These ergonomically shaped All Mountain grips are pretty darn sweet and near perfect. They are durable, comfortable, and their natural anatomic shape means decreased hand and upper body fatigue, and better athletic performance. At first glance they really don’t seem any different than other lock-on grips, but looks are deceiving, as their ergonomic design has a plethora of benefits and functions. Ergon takes part of its name from the word Ergonomics, which is the scientific discipline that seeks to understand and improve human interactions with products, equipment, environments and systems.
GA1 and GA1 Leichtbau
The grips come in two models, the GA1 and GA1 Leichtbau, the latter being slightly lighter in weight due to a different rubber compound. Both versions come in two sizes, a small and large, with dimensions of 32mm x 139mm and 35mm x 145mm respectively. I tested only the large size in each model, and they weighed in at 147 grams (GA1 L) and 155.8 grams (GA1). The ergonomically shaped rubber grips, have four different textured areas, and use an aluminum lock-on clamp, and come in three colors, black, white and team green.
The grips on a bike are a pretty important entity, especially a mountain bike, since they are how you hold on and steer, and they comprise two out of the five points of contact with the bike (two grips, two pedals, one saddle). Most grips are simple cylindrical objects, with padding (soft, hard or multi-density), and can have texturing, lock-on’s, colors, etc. If you curl your hand, you’ll notice that your grip has a slight concave shape to itself. When grasping a normal grip with the same diameter along its length, the flat surface causes the hand to push the palm downwards, spreading it out in an unnatural position, which causes stress, weakens holding power and irritates the ulnar nerve. The GA1 uses a multi-dimensional convex shape that cradles the hand’s curve in a natural and ergonomic manner, which increases comfort, support and performance, and reduces hand fatigue. The GA1 grip and your hand form a synergistic matched pair, so less force is required for any activity.