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
The counterpunch not only protects your pinkies when brushing a tree it gives you the confidence to squeeze through tight spaces at speed !
The grips were invisible from the start. Contacted one up before purchase to make sure of compatibility with their carbon bar and they had no issues.
Bought these to prevent breaking my baby finger every season. I’m pretty particular about my grips, but these grips acutely surprised me. Love the full set up. Highly recommended.
I bought a pair of these to save my pinkies from being smashed on trees and rock walls - and they do a great job of protecting them from damage when I get a tiny bit closer than intended to nature. The unexpected benefit comes from these helping to keep my hands in place - which in turn allows me to loosen my grip a little bit. That's not really significant in mellow terrain but when bombing down rough tracks it has helped with hand and forearm fatigue, and almost seems to offer additional control over the bars as I can sort of push outwards on them to steer or stabilize the bars. It's a very subtle change in muscle activation and recruitment, but I like it.
I liked them sufficiently to buy a set for (almost) all my bikes (no need on the DJ).
Perfect finger protection for riding and racing. These things have saved my fingers on multiple occasions!
I’ve smashed my fingers many times on east coast singletrack. These little bar ends solve that problem. I paired them with the new Wolftooth lock-on grips and they work great. Quality product and great price.