Handlebar grips are often not given much thought. You just get a pair with your bike and get on with it. That’s pretty much what I did for two years. Then I suddenly started noticing horrible black material on my hands and poor grip on the bike. I realised the handlebars were in dire need of replacement. I’d heard good things about the Ergon Grips so I thought I’d try them out.
The benefit of the Ergon Grips is that they’re kinder to your hands and wrists. This is because they’ve got a bigger surface area to fit your hand. They are “anatomically” designed. Meaning they fit your body better than standard grips. I definitely can’t go as far as saying the design by Ergon is revolutionary because this style of grips has been created before. It’s just that Ergon have branded it and done it better than anyone else.
The Ergon Grips that I tried are the GC2. There are 5 different grips in the Ergon Performance Comfort range. The GC2 Ergon Grips have a short bar end. You can choose between a small and a large version. Most people will be better off with the small. Though, if you wear extra large gloves then you may want to consider the large Ergon Grip version.
Installation was fairly simple as I demonstrated in the replacing handlebar grips video a couple of weeks ago. Within about 5 minutes I was good to go. What it does need after this initial quick setup is for a bit more tweaking after a few rides. This will allow you to set your optimal position for the grips otherwise they can feel uncomfortable.
First ride with the Ergon GC2 grips
Trying the Ergon Grips out for the first time they instantly feel more solid than most standard grips that are supplied with bikes. You feel like you have better control of over the handlebars. There is also definitely a comfort gain from having more of a grip to lean against. The material itself is well designed so as not to slip. Even riding in severely rainy conditions I didn’t have an issue. The real benefit of the grips is after you go out on a long ride you’ll notice your hands are free of any aches and pains.
What I liked about the Ergon Grips
- Clever design that better serves a cyclists hands
- Does away with the aches and pains
- Easy installation that anyone can do
- Great look
What I didn’t like about the Ergon Grips
- I’m not a big fan of having bar end that stick out
- If you don’t adjust them correctly they will feel uncomfortable
Ergon Grips Review
Overall I’m a convert to the Ergon Grips and I would highly recommend them to fellow cyclists. Next time I would probably opt for the version without the sticking out bar ends as I find them a little unnecessary. If you’re looking to upgrade your bike then look no further than your handlebars.
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