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Counterpunch
Peter Angus
Saves me from another smashed finger

Hit my pinky on a tree and tore all the ligaments around the top joint, Swelling bruising, ruined rock climbing summer.

Then, 6 weeks later, Even after cutting the bars, I hit it again.

I’ve had enough and though I’ve had a couple of tree strikes since buying the counterpunch, it has worked great.

I’m a little concerned it’s going to crack my carbon bars with the internal expanders and all the torque, but if it saves a finger injury it will be worth the bars for sure. 6 months later my finger is still screwed up.

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Counterpunch
Matthew Watterson
Top quality product easy to install

I got these after breaking my fifth metacarpal on a tree at a local enduro race! I looked at hand guards but they offer about as much protection as a chocolate fire guard from tree strikes. I've yet to test out the protection from a tree strike but hopefully I never have to! I've pressed them up against things to see if my pinky would get anywhere near the danger zone and can safely say that they don't! I like to hold onto the bars quite close to the end of the grips and the counterpunches offer a feeling of security and extra grip when in the air. I find the bike a lot easier to control and generally a lot more stable going over the rough stuff with these on the bike.

Top product!

Great product ...

I ride with my hands quite close to the end of the bars and I did have some initial problems with these and felt uncomfortable.

However after a bit of direct feedback from Mark on a well known North Shore based website, I set them up facing forward/parallel with ground that enables you to rest palms on top of them and still maintain finger protection. You gain a bit of bar width.

It's quite nice leaning on them through corners knowing where your bars ends
Also on boring long easy climbs or flat sections, they give you a different hand position - bit like tiny bar ends

The grips are great but they will work with other double lockring grips which is good.

Also feels quite good in traffic knowing if any cars get too close you'll give them a good dint and theyll know about it ;)

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Counterpunch
NICHOLAS OSTERHOUDT
A must have for tight trails

I’ve had 1 tree clip and 2 clip in fails with these on. The counterpunch performs as advertised protecting your hand from side impacts. Robust and confidence inspiring these are the perfect bar ends. I have found the grips to not be as suited for long rides as my ergons. That being said they have been on for a few months with no dire need to change. The grip is good, but not as much support for long hand weighted rides.

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Counterpunch
Gavin Murgatroyd
Counter Punch

Love them! Great job!

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Counterpunch
jaydubmah
My pinkies have never been happier

Got tired of smashing my pinkies and tearing the skin off of my knuckle. Rather than finally learn a lesson the hard way by breaking a bone, figured I'd get some counterpunch! The Loam Lab grips are pretty tight to get onto the bar, but feel great. But the true winner are those Counterpunches. I've already tagged a couple of trees and came away unscathed. I also like how it's one less thing to worry about when threading through tight trees. These things are da best.

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Counterpunch
Just Jeff
I thought I'd like them.

I ended up liking them better than I thought I would.

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Counterpunch
Rob Cybak
Intelligent Design

After breaking my 5th metacarpal bone in my hand, clipping a tree at speed, I wanted to find some sort of protection. I didn't know where to begin looking, but then I saw the Counterpunch protectors on Pinkbike. They sounded like exactly the product I was looking for, so I ordered them right away. Within a couple days, they showed up at my door, and I installed them right away. My bone was still healing, so I didn't ride with them for a couple more weeks, but as soon as I did, I was impressed with how unobtrusive they were. I didn't notice them at all, until I sailed off a jump on a trail I've never ridden before, and it was a bit of a sniper, with me having to land between two trees. It was one of those jumps that really shoots you off at great speed, and in the air, I knew I wasn't going to maneuver myself between the trees. I hit the tree on my right side, the same side I had just broken weeks earlier. After I crashed, I was checking out my bike. The stem was slightly twisted, and one of the Counterpunch ends had been pushed up. But, they did their job, and I was uninjured! I was so happy, so quickly with my purchase. They do exactly as promised, and I'm encouraging all my riding buddies to get a set!

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Counterpunch
Marc Fontaine
Great product

Simple and it works!!!!

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Counterpunch
Jeff Hencher
Counterpunch Saved My Pinkies!

I ride a couple of trails regularly where spacing between trees is tight. Every few rides I inevitably go home with a bloodied or bruised pinky. Already three times this season my Counterpunch bar ends have banged off the bark, twice deflecting harmlessly. Today my right one caught enough to twist the bars, send me flying and leave me with a bunch of trail rash. My hand however, came through unscathed! I'm convinced: Counterpunch is a great product.
As an aside, they feel comfortably reassuring at the end of your bars, giving a little extra control without any extra grip force.

Love the Counterpunch so far

Deflection works as advertised. Extra support for cornering was a nice surprise and big bonus!

Handsdown favorite grip

I wrecked my previous grips ( that I also really liked) in the Bikepark last summer, and picked a set of these up at Revolution cause they were reasonably priced and needed an instant replacement. I never took them off. Grip is superb, and they feel nice comfort wise without the bulk of a thick grip. Just ordered two replacement sets online and could pick them up same day in Squamish!

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Counterpunch
Andrew Taverner
Counter punch

I have put a couple rides on these new grips. So far I think there pretty good. Have not bounced off any trees yet but I think these will greatly reduce smashing my pinky finger on the odd tight tree that hurt a lot! So far very happy and grips are comfortable!

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Counterpunch
Christiaan Wells
Smart solution to a common problem

The fit and finish of all the loam lab products is something you can’t appreciate till you’re staring at them over a long ride. The counterpunch grips add a confidence level for sure, getting closer to a tree is a non issue now. I think I have to upgrade a few more of the bikes in the stable now. Well worth the investment.

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Stem
Chris Turner
High Quality!

This is a no BS stem that clamps and gives a confident sensation when tightening. It harkens to the era of Thomson stems with proper 4mm hardware! Great work Loam Lab crew!

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Counterpunch
Chris Turner
Counterpunch = less death grip

I have always struggled with death gripping my bars. On my first ride I noticed I was more confident to decrease my grip as the Counterpunch grips gave me a secure feeling. The grips are very comfy too. Not too bulky and don't get slippery with sweaty hands on climbs.
As someone who has mangled a pinky on a tree, I am very happy for this product! Great work Loam Lab crew!

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Counterpunch
Paul Chetwynd
Counterpunch

I havent managed to bounce into a tree and really test them yet, but the grips feel excellent and I like the feeling of the Counterpunch when I am climbing, atf irst it felt a bit wierd but now i conciously apply a bit of preasure with my hands to the inside of the Counterpunch.

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Stem
Paul Chetwynd
Stem

Nice Beefy stem, anodizing and quality are first class. I like the direct imput feeling whenusing the 32mm stem.

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Stem
Aleksander Nadane
Stem

Stem has been solid,Mark was super quick to reply to questions, and easy to work with regarding shipping to the the States.

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Stem
Thomas Gehrig
420/10

Super sweet stem! Was looking for something different from all the other boring offerings and this one stood out! Handmade in Canada is a big plus! Machining and anodizing is really well made + shipping was fast and it came with stickers. Would buy again!

Good quality, Should work well

It's winter so I have not ridden these yet but I like the feel of knowing where my hand is relative to the bar and this protection does resonate with me. In terms of materials and finishes the quality is great. For myself I have big hands and these grips are too small, I will not use them (sad face). Bought several sets, my son has smaller hands and the grips suit him just fine. I love seeing small companies come up with new innovations. Just need another grip option.

High quality, easy install, low profile & it works!

Firstly, I contacted Mark re a few questions & he replied the next day. Great follow up! Install was a snap & the video on the LoamLab website was also beneficial. The counterpunch was exactly what I was looking for...protective & also unobtrusive. Running 760mm bars & prefer my hands right at the end of the bar... now snug up against the counterpunch. My 5th metacarpals feel better already. If paying for delivery, also consider the replacement grips for the future.

Great grips

I’ve been experimenting with various grips for literally decades. These are my favorite so far😄. The grip is good and the extra comfort is noticeable over rough sections.

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Counterpunch
Kendawg
Highly Recommended

I've had these on my bike for a few months now are really like them. The grips are comfortable for my medium size mits. If you have really large hands you might want to use your own fatter grips but you should get the Counterpunch barends. The added security is reassuring and they look rad. Future you would feel stupid wishing you had bought these while you nurse a broken finger.

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Counterpunch
Evan Bowers
Awesomeness

Bar ends look great and inspired confidence weaving in some tight areas! Seemed like they had some dampening characteristics too.