Ergon has updated their Comfort Performance grips for 2012, improving the durability of the compound and making the products and packaging a little more earth friendly.
With all of the design, testing and engineering done in-house in Germany, Ergon keeps a close eye on the total impact of their products. That includes how long they last since the more grips you go through, the more packaging and materials get consumed. And those have to go somewhere.
Over the course of 2011, Ergon developed new compounds, finding a German producer for the new rubber compound used for parts of the BioKork grips shown above and their GP2’s shown after the break. Ergon USA VP Jeffrey Neal says the compound is of a much higher quality, yielding a rubber that meets food safety purity standards and automotive UV standards. It’s contaminant free, using medically approved “white oil” only.
BTW, the cork for the BioKork grips comes from Portugal. The materials for grips are shipped to their factory in Taiwan for molding and packaging. Their pedals are about 40% made in Germany.