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
Got to try out a counterpunch on my first ride as I glanced a tree, and it shrugged it off nicely.
First impression of grips I pretty good, but I wish there was a thicker version as I like to have a bit more support for the palm of my hand. Odi is mostly focusing on grips with only inboard locking these days, so not too many alternatives there.
Lastly the shipping to Norway went very smoothly, so thumbs up for that.
Not only do these babies save your pinkies, they also provide awesome pressure support when leaning into corners, which ultimately adds control! Amazing value added product that's already paid dividends on multiple rides in the first month of use.
I run 780mm bars on some pretty tight trails and was frequently punching trees with my pinkies, the counterpunch gives me security that I won’t mash my fingers. Customer service was excellent - Mark took the time to email me and let me know there was an option for a quicker shipping service, with a sooner collection date which meant I got the counterpunch way faster than expected.
Bought these grips for an aggressive trail bike build. Have nothing but good to say about Mark and loam lab labs. Packaging and grips look amazing. Can't wait to get the bike built up and let myself as well as my buddies try out the grips with counter punch!
I bought this solely to get a more secure feeling grip on my handlebars after a wrist injury where my grip strength was diminished. The grips are surprisingly comfortable even compared to my ergon ge1's. Only two small improvements left to be made IMO. A smaller size would be nice as my hands leave about 10mm exposed on either the inside or the outside of the grip. I'd like to have my pinkies touching the counterpunch and use the ergonomics at the inside of the grip simultaneously. Installation was a little harder than expected as it seems like the different parts of the product are *almost* too tight of a fit. I had to use a decent amount of force to get them on but now they are nice and snug. Overall great product that is worth a try for any rider.