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Ergon GR2 Grip and Carbon Bar End Reviewed
Ergon GR2 Grip
and Carbon Bar End
Features:
  • For use in Mountain Biking or Touring
  • Independent adjustment of Bar End and Grip
  • Carbon Fibber Bar End
Reviewed by SPDrecrd

Overall out of 10: 10
Comfort out of 10: 10
Bike Feel out of 10: 10
Style out of 10: 10

Click Here to buy now! (Non-Carbon Version)

The Ergon GR2 Carbon's are a anatomically shaped handlebar grip and bar end combo designed for mountain biking. What is important to know about handlebar grips? They have to fit, support your weight, provide pressure relief for your hands from both your body weight and impact due to terrain. Ok, and?

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Let me paint a picture for you: You are weaving your way through winding switchbacks deep in the lush green forests of Banff National Park in Alberta Canada. You've taken a two week vacation away from your sitting at a Herman Miller chair, beefing up your butt, making your skin pale, computer desk job. Life is good. The sun is overhead, the air is clean, fresh and cool, the scent of native evergreens drifts into your nostrils like grandma's apple pie when you were five years old. Life is really good. The water in your camelbak is ice cold, you've got a banana and an energy bar stashed away in your jersey pocket, you are 2 hours in to the sweetest singletrack you've ever ridden and you've got all day to ride. No phone calls, no red lights, no traffic, no errands, no fluctuating stock markets to worry about... life is awesome!

A sweet trail ahead, don't let pain rain on your parade

Another twenty minutes in and suddenly you've got that slight tingle in that starts in the heel of your hand and slowly spreads out to your pinkie and middle finger. You take your hand off the bar and shake it out. The tingling goes away and you ride on. Five minutes later it's back and this time it's really tingling. You're whole hand is numb. The numbness won't shake away. Braking is painful, you have to pull off the trail. What do you do? As the tingling fades, you just know it's going to come back the second you start riding again...

The problem is that the grips on your handlebars aren't providing either enough cushioning or the correct anatomical shape to relieve the pressure on your ulnar nerve. The pressure on the nerve is cutting off its ability to supply portions of your hand. This all equates to pain, numbness, and weakness in your fingers. I don't have to say any more than that because anyone who's been on an epic mountain bike ride has experienced it...


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Enter Ergon... What Ergon has done as their solution to the problem is drastically changed the shape of the grip. They've flattened out the grip so that is provides a stable base to rest your hands on. Additionally, by increasing the contact area between your hands and the bar they've reduced the concentrated pressure that can build up on the ulnar nerve.

How does it feel? First I removed my old jelly roll grips from my mountain bike that has literally thousands of miles on it. Those grips never quite took care of the problem anyway. I slid on the Ergons and took a cruise around the block. Hmmmm, immediately noticeable difference. My first impression is a very positive one. They kind of feel like they were built for my hands. They just seem to work. They place my hand in a good position to properly shift and brake, they're comfortable. Time for the trail test...
Ergon GR2 Grip and Carbon Bar End Reviewed
Scotty Jay and I went out to go lay some tread to some trail. He's my resident trail expert. I knew that if I went out with him, the ride would be no holds barred. We jumped logs, shot some downhill, sped through some one-way singletrack, and twisted through tight brush trails. The only thing on my mind was not endo'ing or skidding out in the sand. My hands never made a peep. Total comfort, no numbness, not even so much as a tingle. I remember switching my grip to the carbon bar ends a few times to help wrench the bike in the right direction, not to avoid finger numbness. So, far so good...

On subsequent rides... I've tried using the grips in all positions and found no issues. The grips are much leaner then the ones I am used to. They don't have the added bulk of the gel grips I was previously using.This makes the cockpit of the bike feel a little more solid. I feel more in touch with the bike. Also, these one-piece grip and bar ends are much lighter then the the grips and bar ends that I had on before. I would say they are a little more then half the weight of older separate grips and bar ends. The carbon bar ends of the GR2's seem to offer an additional anatomical hand position.

Happy trails... So, I've been planning longer and more ambitious trail rides since I got the Ergons on my bike. It has sort of invigorated my mountain biking soul. The GR2's are a great solution to an old problem. It almost seems so obvious, I wonder why no one ever did it before... but I am glad someone finally did it.

Ergon GR2 Grip and Carbon Bar End Reviewed
Ergon GR2 Grip
and Carbon Bar End
Features:
  • For use in Mountain Biking or Touring
  • Independent adjustment of Bar End and Grip
  • Carbon Fibber Bar End
Reviewed by SPDrecrd

Overall out of 10: 10
Comfort out of 10: 10
Bike Feel out of 10: 10
Style out of 10: 10

Click Here to buy now! (Non-Carbon Version)

The Ergon GR2 Carbon's are a anatomically shaped handlebar grip and bar end combo designed for mountain biking. What is important to know about handlebar grips? They have to fit, support your weight, provide pressure relief for your hands from both your body weight and impact due to terrain. Ok, and?

rule

Let me paint a picture for you: You are weaving your way through winding switchbacks deep in the lush green forests of Banff National Park in Alberta Canada. You've taken a two week vacation away from your sitting at a Herman Miller chair, beefing up your butt, making your skin pale, computer desk job. Life is good. The sun is overhead, the air is clean, fresh and cool, the scent of native evergreens drifts into your nostrils like grandma's apple pie when you were five years old. Life is really good. The water in your camelbak is ice cold, you've got a banana and an energy bar stashed away in your jersey pocket, you are 2 hours in to the sweetest singletrack you've ever ridden and you've got all day to ride. No phone calls, no red lights, no traffic, no errands, no fluctuating stock markets to worry about... life is awesome!

A sweet trail ahead, don't let pain rain on your parade

Another twenty minutes in and suddenly you've got that slight tingle in that starts in the heel of your hand and slowly spreads out to your pinkie and middle finger. You take your hand off the bar and shake it out. The tingling goes away and you ride on. Five minutes later it's back and this time it's really tingling. You're whole hand is numb. The numbness won't shake away. Braking is painful, you have to pull off the trail. What do you do? As the tingling fades, you just know it's going to come back the second you start riding again...

The problem is that the grips on your handlebars aren't providing either enough cushioning or the correct anatomical shape to relieve the pressure on your ulnar nerve. The pressure on the nerve is cutting off its ability to supply portions of your hand. This all equates to pain, numbness, and weakness in your fingers. I don't have to say any more than that because anyone who's been on an epic mountain bike ride has experienced it...


rule

Enter Ergon... What Ergon has done as their solution to the problem is drastically changed the shape of the grip. They've flattened out the grip so that is provides a stable base to rest your hands on. Additionally, by increasing the contact area between your hands and the bar they've reduced the concentrated pressure that can build up on the ulnar nerve.

How does it feel? First I removed my old jelly roll grips from my mountain bike that has literally thousands of miles on it. Those grips never quite took care of the problem anyway. I slid on the Ergons and took a cruise around the block. Hmmmm, immediately noticeable difference. My first impression is a very positive one. They kind of feel like they were built for my hands. They just seem to work. They place my hand in a good position to properly shift and brake, they're comfortable. Time for the trail test...
Ergon GR2 Grip and Carbon Bar End Reviewed
Scotty Jay and I went out to go lay some tread to some trail. He's my resident trail expert. I knew that if I went out with him, the ride would be no holds barred. We jumped logs, shot some downhill, sped through some one-way singletrack, and twisted through tight brush trails. The only thing on my mind was not endo'ing or skidding out in the sand. My hands never made a peep. Total comfort, no numbness, not even so much as a tingle. I remember switching my grip to the carbon bar ends a few times to help wrench the bike in the right direction, not to avoid finger numbness. So, far so good...

On subsequent rides... I've tried using the grips in all positions and found no issues. The grips are much leaner then the ones I am used to. They don't have the added bulk of the gel grips I was previously using.This makes the cockpit of the bike feel a little more solid. I feel more in touch with the bike. Also, these one-piece grip and bar ends are much lighter then the the grips and bar ends that I had on before. I would say they are a little more then half the weight of older separate grips and bar ends. The carbon bar ends of the GR2's seem to offer an additional anatomical hand position.

Happy trails... So, I've been planning longer and more ambitious trail rides since I got the Ergons on my bike. It has sort of invigorated my mountain biking soul. The GR2's are a great solution to an old problem. It almost seems so obvious, I wonder why no one ever did it before... but I am glad someone finally did it.

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