I use them on low rise without any issues except the total lack of wrist/lower arm pain. I was the biggest sceptic out there and tried everything else from bike fits to excersise and nothing worked. Bought the Ergons and after two rides with minor adjustments to find the optimal position I’m now in a happy place. Yes they look a bit ‘old ladyish’ but I don’t care.Posted 4 years agoMidlandTrailquestsGrahamMember
I tried some other ergon style grips, I can’t remember the make, I think they might have been Specialized, and they made no difference at all.Posted 4 years ago
Are genuine Ergon grips really any better than the others, or is it just that my particular hand and wrist problem can’t be solved by grip shape ?ratherbeintobagoSubscriber
I tried some other ergon style grips, I can’t remember the make, I think they might have been Specialized, and they made no difference at all.
Are genuine Ergon grips really any better than the others, or is it just that my particular hand and wrist problem can’t be solved by grip shape ?
I think they’re one of those things that work for some people but not others. I am one of the converted, though.
AndyPosted 4 years agoTiRedMember
I think they work only when properly set up. They should be at about 30 degrees to the horizontal, pointing upwards. I use them on riser bars and won’t use anything else.
Remember that they come in two sizes. Mine are Small but I have also used Large, and there is a huge difference. Start with Small.Posted 4 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
One thing that is handy, is that they have them on a display stand in the shop to try out. Personally, i preferred teh ones with a smaller ergonomic bit (might have been the XC race one?).
Wouldn’t want them on any bike for anything remotely technical. Didn’t really seem to allow proper grip on the bars.Posted 4 years ago
Would consider them for a flat bar road bike, or maybe easy gravel trail XC type bike.tinybitsMember
They work very well, I have them angled down slightly and find them fine on technical terrain as well. Also have some bar end versions in the cupboard that I put on for endurance events, just gives those extra options. Happy to keep them on the bike however rubbish they look.Posted 4 years agosimonr2011Member
Yes they are great grips. I had them fitted on my full susser for at least a year and had no issues although they can be slightly uncomfortable at times.
Went out last weekend for a burn around the Mendips and thought I would try some normal lock ons and to my surprise had a very sore wrist half way around.
Guess what’s going back on the bike 😀Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Mine are set up so that when side on, my wrist has no kink in it and the brakes adjusted to be reached by first two outstretched fingers. I’ve found no issues standing, climbing or just riding. Most of my riding is technical singletrack. I found that the small fitted MUCH better for my small hands (originally bought a large pair for a different bike), and that I don’t place much weight on them at all. What they do is maintain correct wrist alignment. That’s about it.
I don’t understand why you would angle them down. That makes no sense to me unless you ride with either kinked wrists or very high bars (and brakes angled upwards!)Posted 4 years agoThe BeardMember
Ergon style grips – The answer to bad saddle positions that’ll never get adjusted, since 84.
That’s actually quite an interesting point. When I was a teenager and first got into riding it was a rock hard selle italia saddle and thin foam grips on a flat, narrow alloy bar, never had any hand pain whatsoever. As an adult it’s been really bad with a flat bar which may well be down to position, but I never thought about changing anything as the ergon’s made it all go away! I think I’ll look into that.Posted 4 years agoclubberMember
I was pretty sceptical and had heard all the ‘no good for technical riding’ type comments but I saw some for £3 at the Bristol bike jumble so thought I’d give them a punt given that I’ve often suffered with pain in the outside of my hands when mtbing almost irrespective of adjustments I’ve tried and just learnt to live with it.
In short, I rarely get the pain when using the ergons. I don’t find them any different for technical riding either so for me, it’s all win.
I still use normal grips on my other bikes but that’s because I don’t usually ride them for more than 2 hours so hand pain is less of an issue.Posted 4 years agotinybitsMember
angled down comment was made in reference to the 30 degree upwards style above, I have mine so that they just support the back of my hand and keep it all nicely lined through, and that’s slightly down from horizontal my arse in the air, xc racer position I have on my bike. I found it was slightly better that way as when I drop my saddle to do something reasonably technical, I can hang over the back with no worries.Posted 4 years ago
Hard to explain, but I love the grips. What I may do however, is get a different set of forks that allow a little bit of headset stacking, then fit the flat bars of my youth as I don’t find any riser bars that comfortable, then see if I still need the ergon grips!
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