Yes, three lashes have been meted out for simply typing the word “enduro.” Again. But -as we’ve noted repeatedly- the discipline of the moment has given manufacturers all the justification that they need to build products for the sort of riding most of us do enjoy: riding up hills and then back down.
But an enduro-optimised grip? Well, yes. By setting aside their trademark wing, moving the grip’s single clamp inboard, and subtle-ly shaping the two rubber compounds, Ergon has made their best grip yet for technical riding. A clamp-free outer allows riders to take full advantage of those super-wide ‘bars while the low-profile gripper doesn’t interfere with shifting or one-finger braking- even on stubby Shimano levers.
The GE1s’ nicest feature may well be the little ridge that nestles under the first knuckle of the index finger, helping the hands find ‘home’ quickly and easily. It’s a small thing, but a nice one. With only a moderate outside diameter, there isn’t a whole lot of rubber to damp vibration, though, which may rule them out for the ‘out all day’ crowd. (The forthcoming GA2 is a squishier grip in a similar vein.) Several less-blue colours are also available to coordinate with most bikes and temperaments.
Overall: Despite the trendy application, the GE1s’ considered shape and inboard clamp provide a good balance of comfort and control for aggressive riding. Not a whole lot of padding for longer days, however.
|Tested:||by Marc B for Two months|