Ergon Announces First Made-in-Germany Grips

May 19, 2022
by Alicia Leggett  

Ergon today announced its new GXR grips, which are specifically designed to minimize weight and are made entirely in Germany - the German company's first grip that is 100% domestically designed, sourced, and produced.

The slide-on grips are available in two sizes, small (32mm diameter) and large (34mm diameter), and a pair with bar-end plugs weighs 90g in size small.

Ergon uses what it calls AirCell Rubber, which is similar to Ergon's AirCell Foam used in its saddles and incorporates tiny air bubbles throughout the grips to deliver what Ergon calls a "one-two punch of lightweight and highly-damping."

Team riders Elmar Sprink and Peter Schermann tested the new GXR grips at the brutal Cape Epic stage race.

Like most Ergon products, the GXR grips are ergonomically shaped and, Ergon claims, are especially suited to the demands of cross-country and, uh, downcountry riding.

A set of Ergon GXRs retails for €19.95 or $24.95. More information is available at

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  • 93 2
 His palms are sweaty, grips light, arms are heavy.
  • 97 0
 There's vomit on his bars already, mom's spaghetti.
  • 24 0
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
To drop saddle, but he keeps on forgettin'
  • 20 0
 @ryan77777: what he rode down, the whole crowd is so loud
  • 17 0
 @lehott: he opens his mouth, the words send it come out, he’s going now
  • 3 0
 @AFunFox: everybody’s booing now,
foot out, flat out, eyes up, booter, shralp
  • 46 2
 Breaking News: New material called "Foam" just invented in Germany!
  • 36 0
 Engineer: Damn this tool design sucks, we can't get the material flow dialed in to get the bubbles out of these grips.
Marketing: Did you say bubbles?
  • 5 0
 *makes bad rubber*

"New feature!"

But actually- this seems like it might work. Maybe at the cost of a bit of durability?
  • 12 0
 Its when it’s the condom engineer saying there’s bubbles I think you need to worry
  • 1 0
 nice theorie but aint working like this Big Grin
  • 17 0
 Hopefully they're more durable than silicone grips that tear instantly the first time they touch anything other than your hands (*cough* ESI *cough*).
  • 4 0
 Yeah that's my only problem with these grips as well. I still ride silicone foam grips for the better damping. On Aliexpress I can get some for 2 bucks per pair that look and feel like ESIs
  • 7 0
 Best thing you can do with ESI is ditch the standard end plugs and run something that gives the grip more protection
  • 3 0
 Sqlab 711 R slip on grip is way sturdier than ESI. This Ergon material looks to be similar.
  • 2 1
 @stephenthesquirrel: time to resurrect bar ends!
  • 3 0
 @MB3: I'm one step ahead of (or 25 years behind) you! I run ESI grips with Loam Lab counterpunches.
  • 12 0
 Are the bubbles also sourced in Germany?? Maybe thats why they are a bit more expansive. German bubbles are hard to come by.
  • 12 0
 You might say these are the "Gerolsteiner" of grips
  • 2 0
 @bsavery: more like the "Appolinaris" Man go high end if you start to debate about German SPRUDELWASSER... jesus fkn chroistt
  • 11 0
 Would love these w/ a slim lock-on collar
  • 2 0
 Hey @ergonbike fresh looking grips. So they're not clamped, really nice!
But my question is, will they do rotate after a while of riding?
  • 1 0
 Just don't ride in the rain...
  • 1 0
Username checksout....

You mean; Just don't ride when it snows Wink
  • 1 0
 Ergonomically shaped + slip on:
Good luck aligning it right on the first installation.
Hopefully you don't have to re-adjust its orientation later.
  • 1 0
 its not that heavily shaped. Slight miss alignment wont be a big deal.
  • 2 0
 So, they are the Nike Air Jordan's of grips?
  • 1 0
 More like Reebok Pump.
  • 3 1
 Once I went to rev grips I never wanted anything else personally
  • 1 0
 Did you ever have problems with them loosening over time? Mine did, and they started to feel like a twist throttle. I tried everything and could never get them tight again. I ended up switching back to my old faithful PNW grips because I got tired of f'ing with them
  • 1 0
 @grnmachine02: hmm that’s weird. No i haven’t experienced that. Did you play around w the tuning spacers?

I only know a few others who use them and two of us have had them for maybe a year or two. The third guy for 5+ Yrs (don’t know if same set though). No issues for any of us. We love them.

Really helped hand and arm fatigue for me personally, especially at the park and on rough shuttle days.
  • 1 0
 but we talking lightweight XC shit over here Razz
  • 1 0
 ODI vapor grips cost less and have bubbles as well. They call it A.I.R.E. so it has to be better.
  • 1 0
 I found the ODI vapor grips aren't durable enough. I've had good experience with the Wolf Tooth Karv grips though.
  • 3 2
 Just call it foam. Also, 20 bucks for a foam grip is a lot
  • 5 5
 ESI Chunkies, 60grams and $19. Heavier and more expensive is a hard sell for me!
  • 5 2
 Having to install ESI grips once was enough to never go down that road again.
  • 3 0
 Funny. Looking at the MSRP the new Ergons are cheaper than ESIs over here in Germany. I'll stick with ESI Extra Chunky anyways. They are nearly perfect and I don't have problems with the durability either.
  • 13 0
 @warmerdamj: Rubbing alcohol - they slide on just fine? I would second durability complaints, but the feel is second to none for me.
  • 2 0
 Except that they come apart just looking at them, let alone actually crashing.
  • 2 0
 @warmerdamj: Like Lokirides said: Use rubbing alcohol. Super duper easy to install. Just make sure you don't have to ride within 24 hours of installation!
  • 1 0
 @Lokirides: yep super easy to install and to remove them, same way but takes more time or use a air compressor from you local shop and you can reuse them. But they sure dont last long, wont use anything else.
  • 2 0
 ESI-stands for extremely sensitive, I will tear. Love how ESIs feel, but not a fan of replacing grips several times a year.
  • 2 0
 @wyorider: SQLab 711R are like these Ergons above, way more durable and smarter shape then ESIs
  • 2 0
 * expensive
  • 1 0
 Das gut.
  • 1 0
 Bubbles rool !
  • 1 2
 Ergon should try making grips for people with large hands - they may find some success there.
  • 3 6
 I find "Made in Germany" means while quite nice, seemingly well designed at first, it really means it will fail quicker than "made in china"

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