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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.

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Counterpunch
J Morrissey
🤙🏼🤙🏼

Smashing success!

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Counterpunch
paul goris
Solid addition

From dealing with company to installation, it has been a pleasure. Product works well and is very well made. I bought 2 sets..=)

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Counterpunch
grégoire
Dream come true

For a reason I can not argue, I every time needed to have my hands on both end of the handlebar feeling the edge. Thanks to Liam bar ends, I can now have a supportive accessory that help me feeling even better on my bike

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Counterpunch
Michael
Counterpunch

They work well. I bounced off a rock yesterday and little finger is all good - not even a scratch. I fiddle with them a bit on the uphill but don’t really notice them when headed down. Thank.

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Counterpunch
Michael Choi
Great protection

I love the size of the Counterpunch as well as the build quality. Items were shipped out in a timely manner and they look great. They already did their job by saving my knuckle from a tree at high speed. Thanks!

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Counterpunch
Demian Bailey
Great little device from a great company

Simple yet effectively. Lightweight, yet strong and well made. The company's customer service is also fantastic. Highly recommended!

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Counterpunch
R Taron
Nice quality

Recently received and installed them. Seem to be of fine quality, and the idea is great in regards to saving my battered pinkies.

Looking forward to trying them on the trails with my winter spiked tires on!

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Counterpunch
Ray Lachance
Grip it and rip it

First heard about Loam Labs and the Counterpunch from a well-written review on NSMB. It was great timing as I had just received a bike fit at BC Bike Fit (thanks Dave H!) and my grips were due for a change. Long story short I bought a set of grips, bolted them on and have done three or four rides on them now. Immediately felt better on the bike. Better control up and down the mountain. Got rid of the arm pump and generally felt more secure on the bike. The way the sleeve under the grip is shaped really does what it is designed for.
On my last ride I even had the chance to let the Counterpunch do it’s job fending off a large tree limb sticking out into the trail. Wacked the tree limb but no damage to my fingers!
Installation was pretty straight forward and smooth. Customer service was the best I have ever experienced when I followed up with Mark of Loam Labs on some small details I wanted to confirm. Mark got back to me right away and made sure to answer my questions thoroughly and even sent me replacement pinch bolts after I stripped out the ones the grips came with.
I highly recommend these grips. Ridden many different types over the past 30 years and these feel the best I have tried.

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Counterpunch
Justin C
Great grips, better service.

Seriously awesome set of grips, counterpunch bar ends have saved my pinky’s multiple times while skipping through the trees. Customer service is top notch, highly recommended!

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Counterpunch
Gordon Gladstone
Like bar ends, only better

In addition to the obvious protection from trees, etc these also offer a extra hand positions when slogging uphill. If you're old enough to remember using bar ends you're going to love these.

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Counterpunch
don fenaroli
What do I think

I am an older rider who already narrows the bar width because of the conditions I ride in. I appreciate the confidence I have with the added protection at the bar ends.
The grip material surprised me with its softness and comfortable shape.
There was a slight challenge installing the locking grip but it was accomplished easily even though I refused to follow any instructions.
Appreciate the addition of the stainless steel fasteners.
Superior design, quality construction and materials.
Thank you Canadian designers!

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Counterpunch
Matt Diederichs
No brainer

I've been running a pair of Counterpunch(es) since the summer. Not only do they do what they're supposed to do extremely well (eg protect your pinkies from trees – without catching) they also give you a ton of extra control & stability. I absolutely love them & have them on both my bikes. Highly recommend!

Awesome grips!

Absolutely love these grips. I ride with my hands at the very end of the bar and these grips are super comfy with tons of grip and a super thin profile. Highly recommend.