The perfect shape

Griffe 711 Team OrangeErgonomics the fit! Holding on, steering and braking are the most important tasks a bike grip has to transmit - and of course, it should also be comfortable. Only a grip which fits perfectly to the hand can perform these tasks.

This is why the SQlab grips are available in different sizes. The SQlab grip size determination allows selection of the correct grip size.

The ulnar nerve

SQlab-ulnar-nervesPressure mapping on the contact interface hand and grip, have shown that the pressure in the outer region is the largest. This is also where the ulnar nerve runs. The ulnar nerve is responsible for the sensitivity of the ring- and little finger.
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We have therefore increased the contact area in the outer region of the grip and hence reduced the pressure here.

The carpal tunnel pass

 

SQlab-carpal tunnel passThe carpal tunnel supplies thumb, index and middle finger. Here the nerves exit and branch off to the fingers. A very sensitive area, which can usually be relieved by selecting the correct handle bar sweep for a straight transition from lower arm to hand. Here we should also pay special attention that this area is pressure relieved! Several conventional ergonomic grips have a so-called relieve wing which extends too far inwards. Often this relieve wing is too hard and can cause unwanted pressure to the carpal tunnel pass.

Grip safety

SQ-Hand-am-Griff-Knochen-Griffform-freiTake a look at your fingers as the wrap around a handlebar...

Correct: pretty square.

This is why we have adapted our grips to this shape and created an ergonomic hexagonal wave form that fits perfectly in the hand and provides an ideal secure grip for the hand.

 

Do the test yourself

thumb SQHand an GlasCheck how well you can grip on something round,
for example a glass...                                    

 

 

 

SQHand an Tischkante...and how well you can grip on something square,
for example a table edge

 

 

 

 

MTB handlebar usage

SQlab hand on the HandlebarHow do you hold a mountainbike handlebar properly?

The most important rule when riding in technical terrain is to remain relaxed.

Only then, can the 80 cm or more of travel that the human body is capable of providing be effectively added to the 10 - 20 cm of travel the bike provides. If the body is cramped up, the suspension travel it can provide is reduced and can no longer be used to its full potential. The dynamic human suspension travel can, with advanced riding techniques, even act early, such as with the bunny hop or pre-hopping over take-offs in order to land on the downramp rather than overshooting into the flat.

The 'sucking-up' of bumps or even entire jumps or doubles - a technique used in BMX riding - belongs in this category also.

Adjusting the wings of the Grip

The relief wing is designed to reduce pressure to the outer palm area of your hands when hands are supporting your weight by resting on the handlebar.

The wing should be positioned such that it points down slightly. The support of the wing should only be noticed with increased weight on the hands.

Do never position the wings too high. This would prevent a sharp bend in the wrist, but it would also compromise the ability to maintain a good grip of the bar at higher speeds and the associated higher loads.

Even with a relaxed riding position and a loose grip, the grips should provide a good secure hold of the handlebar. This is why our wings are as large as necessary and as small as possible and only positioned very far outwards on the grips. The squared-off contour at the front and lower side of the grips considerably increase the ability to maintain a strong and secure hold.

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Handlebar sweep

SQlab Hand am Lenker 2015 USSports medics recommend a stronger backwards bend in order to achieve a straighter transition from lower arm to hand.

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.

We have a hadlebar for each discipline of riding with the respective correct amount of backsweep.

Click here for the SQlab handlebars

Positioning - The chain hand - elbow - shoulder

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This chain needs to be observed as a whole. The hand position determines the elbow position. This in turn has its effect on the load to the shoulder, where the magnitude of the load is determined by the angle of the back.

Our handlebars are not only fine tuned for the intended use, but also for a comfortable, yet at the same time, optimal position, for a dynamic riding style.

The backsweep is adapted to the handlebar width, is typically somewhat more than found on traditional handlebars and provides an optimal transition from the forearm to the hand.

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