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    Ergo Grips on a SS

    I have put some Ergo Grips on my SS and not sure if it is helping. When in the saddle they are great to rest palms on. However, on the SS I am standing 75% of the time and not sure if they helping or making my grip less secure. I only have 15 miles on new grips and want to know if you guys like em on SS?

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    This is why bar ends are so great when standing it's a lot less stress on your wrists. I was against bar ends for a long time then I threw my old magnesium ergons on my bike and have never taken them off since.
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    When I tried them I found the ones I had were a bit too big for me to grip the bar well compared to the grips I usually run...

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    At this point I can't imagine riding without ergonomicle grips but a lot of them are so fat it's impossible to really grip the bar. I love the ergon GS1 perfect grip.

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    I had a set on my rigid SS and ended up switching them out. They really interfered with my ability to grip the bar, especially on rough descents.

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    What many have said - comfortable while on saddle, not comfortable while standing up and mashing, but grabbing bar ends help.

    I ended up switching to silicone grips. I do miss bar ends every now and then, but not nearly enough to switch back to Ergon grips from silicone grips.
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    Bar ends?! Really!? Are we in the 90's? Bar ends are just extra wt. and catch trees. Junk the ergo crap and get some Ouri's...you'll love 'em.

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    I have had a couple pair and like them, however, over the years I've concluded that they usually get used as a band-aid to mask bad fit in the cockpit.
    I still have a pair on my trail bike, but took them off my ss about a year ago and don't miss them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomzat View Post
    Bar ends?! Really!? Are we in the 90's? Bar ends are just extra wt. and catch trees. Junk the ergo crap and get some Ouri's...you'll love 'em.
    Bar ends make sense but they are dangerous. Are these what you talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdog100 View Post
    Bar ends make sense but they are dangerous. Are these what you talking about?

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    Do they need to be glued?
    The ones you linked slide on with a bit of force and water. I have a set of those on my SS commuter. I have two sets of the lock on version of those, for for my geared hardtail and one for my SS rigid. In my opinion they are comfortable and are the only grips I use on any bike I put a lot of miles on.

    Don't discount bar ends because of one persons comments here. I had them on an SS for a month. It felt really comfortable standing and climbing for long periods of time. I only took them off because I thought I was selling that bike.

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    I tried Ergo Grips...but found Ergo bars were a much better solution

    I use a Carnegie's Bar (25d bend) with ESI Chunky grips, maximum control and comfort.

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    bar ends, while out of fashion, are not dangerous. even in tight trees they are more likely to protect your hands from impact than they are to snag.

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    ALL my bikes have cane creeks. Thought about the ergo's. Still might try them at some point, but the cane creek's are way to comfy. Can't imagine not having them on my bike (both ss and geared)..
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdog100 View Post
    I ... want to know if you guys like em on SS?
    Nope. Don't like 'em.

    Bar ends are where it's at. Somebody said bar ends are out of fashion. I guess that person must be a slave to fashion. I've had bar ends on my bikes -- all my bikes, geared or SS -- since the late '80s and won't take 'em off cuz it isn't about fashion. It's about function.

    Bar ends function very, very well.

    As for grips... round grips for me.

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    ^^Hey, I was defending bar-ends. When I have them on I use them, when I don't, I don't miss them.

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    I'm not a fan of ergons. Just couldn't make them work. I stick to ESI chunkies.

    Bar ends: I've used them with success on my past bikes. Until I discovered alt bars. One big advantage of alt bars are you can swing your weight back while climbing to give your rear tire the extra bite. Bar ends put me too far forward. I use Mary and Jones Loop.

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    I use Oury lock ons on my SS and think they're great. I don't run bar ends but plan on giving them a shot this season mostly just to be able to change my grip on long rides. I run Ergons on my FS bike but wouldn't want them for SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elwoodturner View Post
    ^^Hey, I was defending bar-ends. When I have them on I use them, when I don't, I don't miss them.
    I wasn't talking about you.

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    as far as bar-ends go, I believe ss is where they shine, since they only get used for out of the saddle climbing. (for me at least).

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    I use Specialized body geometry narrow grips on my SS, and geared bike. I have been real happy with them. Tried ergons, but they felt too big for my taste.

    Bar ends are not for me, but if you like them, use them, but just not on a riser bar please!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Whisperer View Post
    I tried Ergo Grips...but found Ergo bars were a much better solution

    I use a Carnegie's Bar (25d bend) with ESI Chunky grips, maximum control and comfort.
    This is my exact same setup: Carnegie's+ESI Chunkies.

    I have the same experience as what others have said. The "ergo" type grips are very comfy while in the saddle. But being on a rigid SS, I found that I couldn't get a proper grip when moving about on the bike during standing climbs/sprints or when descending fast. I much prefer the round grip shape where I can get all my fingers around no matter what position I am on the bike.
    Better to have and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

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    i just got some ergo grips, and i feel like when i stand they are much harder on my hands than round grips were. my callouses on my ring and pinke fingers get a workout. at the same time i put the grips on, i switched to a slightly wider bar, so maybe that is part of it? but i dont think so. I do miss my bar ends.

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    Maybe I've been running Ergon GP-1s so long I don't even notice, feel fine to me but you do need to get the angle right. I've tried Ouri and ESI in the past and came back to the Ergons.

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    Have GP2's on the SS and commuter (TREK SOHO Delux), love em'!

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    I had ODI Rogue grips with bar ends. Not long ago i switched to Ergon grips with the bar end. The Ergons are now my favourite part of my bike. love em!

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    When i first got my SS I put ergo grips on them and after i few rides i felt like my pinky fingers were breaking. I had some serious pain in my hands. as soon as I swapped them out for regular old round grips (ODI Lockon) it was night and day. I could grip better and really hammer up the climbs without pain.

    Now after reading through the thread I am wondering about putting on some stubby bar ends...
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    I guess it's all very personal. I got some Ergons about a year ago and I have not been able to switch back to regular round grips at all. I have tried a few handlebars over the past few years- Carnegies, risers, regular flat bars, big sweep flat bars, short bars, wide bars, etc. nothing feels right until I put the Ergon grips on them.

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    I love these grips on my SS: ERGON BIKE ERGONOMICS

    I'm used to the Ergons on every other bike and couldn't get by without them. My pinkies go numb in 15 minutes without ergons.

    With these I get Ergons and bar ends in one

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    You nailed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippy29er View Post
    Now after reading through the thread I am wondering about putting on some stubby bar ends...
    they are really nice on climbs. something about changing the angle of the hands and wrists really seems to make a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippy29er View Post
    When i first got my SS I put ergo grips on them and after i few rides i felt like my pinky fingers were breaking. I had some serious pain in my hands. as soon as I swapped them out for regular old round grips (ODI Lockon) it was night and day. I could grip better and really hammer up the climbs without pain.
    Same for me, I bought a nice set of ergons with bar ends and tried them om my geared bike and my ss, but ended up going back to regular round grips. Don't know why, but the ergons just felt more cramped somehow and I got back with my hands hurting.

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    I rode a few months without Ergons G2s, hands would go numb when I did long rides. Have the G2's (little bar ends) on my bike now. Liked them in the past, still like them. I know it took me a ride to get the angle right on them. Just rode with a allen wrench in the pocket.

    That being said, if you like them use them, if you like bar ends use them, it is your ride. Does it really matter what others think? As long as you are having fun, who cares....

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    I know everybody's hand/wrist pain is different and so blanket statement don't apply here, but every bike I've ever owned has given me hand/wrist/neck/back pain at a certain point on a long ride until the cockpit was dialed in. I like ergons, but I would hesitate to recommend them for hand pain in lue of dialing in a better fit.

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    I have the ergo without the barends. I am going to give it a few more ride and report back. I just wasn't sure if ergos were used on SS.

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    I really like the Ergons, but I've really been enjoying the Body Geometry grips from specialized. Ergonomic shape is comfy but they're not quite as large as the Ergon grips so they don't cause me problems getting a good grip.
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    Agree with others, you just have to try it out for yourself but I also think handlebar rise and sweep are other variables too. Ergon GP1 and GX1 work for me on flat bars with some sweep like Niner carbon or Salsa Pro Moto. I haven't tried bar ends, but have always been curious to try.
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    I was happy with ESI Chunkies (straight silicone grips) when I had a suspension fork, but when I switched to a rigid fork they tore my hands up. I gave it a few rides hoping the blisters would callous up, but the foam grips just weren't supportive enough on rough terrain. So I tried the Ergon GS-1 (size small) and it was the perfect solution! It's a more of a low-profile ergo grip. I was able to keep a firm grip on the roughest terrain, no more blisters and did not notice any difficulty in gripping the bar when climbing out of the saddle. I did spend a little time getting the angle right, so make sure you have that dialed in.
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    40 miles so far on ergons and I think I am going to stick with em. [I do notice that if they are not very tight they will roll down on ya. I set mine up angled slighty up from neutral.

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    I ride a SS rigid on all singletrack and really enjoy my ergon gp2 grips, the sleek bar ends are very handyon long climbs. I was nervous about hooking trees but no issues yet, in fact they've acted more as a shield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junglejim86 View Post
    At this point I can't imagine riding without ergonomicle grips but a lot of them are so fat it's impossible to really grip the bar. I love the ergon GS1 perfect grip.
    I've been using the Ergon GX1 and GP1 grips in the small size, even though I have freakishly large hands... like, I wear XXL gloves. I ran the large ones for a while, found a set of small ones (without knowing they were small) at a swap meet for cheap, and ended up liking them better. Whoda thunk, eh?

    So, with the H-Bars, it seems the forward, stand-up riding position has my hands more inboard, not on the directional paddle part of the grips. It works for me, tho. I can grind the bike up some steep stuff and still saw the bike back and forth with good leverage.

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    I've been using Ergon's with carbon bar ends for a heap of riding now, and I reckon I'm sold. I'm actually (naughty) using carbon 'bars, and have Ergon "plugs" in the end of the bars to sure them up at the clamp area. I am also careful not to overtighten things. On the SS, where I spend most time out of the saddle, I reckon the bar ends do wonders. You actually tend to have the inside of your palm only on the grip itself, and fingers around the barends. It all works really well. It's important to muck around with angles until you have it all just right. This includes your brake lever angles, remembering that you're often out of the saddle when braking too! Here's some pics (ignore cable lengths - pics were taken when I first built the thing and was very excited!):




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    Bar-Ends , if you do a lot of standing , pulling on the bar climbing allows you to pull using your biceps instead of your triceps.
    I alternate back and fourth . Less fatigue.

    They're only dangerous if you have them pointing straight up in the air.

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    I have the GS1, can I use the "plugs" with them? If so I cannot find them on ergo's site.

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