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Installation

The grips are left and right specific, and have a default upward markings on the inner lock-on clamp, and the angle of the orientation can be tweaked for personal requirements. I left them in their default position, since I found it fit my hands the best. They slid onto the handlebars and had an internal auto-stop (sort of an outer bar plug), and I tightened them down using a 3mm hex socket to 3 Nm of torque.

First Impressions

The first thing you notice is how well they fit your hand. They’re really comfortable and just have this proper grippy and 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. 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 and while doing steep climbs. The ergonomic design of these grips just feels right, pleasant and comforting. Even Ergon’s packaging for the GE1 grips is pretty interesting, as you can fold them out for a real time test.

Final Thoughts

The Ergon GE1 grips 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, and the use of two rubber compounds offered quite a bit of damping on rough trails. 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. They weighed in a 120 grams for the set, and although not weight weenie light, that isn’t bad for a robust lock-on grip.

I haven’t spent much time on these grips, but I sure like them, and I find them extremely comfortable. Look for our long-term usage on these excellent grips.

Pros
  • Excellent tactile feel
  • Ergonomically correct
  • Decreased hand and upper-body fatigue
  • Increased athletic performance
Cons
  • Heavy

For more information visit www.ergon-bike.com.

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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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  • Scott says:

    I am riding the GA1′s and I love them, but what I like most about them is they are thickest in the middle to keep my hand from flattening out which I think causes my hands to get tired more than anything else. The GE1 doesn’t appear to have this feature.

    • Brian Mullin says:

      The GE1 isn’t quite as thick as the GA1, which I have on my Mojo HDR. They both have a middle bugle, but the GA1 is much more prominent. I wouldn’t say that the GE1 cause the hand to flatten out like a normal grip, as they still have a lot of ergonomic shape to them to prevent this sort of issue. I’ll have some followup once I get more time on them.

      • Forrest says:

        Thoughts between the two? I’m probably going to get the GA1′s for their more prominent shape but they do seem to be very similar.

  • Pea says:

    Have these got some kind of hard end cap? It wouldn’t take long before they got torn up if leaning against things or got caught going through narrow tree gaps etc.
    Glad they got rid of the flange of the GA1, was the main reason I didn’t like them.
    Would like to give these a go.

    • Ergon USA says:

      Pea, the inside core of the grip is plastic. The outside of the grip is 2 kinds of silicon rubber. The end/edge of the grip is plastic…..ie: you lean your bike against a wall, it touches plastic. Anything your hands touch is rubber. Everything else, plastic. The GA1 still exists for 2014. It gets updated with the same rubber used in the GA1.

      • KG says:

        What retailers have these available right now?

      • Shawn says:

        When I climb I put my hands on the ends of the grips. As if there were short bar ends there. It helps me climb better. Although, plastic there on the end shouldn’t bother me. I can see how the plastic on the end is a good idea.

  • DoeBoy says:

    I’ll never get Ergon grips again. They re-activated my Tendonitis from being locked in the same position for so long :(

  • KG says:

    I’ve been running the GA1 for the past 2 seasons and really like the slight-ergonomic curvature. I’m excited to try these and will to do as soon as I can buy them. Where are they available other than directly from Ergon? Straight from Ergon they are pushing $45 by the time shipping is covered. That’s a bit over the top….

  • Ergon USA says:

    KG, other retailers will have the GE1 in the next 7-10 days. Check out places like Backcountry.com, JensonUSA, etc.

    Also, above there is a typo. The 2014 GA1 uses the same silicon rubber(s) as the 2014 GE1. The GE1 represents a new German rubber compound we are using in all performance designed grips: GE1, GA1, GS Series. The rubber is tackier and softer.

    On an unrelated note, just posted up a GE1 installation “how to” on our blog: http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/blog/?p=5805

    Jeff K
    Ergon USA

  • Josh says:

    How is the size for riders with bigger hands (XL Gloves). My default grip is the ODI Rogue since it has a bigger diameter. How would you say these compare?

  • r1Gel says:

    This has caught my eye. How would it fare on a high sweep bar (Ragley Carnegie’s)?
    The cutout in the core is a great idea. Surprised no one has employed it before.
    When will this be available in Southeast Asia?

    • seano says:

      I have the GA1′s on two Carnegie bars…and they are magic. Best Ergon option for these swept bars. I’d imagine that these new GE1′s will be fine.

  • r1Gel says:

    BTW, cool 66sick saddle! ;-)

  • TMC says:

    What is the diameter of these grips? Is it small like an ODI Ruffian? Or larger like an ODI Rogue? Thanks!!

  • Ergon USA says:

    The diameter of the GE1 is +/- 31mm. I say +/- as the GE1 is not a perfectly round grip. It has subtle shaping.

    Jeff K
    Ergon USA

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