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Ergon GP3 bicycle grips with bar ends - horns
There are add-on parts on bicycles that are essential for comfortable cycling and comfortable progress. The handles belong precisely to these add-on parts, with which the driving pleasure can be significantly influenced. Today we take a closer look at the Ergon GP3 L handles. After we have already taken a closer look at the Ergon GP1, we present the ergonomic handles with bar ends in this review. On our tour through Germany we mounted a number of accessories on the bike, including these handles.
Before buying, the question always arises: Do I actually need it and does it make sense? This results from the need and cannot be answered across the board.
With ergonomic handles you can improve driving comfort. If the heels of the hand, individual fingers, the whole hand or even the forearm fall asleep while driving, these hand movements, with the correct assembly, can help. Why are the bar ends on the GP3 handles? Anyone who goes on long bike tours will notice that their hands need a break from time to time. So that you don't have to drive hands-free, the croissants can be used, for example, to change your grip. The hand can change position and rest and relax.
In the mountains you can use the handles to pull your weight forward. We first used the Ergonomic Bike Grips GP3 on our bike tour through Germany. We learned to love them especially on the inclines.
Scope of delivery and assembly of the Ergon GP3 L handles
The handles are delivered in pairs and with all attachments such as screws, caps and horns. As with the GP1 handles, there is a handle outside the box and can be felt before buying. The second handle is in the box, in addition to instructions, there are also other parts such as the screws and a cap for the end.
After you have loosened the old handles and the handlebars are exposed, you can slide the GP3 handles onto the handlebars. At first we don't fix the handles. We sit and on the saddle and take the first hand grip. We assume a normal driving and sitting position and try to align the individual handle so that our forearm is in line with the wrist. If you always wear cycling gloves when cycling, you should also wear them when aligning. After we have found the position, we can now attach the croissants and align them.
The bar ends are placed on the outer end of the handles. These also have the screw for fixing and clamp the handles on the handlebars. In contrast to the GP1, the screws are not visible or are attached below.
We tipped this forward a little. On the lower, outer side there is the hexagon socket screw for careful fixing. Lines can be used to read exactly at which angle the bar ends are fixed. On the other side of the handlebar, you can now align and fix the second handle using the same principle. The lines give you the same angle.
Fine tuning and readjusting the handles
You only notice whether the handles are really good and your hands don't fall asleep after you have covered a certain distance and time on the bike. It is advisable to take the appropriate tool with you to loosen the screw. If you notice that your arms, hands or fingers are falling asleep, you have to adjust the handlebar a little. We corrected this after the first 25 km, the palm of our hand fell asleep. Our wrist was minimally buckled, after the correction a straight line was reached from the forearm and wrist. The numb feeling got less. We had to readjust a little more for another 15 km. We did it with two breaks for correction.
Our advice: Adjust the handles during a break in a long journey before evaluating the products as unsuitable. Changes in the millimeter range can already have an impact on the handlebar grips.
Conclusion on the Ergon GP3 test
In terms of price, the handles are found in the higher segment. At a good 59 euros they are not exactly a bargain, but with correct assembly and good setting they are worth every penny. The bar ends / bar ends brought exactly the relief we were hoping for when changing the grip. The handles supported the ball of the hand in the right place and took the load off on descents. On long journeys you were ideally positioned to get a positive and pleasant driving experience. If you want, you can get the Ergon GP3 in cork. Construction and sizes are the same, only the material is different. There is more about handlebar grips in the bike grip test.
If you are willing to spend a little more money, you should take a closer look at the Ergon GP3 handles. We give the handles 5 out of 5 possible points.
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