Ergon GE1 Grips - Review

Jun 22, 2015
by Jeremy Muskat  
Ergon GE1 review

Ergon has been making innovative grips for years that are designed to offer improved comfort when compared with traditional cylindrical grips. For their new GE1, which is aimed at enduro racers and all-mountain riders, the German company had two major goals. First, like other Ergon grips, the grips are intended to prevent problems like numbness in the fingers and aching forearms. To accomplish this, Ergon uses two different rubber compounds along with a cutout in the grip's internal skeleton for increased vibration damping.

The second goal, and one that's new to Ergon, was to create a grip that helps promote proper riding technique. The outer portion of the grip is angled to the outside, a shape that's meant to work well with the elbows out riding style that comes with running wider bars, providing support for the whole hand. The grips come in two sizes, standard or slim, with corresponding weights of 120 g and 99 g. Colors: bikini pink, black, blue, red, green, grey, white. MSRP: $34.95 USD. www.ergon-bike.com

Ergon GE1 review
A single inboard clamp with a 3 mm bolt.
Ergon GE1 review
An integrated end cap.
Ergon GE1 review
Textured for increased traction and maximum grip.
Ergon GE1 review
Extra vibration damping is provided thanks to a cut out in the internal skeleton.

Pinkbike’s Take:
bigquotesThe quality of the Ergon GE1 was immediately noticed upon installation. As a chronic over-tightener of bolts, the single clamp with a 3 mm bolt prevented stripping as compared to the 2.5 mm bolt I had just removed with a hacksaw from my old grips. The grips include installation directions printed on them to assure they are on the correct side and as well as correctly positioned to guarantee the rider receives the benefit of their ergonomic design. I'd encourage taking the grips on a test spin after installation, since a slight change in their orientation on the bar has a noticeable effect on the level of comfort. I found that the sweet spot of the grips had the outside of my palms resting all the way at the ends of the handlebar, which was enough of a change that I found myself adjusting my shift and brake levers slightly to better match my new hand position.

On the trail, the slim profile of the GE1 allowed for a loose but secure grip, and proved to be dependable in hot conditions with sweaty palms as well as in the rain. It's difficult to verify Ergon's claim on improved technique, since I conscientiously attempt to ride with my elbows out, but I can guarantee that the GE1 grips will not prevent the elbows out form. After multiple rides with the GE1 grips, I decided for the sake of comparison to replace them with a pair of thicker, more traditionally shaped grips that I had sitting around. That switch had me squeezing the bars tighter, less confident, and focusing on my hands as opposed to the trail, a testament to the effectiveness of the GE1's unique design. Overall, I found the Ergon GE1 grips to be very comfortable, and I never experienced any hand fatigue or numbness while riding. These would make an excellent choice for the rider who prefers their hands placed at the very end of their handlebars, as well as for the rider who will take any help they can get to remember to keep their elbows out and their head up while descending the trail ahead. - Jeremy Muskat



95 Comments

  • 20 0
 instead of putting in the generic "gripping review" or similar puns, im just gonna say nice review.
  • 3 1
 I would have lost my hold on things if you had, so thank you. Additionally, I put these on my downhill bike prior to last weekend's riding and they don't feel very different when just gripping them, but I came away with absolutely no additional pain in my hands. Comfortably similar in feel, but surprisingly significant effect, in other words. FWIW, I run size 10 on TLD gloves, and could probably have gone with the thinner grip also. The normal one seems to work, but if anyone has smaller hands than mine, I'd advice to go for the thinner grips.
  • 3 10
flag MatthewCarpenter (Jun 23, 2015 at 5:07) (Below Threshold)
 "integrated end cap" is a nice euphemism for "soft outer end that is prone to tear when crashing, which could make the ergons a pretty expensive choice over a few seasons...
On the other hand, grips like this one are a good choice for anyone who effectively wants to widen their bars by a centimeter because you can grip them on the very edge and possibly even mount them a few millimeters from the handlebar's end.
  • 8 0
 Except the end cap isn't soft and does survive pretty high speed offs. Great grips.
  • 3 3
 My eyes were locked on to the text
  • 3 1
 I lost the ends of my middle and ring fingers last year (scary story...NSR4 bike rack), and recently converted to these grips; and can ABSOLUTELY say they're an improvement above all others. I'd been getting all kinds of discomfort and pain on my left hand especially after long descents. These grips stopped all that.

GE1 grips are for real...
  • 4 1
 @industrymike - more details? I just installed that rack last week. Would like to keep my fingers intact if possible.
  • 3 0
 Great racks (possibly could have better design for safety around pivot points). Where they say pinch point with a little sticker by the hitch receiver, they mean it. Up at Tyax last year with some friends and I went to lower the rack on my own loaded with bikes, something I'd done many times before; but my hand was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • 1 0
 Ouch. I didn't understand what that sticker referred to but after reading this I took a closer look and now I get it. Definitely glad for the warning. The rack is nice but not as great as I hoped honestly. It has trouble with newer dh bikes that have a dual crown and a tapered head tube with 0-stack stem (session and demo tried). That and fork legs of big bikes rub. Works great with trail bikes but that's not really the point ...
  • 1 0
 0-stack headset
  • 9 1
 I feel like the bulge in the middle of the grip fills in the gap created wham my hands are close second, which keeps my hands from feeling tired as fast on rougher downhills. I also have big hands (xxl gloves) and the larger Ergon grips feel perfect for me. I think the pink would look rad on my bike.
  • 6 1
 i couldnt agree with classicmoto more. Enough the gaudy branding of things..... just a simple insignia or emblem moulded in would be plenty; Unless they are going to start sponsoring everyone with free grips to get their name out there.
  • 4 1
 +1000!
  • 5 0
 Ive been riding with thse grips for about 1/2 year now, my hands are much comfier and secure. I was having nerve tingling in my left wrist ,these grips cured it after 4 rides.
BUT the angle at which they are installed is vitally important to comfort, the graduated markings need to be identcal angle on both bar ends. I used a an app to get them parallel and then put a zip tie on at middle of the scale.
then adjust then experiment with different settings as you ride.
I sometimes find taking your bike out and investing in some trailside tuning can really speed up finding the sweet spot in all your bikes settings
  • 2 0
 You used an app to get our grips parallel?
  • 4 0
 I used the angle app on my iphone to set a base angle on which I marked a line on a ring of masking tape on the bars.
Then I adjusted and rode several times until it felt "right" and set both to the same angle.
  • 6 0
 well OK then!
  • 11 2
 ESI > *
  • 2 1
 They are awesome! My only problem with them is durability. Some sort of protection, covering ends fully, would be ace.
  • 1 0
 They got the Extra chunky now and its awesome....but it only comes in black......
  • 1 0
 Add a set of Aluminum end caps. ie: Hope end caps.
  • 9 3
 Listen ODI: bigger bolts please.
  • 10 0
 Or just put some grease on the threads and tighten them up just enough to stop the grips from twisting.
  • 2 0
 just enough to stop twisting in the stand=guaranteed grip twisting on the trail.

I think literally every other grip I've owned that didn't have their lock used a better bolt. They need to finally get rid of those dumb bolts.
  • 4 1
 Well as a professional bike mechanic (going back to 1990), I've never had an issue. Sure, the bolts could be enbiggened but people installing them could also take pride in their job rather than attacking the bolts with a cheap ball ended allen key.
  • 3 0
 I doubt most people would come back to the shop & complain about a loose grip. they'd just tighten it up & go on with their day. So you might consider that you don't hear about it if people find that you didn't tighten their grips enough.

That's only part of the problem. because they're so small & shallow, you have to make sure every little bit of dirt is out of the socket before you hit them with a tool. That's poor design on a part for a bike that goes off-road, even more so when it's a part that's going to end up in the dirt often, either from setting your bike down, or from bailing. Literally every other lock-on on the market has realized these problems, & done something about it, ODI doesn't get a pass just because theirs have been around longer.
  • 2 1
 OMG.....to put it another way......I've installed Lockons on my own bikes for the last 10 years or so and never had one slip.....If other people feck theirs up that's their short coming. Anyway, carry on but I'm out.....
  • 2 1
 Agreed, I've not had a problem with mine in any weather conditions, I just make sure the bars are clean first. Perhaps these guys are hanging on too tight.
  • 2 0
 Bit of grip paste goes a long way to stop them slipping, then you don't have to over-tighten the bolts. They are silly small heads though and do require intricate cleaning of all mud before removal.
  • 2 0
 Anybody switch from a fatter grip to these? I have Race Face Strafes and they're great, most other grips seem to be too small and my hands cramp up really bad. Would be interested to see if a more ergo. grip helps even more. Or I guess I could just get my carpal tunnel fixed...
  • 2 0
 I've been running ODI CrossTrainer for years as they're thicker, as I have big (XL) hands, yet squishier, as the rogues have no give. I've recently changed to these, and on only my third outing yesterday I rode 75km completely off-road around Whistler's trail network, climbing 4,000m and descending the same, and my hands and arms were completely fine at the end of the 14 hour day. I've struggled with just a few minutes of descents before, let alone an all day epic. Highly recommended.
  • 1 0
 i went from oversize to these on my trail bike. took a few rides to get used too but now love them. have odi rouges on dh bike but not changing them as like them better for dh..
  • 1 0
 Good to know, think I'll add a set to my next order and give them a try. Even with larger grips my hands will lock up eventually, if I could get through a whole day or riding without having to stop for 20 minutes to stretch out my hands, I'd be stoked!
  • 3 0
 I absolutely hated these grips the first few times I used them, and nearly tossed them in the trash. However, having played with the position a bit, I'm very happy with them now.
  • 10 9
 Is it ridiculous of me to think that I wouldn't ever try those just because the white writing and logo? Why can't they just make an all black version? And, no, sharpie doesn't cut it for me -- crappy looking sun-faded purple is worse.
  • 12 0
 They come in black
  • 1 1
 Read again "white writing and logo." Do they have a completely black version? If so, I'm not seeing one on their website.
  • 1 2
 $35.00? Somebody needs to lay off the pookie.
  • 1 0
 $35. Bikini pink.
  • 2 0
 then buy the GA1 Evo and a black sharpie...
  • 1 0
 I have a pair of all black ones, but not sure whether they are an older version?
  • 1 1
 I thought I was the only one with this problem, havent bought them yet because of the white text and logo. I asked them if they had any "all black" but they do not. I really like their products but cannot identify myself with their image. It would be great if I could pay for the performance without being part of the image, guess it would be a win win...
Appart from that I have nothing white on the bike that would match, looks weird.
  • 1 0
 Must say, this review has prompted me into looking at and actually buying a pair of the slim black ones just now!
I've been looking for something a little different to try out and see if it feels more comfortable on long days out....
I'm a watch technician so my hands are everything to me and I find on a 4hr+ ride day my hands are just plain knackered and getting worse as I get older.
Worth the purchase to see if this helps! Wink
  • 1 0
 Hahaaaa! Your a tad too late mate! As I posted that right after I actually purchased a pair lol!
  • 2 0
 Ahhhhhh nice one Rich! Make that 2 pairs bought today after seeing this review lol! Wink
  • 1 0
 Now installed on my bike, ready to try out in Golspie on Friday and Saturday... Wink
  • 2 0
 Tried them out today and I must say I'm quite impressed with the grip level and comfort! Kudos to Ergon! I'm a fan! Wink
  • 5 1
 not enough purple in this world
  • 24 0
 @half-man-half-scab One of us has to calibrate our monitor.
  • 1 0
 You're not a pilot are you? You should probably cover up your colour blindness if so.
  • 3 1
 After 10 years of Ergon paddle grips I moved over to these GE1-Slims. Paired them up proper with a pink SME-Pro saddle. Gidde Up!
  • 1 0
 I have big hands, and had wrist problems. Switched from a large OURY grip to these and haven't looked back. They take tuning in, but I think I'm a believer in there effectiveness.
  • 2 0
 I was using the AG-1 and liked them but they were a bit too thin. I'm now rocking the GE-1 slim and they are perfect for me.
  • 3 0
 Brill grips and confidence inspiring
  • 2 0
 Have them and they are awesome! (besides being pink as well)
  • 2 1
 I own those and don't like them at all. I really wanted to but they kill my hands.
  • 2 0
 No puns please. Thank you.
  • 12 0
 Get a grip.
  • 5 1
 I'm still trying to get a hold of the situation...
  • 3 1
 Cogito ergon pun....
  • 1 2
 I may have weird palms but I tried Ergon GA1 grips and they were horrible, I got more pain than ever with any sorts of grips. I found them particularly uncomfortable. So ironic
  • 1 0
 GE1 and GA1 feel fairly different to me. GE1 is definitely smaller than GA1 was.
  • 1 3
 I rode GE1s as well and they were indeed comfier but I don't think everyone benefits from this, a rather limited group of people with actual issues. Quite honestly if only ESI grips came with some sort of side protection, then they would be tits for my part. Odi Ruffians, Odi TLds and Lizard Peatys are my hands favorites
  • 1 0
 With ESI grips I'm using something similar to this www.chainreactioncycles.com/si/en/odi-lock-jaw-clamps-snap-caps/rp-prod40450 , for added side protection.
Bought it in LBS for 1€ Smile Best combination for my palms..
  • 2 1
 Heretic! You buy Esi grips to save 50g! With those you win nothing!
  • 1 1
 So I'm confused: Aren't GE1s the ones with that little ridge under the index finger? I'm not seeing it here, but I remember squeezing a pair in the shop, & HATING that feeling.

FWIW, I don't have any weird hand issues, but find I'm liking the GA1s that I've been trying out. Enough to consider GA2s on my main bike.
  • 3 1
 I assume I have insensitive hands due to my masturbation habits
  • 1 0
 I doubt our numbers there diverge a significant amount
  • 3 1
 Have you too tried the batman suit, door handle and the tie around your neck?
  • 1 0
 @groghunter Yes, the GE1 and GE1 Slim have a small ridge for the thumb to rest on or the index finger to hook onto.....depends on how you the rider sets up the grip for your riding style. The GA2s do not have this feature. The GA2 is less shaped.
  • 2 0
 The "Adam West Special" is a particular favorite
  • 1 0
 As a rider who runs his hands on the edge of the grips, these look great. The price though?!?!
  • 2 0
 top grips,getting better and better....,thx for building!
  • 1 0
 so glad to know i weren't the only one who had to remove a pair of grips with a hacksaw
  • 1 0
 Any torque recommendations for grip bolts? I never see any and that would help the over tightening problem
  • 1 0
 Which size was tested, the standard or slim?
  • 4 0
 GE1 Slim was tested. These are the sizes/dimensions...
GE1: 135mm length, diameter 32mm
GE1 Slim: 135mm length, diameter 30mm
  • 2 0
 Holy crap! Diameters! You're awesome! How I wish other grip manufacturers would publish diameters.
  • 2 3
 "That switch had me squeezing the bars tighter, less confident, and focusing on my hands as opposed to the trail"
Uh, the word, 'HORSESHIT' comes to mind.
  • 3 0
 Utterly feasible. If I get on a bike with ODI Ruffians, I can't focus on anything other than hand pain. I honestly don't understand how people ride with them.
  • 2 1
 His point was that after riding with these grips, switching to 'other'(meaning ANY non-GE1s) basically made him forget how to ride.
  • 2 0
 I`m not much for advertisements, but I have to support him. I`ve been running Sram grips, which I loved and tried Ergon GE2. After couple of rides during which I really REALLY regretted the purchase (they`re not exactly cheap), I tinkered with the positioning and simply love those. Tried switching back to the sram ones and it`s a night and day. You don`t forget how to ride, but it`s a very different feeling and you certainly notice squeezing the bars more and for a while it can be distracting.
  • 2 0
 I've found the same happens if I run too short a bar for a bike: find myself death griping pretty hard because the front wheel deflects more than I'm comfortable with. Maybe no longer being able to grip the very ends of the bar that he's noticing?
  • 1 0
 Are they also good for downhill use ?
  • 1 0
 The GE1 models are designed with the gravity and technical rider in mind. We have DH, enduro, and World Cup XC racers all using the two respective GE1 models. The target riding style when the grips were on the drawing board was enduro, but this also crossed over into the other gravity based riding styles.
  • 1 0
 Ok great, thank you for this information
  • 1 0
 Red Monkey Grips!
  • 1 0
 Gripping!
  • 1 1
 OURY or nothing.
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