This pipe guard is very strong and protected my pipe after some hard drops and biting it on a hill climb. Takes a little time and effort to mold to the pipe. But well worth it. For a little over 40 bucks, it's some solid protection for the money. If you have $120 + bucks to buy a carbon pipe guard then go for it. But if that is not feasible, this is the great alternative. I will not hesitate to purchase another one of these in the future.