Ergon has announced their first downhill specific equipment, promising better control over the bike with gravity-ready grips and saddles. Grab a seat, and check past the break to see what’s to come…

ergon dh grips for downhill mountain bikes

Ergon’s grips have traditionally put a little (or a lot) more meat on the outside edges to cushion the hand and support the palm, and the GD1 are no different. They get a negatively (inward) tapered design, just less dramatic, and add a flange on the inside edge to help position the hand.  A CNC’d aluminum collar locks it into position.

Wrapping around from the top to front of the grip is a custom anti-slip compound. On the bottom half are deep grooves for better traction when pulling on the bars. By incorporating all of these features, the amount of grip-strength required is lessened, hopefully slowing the development of “T-Rex” hands during long runs.

With the grips available in black and orange -plus interchangeable caps coming in black, blue, and red- complementing your bike shouldn’t be a problem. The grips are available in two different sizes, standard (large, 145g), and slim (small, 130g), and hold a €34,95 (~$39) price point.


Also with the lineup is the new SMD2 saddle, available in three options: Standard, Comp, and Pro Titanium. All provide an open bottom design that gives the tire additional space when the rear shock is fully compressed.

Key features include:

  • 360° padded seat edge
  • Shock resistant rails
  • Smooth nose for easy maneuverability
  • Robust fabric on the rear maintains longevity
  • Non-slip design for secure positioning while sitting

Ergon_SMD2_Comp_Side Ergon_SMD2_Pro_Ti_Side

Models and specs:

  • SMD2 – (shown, left) nylon shell, cromo rails / 220g / €59,95 (~$69)
  • SMD2 Comp – carbon shell, cromo rails, anti-slip cover / 215g / €99,95 (~$113)
  • SMD2 Pro Titanium – (shown, right) carbon shell, solid titanium rails, anti-slip cover / 205g / €149,95 (~$170)


  1. @Antipodean _eleven – yes, true but poor analogy.

    It would be more like going and buying a pair of shoes without trying them on or seeing them face to face.

    No LBS I’ve seen has them or carries them. There is no way to determine if they’re good for your bottom without having it in-hand or at the /VERY LEAST/ seeingg it on your buddy’s bike.

    Sure, many people buy saddles or tennis shoes with blind fait, but I guess I am not one of them.

    To be more curious, do they have direct distribution (outside of QBP/J&G/ETC). Their website doee indicate direct online to customer sales…. So maybe that is whyI’ve never seen them in a LBS?

    • I liked the look and specs of a road model, so I ordered one. It was a bad decision. The forward squared edges of the butt part hit my hamstrings with every pedal stroke. I tried changing the position and angle, but nothing helped. Back it went.

  2. my old LBS would demo you a saddle for the day for like $5 or $10. Was not a fan of the old Ergon saddle – sharp corners everywhere and hard as all hell. Maybe it’s shaped like someone’s butt, but not mine.

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