won't brake, but they should really have assembled those in their factory, with the appropriate power tools (would take them about 10 seconds per mirror). There was no particular reason to provide this not assembled (apart from cost saving), as it would fit in the same packaging partially assembled.
Anyway, once the hard assembly task is complete, installing on the bike is easy: there are two sizes of wedges provided, and a screw is keeping the wedge stuck inside of the handle bar. It's easy to fold the mirror if required, and once adjusted, it stays in place and does not seem to vibrate too much (maybe some rubber wedge instead of hard plastic would have been even better). It seems also quite robust.
Visibility is very good, as it's quite a distance from the bike, and it also create a nice barrier between the bike and passing cars (when they touch the mirror, which would just fold, they know they are too close!).
The manufacturer can ship any of the parts individually (spares), for a small reasonable price (but $7 shipping from the USA to the UK): this is very rare and can be commended, as the item can be repaired for a long time that way, without having to purchase an entire new one.
A very good mirror, but quite a few people would not get through the assembly process, and the manufacturer should therefore assemble some of the parts in the factory.