TOGS adds carbon model to line-up

Thumb over grip system provides additional handlebar positions

Components Sea Otter Classic

2016 Sea Otter Classic

Easy mounting and setup.

Easy mounting and setup (click to enlarge).

Cyclists often think of performance on the bike as being primarily a factor of the amount of power one’s legs can produce. This is a very simplistic understanding that leaves much room for improvement. Hence the constantly growing equipment and ergonomics sector of the bike industry. Marginal gains in equipment can add up to a significantly more comfortable and more productive ride experience, the thinking goes. In turn, this philosophy aims to alleviate some of the pressure for the classic principle that basic time in the saddle is essential to improving performance on the bike. For those of us who don’t get paid to ride our bikes, this is a very enticing concept.

The thumb is often left in an awkward position when the terrain tilts upward. TOGS offers an easy, creative solution.

The thumb is often left in an awkward position when the terrain tilts upward. TOGS offers an easy, creative solution (click to enlarge).

TOGS (or thumb over grip system) has embraced this concept in the fullest sense, offering a simple addition to your bike kit in the form of a clip-on thumb grip. The product stemmed from the multiple grip options on the traditional curved road bar and the idea that hand position plays heavily into leverage and power transfer. After all, your hand is one of only three contact points on the bike. Feet, butt, hands. Pro tip: pay attention to the contacts. That’s where some of the greatest marginal gains can be made.

You can read our full review of the original TOGS here.

Sleek packaging for one of the simplest additions to your kit.

Sleek packaging for one of the simplest additions to your kit (click to enlarge).

For 2016, TOGS has expanded its product line, adding a hinged carbon fiber model that retails for $35. The hinges make install easy and they feature the same universal fit for all grips. Claimed weight is 18 grams. This makes for a winning combination, yet in an industry full of such products, you may not have heard of TOGS just yet. But at that price, there’s not a lot to lose — even if your thumbs disagree.

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This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2016 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

About the author: Dillon Caldwell

Dillon Caldwell is a native of Bend, Oregon with a big heart for the sport of cycling. He grew up to be a successful junior cross-country racer but got hooked on road racing during his time at the University of Oregon, where he ran the school's club cycling team for several years. He now spends the majority of his time as a road racer for both the Audi and the Canyon Bicycles - Shimano racing teams on the regional and the national scales, respectively. On the side, he is a mountain bike tour guide for Cog Wild, a cycling coach for Wenzel Coaching, a member of the board of directors for the Tour des Chutes cancer charity, and a passionate writer.

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  • John says:

    Sweet, I love my set on my HT. But I see no need for carbon, or for the hinge.
    I worry the hinge will just make them unnecessarily fragile.

    Either way, I’m glad that they are pushing new designs. Hopefully that means they are selling well on their original design.

    • John says:

      Side note – these do not work well with Easton grips. The grips are too fat to slide under the TOG, and you need to either cut it back or fold it back for it to work. Not a huge deal, but buyers should be aware.

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