NYKiter wrote:I prefer the 2010 bar...no flimsy hollow casings, just solid rubber ends.
Sorry to burst your bubble but those bar ends aren't solid rubber...or solid plastic. You can't injection mold something with that sort of geometry and have it be solid without having unacceptable shrinkage.
I'd be interested to see you explain how the floaters coming off would cause a life or death situation. The lines are still attached and secure. Hell I've seen racers chop off the floaters completely on 2013 and 2014 trust bars.
Look I'm not trying to defend North (they already fixed the problem this year), but the zealotry of the KISS principle isn't always better.
It's pretty interesting how it broke so clean, and without stress marks. Definitely seems like a manufacturing defect, and would make sense that it has happened more on red ones seeing as usually the color additives/ fillers in plastics make them weaker.