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Old 03-31-24, 03:42 PM
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Thinking about bar ends.......

.....for my flat bar road bike. My main ride since I got it a year (or two?) ago, is a Giant in minty condition that I lucked into on FB Marketplace, and am almost bizarrely enamored with. I've barely touched my road bike, or heavier-duty other hybrid, since getting it.
I want to stick with the flat bar, but feel like i could use some hand position variety, and some sort of ergo bar ends seem like a good option.
I'm hoping for some advice on options (hopefully, relatively economical).
thanks......
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Ergon. They ain't cheap, but they are well-made there are a variety of options.

These are the ones I have.
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Yeah, I've seen the Ergons on-line, they seem to have set the bar (pardon the pun), but $50-60+ is a bit steep for me right now. I was kinda hoping some folks here had some positive experiences with some more economical versions.
ive read a bunch of good reviews on much cheaper variants, and afterall, they're just bicycle grips, not the fuel tank seals on the space shuttle,LOL! 😂

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Originally Posted by Brocephus
.....for my flat bar road bike. My main ride since I got it a year (or two?) ago, is a Giant in minty condition that I lucked into on FB Marketplace, and am almost bizarrely enamored with. I've barely touched my road bike, or heavier-duty other hybrid, since getting it.
I want to stick with the flat bar, but feel like i could use some hand position variety, and some sort of ergo bar ends seem like a good option.
I'm hoping for some advice on options (hopefully, relatively economical).
thanks......
Some used Ergons on Ebay:
1. Ergon - GP5-L Ergonomic Lock-on Bicycle Grips with Bar Ends, Large, Black/Gray 4260477061058 | eBay

2. Ergon GP3-S Ergonomic Bike Grips w Medium Size Bar End Support Regular Shifter | eBay

Non-Ergon but interesting:
1. Bontrager Full Bend Alloy Bar End Set Long L-Bend Black Mountain Commuter Bike | eBay
2. Origin-8 Commuter Bike Handle Bar End Set Compe Lite Alloy Long L-Bend Black | eBay
3. Profile Design Boxer Bar Ends Black | eBay
4. Amazon.com : Giant Contact AL Bar Ends (Silver) : Sports & Outdoors
5. Giant brand - Contact AL bar ends | eBay

Good luck in your search!
Stay safe!

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I have one pair of Ergons with built-in bar ends, but I prefer separate ones (such as from Origin-8 or similar). I like wrapping these either with the old school foam grips or several layers of padded bar tape. I like the separate ones because there's generally more choice in size and shape and they're more configurable for me. I sometimes pair them with standard Ergon grips, but I don't think I'll buy more Ergons with the built-in bar ends.
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A huge +1 for Ergon. There is Ergon and then blank space and then everything else. Ergonomics is literally in the name and they are the most comfortable grips and bar ends out there because they fit the hand nicely and comfortably.
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Originally Posted by veganbikes
A huge +1 for Ergon. There is Ergon and then blank space and then everything else. Ergonomics is literally in the name and they are the most comfortable grips and bar ends out there because they fit the hand nicely and comfortably.
This ^^^

I've been a 'flat-bar guy' since I re-started cycling in 2002. Experimented with everything until I tried Ergons -- some time around the mid 2010s, I think -- and ... instant success. Haven't used anything else since. Caveat: I don't use the round ones, so can't speak to those, but the 'wing' style I'd recommend to anyone for road/trekking etc. kinds of riding. I like the ones with integrated short bar ends.
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Originally Posted by badger1
...... Caveat: I don't use the round ones, so can't speak to those, but the 'wing' style I'd recommend to anyone.....
Hey, I'm not following, can you clarify? Thanks....
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Originally Posted by Brocephus
Hey, I'm not following, can you clarify? Thanks....
Ergon makes a variety of grips, including now what you might call 'traditional' round grips like the ones you would see everywhere, e.g. on mountain bikes, but they made their name with these:

https://www.ergonbike.com/en/product...uring&a=griffe
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I currently have the Ergon GP3 grips and bar ends. I’ve been thinking about upping the ante to the GP5.
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Just FYI, Russ from Path Less Pedaled on YouTube is working with Merry Sales to develop a bar end with a hinged attachment so you can put them anywhere on your handlebar without having to take your cockpit apart. Not sure what the ETA is.
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Originally Posted by bald1der
I currently have the Ergon GP3 grips and bar ends. Iíve been thinking about upping the ante to the GP5.
I have GP5s and love them. Went into the shop planning to order and the GP3, but distributor didnít have any, so I got the 5. Very thankful it worked out that way and havenít regretted the extra cost once. The grips themselves are great, but I am often on the ends in various places.
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I sometimes use my mtn.bike on paved paths, to provide a work out. I don't use bar ends on trails (don't want to snag a branch!), but do use these to offer some variance for hand positions (but just if riding pavement-no trail riding with these on!): Profile Design Boxer Bar Ends - Brands Cycle and Fitness

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I sometimes use my mtn.bike on paved paths, to provide a work out. I don't use bar ends on trails (don't want to snag a branch!), but do use these to offer some variance for hand positions (but just if riding pavement-no trail riding with these on!): Profile Design Boxer Bar Ends - Brands Cycle and Fitness
i have used the GP5 and like them... but I like them more on certain bars than others. The original flat bar/GP5 combo on my Quick were great. I upgraeded to RF riser/swept back bars and they don't feel right. I have them on another bike with similar riser/swept back bars and the feel is similar. Hmmm... I never thought about it until posting this response.
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Originally Posted by Trav1s
i have used the GP5 and like them... but I like them more on certain bars than others. The original flat bar/GP5 combo on my Quick were great. I upgraeded to RF riser/swept back bars and they don't feel right. I have them on another bike with similar riser/swept back bars and the feel is similar. Hmmm... I never thought about it until posting this response.
ergon has a model of grips for swept back bars that Iíve considered trying on my Big Dummy with VO tourist bars. Those bars seem to bother my wrists. Iím currently leaning towards getting some Nitto Losco bars from Blue Lug as I think those will fit me a lot better. I had an old Schwinn world tourist and donít recall any issues with those bars.
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Admittedly I'm old school, but +1 on the Profile Design Boxers. Good variety of hand positions and comfy when wrapped with padded handlebar tape. Attractively priced, too. I've been running them for about a quarter of a century.
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I used to be a bullhorn bar guy, but those were 40 cm center to center, flat bar with bar-ends is 54 cm, much more comfortable. I first went with the Origin-8 rubber-covered shorty ends, but went to more conventional bar-ends because I wanted hands further forward when climbing while standing. The ones I settled on are larger diameter than typical, more area on my hand, better. I still covered them with sheet closed cell foam wrapped and sloppily taped, as I haven't yet found bar padding in that diameter (what they used to call Grab-Ons).

All of the above were dirt cheap at my LBS which has a big used parts department. They have tons of bar-ends as they have gone out of fashion, I think banned from MTB racing due to hooking with adjacent riders or impaling, not sure, mine are all rounded or blunt on ends.

Bonus points: I found L-shaped flat-bar brake levers that I can also apply when on the bar-ends. They're heavy, as the typical lightweight U-section levers would twist when pulling on the offset end, so these are solid section aluminum.

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Originally Posted by SirLeaflock
ergon has a model of grips for swept back bars that Iíve considered trying on my Big Dummy with VO tourist bars. Those bars seem to bother my wrists. Iím currently leaning towards getting some Nitto Losco bars from Blue Lug as I think those will fit me a lot better. I had an old Schwinn world tourist and donít recall any issues with those bars.
Which model is that? I like my Tourist Bar, but I'm always adjusting something.
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Originally Posted by Korina
Which model is that? I like my Tourist Bar, but I'm always adjusting something.
https://ergonbike.shop/products/ergon-gc1
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I find the bar ends to be a too wide position to ride comfortably. I added SQ Labs inner bar ends and couldn't be happier. The arm width is more comfortable to me. My hands are on them at least 75% of the ride.

https://www.amazon.com/SQlab-411-Bic...gQAvD_BwE&th=1
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