Just In – Ergon GE1 Grips

by Brian Mullin on February 8, 2014

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.

The
new GE1 grip follows along the design’s concepts of their existing GA1
series of grips. The grip was developed for The grip was developed for gravity specific mountain biking with input from Fabian Barel, and
it utilizes two rubber compounds for damping purposes and a textured
section which works opposite the direction of hand rotation to help for a
more secure hold. The ergonomic shape took into account that use of
wider handlebars, and that the user holds the grips out at the end and
keeps their arms bent. The grips have a nice tactile feel, with enough
softness and give for comfort and some robustness for longevity. The
aluminum lock-on clamp resides internally to provide more outer width.
The GE1 rubber, texture, shape and design provide good security and
decrease fatigue on rough terrain, making for an all-round ergonomic
grip. The GE1 comes in blue, red, black and gray, and will retail for
$34.95.

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 GE1
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 GE1 grip and your hand form a
synergistic matched pair, so less force is required for any activity.

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 GE1
uses a multidimensional 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 GE1 grip and your hand form a
synergistic matched pair, so less force is required for any activity.

Installation

The
grips are left and right specific, and have a default upwards
orientation marked on the inner side of the grip, and the angle of
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 and functional. Look
for our long-term usage on these excellent grips in the near future.

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

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