After 8 months of use the good news is that waxing really does increase the life of your center line. I’ve only had to replace it once after about 150 hours of use.
The bad news is that my fears about sand/dirt sticking to the waxed center line and thereby becoming an abrasion issue were well founded. The stainless steel insert has now completely worn away and the center hole in my bar is rapidly expanding to the point that my bar will soon be unusable. I’m now forced to use the ‘06 bar I got with my One.
I’m a loyal OR customer, but I think the ‘08 bar had a serious design flaw with regard to how the metal insert was installed. I just got a smaller ‘09 bar with a 10m rise and the center hole is finished with a vastly improved insert.
Here’s a pic of my ‘08 bar. Is there anything that can be done at this point to save it?