Ergon has released a brand-new GDH Team grip that's been designed from the ground up specifically for downhill racing. The GDH Team was developed with input from Vali Höll, Troy Brosnan, and Fabien Barel featuring specific purposely designed zones to reduce pressure, hand fatigue, and arm pump.
Ergon says the GDH Team is the result of over 10 years of Gravity World Cup experience with its existing GE, GD, and GFR grip series, claiming it sets a new standard for a gravity-specific grip.
The GDH Team has already seen success, being used by Vali Höll to secure the UCI World Champion, UCI World Cup overall winner, and Austrian national champion in the elite women's DH this year.
Ergonomics are at the heart of Ergon's projects and this scientific approach has positioned the German brand in high regard amongst the best MTB grips. The GDH features features specific sections for better control and comfort to help racers ride harder for longer. Underneath there are four individual finger zones angled to match the hand and arm positions.
On top, there are multi-level, multi-directional texture blocks designed to absorb a wide range of impacts. The grip is tapered too, positioning more rubber on the top of the grip for enhanced relief. Finally, there is a diamond texture surrounding these zones to add some extra grip. Both the inner and outer edges are also raised adding support.
The GDH Team is held in place with a single alloy collar lock-on design and Ergon has used its softest rubber GravityControl rubber compound which should enhance dampening from vibrations. The GravityControl rubber is SGS-certified and free of harmful substances such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. The GDH Team is made in Germany too which helps Ergon ensure a high-quality finish and reduce production waste.
All grips include a set of replaceable end plugs and will retail for $39.95 / £34.99 / €39.95. The grips are only available in black and come in one size, we've got a set in for testing and ours weigh in at 116g including the bar ends. The Ergon GDH Team is available in Europe now, followed by the UK in late December, and the USA from Early Spring.
More information and stockists can be found at Ergonbike.com.