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Ergon Announces New GD1 Evo Lock-On Grips

Jun 24, 2020
by Ergon Bike  
GD1 Evo Factory
Ergon GD1 EVO Factory in Frozen Orange


Ergon is proud to unveil the latest creation from our team of world-class engineers, scientists, and pro racers, the new GD1 Evo grip series. The purpose-built downhill grips build on the success of the original GD1 grips — the first gravity grip to have a tapered design — where the new GD1 Evo grips feature a superb tactile feel and adhesive-like traction to keep you glued to the bars on the hardest hits and gnarliest drops.

By working together with top professionals like Rémy Métailler and Vali Höll, the GD1 has evolved to provide even more comfort and control in demanding terrain. The GD1 Evo features more damping, better control, and enhanced comfort for more riding fun.

The conical shape of the GD1 Evo plus a cushy thumb zone and finger ridges along the grip's underbelly result in less energy needed to maintain a secure the bars.

ERGON GD1 Evo Factory in Frozen Moss
GD1 Evo Factory in Frozen Moss / Oil Slick.


Let's talk rubber...

Used on the GD1 Evo grips, our original, German-made rubber compound with its amazingly soft feel, excellent damping, long-wearing, and UV stable formulation stays looking good no matter how hard you ride.
Factory Custom
Used on the GD1 Evo Factory grips, Ergon's German-made rubber compound takes high-speed control to the next level. An even softer semi-translucent rubber that sticks to hands and gloves like glue, mutes the hardest hits and provides a very precise tactile feel for laser-like control session after session.

The GD1 Evo comes in two sizes and is available only in the all-black "Stealth" colorway, while the GD1 Evo Factory comes in two sizes and three colors.

The GD1 is available now at local shops as well as online at World Wide Cyclery and Ergon Bike USA.

ERGON GD1 Evo in Stealth
Using Ergon's GravityControl rubber, the less expensive GD1 is available in two sizes in this Stealth colorway.

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  • 64 1
 I ride gripless because I like to feel the carbon splinters on my hands
  • 15 0
 In your hands mate, IN your hands
  • 15 0
 I looking more for low speed control on my DH ascents
  • 5 0
 I love the original GD1 grips, run them on both of my bikes. They do feel quite firm and flange can get in the way, so I'm thinking these new grips will be an improvement. Hoping they still have the strongly tapered shape, that's the best part.
  • 3 0
 Is the end cap on them molded-in or a loose piece? I love my Ge1 grips but would like the option to run some of these new tool storage systems in the ends of my handlebar, which the GE1 prevents since its molded over the end.
  • 3 0
 they are a loose piece.
  • 1 0
 Was wondering the same thing
  • 3 0
 Those are loose, so loose I've lost both of them Big Grin
  • 1 0
 You could cut the ends out of your GE1's and put caps in. I dropped my bike and the end piece of my GE1 punched out.
  • 3 0
 Honestly, it's pretty staggering how much thought went into this grip. Every inch of it is purposefully designed. Ive been using these for a few weeks and they offer incredible control. They're not the squishiest/softest grips I've used, but the control is second to none.
  • 2 0
 I recently switched over from odi elite pros to the ergon ge1 evo and can confidently say my riding has improved. One of the best sub $50 upgrades I've made. The new rubber compounds are way better than they used to be on the earlier versions of Ergon grips! Great work guys
  • 1 0
 Maybe it’s me but they say they have soft rubber but when I tried their enduro evo grip (I think it’s the GE1) it felt hard to me. It’s definitely grippy but impacts were not nearly as cushioned as the ODI elite pro and sharp impacts left a harshness in the hands.
  • 2 0
 Any idea if those work better in the wet than the standard GD1 ? Those are good in the dry, but super slippery when it's raining...
  • 1 0
 Run the regular compound, works way better in the wet. Also the new Design helps to provide more Grip.
  • 2 1
 These and a few other Ergon grips feel nice. But not nearly as nice as a set of non-lock on Oury's for 1/3rd the price. Try'm again, for the first time.
  • 2 0
 damn you pinkbike I just had to buy the oil slick moss one.
  • 2 0
 I did like my GD1 grios but they seemed to wear quickly
  • 2 0
 I've been using the same pair on my bike for 2 years. They've lasted a lot longer than all the ODIs I've used (didn't get sticky and nasty either).
  • 1 0
 Had the GD1 and they were good, but I switched to PNW loam grips which are cheaper and feel better to me.
  • 2 0
 My grips Ergon!
  • 1 0
 Love my ergon grips but lethal in the wet if you do t have gloves.
  • 1 4
 I like the slanted end shape of the original GE1 because it gave you a little more clearance for trees, wish they had not changed that.
  • 1 3
 eh still too thin for me, love my 36mm dia fatpaws. nothing is as comfy as them
  • 9 1
 same could be said for your 38" waist jeans.
  • 1 2
 @Ron-C: actually my pants are 32/32
  • 11 0
 @TylerG96: spongebob squarepants
  • 12 15
 Hopfully theese are better than the enduro grips. Thoose are the worst grips I’ve used by a mile
  • 8 8
 same. instant hand pain. wonder who if anyone could truly like them.
  • 7 0
I do. Have had em on my rigid for 5 years. Have tried other things and they go back on.
  • 5 0
 I really like the GE1s for trail riding! Also like the GA3 for my commuter bike.
  • 3 2
 @bulletbassman: personal preference I guess but I'm the same. Found ge1 brutally uncomfortable.

In case use folks who don't get along with ge1s have similar preferences, I would note that I have been really liking lizard skins charger Evo. They came on my ripmo as OEM and just bought some for my other bike.
  • 3 2
 Same here. Rev grips are the best and most expensive I have used. Total revhead now.
  • 4 0
 GE1's are all i use. every time i try anything else, i end up going back to the GE1
  • 5 0
 Wow cool I thought I was weird for having crazy hand pain after switching to a pair of the GE1. I always liked the esi foam grips fpr dh until your handlebars touch the dirt once and they rip to shreds
  • 3 0
 Same. Felt good in the shop and nice concept, but pain on the trail.
  • 2 1
 Add me to the list. That bulge in the middle pushes right on the base of my palm and causes me a ton of pain. Probably not going to buy anything else from them unless they wanted to send me a set of grips to show me that they have some good products. Back to normal grips for me. Thinking of trying the deity lockjaw
  • 2 0
 @friendlyfoe: exactly. In the shop they feel good and I get the concept, it's clear they put a lot of effort into the shapes it's not arbitrary, which is why it is that much more confusing when they turn out to be super painful on the trail. *Shrug*

The charger Evo are really soft yet really grippy, I don't hold on as tight and that seems to reduce fatigue and pressure points.
  • 2 0
 Have the GE1 factory grips. Theyre actually really good. Well made and very comfortable and soft. What i also like is the slightly larger than usual clamping bolt. They did have a cheaper version that came on the bike and i will admit i didnt like those as well. The factory rubber had made the difference here
  • 2 0
 @gunnyhoney: same, switched to GE1's and started to get bad thumb joint pain. wasnt sure but suspected grips enough to swap them out, loved the feel and control but after riding my hands were no bueno
  • 1 1
 @pdxkid: got em on every bike, one bikepart less to think about for me they are just perfect, but guess what people are different.
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