If you need to take that French line through a hedge, then handguards might be useful. Ben has been testing French brand Sendhit’s offerings.
Dividing opinions almost as much as E-Bikes, hand guards are appearing on more and more top enduro riders’ bikes these days. Ben threw a set of Sendhit Nock Handguards on to tackle his overgrown summer trails and see what they are all about.
As a rider who prefers to ride gloveless for as much of the year as possible, the summer months can be a painful experience at my local trails as the access route gets rather over grown with ferns, brambles, nettles and other prickly stuff. For this reason, I was open to trying out a set of Nock Handguards from French company, SENDHIT.
You can see that a lot of thought has gone into this product and they are really nicely finished. Assembly is simple and only takes a few minutes, although you do have to remove your grips as the clamp doesn’t open. I found that I could get a good setup with a set of Shimano SLX levers, but fellow Wideopen tester, Joe Finney struggled to get them to fit correctly with his set of Hope Tech 3 brakes due to their larger reservoir.
The plastic shield section is a firm but flexible nylon material with a padded area on the inside of the lateral portion. The shield is designed to flex inwards if you hit a tree, so that the pad comes into contact with your hand rather than wood or hard plastic, therefore saving your fingers from damage. The shield also gives your brake lever a decent amount of protection from impacts in the event of a crash.
Cockpit setup and how you hold the bars is a varied and personal affair. I run my hands slightly off the end of the bar, using every available mm of width. What this means is that even with the Nock guards, I can still graze the edge of my hands on trees (as I often do) but it does protect my fingers.
I didn’t crash whilst using these hand guards, so don’t know how they would fare, but I suspect that they would do a decent job of protecting my levers. They certainly kept a lot of thorns out of my fingers and knuckles this summer and that is a good thing in my eyes. The only thing I was unsure about was the bolts protruding slightly on the inside of the clamps. I could imagine that in a crash your hand could blow off and get scraped or cut on them quite easily. I will be cutting and filing mine down for future use.
This winter I will also be bolting them on again to see how they work at keeping the wind and rain off my hands in an attempt to keep them warm, even in thin or no gloves.
What do we think?
The Nock handguards are solidly made at a good price that do just what you need them to. It’s that simple.
Low key black guards with lots of sticker options for styling.
No thorns in my knuckles.
Could do better:
Long bolts protrude on the inside of the clamp.
You can check out the Nock handguards on their website here.