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The hands take over important tasks when cycling, they are responsible for holding, steering and braking. At the same time, there is a high pressure on the hands, which can lead to painful irritations of the nerves, fingers and hands. 

Causes of aching hands 



Wrong grip size
Wrong grip size
 
Wrong grip shape
Wrong grip shape
 
Too straight handlebar
Too straight handlebar
 



Wrong grip size 

Cause - wrong grip size
leads to cramping of the hand

SQlab Solution 
Grip size measurement for a grip that fits the hand perfectly

The right grip size is crucial. If a grip is too large, it cannot be completely enclosed, which can lead to cramping of the fingers or the hand.  The personal grip size is important for comfort and safety. That is why we have developed a method for determining the optimal grip size.


Grip size is the measurement from the tip of the middle finger to the crook of the thumb. This is because the fingers grasp the grip precisely by this measurement. The SQlab grip series, sizes differ in range, length and shape.

Our bicycle grips are available in up to three different sizes depending on the model.





Wrong grip shape  

Cause - wrong grip shape

A round grip leads to high pressure on the outside of the hand    


Pressure measurement round grip Pressure measurement round grip

SQlab Solution 

A relief wing, which reduce the pressure 


Pressure measurement SQlab 702 Pressure measurement SQlab 702

The round grip sounds comfortable but gives only a small contact surface. The extremely high pressure on the outside causes irritation of the ulnar nerve. The consequences are pressure pains and numbness on the little finger and ring finger.

The SQlab grip concept
Flattened at the top and drawn forward and back for pressure relief and comfort. Surface is optimized for support and fingers can encompass the grip.




Too straight handlebar 

Cause – too straight handlebar 

leads to a lateral, overstretched wrist, or a kink


SQlab solution

handlebars with backsweep for a natural position of the hand



A kink in the wrist especially a laterally overstretched wrist can narrow the carpal tunnel. Similar to a kinked garden hose, through which no more water flows, the nerve information can no longer be transported through the narrowed carpal tunnel. This problem only occurs in healthy people when the joint goes to “block”. The cause is almost always a handlebar with too little bending to the rear.

The so-called backsweep, the backward bend, ensures the wrist is not overstretched, the carpal tunnel is no longer constricted and the supply to hand is improved. The risk of sleepy and numb fingers is minimised. Especially discomfort in index- and middle fingers is reduced.


View the handlebars 


Which Backsweep-Type are you?


16° Backsweep

stretched out riding position, Hardtail, Racefully



  • Ideal for marathons and long mountain bike tours
  • The 16° backsweep provides a natural transition from the lower arm to the hand when in a more stretched riding position
  • The Upsweep determines the elbow position for an active riding style
  • Three different heights allowing individualized riding positions
  • Also available in carbon

12° Backsweep

upright riding position, All Mountain, Enduro



  • Perfectly complements the gravity biker
  • The 12° backsweep with its short reach provides a natural transition from the lower arm to the hand when in a more upright riding position thus protecting the wrist from the extreme strain occurring in downhill riding
  • The 4° Upsweep determines the elbow position for an active riding style
  • Three different heights allowing individualized riding positions
  • Also available in carbon