Yikes... I've had the opposite experience that RD had. They were the first bamboo needles I ever bought and I was delighted at the "down home natural" feeling I got about learning to knit and using wooden needles. I have all types though, metal, resin and bamboo. I'm not a big fan of cheepy plastic and I have several pairs of "fancy" wooden/bamboo needles I've bought when I shop at yarn stores when on a trip. I have some pretty thin clovers that have a very negligible bend to them but I've seen that in other fine gauge needles too. the only ones of mine that broke (brittany burch size 5) was due to an overstuffed bag and a clover set that one broke out of
but i've never had a clover or any other snap during usage. I also have several clover circ that I think are ok. i don't much care for the stiff cable, but with a little hot water, they work just dandy when i need a grippier needle.
In summary...I like Clover bamboo