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.
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.
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.
- Excellent tactile feel
- Ergonomically correct
- Decreased hand and upper-body fatigue
- Increased athletic performance
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