The GE1 was specifically developed for the enduro crowd. Enduro riders typically use wide handlebars, gripped right at the end with elbows bent. This position dictates the construction of the grip. The grip's angled design is able to help prevent typical issues of tension in the arm and hand. With two rubber compounds, there are textured zones oriented against the direction of rotation of the hand. The grip also takes advantage of a lightweight high quality aluminum clamp to secure the damping optimized inner core and the entire grip itself.
I absolutely love these grips! I have become a big fan of ergonomic grips over the last few years, after using the foam ergo grips that came on my Ibis HD. I have old-man hands and so I loved the feel and comfort of the Ibis grips. The bummer was, well, the were made out of foam, and so they didn't last very long. The Ergon GE1 grips strike a perfect balance between comfort and durability, while providing a great feel on the bike that really works for me. They are ergonomic, but not it a radical way. The shape feels very natural, as it should. The front part of the grip tucks nicely into the bend of my fingers, providing a secure, attached-to-the-bike feel. Additionally, the grip is not flat where the palms are placed (as with more "extreme" ergonomic grips), giving this part of the grip a more "traditional" feel. Using rubber compounds of different densities, the grips are softer where I want them to be (the palms), and yet more firm where my fingers are holding on for dear life. They are on the more pricey side, but totally worth it. And it sure beats buying a new pair of foam grips every 2 months!