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    Ergon GC3 Grips - First Impressions

    Jeff from Ergon hooked me up with a set of Ergon GC3s. Just got them delivered today, mounted them up tonight and will ride them tomorrow morning.

    Mounting them up was a little trickier than normal. The barend can be adjusted independently of the angle of the grip but both are locked down with the one outboard set screw. I cut 3/4" off each side of the stock Cannondale bars that came on the 29'er F4 with pipe cutters. I then sanded off any burrs or rough spots. This cannot be overlooked as I came to find out later on. I slid on the grips, adjusted the the angles of both the barends and grips and tightened down. I hopped on barefoot to just get a little ride around the driveway. First time I pulled on the barend the right one spun in my hand. Upon closer inspection I had not slid the grip fully onto the bar. My suggestion to those mounting these up is to remove the barend from the grip and then mount the grip first so you can make sure you have the grip far enough inboard so that there's enough room for the barend clamp to engage both the handlebar and the grip which is must also lock down.

    I love the feel of the barends. The pictures I've seen on the interweb don't do them justice. I had been worried that they might be too thin for my hands but they are much thicker when viewed on profile and very comfy.

    Here are some preliminary pics. I will post more along with my impressions after I get a couple rides in on them.






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    that is quite a cockpit!
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    I am confused, are those grips 29'er specific?
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    those pics and the review were both awesome
    you should totally be sponsored and write for a magazine
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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketoridebikes
    those pics and the review were both awesome
    you should totally be sponsored and write for a magazine

    you're on a roll

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    pure. sex.

    all it needs is some aero bars

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny K
    pure. sex.

    all it needs is some aero bars
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    It looks like Ergon finally has a long enough bar end that I could actually hang onto it. I might have to give them a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketoridebikes
    you should totally be sponsored and write for a magazine
    Since he's published his opinion without even using the product, he'd be a perfect reviewer for Bicycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flargle
    Since he's published his opinion without even using the product, he'd be a perfect reviewer for Bicycling.
    I believe I did use the word "preliminary" in my initial post......

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    Quote"My suggestion to those mounting these up is to remove the barend from the grip and then mount the grip first so you can make sure you have the grip far enough inboard so that there's enough room for the barend clamp to engage both the handlebar and the grip which is must also lock down."
    So what you are saying is you should read the instructions that come with the grips.

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    so these go on the handlebars?

    im confrused!

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    Hmm....tough crowd..

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeOxfordCT
    Hmm....tough crowd..

    Just make fun of them for not riding long enough to get it.


    I think they look great. Know Jeff, when will we able to buy the bar end pieces and the grips separately for retrofitting?

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    I've wanted to try these out, but my ESI Chunky's have not failed me yet. Perhaps one day.

    I like the grips, but those bar ends are atrocious! Sorry, not trying to flame, but they are.

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    those look nice i tried to find them on the internet and most sites were sold out except competitivecyclist.com and they sold for 59 bucks.
    I would like to see your review after riding on them.
    Anyone know of anyother places to buy these grips?
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    I can't deal with the Ergons. I really liked the idea in principle and bought a set a while back but I found they had two problems.

    1. The grip places your hand in a fixed position. I found this more tiring than a regular grip.

    2. I could not find a position which was both comfortable for just riding along, and did not make me feel I was going to slip off the grips on tech downhills.

    They seem very well made and admirably light. But I went back to Odi/Oury lock-ons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ionsmuse
    Now Jeff, when will we able to buy the bar end pieces and the grips separately for retrofitting?
    It is in the works as I type this. Ergon here in the USA is pushing to get the German side to have this ready to go by 2010.

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    New question here. Where can we get these?

    Jeff at Ergon,

    Are these available to the public now? Should we go through our LBs or are they on the net?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Quique W
    Jeff at Ergon,

    Are these available to the public now? Should we go through our LBs or are they on the net?

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Bike shops can get them through QBP. One online source is Competitive Cyclist....provided they have not sold through them yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quique W
    Jeff at Ergon,

    Are these available to the public now? Should we go through our LBs or are they on the net?

    The combo is a really great concept. But with the built in grips, it looks like the those L-barends could make it all by themselves.

    What would be REALLY cool? Get them to mount interally so mounting barends do not reduce the width of your cockpit.

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    In North America only, we will be selling the GX3 and GC3 barend sets separate from the grip. These barends can actually be used with out the Ergon grip. So, if you like the barend...and don't like the grip....you can match the GX3 or GC3 barend up with your favorite grip of choice. We will be selling these direct from the Ergon USA website in the coming weeks. MSRP is looking to be around $35 for a set.

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    I'm a huge fan of the Ergon grips. I first started using them last fall on my SS, then put a pair on my geared FS bike for the 09 Ouachita Challenge. I have trouble with some hand and finger numbness in my right hand's pinkie and ring finger if I use traditional grips, so I find the Ergon spreads out the contact with the palm and allows for no-numbness.

    Further, I have spread the gospel to all my riding buddies, who almost ALL run them...except my lone friend with a carbon bar...we can't seem to get a good bite on the carbon, the grip just slips.

    A pair of Ergon's will grace my super-secret Queen of all my Dreams build, which will be finalized probably in January...the only non-power-bling item on the bike...

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    All that being said, this bar-end combo looks like a abborition of some '80's expirament gone wrong...sorry, fuggly!! Not at all good for e-riding... Fo' would not be pleased. In all fairness tho, I think bar ends are the deep end of Ghey-ness.

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    One more note about the grips: they come in 2 sizes...and the sizes are mis-named, me thinks. The "small" is the best size I would guess for most people. I wear and have always worn XL gloves - I can't get my hand into size Larges...however, the Ergon "Small" grips are the correct size for me..the "Large" is friggin' NBA-Star sized... The naming convention might need to be re-evaluated. All my XL-Glove wearing and XXL glove wearing buddies also ride the "small" Ergon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01
    ...except my lone friend with a carbon bar...we can't seem to get a good bite on the carbon, the grip just slips.
    See this link: http://ergonbike.wordpress.com/2009/...rips-slipping/

    Also, email me at jeffk@ergon-bike.com

    Depending on the grip model and when you purchased it, there might be a clamp defect that is 100% covered by warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ERGON
    In North America only, we will be selling the GX3 and GC3 barend sets separate from the grip. These barends can actually be used with out the Ergon grip. So, if you like the barend...and don't like the grip....you can match the GX3 or GC3 barend up with your favorite grip of choice. We will be selling these direct from the Ergon USA website in the coming weeks. MSRP is looking to be around $35 for a set.

    Jeff K
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    Good deal. I've been enjoying the GX2s quite a bit on my Sultan the last few weeks, but once I beat the barends up a good bit, I may have to try the longer xx3 barends. I expect the grips will outlive the bar-ends, for me. Good fit on an aluminum Truvative 680mm (26.8") low-rise bar.

    I think you're only allowed to use barends on a riser bar with a 29er.
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    nice, are they available in cork too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogii
    nice, are they available in cork too?
    Starting in the Spring of '10, only the GP1 will be available in cork. Depending on the response of the GP1 BioKork, other models will be brought to market with the BioKork. Do not expect other models until at least 2011.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01

    All that being said, this bar-end combo looks like a abborition of some '80's expirament gone wrong...sorry, fuggly!! Not at all good for e-riding... Fo' would not be pleased. In all fairness tho, I think bar ends are the deep end of Ghey-ness.

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    One more note about the grips: they come in 2 sizes...and the sizes are mis-named, me thinks. The "small" is the best size I would guess for most people. I wear and have always worn XL gloves - I can't get my hand into size Larges...however, the Ergon "Small" grips are the correct size for me..the "Large" is friggin' NBA-Star sized... The naming convention might need to be re-evaluated. All my XL-Glove wearing and XXL glove wearing buddies also ride the "small" Ergon...
    I have been using the new GC3 for a couple of months now. I love it, and I love the large size (XXL+ gloves).

    My only complaints would be:
    1. That you need to buy the bar reinforcers separate.

    2. The bolts are hard to torque since I am unable to read my torque wrench when it's facing away from me.

    Luckily for me the comfort of the grips and bar ends out weighs any silly a$$ concerns about the "ghey" factor.

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    it is a set of grips and bar ends people. lol. maybe we need a 5 page review just in case

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    Quote Originally Posted by ERGON
    In North America only, we will be selling the GX3 and GC3 barend sets separate from the grip. These barends can actually be used with out the Ergon grip. So, if you like the barend...and don't like the grip....you can match the GX3 or GC3 barend up with your favorite grip of choice. We will be selling these direct from the Ergon USA website in the coming weeks. MSRP is looking to be around $35 for a set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    it is a set of grips and bar ends people. lol. maybe we need a 5 page review just in case

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    Quote Originally Posted by ionsmuse
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    Hooked on tree branches works for me!

    I understand the Ergon grips and I had them on a hybrid I used to have. My experience with big bar-ends are that they hook on trees and branches in dense, wooded singletracks. The smaller bar-ends Ergon makes seems to make more sense for the trails and still do the job just as well as the big ones.

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    Short straight bar ends hook on everything. The ones with the inward bend deflect vines and small trees to the outside of the bars and keep the from hooking.

    If you're catching something near the tip of a bent bar end, then you are way off line and have more to worry about!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sthrnfat
    Short straight bar ends hook on everything. The ones with the inward bend deflect vines and small trees to the outside of the bars and keep the from hooking.

    If you're catching something near the tip of a bent bar end, then you are way off line and have more to worry about!
    I guess that makes sense. The big bar ends I've used did not have that bend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01
    I'm a huge fan of the Ergon grips. I first started using them last fall on my SS, then put a pair on my geared FS bike for the 09 Ouachita Challenge.

    A pair of Ergon's will grace my super-secret Queen of all my Dreams build, which will be finalized probably in January...the only non-power-bling item on the bike...
    Are you doing the race this year, Nate?

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    Cork, Cork and more cork!!!
    Anyone who has ridden cork grips will know what I mean........

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    Christ they look like Texas longhorns!! Get some ESI's already

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    New question here.

    Quote Originally Posted by ERGON
    In North America only, we will be selling the GX3 and GC3 barend sets separate from the grip. These barends can actually be used with out the Ergon grip. So, if you like the barend...and don't like the grip....you can match the GX3 or GC3 barend up with your favorite grip of choice. We will be selling these direct from the Ergon USA website in the coming weeks. MSRP is looking to be around $35 for a set.

    Jeff K
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    Still haven't seen that factory direct link on Ergon USA....

    Is this still going to happen?

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoffeeBean
    Still haven't seen that factory direct link on Ergon USA....

    Is this still going to happen?

    Thanks.
    They are under spare parts, here... https://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/sho...ry/spare-parts

    Really frustrating that, like so many customer-friendly US options, this is not available in Europe. It will cost me double that to upgrade from my GC-2s. Will have to try and recoup some of the difference from Ebay. Makes me wish I'd taped the GC2 ends to avoid all the little scratches.

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    I have the similar ergons with the much smaller bar ends. I love them. They cost $70 so I have to love them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeOxfordCT
    I cut 3/4" off each side of the stock Cannondale bars that came on the 29'er F4
    Not trying to flame you here but the stock 680mm bar sounds perfect to me. You removed 19mm from each end making the bar 642mm and then added bar ends which take away from the available width even further putting the bar effectively at around 610mm? Isn't that really narrow for a 29er?

    After reading numerous tester complaints about narrow 620mm bars on budget bikes, I replaced my own 620mm bar with a 680mm one and it's a huge improvement. I had Ergon GC2's (mini-bar end) on before and after the switch and I certainly notice the 15mm of lost grip area on each side a lot less with the wider bar.

    Before I had Ergon's my hands were pretty uncomfortable and I was really looking forward to the alternative hand positions that mini-bar ends would provide. Now that I have the Ergon grips, my hands are comfortable enough that I rarely use the mini-bar ends anyway. Mostly they just take up space on the bar/grip. If I had it to do over again, I could go either way - GP1 (standard) or GC2 (mini-bar end).

    Large bar ends on a narrow bar sounds like a nice configuration for a hybrid bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clones123
    Now that I have the Ergon grips, my hands are comfortable enough that I rarely use the mini-bar ends anyway. Mostly they just take up space on the bar/grip.
    Put some padding on the bar ends (grips, tape, or lizard skin bar end covers) and you will use them much more because a little padding makes them much more comfortable.

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    It takes more than a year to do a couple of rides?


    I love my GX1's. It takes a ride or two to get them dialed, but once you do they're amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topmounter
    It takes more than a year to do a couple of rides?
    Yikes - I completely missed it that this thread is over 8-months old. Fer cryin' out loud.
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