Straight gauged chromo makes them a bit stronger then all the stretched out butted bars haven't bent our cracked yet have had them for about a year and ride pretty hard at the trails I ride but I haven't been riding hard since August had to rebuild since we got bulldozed
It you scrap on a concrete wall or something like that the paint will scratch but that's expected so far so good
I love these bars they may be overrated. a lot of people have talked up these bars since their creation. I remember ever since back in the day they were the got to have bars, but I'm happy with them I can see why there is so much talk about slams. buy em if you don't like em that's your thing, I'm sure you'll find someone that will trade or buy them if you hate these bars.