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Ergon GP1 BioKork

DSC_8971The Ergon GP1 BioKork grips provide ergonomic support, just as the original GP1 grips do (check out my review of the original GP1). The BioKork version is a result of Ergon’s GreenLab initiative which seeks to create more environmentally-conscious versions of their products.

The BioKork material is comprised of 40% sustainably-sourced cork from Portugal. Everyone knows that cork is lightweight and has inherent vibration damping qualities, but I was surprised to learn that it’s antibacterial and hypoallergenic (it contains suberin).

DSC_8972The grip’s core is made from plastic, but the BioKork model is made from 40% natural fibers. The gel padding in the palm is made from vegetable oil instead of mineral oil, and the aluminum clamp is 100% recyclable.

Since I talked about the packaging in the first GP1 review, it’s worthy noting that Ergon has revised their packaging across the board to incorporate recycled paper and to generally reduce the amount of material used.

DSC_8974In all, it’s encouraging to note that the environmentally version of an existing, successful product works exactly the same. I’ve been a fan of these grips for years, and now there’s an “greener” option in the marketplace. My one nit to pick is really hardly worth mentioning—I don’t like Ergon’s bar end plugs. They’re kind of cheap feeling and ill-fitting.

The GP1 BioKork is available in small (tested) and large, and retails for $40. Check out www.ergon-bike.com

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One Comment

  1. EricJuly 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Excellent grips. The only downside is that the gel padding rubs/ melts off after sitting in the Chicago summer sun too long. If they made one that was all cork I’d give it 6/5 stars. I’ve had them on my bike for two years exposed to the elements 24/7/365, other than the gel wearing off they are in perfect condition. Now to find their pedals at the LBS.

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