Ergon Adds Leaf Spring Carbon Seatpost, Wicked Carbon Bar/Stem/Ends Prototype & Leather Grips
Before we get into the real products, this stunner is the Ergon Custom Cockpit – a full carbon fiber one-piece bar/stem/barends combo made for sponsored rider Irina Kalentieva. Detail pics below show the individual mounts and recessed sections for the XX grips and Magura MT8 brake levers. Even with all the shaping and bar ends, it’s darn light!
Items that’ll actually show up at your local bike shop include a complete line of road bike saddles, a new dual leaf spring style seatpost for the road and some commuter grips. Anyone see a trend here? Ergon’s making a big push into road for 2013…
That’s 234.4g for the whole enchilada. Considering there are no clamps required to mount any of the accoutrements, total weight savings is even greater compared to a standard set up. It’s like getting the stem and bar ends for free.
New CF3 Pro Carbon Seatpost uses a split leaf spring design to provide up to 25-30mm of movement depending on rider weight and impact forces. While Ergon is more known for mountain bike grips, this is meant for road bikes. It was developed in conjunction with Canyon Bikes, which showed a similar seatpost last year, but Ergon’s rep said this one has its own unique performance characteristics.
They say it’s very stiff, so you won’t be bobbing up and down, it’s really designed to take the edge off big hits. Weight is just 200g but it’ll only come in 27.2 diameters to start. There’s a 100kg rider weight limit. Cyclocross or gravel road racing anyone?
It’s 330mm long and provides a 10° range of saddle adjustment by loosening the bolt at the bottom and sliding the front leaf up or down. Pricing is €249. Should be available for next season.
There’s also a new line of road saddles. The shell uses the same pocketed shell design as the mountain bike ones that places more, softer padding under the sit bones and thinner, firmer padding elsewhere.
Four models, all with the same shape. Differences are shell materials (glass fiber on the SR3, carbon on the rest) and rail materials, going from TiNox to carbon to a MonoLink. They’re available in three sizes/widths and will ship next season.
New GC1 grips are designed for city bikes with bent handlebars to put the hand and wrist in a straighter, more neutral position. Also available in a shorter one to work with twist shifters. They get an updated rubber compound, too.
New GP1 BioLeder are inmolded leather grips that use organic leather from Bavaria tinted only plant derived tanning agents. The grip pattern is laser etched, and there are no seams to come undone. It includes a leather cleaning oil, too, and was produced in conjunction with Quoc Pham, a famous London handmade shoemaker.