Mountain bikers can be an opinionated bunch, ready to debate ad nauseam everything from head angles to grip thickness with minimal provocation, but if there's one thing that everyone should be able to agree on is that tired, sore hands are no fun. Today's trail and all-mountain bikes are making it possible to ride more difficult trails faster than ever, but a long day of riding can still take a toll on even the most calloused paws. To address that issue, ODI have launched their new Elite Series of grips, which includes three different models, the Motion, Flow, and Pro.
ODI's goal was to create grips that weren't much bigger than their current Ruffian and Rogue grips, but had more padding and were made from a softer rubber compound for increased comfort. All of the grips in the line use a single lock-on clamp to keep them securely mounted to the handlebar, the same design that ODI uses for their motorcycle grips. Available in red, black, or grey, and made in the USA, all three versions retail for $28.95 USD. Motion / Flow
The Motion and Flow grips both use an offset design that places more material towards the top of the grip. This design allowed ODI to double the amount of rubber at the top of the grip while only increasing the overall thickness by 1mm when compared to the Ruffian's 30mm diameter. Even the knurling on the grips has been tweaked to provide maximum comfort, with a more open pattern towards the inside of the grip, and a tighter pattern towards the outside. The Flow gets an additional waffle pattern for even more finger traction, but other than that it's identical to the Motion.Pro
The Pro was designed with extensive input from Curtis Keene, who was searching for a grip that would be comfortable over the course of a long enduro race. The result is a grip that measures 31mm, a similar thickness to ODI's Rogue grip, but with significantly more padding. Twelve small raised rubber boxes are meant to sit at the front of the palm, in roughly the same area that callouses typically develop. Like the Flow grip, there's a waffle pattern on the front underside portion to prevent hand slippage.