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Ergon GP2 Grip Review

Published on 21 January 2013 in Kit Reviews


A quick introduction, my names Stuart McGregor and I’ve fairly recently got into cycling/Mountain Biking (Later summer 2011) Initially I borrowed a mates Cove Stiffee, he wouldn’t sell it for £200 (!) so I bought an old but decent condition Mongoose Rockadile, this did me fine until I actually started going properly off road, so I managed to pick up a lovely condition old Orange Sub (Pro) 5 in Feb last year, this is my current steed. I can mostly be found on Twitter @StuartMc1 or Google+

As is often the case with new riders you find things hurt, my backside did but I was told by experienced riders I’d get used to it- I did! but my wrists and hands were another problem….

I have a pin in one wrist from a motorbike accident and struggle a bit generally with things such as riding the bike, e.g: I can’t ride a sports motorbike due to all the weight being on your wrists.

So, I did some investigating and decided the Ergon GP2 Grips would be worth a try, they seems to be well liked and decent quality, the price was certainly on the high side compared to others but I figured get something decent or don’t bother.

I went for the GP2 with the mini bar ends as I thought they would give me an alternative option, It turned out I was right, I use the bar end bits for out of the saddle climbing, just seems more comfortable and natural holding the bars there.

So, fitting was very easy, I just sliced off the old rubber grips and followed the instructions, basically just slide the new ones on! The grips are adjustable and locked off with a 5mm allen key, so you can move the grip around to adjust the angle of the palm pad part (The main grip) and you can also independently adjust the angle of the mini bar end part, nice.

The only ‘issue’ was actually getting the angle just right, but I just made sure I had a decent allen key with me and adjusted them on the fly, after about a week I was happy and have left them alone since (Mid summer 2012).

“What are they like?” you cry…Good! After I’d settled with the adjustments and I guess got used to them I’ve not noticed my wrists or hands causing any issues at all, so that is a good a compliment that I can make I guess! I do plenty of miles, a few rides around 50 miles and over 300 a month in the summer so I’m pretty impressed to be honest as I’d expect my knackered hands and wrists to cry foul at me for doing those miles.

Would I recommend them? Yes,They are well built, easy to use and I’ve found no deterioration at all in the quality in 8 months of decent use, plus  if you are finding you get numb hands or similar it just ruins your time on the bike, these grips may help alleviate that, it’s got to be worth a go.

Mine came from Chain reaction cycles for around £30.

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Endura Singletrack Shorts – A Review

Published on 25 November 2012 in Kit Reviews

I was bought a pair of Singletrack MTB Shorts by Endura for my birthday in October, and since then they’ve been my go-to shorts. I wanted to make sure I’d given them a good battering before posting a review, so now it’s here!

Why Endura Singletrack MTB Shorts?

I’ve read a few reviews of these shorts and I couldn’t find any reason not to buy them. First and foremost, being made by Scotsmen they’re excellent value for money. I paid about £40 on special offer.

The first impression I got on opening the package was of a very well-built, hardwearing piece of kit. The fittings are substantial, the stitching is very good and the materials seem hardy. On top of this, the abundance of pockets front, back and inside-front (with a very handy zippered money pocket) means that there are plenty of places to put your maps, cake money, gels, cereal bars or whatever you want. One word of caution though: I’d think seriously before putting something valuable in the bigger pockets… I’m not so sure how secure they’ll be when you’re bouncing down a hillside somewhere.

Check the video below to see some more.

How Do They Look?

I got mine in Olive and I think they look bloody great. You can get them in more ninja-like colourways (black, basically) too.

It’s easy to combine them with various other layers (long johns, Aldi base layers, liners, bibs even, baggy tops…) to suit the weather, but there are front vents for the rarer summer days out so your bits won’t have to suffer from boil-in-the-bag heat.

The only down side I’ve found is that the double-popper closure does sometimes pop itself open. This doesn’t happen when I’m riding, but when I’m walking about before and after rides. Perhaps the fit is just more suited to being in the saddle! Personally, I wish that MTB shorts manufacturers would stick with big old buttons – I’ve had exactly the same problem on a pair of Altura shorts I own. The waist bands are perfect but as soon as they’re under strain, the press-studs popped open. I’ve had an expert seamstress stick a buttonhole and big old button on the Altura ones and the Singletracks might go the same way before too long. Thankfully the zipper on the Singletrack shorts’ fly is a really good one, so they’ve not fallen around my ankles so far! ;)

Cut To The Chase – Should You Buy Some?

In my opinion, you probably should. The Endura Singletrack MTB Shorts look great, fit well, the build quality is excellent and they can be paired up with whatever else you’re wearing to suit the conditions.

If you’ve got an opinion, especially of you’ve got some already, please let us all know what you think by putting a comment below.

If you’re thinking of buying some for yourself – or sending them to Santa – click the link and you can get them from CRC.


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Martyn Ashton’s Amazing Skills

Published on 10 October 2012 in MTB Info

I realise that this isn’t MTB, but Martyn’s basically an MTB rider, showing here some amazing skills on a £10k Pinarello bike, as usually ridden by Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.

Madness, no? Excellent, yes?

Enjoy :)

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