Ergon GA1 Review

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Installation
The grips are left and right specific, and have a default orientation marked on the inner side of the grip, although it can be tweaked as desired for personal requirements. I left them in their default position, since I found it fit my hands the best. They slid onto the handlebars with a snug fit, and a simple tap with the palm of my hand settled them into place. I let the clamp sit out slightly from the bar end to help protect them from damage, and I tightened them down using a 3mm hex.

Impressions
The first thing you notice is how well they fit your hand. They are really comfortable and just have this proper tactile feel, becoming one with the hand. When you start riding you don’t have to grip the bars as tight, and you can use a bit looser grip on the handlebar, which saves a good deal of energy when you’re not battling to hold on. On longer rides this loose grip gives considerably less numbness in the hands, along with decreased hand, arm and upper body fatigue. They have an excellent grippiness, and no matter what the conditions were like, neither rain, snow, mud nor desert heat, kept them from being tacky and grippy. They are not the softest grips on the market, and they don’t have any fancy nor weird tread pattern, but they more than made up for it. Where they shine is the way your hand wraps around the grip, and is held in a proper ergonomic manner, and it just feels right, pleasant and comforting. I found that the shape allowed me to lever off them in a more profound manner since my hand was held properly, sort of like having a mini pry bar, and it was highly useful in technical terrain, on steep climbs and rock gardens. The end of the lock-on clamp has a tear drop shape, and I found that it helped to keep my hand on the grips, and in addition I could use it as a tiny lever arm to make minute changes on the bars. The grips have been very durable with everything I have tossed at them, and the only wear area has been the textured area on the upper outside edge, and the lettering on the clamp. The aluminum clamp has been very beneficial in saving the carbon bars from my regular crashes, fall overs and tree encounters, and they never loosened up on me during my test period.

Bottom Line
The Ergon GA1 is just about a perfect grip, and they provide a highly beneficial synergistic design for All Mountain riders. Their ergonomic design gives less fatigue to the hands and upper body, allowing for longer rides, less cramping and numbness, greater strength and comfort, and performance. The rubber compound provides excellent grip in any conditions, but still provides excellent durability, although they can sometimes feel a bit firm. One of my x-country racer friends swears by these grips, which really says a lot, since these are designed around All Mountain and Freeride type of riding. The tactile feel and proper hand placement allow an immense amount of power to be applied to the front end of the bike when desired, making for excellent climbing, steering and maneuvering.

Strengths

  • Durability
  • Excellent Grip
  • Ergonomically correct
  • Decreased hand and upper body fatigue
  • Increased atheltic performance

Weaknesses

  • Heavy
  • Not the softest padding

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

 

Model GA1 GA1 Leichtbau
Sizes Small, Large Small, Large
Width Small – 139mm
Large – 145mm
Small – 139mm
Large – 145mm
Diameter Small – 32mm
Large – 35mm
Small – 32mm
Large – 35mm
Weight Small – 115 grams
Large – 158 grams
Small – 128 grams
Large – 144 grams
Colors Black, White, Team Edition Gray/Black, White/Black, Team Edition
Material forged aluminum clamp DirectContact rubber,
forged aluminum clamp
MSRP $30 $36

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • polymathic says:

    It would be nice if the reviewer mentioned the sizing of the grips, and what size gloves he wears.

  • jadedbee says:

    What a timely review; I was just about to get a set of these! I’m currently using ODI Ruffians and like the large diameter, so I’m guessing the large GA1s will be my size. Did you feel much of a difference between the GA1 Leichtbau and the regular GA1s? Could you say what grips they feel hard in comparison to?

  • Brian Mullin says:

    They feel hard compared to my ESI Chunky’s. I liked the GA1′s better, but the GA1L did have a nicer feel, but wore out quicker.

  • Laiheng says:

    I’ve had these grips on my XC for a year. They’re awesome grips!

  • hardmtnbiker says:

    I’ve used and loved the OURY lock on grips because of their big soft blocks. If the Ergon where as soft and not so pricey they would be a consideration.

  • wont stay in place says:

    i really like the shape of just about all of the ergon grips. but i can’t get them to stay in place on a carbon easton bar. i’ve got two pairs, on two easton bars and they both move. tried everything. finally over-tigthened one too much and snapped off the bolt head. anyone else have this problem?

  • erik says:

    I have the GE-1 which are largely the same but with a hook sticking on the inside (stem side) of the grip. I use LG or Giro gloves with little to no padding. Using these for endurance racing and everyday riding.

    I have Ritchey carbon bars and do not have movement issues maybe carbon paste on the bar under the clamp?

  • Disco says:

    Good to see this topic getting so much attention, my favorites allow for multiple hand positions but not the one finger braking that comes naturally here.

  • Laiheng says:

    I have Ritchey carbon bars too and also no movement issue detected.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    These were installed on several brands of carbon bars, and I never had an issue. You might also try a bit of Teflon tape under the clamp area to help them stick?

  • wont stay in place - II says:

    thanks, guys. i’ll try teflon tape. i’ve tried the fsa assembly paste, and that doesn’t help for very long.

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