Ergon GC-1 Grip: Quick Review- by GuitarTed
If you have been mountain biking for some time, you probably have heard of, or used an Ergon grip. Ergon has a new grip now for users of “alt” bars, which are bars with a lot of sweep. Although Ergon is targeting urban cyclists and commuters with these grips, Ergon felt that they would also appeal to the mountain biker with bars of unusual sweep too.
Intro: So let’s take a look at what this grip is for. Here is a description from Ergon’s site:
The GC1 is a grip developed for the ergonomic demands of users of bicycles with backwards-swept handlebars, such as those found on city bikes. Using tradition grips on these bikes causes a kink in the wrist. The GC1 corrects this wrist position through its anatomic and ergonomically correct form. Any aches and tension can therefore be reduced. The GC1 is made from German developed, certified toxin free and UV stable rubber compounds. Specially positioned textures and different compound hardness ensure maximum comfort, and a secure grip.
While that gives you a basic overview, it must be said that these grips are more than just a normal Ergon grip with a twist. I have several pairs of Ergon grips and the GC-1 is what I would term as a “full figured” Ergon design. Where my GP-1′s have a flattish topside, these GC-1′s have a convex profile to them, at least in the last third of the grip towards the end, which I found very apparent. Also, these grips are offered in one size only, which I will get back to in a bit.
The GC-1 comes in the trigger shifter friendly version seen here, or a shortened version suitable for Grip Shift fans out there. The grips sent to TNI weigh in at 110 grams each, and are built with the typical Ergon attention to detail and aesthetics. Retail price is $29.99.
The GC-1 was mounted to a Carnegie’s Bar that is swept to 25°. The GC-1 fit on the bar and was easily tweaked to my preferred angle and then locked down with the single 4mm Allen bolt on each grip. The slight convex feel, (see above), was noted and I thought it “filled the hand” in a way that other Ergon grips do not. This grip is also a bit bigger feeling due to that as well. Other than this, I noted two things while off road riding with this grip.
- Image Left:Here is a look at the grip alone on the Carnegie’s Bar.
- Image Center: Here I have my hand on the bars in what I would call the “comfort position” for these GC-1′s. This was where I found my hands feeling best while cruising, or on tamer bits of trail.
- Image Right: Here I have my hand moved toward the inside of the grip. I found I felt more secure when I “choked up”, (American baseball term for when a player moves his hands up on the grip of the bat), and this was a narrower part of the grip which I felt lent more control in technical terrain.
Conclusions: The GC-1 does a better job of giving a rider a more natural hand position on bars with high degrees of sweep. It feels very comfy, but it does have its own unique feel, which is not like other Ergon grips. I determined this was due to the more convex feel in the wider part of the grip.
The GC-1 is probably a bit big for many shredder’s tastes. Those folks like thinner grips, as I understand, so these Ergons won’t appeal to that type of rider, nor will it likely work well as a mountain bike grip for folks with smaller hands. (I wear a size Large glove, for reference, and I found them to be fine.) Ergon obviously has other grips to suit those tastes and needs. However; if you have a funky bar on your townie, urban grocery getter, or commuter rig, give these a look. As a mountain bike grip, they will work well for those with medium to large size paws, and for those who like a chunky, fat feeling grip.
Note: Ergon sent these grips for test/review at no charge to Twenty Nine Inches and we were not paid, nor bribed for this review. We strive to give our honest thoughts and opinions throughout.