PLEASE NOTE: The Grip/Counterpunch Combo is temporarily sold out. More are expected mid August. The Counterpunch without grips are still available.
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.
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
Have to give these solid yes. I have too run wider bars for my stature then most people and on tight BC trails that makes tree smacks inevitable. These are a huge confidence booster that I’ve already put to good use. Cannot afford to break another pinky finger! The grips are slightly narrow and small for my large hands but undoubtedly work as advertised, very comfortable. Also Mark is super easy to deal with!
The grips themselves are really comfortable, did some 8 mile descents on a hardtail with no arm pump. The knuckle protector works as intended-- already tested them out on a few trees accidentally. Like other people said they add confidence on high speed technical descents as well, it really makes your hands feel more locked in. I'm planning on putting them on all my bikes.
I bought these with one specific section of trail in mind that always gets my pinky knuckle. Rode that trail last night and the counterpunch worked as planned. As a bonus, I really like the security of pushing up against them on tight technical trails.
Living and riding in the desert Southwest of the United States means dealing with cactus. A lot of cactus. Occasionally trees will grow close enough together that clipping one becomes a danger. Out here, the thing you spend most of your time smashing your hands through, is cactus. These little guards are a great help keeping the Cholla needles out of my pinkies. I've ridden along countless miles, fantasizing about something just like this. So glad these are a reality now. The grips are cool too, very comfortable. It'd be fun to have them in more colors in the future. For now, as they prove this awesome concept, I think the black will do just fine, thank you very much.
The counterpunch is a great little product because it gives me the sense that my hands won’t slide off the bars. It puts my hands in the same position every time which might sounds strange but I rest my pinky on the counterpunch and my hand is perfectly placed on the grips. Also, there is the added measure of protection which is nice. The grips themselves are comfortable and durable as I crashed fairly hard since having them on my bike and they survived well.