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Ergon GE1 Evo Grip

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Science for the win

Rating: Featured Member Review
The Good:

Simple Install
Solid Hardware

The Bad:

A little dorky looking
Rubber may end may wear

Overall Review:

I've gone through a few different grips in search of something that's comfortable but doesn't feel vague when you're pushing hard. I've always been a tough fit all along, as I have long, thin hands but then last year I broke my scaphoid so hand position and comfort has become essential to me. 

The Ergon GE1 Evo has proven to be a winner for me. The ergonomic shape spreads load throughout the hand and ensures that your hand is always in the right position. On my previous grips, I had noticed that there was more pressure on the inside of my hand than the outside, causing hotspots and cramping on long rides. My carbon bars have a reasonable 8 degree backsweep and I'm happy with them otherwise so experimenting with a pair of 10 degree bars wasn't practical. The Ergon grips add a little more meat on the outside of the grip, effectively adding a little more backsweep. This evened out the pressure on my hands and straightened my wrist alignment, providing long distance comfort despite feeling much slimmer in my hand and much more responsive to input. I found myself with elbows out much more naturally and the position encouraged loading the front wheel in corners and pumping more often. 

Installation was a breeze as there is only one inner clamp with an easy to access bolt. I was a little hesitant about the single clamp design but I was pleased to find the clamp robust without feeling obtrusive. It also had a nice strong 3mm bolt instead of the flimsy feeling 2.5mm I've found on many other grips. The grips come marked left and right with an "UP" printed on them for easy placement. Playing with positioning is a simple as loosening the single claCosmo and rotating slightly to find your angle, something easy enough to experiment with on the trail. My one concern is that the one piece construction means that the grip itself acts as the bar end. I'm curious to see how it holds up to real world abuse over a couple seasons of riding. All in all, I'm thrilled with these grips and will definitely purchase another pair whenever I wear it the first pair.

PS, if you're searching for maximum grip at the cost of longevity, Ergon also makes these in a Factory model with softer rubber.

So Far So Good

The Good:

- grippy
- comfortable grip angle
- softer compound

The Bad:

- takes more time to set up than traditional grips
- may not be for everyone

Overall Review:

I purchased the thin 30mm version of these grips and so far I'm really enjoying them. The texture that they have in combination with the soft durometer rubber adds tons of grip. The texture pattern is rather deep with "sharp" edges so if your a gloveless rider your opinion may differ but with gloves there is tons of grip with plenty of comfort. Some people may not like the additional pistol grip ridge that they added by the index finger but this is one of my favorite features! I rotated the grip back towards the rider a bit and it adds more support under my knuckle when my index finger is on the brake lever and my weight is over the front of the bike. Another interesting feature is how the shape of the grip actually changes the angle of your arms effectively adding more back sweep to your bars. I've been hesitant to try "mustache" bars due to the style of riding I like to do, plenty of jumping and downhill, but this was a great way for me to experience the benefits without going all in. That being said, the change in sweep these grips add is pretty minimal and feels very natural when riding.

All in all I really like these so far but I haven't had the chance to really test these out on any properly long descents. We will see how they do when the time comes but so far so good!  


Product Ergon GE1 Evo Grip
Riding Type Cross Country, Dirt Jump / Slopestyle, Downhill, Enduro / All-Mountain, Freeride / Bike Park, Trail
Length 135mm
Material GravityControl Rubber
Cold forged aluminum CNC machined clamp
Colors Blue, black, red, laser lemon
Weight 0 lb 3.9 oz (110 g)
Miscellaneous Design to be used on the wide handlebars found on most gravity mtbs.
Two rubber compounds for a tuned feel.
Textured zones orientated against the direction of rotation of the hand.
Lightweight high quality inboard aluminum clamp.
Built-in handlebar plug.
Right and Left specific grips, which are also Top and Bottom specific.

Standard: 32mm diameter
Slim: 30mm diameter
Price $34.95
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