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Designed as a downhill or trail (or enduro, if you’re into the latest buzzwords) grip, the GE1 lacks the large shape you might be more accustomed to seeing on grips carrying the Ergon logo. It’s slimmer, and therefore easier to hold on to when the going gets nasty.
Before I first rode the GE1, I was a big proponent of Ergon’s more ergonomic GS1 racing grips, though I never cared for their aesthetics. After a couple of rides with the GE1, however, I knew I’d found my new grip, despite it being designed for the gravity crowd.
Despite what it may look like, the GE1 is not your typical round grip. The grips are designed to sit at a particular orientation, resulting in a ridge that runs across the underside of the grip. This ridge gives your fingers more control than with other grips I’ve tried. Vibration dampening is also top notch, and not something I’m typically impressed with on other grips. The GE1 has a cutout in the shell where your palm rests, so the rubber is floating on a bit of air.
At $36 the GE1 isn’t a steal — it’s actually quite expensive compared to most grips, which tend to hover around the $20 price point. But when it comes to buying components, always invest in your contact points; while they may not be sexy, poor choices can ruin your ride.
After about 300 miles, a couple of hard falls, and several washes, the GE1s show no signs of deteriorating. The single bolt clamp holds firm, never once allowing the grips to rotate, despite countless “oh sh—” situations where my hands were strangling the GE1s, more so than holding on.
Suggested retail price: $36
We like: Shape makes for easy gripping; absorbs vibration well; durable
We don’t like: Expensive; the not-quite-round shape takes some time to adjust to get just right
The scoop: Better grip than the average cylindrical offerings for those who deal with hand pain
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Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) is the latest major GC rider to commit to competing in two grand tours for the 2015 season, with targets on the Tour de France and Vuelta a España.
The 35-year-old Rodríguez is no stranger to racing two grand tours in one season, as he’s done so the past seven years.
For 2015, Rodríguez told the Spanish sports daily AS a climber-friendly Tour de France is too good to pass up.
“I like [the Tour] a lot, and it will be a Tour for climbers,” Rodríguez told AS. “If they told me I could plan the Tour, I couldn’t have done it better myself, because it’s hard, with few TT kilometers. I believe they did me a favor, and I am going to race it.”
Rodríguez rode to a career-best third and won a stage in the 2013 Tour, giving him podiums in all three grand tours.
“I was thinking of Giro-Vuelta, but with a Tour like this, in the end, I will do the Tour and the Vuelta,” he said. “The beginning of the season will be more or less the same as always.”
Going into his final season with his current contract with Katusha, Rodríguez is hoping to put the frustrating 2014 season behind him.
After a strong start, including an overall victory at the Volta a Catalunya against a strong field, Rodríguez suffered two heavy crashes. The first, at the Amstel Gold Race, left him with two broken ribs. A second fall at the Giro d’Italia saw him with another broken rib and a broken finger. That cost him a shot at winning the Giro, and he raced the Tour de France, in part, to recover for the Vuelta, in which he was fourth overall.
“It wasn’t so much a bad season, but it was the hardest,” he said. “I think we did everything the right way, we just had really bad luck.
“I go into 2015 with the same motivation as always,” he continued. “I am not going to change my training [due to the problems of 2014], I am not going to reinvent myself now.”