The Counterpunch makes clipping trees less problematic by protecting the 5th digit and metacarpal from impact, greatly reducing the chance of a broken bone. The curved surface slides rather than grabs, making it less likely the bar will hang up and throw the rider. As soon as testing began, several riders reported improved control, and declared it the top reason to run them, which is something that typical MTB handguards don't offer.
WATCH THE COUNTERPUNCH STRIKING A TREE
Not just a slight clip, but a full on tree strike, on chunky bark The Counterpunch slides, not grabs. Saves a crash, saves your hand and maybe saves your season. People often ask why they don’t curve more over your pinky. It’s because they don’t need to; less is more.
Like to run the meat of your palm off the end of the bar? You know it puts you more at risk but control is more important than safety, right? The Counterpunch still allows you to do this comfortably and safely, even if you really like to hang it out.
By making the rubber eccentric to the bar, and strategically removing areas of the inner core, the LoamLab grip is a thin (29mm) lock-on with the comfort of a thick slide-on. This makes the top of the grip level from end to end, without a pressure point normally found on thin concentric grips. The cutaway core at the thumb creates a thicker flexible pad that absorbs vibration for better traction with less gripping force, and the uniform surface there makes gloveless riding comfortable. The LoamLab grip is also available in a Single Clamp version if the Counterpunch is not your style.
Mates perfectly with the LoamLab dual clamp grip. Also compatible with ODI dual clamp grips by replacing the outer lock ring with the Counterpunch. Or simply install it on the end of the bar with the open-end grip of your choice.
Counterpunch without grips: 68g per pair
Counterpunch with grips: 164g per pair
The Counterpunch™ has US and International Patents Pending
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 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.
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!