Although I haven't had a tree strike since installing the counterpunch on my MTB, this item looks good, and seems extremely stiff and durable. I even went so far as to remove the moulded end caps from my grips to open the bar ends, to keep my kit as I please, and still use the product.
After many tree strikes and a broken finger from a large rock, I started looking into hand protection. I didn't feel handguards would be strong enough, so I chose the Counterpunch. I was hung up on the cost at first for a small item, but they are well made and work exactly as advertised. I have "tested" them twice and there is not a mark on the barends or myself.
I was skeptical that I would like the smaller grips as a larger guy (6' 1") but have found them great. The surprising bonus I have found with the counterpunch is the added sense of security. My hands feel locked into the cockpit and that they cant slip off (not that was ever a concern before), a sensation I know really like. Great product.
After first installing the grips and counterpunch, I was worried that I would notice the feeling of the protectors at the ends of my bar. I set them slightly down from horizontal as that felt best for me (least noticeable on the pinky finger). First ride - after a couple of minutes, I forgot they were there, which is great. Happy to have some protection for the inevitable bar strike.
The grips feel good, however they are a bit thin for my liking. I prefer meatier grips - personal preference.
Very happy with the purchase.
These grips have save my pinky fingers so many times and the grip is amazing, feel like I can pull on the bike more almost. Would highly recommend getting a set!
Crashed on my 2nd ride with counterpunch bar ends installed and it clearly saved my pinky when I hit a tree as the bar end got knocked out. Works as advertised and the grips are good.
I've suffered several major hand injuries over the years from striking trees and rocks with the end of my bars. I've only hit one tree so far after installing the Counter Punch bar ends and grips and I can say that they work as advertised! Not only did they keep my pinky from getting smashed, they also allowed the bar to get deflected laterally instead of turning which prevented a crash. I wish I had these sooner.
I really like the counter punch system for protecting the hands. They are small and light but effective for protecting the pinkies. The grips are fine but nothing special. They are reasonably comfortable and fit nicely with the bar ends. Great value for the price as well.
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.
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.
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 ;)
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.
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.
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!
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.
Deflection works as advertised. Extra support for cornering was a nice surprise and big bonus!
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!
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!
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.