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Old 11-14-15, 08:59 AM
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Anyone use ergonomic grips? Likes/Dislikes please.

I'm replacing the grips on my 26" MTB. I have been complaining about some slight hand numbness/tingling during my rides. My LBS recommended a ergonomic grip.
ERGON BIKE ERGONOMICS

I'm not against using them, but am wondering if there are any cons to using them over traditional grips?
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Old 11-14-15, 01:11 PM
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As Above.. they're Fine .. want Bar ends? they have a smooth Transition from one to the other 2 thru 5 are progressively Longer .



Many Round Grips are Cheaper Lock on ones may not be much less.. there are less comfortable semi ergonomic ,
not as wide a surface but not round grips too . slip on like any other rubber grip.

You doing X games Stunt riding or JRA on Gravel roads ?
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I like them a lot for cross country style riding. No problems. I like the integration to bar ends. A bit heavy.
That combination may work well for me partially because I still like relatively narrow bars (only 25").

I was concerned at first that the angle would never feel correct (like up hill vs down) or would get tweaked at a bad time. After some dialing, my arms simply feel more relaxed, which is good in bad situations.
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You doing X games Stunt riding or JRA on Gravel roads ?
More than just gravel roads. No X games stuff. I do like to get a little rowdy on the trails.
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Old 11-14-15, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by catgita View Post
I was concerned at first that the angle would never feel correct (like up hill vs down) or would get tweaked at a bad time. After some dialing, my arms simply feel more relaxed, which is good in bad situations.
So, you've found a good position for both seated and standing?
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I ride those Ergon grips and love em'
Even with them I got numb finger tips and some forearm pump after about 15 miles....
My friends told me to try carbon handlebars...I did and that completely eliminated all my problems... Aluminum bars transmit high frequency vibrations.. Carbon bars seem to cancel all of them out...

The Ergons are a bit heavy.. I may try regular lighter grips now that I ride carbon bars...
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Old 11-15-15, 04:09 PM
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I have similar ergo grips on my hybrid with upright bars, which I'm increasingly riding off pavement, tho' no serious trails yet. Just some rutted trails with gradual slopes. I like 'em because the extra surface is easy on my arthritic wrists, and give me a place to rest my forearms for leaning into the wind on long pavement rides. The latter benefit turned out to be a bigger advantage to the ergo grips than I'd expected. Feels very secure, which is important because my hands are nowhere near the brakes - and I don't ride that way in traffic, only on long stretches of low traffic pavement.

But look for ergo grips that can lock into the bar. Mine are friction fit and gradually twist downward, so every few days I have to reposition them. I may pull 'em off and try some double stick tape or other method to make 'em stay put.
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Originally Posted by curtiseddie View Post
So, you've found a good position for both seated and standing?
Too high would suck for seated position, too low isn't a problem for standing.
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I love my ergon grips. Really help with forearm pump on long downhills with very few stops. The majority of our group rides with some sort of ergon grips. There really isn't a downside to them. I don't pedal standing up very often or for long periods of time so I can't comment on the standing vs. sitting thing. I'm too busy having fun on the downhills to notice the grips.
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Agressive, Technical (gnarly) Mountain Bike racing , even Ergon sells a much rounder lock on grip

ERGON BIKE ERGONOMICS
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I've been using Ergon grips on several bikes for a number of years. I find that they help me avoid numbness and soreness in my hands. I bought one of the pairs with the stubby risers and found the risers to be useless (too short), but have been very happy with the regular model. I don't find them any harder to climb with than round grips.
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U guyz should re read post #6

I'm telling ya ! There Is Nirvana In Carbon handle bars......
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Another fan of ergon grips.
I have the gp4's and they are great.
Really dampens road chatter and the ability to move my hands around is a real gift.
The lock is like a vault. No wiggle wobble or movement at all.
And yes, I did re-read post number 6
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Old 11-20-15, 08:29 AM
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I use the Specialized Body Geometry ergon style grips with wide carbon bars on my rigid single speed. They work great. I can ride for a few hours without any numbness. I am considering adding them to all my bikes since I get some tingling when racing longer distances on other bikes.
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Another fan of ergon grips.
I have the gp4's and they are great.
Really dampens road chatter and the ability to move my hands around is a real gift.
The lock is like a vault. No wiggle wobble or movement at all.
And yes, I did re-read post number 6
Ditto for me!
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I've tried carbon bars; I get the opposite of the claimed effect. Same experience with carbon brake levers (and no, not because they're cheap).

I ordered a set of ergo lock-on grips online a week or so ago; if they arrive before I get to the bar replacement I have planned, they'll go right on. If not, I have a set of Lizard Skins North Shore lock-ons that will serve well until they do.
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My wife likes them, I don't. I use the solid rubber grips from WTB. YMMV.
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I can't stand them...I like my grips to be round and not too skinny.

But, many of the people who ride around here do like them, so I think it is just personal preference.
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Have 26" wheel MTB's but dont have them to ride single track in the woods

1) the winter frozen Icy studded tire Bike ( round plain rubber grips, 'bullmoose Bars')

2 ) Trekking bike w Racks Used mostly on pannier filling Grocery Runs, (figure 8 bend Trekking Bars )

short Ergon GR3 on my Folding brompton.
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Originally Posted by CrippledKonaBoy View Post
I've tried carbon bars; I get the opposite of the claimed effect. Same experience with carbon brake levers (and no, not because they're cheap).

I ordered a set of ergo lock-on grips online a week or so ago; if they arrive before I get to the bar replacement I have planned, they'll go right on. If not, I have a set of Lizard Skins North Shore lock-ons that will serve well until they do.
UPDATE: The ergo grips have been installed, I have done a couple rides with them...and I like them, although there is no REAL advantage.
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I have been using a set of Bontrager Satallite grips I picked up, used, at out local bike co-op. They have reduced my hand fatigue dramatically. I'm totally sold. Post 2-3 rides and some adjustments after each, I have found my preferred angle. They have changed my riding life.
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I had problems in the past with my hands getting numb while riding. I tried ergon grips without success.

I was unable to solve the problem until I bought a couple of bar ends. Now I mostly ride on the bar-ends except on technical climbs and when descending and I feel much better. I even bought another pair for my folding bike.
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Anyone try the Ergon GC1 with Jones Loop handlebar?
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Well, I bought the Ergon GC-1. Placebo effect notwithstanding, they made a small, but significant, improvement in riding comfort. Leastways, my hands did not start to go numb like they usually do after about 12-15 miles. I only rode 20 miles today, so I will have to see how they do on longer rides.
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Originally Posted by Aidoneus View Post
Well, I bought the Ergon GC-1. Placebo effect notwithstanding, they made a small, but significant, improvement in riding comfort. Leastways, my hands did not start to go numb like they usually do after about 12-15 miles. I only rode 20 miles today, so I will have to see how they do on longer rides.
Adjust them only once for each ride, up or down the smallest Increment can make a real diff.
Too high up can cause pain,

Moving your seat back a quarter of an Inch or a half can also help ..
Saddle nose up or down a degree or two from level made a diff for me with these grips.
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