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Ergon GX1 Grip

3.96/5 (25 Reviews)
Weight : 160 grams MSRP : $50.00


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Ergon GX-1 Grip Black: Optimal pressure distribution on the palm prevents soreness and numbness. Angle of support is easily adjustable.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bridger a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2012

Strengths:    Great for long rides
Once set up very comfortable


Weaknesses:    Bolts strip easily


Bottom Line:   
I have had these grips for three years now. What I can say is once you get them set up. They are probably the best grips for long distance riding. They keep wrists from getting sore very well. However if your a downhill riding I don't recommend them. Finally I wish they would make a better bolt. I barely over tightened and have stripped two of them.

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Price Paid:    $30.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bgfthntr a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2012

Strengths:    Comfortable
Light
Great Color
Protect the Ulnar Nerve


Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
I've been using GP-1 grips for 2 years on both my Full Suspension and SS. They essentially have been able to keep me riding because on 12 years and running problems with my ulnar nerves. They work period and the GX1 are even more comfortable. My wife has GP1's on her old Tek hybrid and loves them. Yes they are a bit pricey but well worth it. The GX1 grip pattern is much more defined and better grip is attained. Highly Recommended.

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Favorite Trail:   Spier Falls, SMBA, Potter Woods

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   GP1
Specialized BG Grips


Bike Setup:   2009 Specialized FSR XC Comp, Manitou Minute, XT/SLX, Mavic 317, Kenda tires, X-Fusion Rear

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Vasiliyg a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2012

Strengths:    some additional comfort to your hands when sited, but only after you set them to a comfortable position, which may require some extra time.

Weaknesses:    1. starts rotating on a carbon handlebar. I used carbon fiber grease, but still it kept rotating under load.
2. I broke two clamping bolts while installing - my torque wrench was set even to less torque that was recommended. Shop warranty replaced me grips and second time I used third-party bolts.
3. Heavy weight - not for weight saving. Mine was 132g pair.


Bottom Line:   
I thought I'd get additional comfort for long rides while sacrificing weight, but it did not work. Not so much comfort in fact over ordinary grips. And another point is that my hands got wet without gloves with these grips. Also, you should not get problems with installation for that pricy product.
One extra chilli for nice look and color though ))

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Bike Setup:   Cannodale Rize1
Cannodale Flash Carbon custom

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by PeT

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2012

Strengths:    Work well as long as you are in the one position on the bike for which they were set up for.

Weaknesses:    As soon as you stand, move forward, move back -- then they're a pain. Also worthless for single speeding if you need to ever get out of the saddle

Bottom Line:   
As long as I was seated and rolling along, they felt okay. But if you're in rough terrain and moving around on the bike (behind the saddle downhill, on the nose of the saddle uphill, standing up to sprint or grunt uphill) then the grip was no longer positioned appropriately for my hand -- lose grip and control. Yeah, comfortable enough if you're just planted in one place in the saddle, not at all comfortable if you need to do something that requires some body english...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by BmoreKen a All Mountain Rider from Ellicott City, MD, USA

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2012

Strengths:    Helps alleviate pinky numbness, hand numbness

Weaknesses:    hmmm...?

Bottom Line:   
Works well in alleviating hand numbness. The added "wings" took a little getting used to for riding technical terrain (Mid-Atlantic singletrack: rock gardens, logs, roots, choopy downhills, etc.), but you adapt and now I don't even give it a second thought. With Ourys, you can wrap your fingers around, but with the Ergons you cannot but you adjust and now no loss in feel/performance.

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Favorite Trail:   Patapsco

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Oury lock-ons, Salsa chili pepper grips,

Bike Setup:   Niner MCR with Reba 100 fork, riser bar with 7 deg sweep

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by phlegm a Cross Country Rider from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2011

Strengths:    Very light, can mitigate numbness issues, responsive customer service.

Weaknesses:    Original 3mm bolts for clamps, expensive relative to other grips.

Bottom Line:   
Agree that installations on carbon bars will require an assembly paste/grip. Even though documentation stated 4mm bolts, the included clamps were 3mm and not up to the task. After multiple adjustments (you'll want to ride and find the most comfortable angle - takes a few attempts), one of the bolt heads snapped off well before I hit the 5Nm torque setting. Ergon (US) shipped replacement clamps to me quickly, and these had a different 4mm bolt. Replacements are perfect.

Note that these grips are not a solution to a bad bike fit - get a proper fit done, then add these grips for an extra bit of comfort.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $39.00

Purchased At:   REI.com


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dubdryver a Racer from Miami, FL

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2011

Strengths:    Great comfort, Great design, fairly light!

Weaknesses:    Original clamps (on one pair)

Bottom Line:   
I have bought 5 pairs of these grips so far, 2 are on my bikes (SS and SS), one pair bought for my dad, and 2 pairs given out as B-Day presents to friends. I really like the feel and comfort of these grips. I really didn't know what I was missing before these! My past experience w/ "winged" grips was many years ago when they were extra chunky and created problems with reaching the shifters. After reading that they have a very low profile design to address this problems, I thought "well its been 6yrs..." I was sold! They really alleviate how much you have to grip the bar, which reduces hand fatigue and numbness later down the trail.

The only problem I have had was interfacing them w/ Salsa Carbon bars, and I could not get the clamp to lock onto the slick clearcoat of the carbon. I was having to go well past the recommended 6nm and one of the bolts broke. I should have known better, and used carbon paste :( I had to buy 2 new clamps, and the odd thing is the replacement clamps came with bolts that were a fill size bigger, and definitely stronger looking. My guess is that they were aware of the problem, and instead of recalling thousands of grips...just coerce everyone into buying new clamps...dunno, just speculating. Mounting them to aluminum bars, and my Truvativ Carbon bars were no problem...so I am guessing it was just those bars. Either way, I won't knock the grip for that fault..after all, I did exceed the recommended torque. So if you notice slipping, get some carbon paste, it may fix the problem!

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Favorite Trail:   many

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   LBS/TreeFort/Bike Bl

Similar Products Used:   ESI Racers Edge/Chunky, Crank Bros. Cobalt XC, Answer Fall Line Lock-on, Yeti Racers

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Tallboy 29er Med. w/ Rockshox Monarch RT3
Roval Control EL 29 w/ 36T upgrade, Maxxis IKON EXO front and rear
Rockshox Reba Team Tapered 120mm 20mm T/A
SRAM X9 2x10 Shifters
SRAM X9 2x10 Fr. Derailleur
SRAM XO 2x10 R. Rerailleur, med cage (red)
SRAM S2200 (XO) 2x10 38/28 crankset w/ carbon bash
SRAM GXP bottom bracket
SRAM XX 11-36 10 speed cassette
SRAM PC-1091R chain
Easton EC90 Zero seatpost
Fizik Alianta Gamma XM saddle (K:ium)
Bontrager XXX Lite Carbon Stem (Ti hardware)
Truvativ Noir WCS Carbon bars, low rise
Cane Creek 110 Tapered headset
Shimano XT 770 pedals
Hayes Stroker Gram Carbon disc brakes (Ti. Hardware)
Alligator Serration 160mm (Ti. Hardware)
Jagwire Ripcord shifter cables (red)
Specialized bottle cages (red)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by joeinchi a Weekend Warrior from Highland Park, IL

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2010

Strengths:    Great feel, ergo benefits, comfort, grippy

Weaknesses:    A little pricey

Bottom Line:   
Great product! I do fitness rides on some pretty harsh roads and these grips eliminate ANY soreness or numbness. My bike has a relatively agressive geometry which means I'm stretched out a bit and leaning forward (not upright). With my old, stock grips, I'd develop soreness around the thumb joints from all this weight but the flatter, elevated platform provided by the GX1's spreads this weight across the entire palm. Bingo!

Also, I have smaller hands (mens 8) and the GX1 is a perfect fit. I don't have a problem one-finger braking (I simply adjusted the lever reach and angle) and the grippy surface works great with bare hands. No gloves required!

I tried the WTB version and, while it is also a nice product, it's about an inch wider than the Ergon grips. The extra length pushed the shifter too far away from my fingers for easy operation. They also have an inboard "collar" and mounting bolt which come into contact with the shifters and prevented correct positioning. Too bad because I like WTB's stuff.

In terms of comfort, I just did a 20-mile charity ride, on and off the bike for SIX HOURS, and the GX1's performed as advertised. No numbness or soreness and they felt very secure whether on the flats, climbing or doing +30 mph downhill blasts.

As mentioned, getting the set up just right takes some trial and error. But the exceptional feel, security and comfort provided by the GX1's definitely make it worth your while.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $39.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   WTB Comfort Zone

Bike Setup:   1994 Marin Bear Valley with Continental ContiSport slicks (80 psi) and chromoly rigid fork. Fitness rides.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Varaxis a Weekend Warrior from New York

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2010

Strengths:    Cool green color, extra support for wrist

Weaknesses:    Need to reconfigure cockpit for hand position change, hard to set up perfectly

Bottom Line:   
These are the most expensive grips I've ever bought. I bought into the ergonomic gimmick and feel that they make my riding performance worse. Unless you have sensitive wrist issues, don't bother. I'll keep riding them for now, but I would not recommend them or buy them again.

According the the manual, you want to set it up roughly level to the ground. With the paddle higher, your hand slips downward; with the paddle lower, it feels closer to a normal grip.

I find that my hand is further back with the Ergon, meaning that it's more difficult to reach the brake levers. I no longer feel safe doing 1-finger braking on long descents, since my finger tires out sooner and 2-finger braking kind of leaves my hands loose on the grip. On the bright side, even if I wanted to "death grip", this probably wouldn't let me, I think.

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Favorite Trail:   Mt Beacon

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $32.00

Purchased At:   Wheel and Sprocket

Similar Products Used:   ODI Rogue Lock-On, Oury, ESI Chunky, stock grips

Bike Setup:   Ergon GX-1 Leichtbau set roughly level to ground, 711mm width 19mm rise, 9/5 sweep handlebars, 50mm 0 rise stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nickburton60 a Racer from Shreveport, LA

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2010

Strengths:    Super comfortable, good clamp WHEN INSTALLED RIGHT. Comes in team green color (sweet lime green)

Weaknesses:    None at all, well maybe just the time it takes to find your personal sweet spot.

Bottom Line:   
Alot of people are saying they wont clamp on carbon bars but they are not installing them right. ANYTHING CARBON FIBER THAT IS CLAMPED MUST HAVE FIBERGRIP ON IT! Fiber grip is not grease, its a gritty compund you can get online or at any good bike shop. Any good shop would know that, also in order to get the proper tourqe setting all bolts must be greased to reduce friction so the get to their true tourqe setting instead of tourqing out early because of the friction from the dry bolt. This is why it is important to have knowledgable bike mechanics do work on your bike. THERE IS NO REASON FOR ANYTHING CARBON OR ANYTHING ON CARBON TO SLIP OR TWIST IF YOU USE FIBERGRIP AND PROPERLY TOURQE IT.

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Favorite Trail:   Monkey Trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Pedaler

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey lock-ons, Specialized lock-ons, Oury grips, cheap stock stuff robbed from my many other bikes.

Bike Setup:   Kona Kula Supreme, EASTON MONKEYLITE carbon lowrise, 15G by the hife crank, Fox F100, Vuelta XRP team lite wheels, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jmascia a Weekend Warrior from Boston, MA

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2010

Strengths:    comfort

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
These grips are great at eliminating the forearm tendonitis that you get with standard grips when you are older and put many hours a week on the trails. I got the tendonitis so bad that I couldn't even pick up a pot of coffee. After using these grips for about 4 days the tendonitis completely diappeared and has never returned since. I highly recommend them for this purpose. In season I ride some pretty aggressive All Mountain trails about 16 - 20 hours a week.

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Favorite Trail:   Lynn Woods and Vietnam

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   Uzzi VP

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by CoeCrew a Cross Country Rider from Dallas, TX

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2009

Strengths:    Nice Feel, great support or the ball of the hand.

Weaknesses:    Only one lock makes getting them firmly on the bars (Easton Monkelylite) impossible. I kept twisting them during rides. Caused one sard sale as my grip twisted completely during a high speed turn.

Bottom Line:   
Can't recommend these until they add lock ons to both ends of the grip

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Favorite Trail:   Grapevine Northshore

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   ODI. Lizard Skins

Bike Setup:   Titus Racer X Carbon, SRAM X.0, Noir Cranks, DID World Cup, Easton Monkeylite bars, EC 90 post, Fizik Gobi saddle, Cobalt Wheels

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jrahm a Cross Country Rider from Sisters OR

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2009

Strengths:    Comfortable, look good. light for what they are

Weaknesses:    Will not clamp on some bars

Bottom Line:   
Could not get these to hold on my Ritchie carbon bars, ended up stripping the screws in the effort. Worked great on my my Fleegle. Will return them to REI, meanwhile using my old original style Ergons.

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Favorite Trail:   PRT

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   other Ergon products, big fan overall

Bike Setup:   full xtr Ti racer x 29er, reba team

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tboy a Racer from Raleigh. NC

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2009

Strengths:    Design....it makes complete sense.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Best choice in grips period.  Takes a little time to get them just right.  Make the investment, you'll be happy you switched.   If your wrists still hurt it's more than just the grips....it's you bike fit.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Turner Flux

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ansible a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2009

Strengths:    Seem to be well made. Installation is easy. Removal too!

Weaknesses:    Didn't work for me.

1) I sometimes have numbness in my left hand which makes shifting difficult. I hoped that these grips would alleviate that, but they didn't. I tried some different angles and rode them for 3-4 rides, but they are apparently made to address a different problem than mine.

2) These are firmer grips than the ODIs I usually run. Due to that stiffness, or perhaps the shape of the grip, my hands got more tired than usual, both on the road and during a MTB ride on rocky terrain.

3) The shape made me feel less secure in techy situations, particularly fast downhills where I want a secure grip and 1 finger on the brake. You can't really get 'behind' the grip with these.

4) they are heavier than normal grips, 60 grams more for the pair than my normal grips.


Bottom Line:   
They seem like a high quality product, but they didn't work for me.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $39.00

Purchased At:   REI

Bike Setup:   Yeti ASR.

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