Published on June 1, 2008
No. 2 / 2008 Ergonomic Series 08 P. 2 The Ergon Philosophy P. 3 Backpack Series P. 6 Reportage Topeak Ergon Racing Team P. 8 Leichtbau Grips P. 11 Performance Comfort Grips P. 12 Enduro Grips P. 13 Gloves Development partner: German Sports University Cologne
2 WWW.ERGON-BIKE.COM Ergonomics for cyclists. Perfectly realized. The Ergon Philosophy Carbon monocoque frames, electronic gears and intelligent connection between rider and bike. Bike ergonomics is extremely dampers. The technological developments in the bike industry are complicated and requires knowledge across different disciplines. as fast paced as ever. In the quest to make the bikes still more The development team at Ergon is made up of specialists in enjoyable, more comfortable, efﬁcient or faster, manufacturers are different areas. There are bike experts, racers, sports scientists, concentrating on “Hardware Technology”. However, will ergonomics experts, engineers and industrial designers. Their aim technology make the desired leaps possible? According to a is to develop products that offer the best ergonomics for cyclists, study of the German Sports University in Cologne, more than 90% which combine the best scientiﬁc principles with practicality. The of those people taking part complained of aches and pains around performance of Ergon products is tested in scientiﬁc laboratory their person when cycling. An important reason for this is poor studies, on the test rigs of the technical institutes and just as ergonomics. Incorrect ergonomics on the bike can see discomfort importantly with sweat and tears in everyday use or under race turn into sharp pain and can signiﬁcantly spoil the enjoyment of conditions. Cycling press editorials, international design awards cycling. In competition incorrect ergonomics can cost valuable and the hardest race conditions in the world conﬁrm that Ergon energy and therefore places. Ergonomics is about putting the are at the cutting edge. person as the focus, not the technology. For this reason, at Ergon, cyclists are at the centre of our search for the best 2005: GR2 2004: GP1 / R1 2005 : 1x GR2 2004: GP1 / R1 Issue 119: „A new era of Gear of the year, category 2006: GX1 / GX2 2005: GR2 2006 : 2x GR2 comfort and control“, GP1 bike essentials 2006: BD2 2007: CM1/CR1
WWW.ERGON-BIKE.COM 3 New Bike Transalp Backpack. The Flink link equipped light BC3 frame allows for natural freedom of movement for the upper body, combined with optimal load distribution. Heavy duty water proof HighTech material (water proofed on both sides), with water resistant zips, a helmet carrier, organisation compartments and provision for a hydration system. Gender speciﬁ c carrying systems available in two sizes. The cycling press: “Our test rider found Ergon’s back pack […] made for an unusually comfortable and secure carrying sensation. It creates light and even pressure on the shoulders, even when heavily loaded. On steep descents the backpack didn’t even once slide forward, nor did it ‘dance’ around when jumping. It simply stays put. It is so good that when you return to a traditional rucksack, you feel as if there is something not quite right…… Superb.“ MountainBIKE Magazine Germany 02/07 2 sizes: S, L BC3-M – for Men 2 sizes: S, L BC3-W – for Women 2 sizes: S, L BC3-M Team Edition – for Men Gender • Male / Female speciﬁc Capacity • 30 litre Main fabric • 210 D Nylon Hydration Pack • optional Goodbye Gravity. No one likes carrying a backpack. It is a necessity. It restricts your movement. As ergonomic specialists Ergon’s target is making backpacks for active people The weight of the load has undesired effects on your skeleton, muscles and as comfortable as possible to carry. Our starting point is far reaching studies posture. It is exhausting. People are dynamic, constantly moving. When you resulting in a revolutionary new backpack design. It allows the upper body to move any load will be continually transferred to your body and your shoulders move almost completely unhindered and with minimal load experienced. The will have to move the weight, constantly putting your muscles under strain. The waist strap transfers the main load to near the body’s center of gravity - the more active you are, the greater the effect. Up until now, this fact was barely point that the back’s movement is minimal. To achieve the desired freedom of considered by backpack manufacturers. Their best technology is used only on movement for the upper body what became obvious is that the shoulder their largest packs, for the biggest loads, ensuring it is possible simply for a carrying system needs to be isolated from the load. It is a brilliant and person to carry a large load for a long period. Large loads are expected to revolutionary idea. Using the central Flink® ball joint, in combination with a load compromise freedom of movement. Day packs, touring packs and backpacks bearing frame, the concept has created a backpack with a feeling of comfort for active people and athletes with lower capacities are based on an old and like no other. The result is that Ergon has removed gravity’s power, lifting the practically never revised construction. It ignores the inﬂuence of dynamic weight from your shoulders. Goodbye Gravity. movements on carrying comfort.
4 WWW.ERGON-BIKE.COM BD1 Bike backpack featuring a revolutionary carrying system. The central Flink ® ball joint allows for huge freedom of movement for the upper body. Pressure is evenly distributed on both shoulders, thus protecting the back. This makes for a completely new and comfortable carrying sensation. Gender speciﬁc carrying systems each in two sizes. Lightweight compact daypack version. The cycling press: “Our test rider found Ergon’s back pack […] made for an unusually comfortable and secure carrying sensation. It creates light and even pressure on the shoulders, even when heavily loaded. On steep descents the backpack didn’t even once slide forward, nor did it ‘dance’ around when jumping. It simply stays put. It is so good that when you return to a traditional rucksack, you feel as if there is something not quite right…… Superb.“ MountainBIKE Magazine Germany 02/07 2 sizes: S, L BD1-M – for men 2 sizes: S, L BD1-W – for women 2 sizes: S, L BD1-M Team Edition – for men 2 sizes: S, L BD1-W Team Edition – for women Gender • Male / Female speciﬁc Capacity • 12 litre Main fabric • 1000 D Nylon Hydration Pack • optional Natural range of movement. Optimal load distribution. Optimised Ergonomics for every body size. Noticeably lightweight. For Men. For Women. The central Flink® ball joint isolates the pack from movements of the Unbelievable but true. The ﬁt of the majority of traditional small to shoulders. This creates massive freedom of movement for the upper medium backpacks is dictated by their capacity. Small packs are for body. The frame distributes the load over a large surface area placing smaller people. Large packs are for larger people. Additionally very few the load’s centre of gravity at the waist, almost completely relieving the manufacturers account for the physical differences between men and spine and the back muscles. Compared to a normal backpack any women. The Ergon backpack geometry is developed to ﬁt exactly to shoulder movements do not require your shoulder muscles to shift the different body forms. Big and small, male and female. There are two entire weight of the pack. Ergon pack users experience 10 – 20% of the different men’s carrying systems, and two different carrying systems for total load on their shoulders, perfectly balanced with even pressure women. Each one has adjustable back length settings. It is a little thing, distribution. This protects your back. This brilliant construction method is but you can feel the difference and it really works. Tall or short in the the reason for its comfort like no other. The backpack stays put in every torso, broad shouldered or not – an Ergon backpack will ﬁt perfectly. situation. Undesired slipping is prevented. A huge advantage. The prerequisite for optimum Ergonomics. flexible link system by Flink GmbH, Design and engineering. www.flinklink.com. Worldwide exclusively licensed to Ergon.
WWW.ERGON-BIKE.COM 5 BD2 Bike comfort backpack featuring a revolutionary carrying system. The central Flink® ball joint allows for huge freedom of movement for the upper body. Pressure is evenly distributed on both shoulders, thus protecting the back. This makes for a completely new and comfortable carrying sensation. Gender speciﬁc carrying systems each in two sizes. Fully featured comfort version with many added features. The cycling press: “Our test rider found Ergon’s back pack […] made for an unusually comfortable and secure carrying sensation. It creates light and even pressure on the shoulders, even when heavily loaded. On steep descents the backpack didn’t even once slide forward, nor did it ‘dance’ around when jumping. It simply stays put. It is so good that when you return to a traditional rucksack, you feel as if there is something not quite right…… Superb.“ MountainBIKE Magazine Germany 02/07 2 sizes: S, L BD2-M – for men 2 sizes: S, L BD2-W – for women 2 sizes: S, L BD2-M Team Edition – for men 2 sizes: S, L BD2-W Team Edition – for women Gender • Male / Female speciﬁc Capacity • 15 litre Main fabric • 1000 D Nylon Hydration Pack • optional Optimal load distribution for minimal Adjustment of the carrying system weight on the shoulders to back length and build 10% 10% 40% 40%
6 WWW.TOPEAK-ERGON.COM World Champion 2007 Irina Kalentieva www.irina-kalentieva.com Irina Kalentieva is the World’s fastest female cross-country mountain biker. Her best season to date was crowned with the Russian taking the gold medal at Fort William, Scotland. “It was always my dream one day to be the World Champion and to be allowed to ride in the rainbow jersey” an overjoyed Irina said following the event. Irina has conquered the MTB Scene this past year. The World Championships was one of many wins including three World Cup races and the World Cup Overall Series. She is also the World’s number 1 ranked female rider. Part of Irina’s role as a Topeak-Ergon rider is to test our products in a racing environment. As such her feedback is indispensable for our product development team. German National Champion 2007 Wolfram Kurschat www.wolfram-kurschat.com Wolfram tunes everything on his bike to the smallest detail. The weight and ergonomics have to be perfect for the German Champion, to allow him to perform at his best. He leaves nothing to chance meticulously preparing for every race. “For me cross country mountain biking is like Formula 1 racing and the competition is huge” only by preparing in such a way can he concentrate on the job in hand. His success vindicates his approach. As well as winning the national title in Germany, he also won the title for the German National Series. His performance this season has catapulted him back into the World’s top ten rankings.
WWW.TOPEAK-ERGON.COM 7 Topeak-Ergon Racing Team Dave Wiens Team Introduction Cross-country Legend From nowhere to one of the best international race teams in the world in the blink of an Joining the Team in 2008 is long time eye. Team Topeak Ergon riders test Ergon products under race conditions, passing Ergon user Dave Wiens. The American invaluable feedback to the product development team. For the 2008 season, once again has over 20 years experience as a the bar is set very high. Irina Kalentieva, reigning World Champion, ranked number 1 in professional racer, team manager and the World rankings and winner of the World Cup Overall Series will race all World Cups, MTB guru. In 2002, Dave’s 2 US National the European and World Championships. She will be joined by Wolfram Kurschat, the Champion titles and his many World Cup German National Champion 2007. Both are using the season to prepare for the Olympics Victories were honoured with his addition in China. The team is represented in the marathon race discipline (and also XC) by to the “Mountain Biking Hall of Fame”. Benjamin Brochhagen and Tim Tofaute (Ergon Product Development). In the USA the endurance specialist Jeff Kerkove and the cross country legend Dave Wiens will be Dave Wiens is not someone who you can stamping their authority. In downhill and freeride competition points will be hunted by the easily convince of anything Mountain Bike development rider Willi Luetzeler. related, such is his experience. The Ergon product development team will be able to feed on this vast knowledge for future products. Additionally in the 2008 season he will be competing at all of the major 24hr and endurance races in the US.
8 WWW.ERGON-BIKE.COM New A lightweight grip for racing. The underlying concept is GX1 Leichtbau based on the successful GP and GR ranges. A compact body with a signiﬁcantly slimmer wing, and lower grip radius in the mid section than the GP1. The grip is designed for fast hand position changes in changing riding conditions. Made from a light weight rubber and combined with a lightweight highly secure clamp, the GX range is signiﬁcantly lighter than the GP1. 1 size: GX1 1 size: GX1 Team Edition green Weight • 128 gram per pair Clamp • Aircraft Alu Use • Pro Racing Leichtbau. The founding principle is based on the comfort series grips of the rubber and combined with the secure lightweight clamp the GX1 P, R, and C ranges. The compact grip body used for the GX1 and model is significantly lighter than our previous grips. The GX2 model GX2 has a wing form that is a lot slimmer than previous models. The is supplied with integrated 100% carbon barends weighing only 34g diameter of the centre of the grip is also slimmed down makes it ideal each which use Wrap Mold Technology (WMT) making an alu insert for situations where constant hand position changes are required unnecessary. The GX series is the new watchword for racing grips. because of the varying terrain. The grip is made of a lightweight Scratch resistant, highly secure lightweight alu Clamp Compact grip body for fast hand position changes Slim, ﬂat wing Low density lightweight rubber with excellent damping properties
WWW.ERGON-BIKE.COM 9 New A lightweight grip for racing. The same lightweight GX2 Leichtbau grip body as the GX1 but featuring a lightweight magnesium barend. The barend and support platform on the grip can be independently adjusted for the correct angle to allow the best ﬁt for individual saddle position and riding style. 1 size: GX2 1 size: GX2 Team Edition green Weight • 228 gram per pair Barend • Magnesium Use • Pro Racing New A lightweight grip for racing. The same lightweight GX2 Leichtbau Carbon grip body as the GX1, but featuring a newly developed multi-position barend made from 100% carbon and weighing only 34g each. By using WMT (wrap mould technology) an alu insert has been deemed unnecessary. The barend and the support platform on the grip can be independently adjusted for the correct angle to allow the perfect ﬁt for individual saddle position and riding style. 1 size: GX2 Carbon 1 size: GX2 Carbon Team Edition green Weight • 178 gram per pair Barend • 100% Carbon Use • Pro Racing
10 WWW.ERGON-BIKE.COM New Lightweight version of the GP1 grip. The use of lightweight GP1 Leichtbau materials such as a lighter rubber compound and a carbon clamp the weight of the grip has been reduced by 40% compared to the original GP1. The comfort factor however is unchanged. 2 sizes: S, L GP1 Leichtbau 2 sizes: S, L GP1 Leichtbau Gripshift® compatible 2 sizes: S, L GP1 Leichtbau Team Edition 2 sizes: S, L GP1 Leichtbau Team Edition Gripshift® compatible Gender • Unisex Size • Small, Large Clamp • Carbon Fiber Composite Use • Pro Racing New Lightweight version of the GR2 grip. The use of lightweight GR2 Leichtbau Carbon materials such as a lighter rubber compound and an integrated 100% carbon barend weighing just 36g each GR2 Leichtbau Magnesium allows the weight of the grip to be reduced by 50% compared to the original GR2. The comfort factor however is unchanged. Also available with magnesium barends. 2 sizes: S, L GR2 Leichtbau Carbon 2 sizes: S, L GR2 Leichtbau Carbon Gripshift® 2 sizes: S, L GR2 Leichtbau Carbon Team Edition 2 sizes: S, L GR2 Leichtbau Carbon Team Edition Gripshift® compatible without ﬁg.: 2 sizes: S, L GR2 Leichtbau Magnesium 2 sizes: S, L GR2 Leichtbau Magnesium Gripshift® Gender • Unisex Size • Small, Large Barend • Carbon Use • Pro Racing
WWW.ERGON-BIKE.COM 11 GP1 The GP1 series of grips offer maximum comfort and the best possible pressure distribution. They are specially cut for a small to middle sized hand (Size S: 6.5 / 8.5 - particularly good for female hands), as well as for middle to larger sized hands (Size L: 8.5 – 10.5). They feature a forged alu clamp for fast and secure installation. The support platform is individually incrementally adjustable for the correct hand angle by simply turning the grip. 2 sizes: S, L GP1 2 sizes: S, L GP1 Gripshift® compatible 2 sizes: S, L GP1 Rohloff® / Nexus® compatible Gender • Unisex Size • Small, Large Clamp • Forged Alu Use • Mountainbike, Touring Problem: Solution: Problem: Solution: Carpal tunnel- Ergon Grip Ulna nerve irritation Ergon Grip syndrom ﬁg. A ﬁg. B ﬁg. C ﬁg. D 110° 148° Ergon GP, GC, GR and GX grips prevent numb ﬁngers, painful hands and ulna nerve, thus decreasing the likelihood of numbness. Furthermore, the forearms – problems that many riders face. The cause of this is high pressure on anatomic form of the Ergon Performance and Race Series grips corrects your the particularly sensitive areas of the palm and an incorrect hand position. hand position. An incorrect hand position and overloading of the median nerve (a leading cause of carpal tunnel syndrome) are impossible as long as the grip is Due to their anatomically optimal design, Ergon grips provide a contact surface mounted correctly. of 100%. Regular grips only provide a contact surface of approximately 60%. With increased contact surface, pressure is especially reduced in the area of the
12 WWW.ERGON-BIKE.COM GC2 Multi-position grips with integrated cold forged alu barends, which have a dual function acting as the clamps for the grip. The shape of the grip is identical to the GP1. The New GC2 is the replacement for the older R1 model. It features a longer, ergonomically optimized barend, which is adjustable in terms of its angle on the bar. Its size and shape are ideal for small to middle sized hands (Size S: 6.5 – 8.5) as well as for middle to larger sized hands (Size L: 8.5 – 10.5). The barend and the support platform can be independently adjusted for the correct angle to allow the best ﬁt for individual saddle position and riding style. 2 sizes: S, L GC2 2 sizes: S, L GC2 Gripshift® compatible 2 sizes: S, L GC2 Rohloff® / Nexus® compatible Gender • Unisex Size • Small, Large Barend • Forged Alu Use • Mountainbike, Touring GR2 Originally developed for racing using the experience of riders at the Transalp Challenge, the grip body is the same as the GC2. The light 100% magnesium 3 ﬁnger barend offers practically the same advantages as a full size barend despite its small size. Its size and shape are ideal for small to middle sized hands (Size S: 6.5 – 8.5) as well as for middle to larger sized hands (Size L: 8.5 – 10.5). The barend and the support platform on the grip can be independently adjusted for the correct angle to allow the best ﬁt for individual saddle position and riding style. 2 sizes: S, L GR2 2 sizes: S, L GR2 Gripshift® compatible 2 sizes: S, L GR2 Rohloff® / Nexus® compatible Gender • Unisex Size • Small, Large Barend • Magnesium Use • Mountainbike, Touring
WWW.ERGON-BIKE.COM 13 GE1 Ergon GE1 developed for riders who prefer technically demanding terrain. Ideal for Enduro, Freeride and Cross Country riders who ride the harder lines. The slim cylindical form allows optimal rotation of the hand on the grip – for pulling up on jumps, or moving your weight back when riding drop-offs. The four different surface textures optimize grip and together with the anatomic shape allow for maximum control with minimum clamping force being required from the hand. In the area of the Ulna nerve, at the ball of the hand, a pressure relief zone has been included which prevents sleeping ﬁngers. Thanks to an inside and outside stop bike control is assured. The extremely secure clamp (patent pending) is made from forged alu and is 100% twist resistant. Available in two sizes (both in width and length) to suit different hand sizes and preferences. 2 sizes: S, L GE1 2 sizes: S, L GE1 Team Edition green Gender • Unisex Size • Small, Large Clamp • Forged Alu Use • Enduro, Freeride Bobby Root “The Wheelie King” RobJ “Freeride Junky” Marcus Klausmann “Dr. Downhill” Bobby Root is one of the legends of the “If I am honest, I was somewhat sceptical The 11 times German downhill champion is Freeride bike scene. The American is when I ﬁrst mounted the GE1 grips on my a complete perfectionist in terms of his bike famous for his spectacular speed wheelies bike. My doubts evaporated though and the components. “As a downhiller you in the cult Mountain Bike ﬁlms “New World following the ﬁrst ride. Normally my hands need to have blind trust in your bike. The Disorder”. Dirt-Bikes are Bobby’s life. For and arms tire very quickly, however when it GE1 grips are utterly secure on the bar. Ergon the 31 year old brings his years of got gnarly I noticed a considerably higher With their inner and outer stops they offer experience into our product development. level of sensation to normal”. perfect control. Their optimal shape means I have more control over the machine”.
14 WWW.ERGON-BIKE.COM HM1 All mountain glove. Perfect ﬁt, high ﬂexibility, as little padding as possible, but as much as necessary. Optimal compatibility with Ergon grips. The innovative clasp allows for individual width adjustment and for an exact ﬁt. Speciﬁc models available matched to the different form and proportions of male and female hand. 4 sizes: S-XL HM1-M – for Men 4 sizes: S-XL HM1-W – for Women Gender • Male / Female speciﬁc Width • adjustable Palm material • Clarino® ultra suede Use • All Mountain
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