Sunday, December 15, 2013

Product Review: Specialized Body Geometry Contour XL Locking Grips


     Specialized has outdone themselves, as a leading producer, within the realm of cycling. Although they have been receiving negative publicity, as of late, while attempting to protect company trademarks, the Specialized train has not stopped moving. Producing the entire package, including helmets, shoes, clothing, tires, and bicycles, very little eludes Specialized. One of the best Specialized products that I have had a wonderful experience with are the Body Geometry Contour XL Locking Grips.
     The Contour grips are perfect for an endurance mountain biker or commuter looking for extreme hand comfort. After completing a 12 hour endurance mountain bike race with basic, non-ergonomic locking grips, my hands were in a dark place. I was experiencing shooting pain up both of my arms upon riding over natural elements that posed no trouble earlier in the race. It was at the conclusion of this race that I knew change needed to take place. I had heard of endurance mountain bike racers using ergonomically shaped locking grips. Therefore, I figured that it would be in my best interest to follow the path of the professionals and draw from their experience. Recently, I completed an 8.5 hour endurance mountain bike ride with the Specialized Contour grips and no excessive hand pain was experienced. I would recommend using the grips without padded gloves to avoid hot spots. These grips provide enough of a platform for increased comfort but also a platform that is minimal enough to maintain control at all times.
     What the Specialized Contour grips make up for in comfort, they do not lack in control and confidence. The platform provided by the grips is the ideal size. The palm of the hand can sit comfortably on the grip and allow for increased comfort and support. On the contrary, many ergonomically shaped grips, with a platform, provide a base that is bulky and excessive. A bulky platform can cause a decreased comfort level on even mildly technical descents. The contact points on a bicycle (grips, seat, and pedals) are imperative to have sorted out for optimal ride potential. Through the use of the Contour grips, it is possible to ride for extended periods of time without hand fatigue interrupting.
     The final piece that allows the Specialized Contour grips to stand out is the simplicity they offer, in all aspects. The fact that this is a locking grip allows for it to be fastened to the handlebars using a 3 mm wrench head. There is no need to work up a sweat while installing these to your handlebars. Also, because of the locking style, adjusting the angle of the platform may be performed with ease. As in all products by Specialized, simplicity and durability tend to separate them from the crowd.
     In conclusion, the Specialized Body Geometry Contour XL Locking Grips are wonderful. They are ideal for both endurance mountain bikers and commuters. The comfort, control, and simplicity they offer are outstanding. In my time using these grips, I have not yet found a negative. For more information, please visit http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftb/gripstape/grips/body-geometry-contour-xl-locking-grips. Thank you very much for reading. If you feel so inclined, please leave a comment below with any recommendations or suggestions. I am always looking for additional products to review.