9 Mountain Bike Grips Ridden & Rated

Oct 4, 2019
by Nikki Rohan  


What's in a grip? For starters, grips are your single most direct connection to the bike. Sure, your feet are on the pedals, your bum in the saddle, but steering, shifting, and most importantly, feeling the connection to the trail through your hands... that starts with the handlebars, and grips that are installed on them.

All grips are most definitely not created equal. Sure, they all start out (in general) as a nylon core with a soft, grippy compound of some sort to wrap your mitts around. Some have lock-on clamps, some don't. Other than that, all grips follow the same general structure. Since they are all basically made the same, in a pinch, anything you have on hand will do, but the grip that will work best for you is directly proportional to your hand size, the durometer of the grip (how squooshy it is), and your personal preference on whether you like a thin grip, a fat grip, a soft or hard feel.

Ultimately, most people are happier running a softer durometer grip for the simple reason that it's easier on your hands; that softer compound works to damp out high-frequency vibrations that can make your hands hurt after a while. Bonus: a softer grip tends to be a bit tackier, too. Yes, a softer compound, just like a super tacky tire, will wear out quicker than a harder compound, but if you've ever bruised the nerves on your palms, your hands will thank you for running that softer grip. So.... lots of variables to juggle: How wide should a grip be? How thick? How soft? And what kind of grip pattern? And finally, how grippy?

We here at Pinkbike we took it upon ourselves to grab a handful (nine) of grips suitable for the typical aggressive trail rider and then spent the last six months testing them to give you the goods on what’s available. Gripping stuff, really, if you care to read on.



Chromag Format Grips



• Weight: 91g/pair
• Diameter: 30mm
• MSRP: $34.00 CAD
chromagbikes.com

Chromag hails from the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, with a lineup that includes a range of handcrafted goods from hardtail steel frames to quick-release seat post clamps (gasp what is that?). The Format is a modern single clamp grip that has a tight plastic sleeve (not too tight) running the length of the grip to prevent twisting. Unlike most grips that have a uniform shape to them, the Format has a few finger divots at the end of the bar for your pinky and ring fingers to lock into. Additionally, there are different textures across the grip that Chromag intelligently designed based on examining the wear patterns of grips that had been through the wringer.

Installation was easy, and the screws on each side of the handlebar faced the same direction when installed (not all grips have this feature). While riding, the comfort was excellent, and I enjoyed the soft ribbing on the inner sides where my palms press down, with the harder plastic and finger cut-outs towards the edges for grip. Another feature of this grip I appreciated was the durable end caps, which looked no worse for the wear after dropping my bike in the dirt whenever the nearest keg was tapped. The Format comes in a wide gamut of colors so you can easily match the vibe of your bike.

These were pretty much my ideal grip: easy installation, symmetrical screw direction, good comfort, and durable end caps. -PM

Chromag Format single clamp grip.

Pros
+ Plastic end guards handle abuse.
+ Finger indents reduce slippage.
Cons



WTB Wafel Grips



• Weight: 70g/pair
• Diameter: 130mm x 30mm
• MSRP: $20.95
wtb.com

The description from WTB reads as follows: "Stickier than syrup and more desirable than bacon! Large blocks of conforming rubber cover the entirety of the Wafel grip, while ample spacing allows them to smoosh independently for increased grip while also providing an exit channel for muck and water." There are large, smooth blocks covering the upper part of the grip for comfort while the dimples covering the bottom part offer secure traction on the grip—that stickier than syrup feeling. Exit channels? Testing, testing, testing...

The Wafel grip is one of fifteen available grip styles that WTB has in their line up. We chose the Wafel grip for this review, as the popular Padloc type grips require a PadLoc-ready bar with angled sidecuts which is not something everyone is familiar with. The Wafel is about as easy as they come in regards to installation—it's a slide on grip with a single clamp on the inboard side and a built-in plastic end cap. I did accidentally snap the bolt head off on the first grip I installed because I had my son helping me and I hadn't set the torque before having him tighten it... Lesson learned really fast that grip clamp bolts can strip or snap easily—treat them accordingly.

The grip comes in a somewhat standard 30mm diameter and 130mm length, and is designed to fit most hands. I found the grip comfortable, and the textured blocks offered excellent grip in all riding conditions while having a softer feel than other options. Tightened to the correct torque, I had no issues with the grips rotating or moving on my bar. The end caps are durable and seem to be able to handle the run of the mill wear and tear. I can't swear as to the exit channels working better than other grips, but the Wafels do offer good traction in all conditions.

The Wafel is a simple, lightweight soft-style grip with a pattern that worked well for my hands in all weather conditions. While it's only available in black, its the cheapest option available out of the nine grips we tested, and is right up there as a top contender in my garage. -NR



Pros
+ Easy to install.
+ Affordable - best bang for your buck grip.
Cons
- Only available in black.



Race Face Grippler Grips



• Weight: 108g/pair (tested) or 136g/pair
• Diameter: 30mm (tested) or 33mm
• MSRP: $29.95
raceface.com

Another British Columbia brand, Race Face offers the Grippler as a dual lock-on grip that has clamps on both the inboard and outboard sides of the grip. The advantage of a double clamp is that they ensure the grip stays in place, without any twisting (aka throttling). The rubber on the Grippler is uniform without any special texture or patterns based on finger or palm placement. The wider flange on the outboard end of the grip covers the lock-on clamp and keeps your sweaty wet hands from flying off the grip (it can happen, trust me; without gloves it's amazing how quickly a sweaty grip can turn into a greased piggy).

Installation was slightly more difficult due to the fact that you have to move the rubber grip material out of the way to access the clamp screws. Another small issue with these grips is that the metal outside caps begins to show some wear after leaning your bike over on the ground or bashing into rocks while riding. On the plus side, these grips are comfortable with the ramped grip profile on the finger-side providing plenty of traction, and the Race Face logo on the palm-side providing plenty of cushion.

If you are looking for a dual lock-on grip, the Grippler is an excellent choice. It is offered in both 30mm and 33mm diameter varieties, should you wish for a little more girth. There are 10 distinct colors available to suit your bike matching needs. -PM

Race face logo serves double duty as a grip material.
Outboard lock-on end cap.

Pros
+ Wide flange on outboard end.
Cons
- Not the easiest installation due to covered clamps.
- Metal end caps show wear easily.



ODI Elite Flow Lock-On Grips



• Weight: 100g/pair
• MSRP: $28.95
• Diameter: 30.5mm
odigrips.com

These grips feature the version 2.1 lock-on system which features a single clamp on the inboard end of grip vs the twin clamps on all original ODI grips. That’s neat but even neater still is that the Elite Flow Lock-on Grips have an eccentric offset padding on the grip—thin for good bar feel at the fingers, but it's 1.5mm thicker under your palm for a cushier ride. This allows riders to customize where to set the thickest part of the padding by rotating the single clamp (thoughtfully marked in increments from -30 to 30, with the thickest part of the grip padding at the 0° mark) to set the thickest section of padding under your the hands in exactly the spot where they get the most pressure while riding.

Installation of these single clamp slide on grips is simple enough that my 11-year-old child did it for me without snapping the bolt or stripping the head. As described above, this is ODI's improved grip clamp option that went from the tried and true two clamp per grip design to a single clamp with a plastic end cap - circa 2016. The outboard end now offers a soft ramped rubber end vs. the hard metal clamp, yet the grips stay put just as securely as the old twin clamp system. That soft rubber end is also a bit more comfortable—an upgrade in my book.

While I have spent the last five years riding ODI grips, this was the first time I have tested the Elite Flow model. The waffle pattern on the underside offers a phenomenal ledge style grip for your fingers and as the thickness of the rubber increases towards the palm, the grip feels softer and more forgiving than other grips in this review that I tested. I really like the feel of these grips and seemed to experience less hand fatigue due to the unique offset rubber padding design giving me the thickest padding exactly where I needed it without making a grip with a diameter too big for my medium-sized hands to easily grasp.

These were my favorite grips of the review. While I wish they came in an even wider variety of colors, the six options should satisfy most customers' color demands and the price is such that buying a set every year or two is relatively affordable. -NR

Waffle pattern for finger gripping goodness.
ODI single clamp design.

Pros
+ Offset padding offers soft forgiving feel.
+ Easy install.
Cons




Lizard Skins Grips



• Weight: 90g/pair
• Diameter: 136mm x 31mm
• MSRP: $29.99 (+$4.99 for engraving)
lizardskins.com

Lizard Skin considers this the most complex grip they’ve ever created. It has dual patterned textures on each grip with the theory that they will allow riders to absorb shock from riding while still giving good handlebar feel and support no matter how hard the rider is pushing the bike. The lock-on design ensures the grips stay securely in place on the bar for long-lasting performance.

This grip is yet another of the simple slide-on single clamp designs with a built-in plastic end cap. The grips specify which side they go on, left or right, which I honestly always struggle with, so I'm thankful for that detail. The grips come in a variety of color options and with the choice of black, red, or blue clamp, which is kinda nice. Bonus: for an extra $5 USD Lizard Skins will engrave your name (or anything else, up to 14 characters long) on the clamp.

While I appreciated the sheer traction of the dual texture pattern—my fingers and palms felt glued to the grips—the grips had a little firmer feel than I like. There is some padding, but where some grips offer extra padding for the palm area, the ribbing on the palm area of these grips seemed to collapse under pressure. This was great for added grip and direct contact with the bar, but contributed to a harsher feel from repeated impacts while pedaling vs some of the softer grips I've tried. -NR



Pros
+ Lots of traction
+ Simple installation
+ Plenty of grip and clamp color options
Cons
- Not as comfortable under the palm as other grips tested



Ergon GE1 Evo Factory Grips



• Weight: 119g/pair
• Diameter: 32mm
• MSRP: $39.95
ergonbike.com

Elbows up! If you need some grips that will automatically make your biking photos look better, these are for you. The GE1 grip from Ergon has a unique shape that promotes better riding form by naturally angling your forearms upwards and outwards. In addition to the unique shape, the core and rubber of the grip are intelligently placed to reduce vibrations and provide more cushion where needed.

The left and right specific grips are easy to install and there are angle markings on the grip clamps to dial in the exact twist of the grip for maximum ergonomics. The set screws on the clamps both face upwards in the same direction leading to a polished look.

Overall, I think the claims made by Ergon are true. The first thing I noticed while riding was the very thin inboard section of the grip where my thumb and pointer finger do most of the upward pulling action. Leading to the outboard end, the grip gets wider with much more padding and comfort where my palms usually rest and perform most of the downward pushing duties. I also noticed that my hands/forearms were slightly twisted outboard, which is something I always have to remind myself to do when I am bonked at the end of a long ride and sloppily slouch into the middle of my down-tube. This all leads to an extremely comfortable grip without any arm pump or hand pain issues while riding.

Ergon offers the GE1 in a standard rubber and also an upgraded Factory level which is softer and more compliant at the expense of durability. Additionally, there is a "slim" version of the grip available. Color options are limited to orange or black, so you better like orange if you want some "bling" on your bike. -PM

Unique ergonomic Ergon grip shape.
Factory rubber begins to show some wear.

Pros
+ Unique ergonomic shape.
Cons
- Soft rubber isn't the most durable.



Red Monkey Klämpz Lock-on Silicone Grips



• Weight: 113g/pair
• MSRP: $27.95
• Diameter: 130mm x 35mm
redmonkeysports.com

These grips are manufactured in the USA with what Red Monkey says is the highest grade vibration damping and weather resistant silicone compound available. Red Monkey feels that the top quality silicone, combined with their proprietary extrusion process, makes the Klampz lock-on Silicone Grips the most comfortable lock-on grip in the market. They are designed to have a comfortable, grippy bar feel, regardless of whether you wear gloves or go Blenki style and ditch ‘em for better bar feel. Each grip offers 5mm of silicone padding under your hands.

Installing these monkeys was fairly straightforward - a simple slide on double clamp design with a plastic bar end plug to dial in the correct placement. I've stripped plenty of clamp bolts in my life, so I make sure to carefully read each manufacturer's recommend torque directions before tightening and then I just close my eyes and pray to the bike gods, because it always happens at the most inopportune time. These grips went on fairly easy and when torqued correctly, they stayed in place without any noticeable rotational issues (or stripped bolts—yay!). One small thing to note is that when I fully screwed the clamps on, the end of the screws protruded out past the clamps more so than with other grip clamps, which was slightly annoying as I could feel them when riding, even through my gloves.

Without putting much thought into the increased diameter, my first ride with these was a 7 hour day with 8K feet (2500 meters) of climbing. The end result is that size does actually matter and my hands are not compatible with a 35mm diameter grip—my hands were too sore to ride for three days. Once recovered, I did keep the grips on for the entire month and while I got more used to the larger diameter, I still struggled with hand fatigue. The grips did have some redeeming qualities—in wet weather they remained perfectly grippy and comfortable but not sticky feeling despite the fact they are completely smooth vs the detailed grip designs from some other companies. And the 5mm of silicone padding was a nice level of soft that offered good damping from debris on the trail and impacts from roots and rocks. But ultimately, my hands weren't happy running a grip this fat.

For someone who likes a slightly larger diameter grip, these are a pretty sweet option. They come in a variety of grip and clamp colors for you fashionistas, too, while offering a nice, tacky grip. -NR


Pros
+ Tacky soft non-textured grip for all weather conditions.
Cons
- Clamp bolts protrude.
- Diameter may be too wide for some riders



ESI Fit XC Grips



• Weight: 65g/pair
• MSRP: $32.92
esigrips.com

On the minimalist end of the spectrum, ESI produces 100% silicone grips without any clamps or lock-ons. Different from some of the fixed diameter grips, the Fit grip is ESI's ergonomically shaped grip that contains a wider inner section, a thin middle section, and a thick outer section. ESI provides end caps for completing a finished look to your cockpit. The Fit grip is available in either the thicker Extra Chunky (XC) version or the thinner Chunky Racer (CR) version in a variety of colors

For me, when I first tried to install these grips I didn't have any rubbing alcohol on hand, so I tried to use Windex. Boy, what a rookie mistake; this lead to about 30 minutes of cursing and wheezing as I tried to muscle a small hole onto a much too large peg. Switching out to rubbing alcohol as recommended, these grips slid on like a ... well, pick your own example there.

I was a little skeptical these grips would perform that great and was envisioning myself trying to hang on to small little nubbins of foam that slowly disintegrated and slid off the bars as I blasted down a full commit rocky chute. Man was I wrong! These grips were shockingly locked in place and surprisingly grippy. My usual ride ends in a long gravel road descent at high speeds with lots of small square edge rocks and these seemed to offer the most vibration damping of all the grips I tested.

These grips lock on so well that trying to remove them to test other grips was quite difficult. ESI recommends jabbing a screwdriver into the grip and pouring rubbing alcohol over it while rotating the screwdriver around. I wasn't quite comfortable doing this on my nice Yeti carbon bars, nor did I have access to a compressor to blow them off (bike shop trick) so it took me quite a bit of muscle and soaking the grips in rubbing alcohol to remove them. -PM


Pros
+ Good vibration damping.
Cons
- Difficult to remove.



REV Suspension Grips



• Weight: 130g/pair
• Diameter: 31mm, 32.5mm, 34mm
• MSRP: $89.95
revgrips.com

Revolution Suspension Grips has its roots in high-quality machining from high tech aerospace parts to burly off-road suspension. The grips from Revolution aim to improve rider comfort and reduce fatigue so you can ride day after day without excessive hand fatigue.

The unique aspect of the RevGrips is that they are not directly mounted to the bar, and instead allowed to float on rubber bushings. This allows the grip to have a bit of rotational travel (and a small bit of radial travel as well). Various thicknesses of washers allow for different "firmness" settings by controlling how much of the bushings interact with the plastic tabs in the grips themselves. There are five settings available from extra firm to extra soft depending on what you desire.

Installation of the RevGrips is much more complicated than other grips. Getting all the small pieces lined up and clamped together takes some patience and it probably isn't wise to leave the install until right before you are heading out on a group ride. Bonus: the screws all point in the same direction, so no fiddling about with swapping your angle of attack to dial them in on the bars.

Independent of the floating rubber bushing design, these are some of the most comfortable grips out there with a very nice high-quality plush rubber. The little bit of extra compliance from the rubber bushings does seem to help reduce hand fatigue, although to me it wasn't as drastic as Revolution claims, and I couldn't tell much of an improvement over other grips.

In addition to the various washer settings for controlling firmness, there are multiple diameters and rubber patterns. You can also mix and match from a large number of grip and clamp colors, which can give your bike a much more personalized look. While not cheap, there is a lot going on with these grips and each grip system includes grips, your choice of clamp colors, bar ends, a tuning kit composed of shock-absorbing inserts and various washers, and some hex wrenches for assembling everything. All of the soft bits can be re-ordered for $35, once you wear them out. Bonus, the Pro series is a bit lighter than their Race series, but all parts are interchangeable between the two, and the Race series rings in for $30 USD less. Another aspect that I appreciate to these grips is you can replace parts here and there as they wear out, instead of having to buy a whole new pair. -PM

Innovative shock-absorbing rubber bushings, lock-on clamps, and washers to control firmness.
Plush waffle grip material.

Pros
+ Unique vibration damping design.
+ High quality machined clamps and end-caps.
+ Huge variety of grip and lock-on clamp colors - choose your own combo!
Cons
- Complicated install with lots of small parts.
- High price.



About the Testers

Nikki Rohan
• Men's size medium glove / women's size large (typically)
• Palm to middle finger length: 7 inches (177.8 mm)
• Palm circumference: 8 inches (203.2mm)
• Typically rides ODI Troy Lee Design grips or WTB PadLoc

Pierce Martin
• Men's size medium glove (typically)
• Palm to middle finger length: 7 inches (177.8mm)
• Palm circumference: 8.5 inches (215.9mm)
• Typically rides Ergon grip


293 Comments

  • 166 6
 No DMR Deathgrips?
  • 9 5
 i really like them but alone this season i broke two of them. never happend to me before.
  • 52 1
 Death Grips got robbed!
  • 9 14
flag mokydot (Oct 4, 2019 at 1:23) (Below Threshold)
 Nah, better aliexpress grip for 3$ bucks.
  • 18 2
 @K1maxX: Yeah I loved my DeathGrips but they really don't last very good. If you want the same feel of grips but lasting ones go for the Deity Knuckleduster. similar feeling as the Deathgrips but last way way way better.
  • 2 2
 @Tripmo: also true but i my case the whole grip broke into two pieces, two times.
  • 12 2
 Have Deathgrips on all my bikes - can't beat 'em. After a season on my DH bike they are beginning to look a little worn, but nothing serious. All the others still look like new. Only grip to have got me away from ODI Rogues after many years.
  • 2 1
 DMR Sect win every time, had deathgrips, Sect are more comfy, half the price, and last about 4 times longer
  • 8 0
 @K1maxX: Did you hammer them on? They can break if too much grip is oversailing the bars, and you need more force than just pushing them on until they stop.
  • 11 1
 It goes It goes It goes It goes It goes It goes It goes It goes Guillotiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine YAH
  • 2 0
 @LemonadeMoney: I’ve learned that the hard way...
  • 1 1
 @K1maxX: Same here. They broke in half. I guess they really do provide a death grip.
  • 1 1
 @Tripmo: This.
  • 3 4
 Tried them.... horrible is an understatement
  • 8 0
 As long as the rubber doesn't melt any grip works for me. $90 suspension grips are a bit dental.
  • 2 3
 @jorgeposada: after 1 day the rev grips rubber was falling to bits
  • 6 0
 @LemonadeMoney: This is the trick - make sure they are all the way on the bars. I initially used a moto boot to hammer them on, now use a rubber mallet. I also measure from the center of the bars until the end to make sure they are both on correctly (one not sitting further out than the other). A few friends have had the grips, not put them on correctly, then had issues.
  • 1 1
 @ImAManCheetah88: Ya seems to be an issue as they experiment with different durometer's. Used to never think about it but had a few turn to soup lately.
  • 2 2
 @Marc2211: one has tiake sure they are on. They are tight. I push mine on as far as I can and then bang the end of the grip on the wall a few times until the sound changes and I know they're home.
  • 1 2
 @Marc2211: either way. I don't know how people cope with the levitation and lack of precision? I thought it was dangerous. Scared to jump with them or ride hard even. There are loads more better ways to dampen vibes.
  • 2 4
 Deathgrips? After 1 month of riding those soft dimples on the outer side are gone and after another 3 months rubber starts to worn out to the level, when white plastic underneath is visible. Even ESI grips last longer. Not impressed.
  • 3 1
 @pulDag: your lucky. I was down to plastic in less than 3 months. Dont know why the ergonomics GD1s are not hear. I have the factory ones and theres still life after nearly 2 years!
  • 13 0
 Thing I'm most interested in learning is "How much difference in grip does color make?"

All of these colored grips. I was advised by a tire manufacturer years back that the more color you add to rubber, the firmer it gets and the less grip.

Orange, blue, pink, green...they are all pigments. Can we get someone to test the top 3-5 grip designs, only test each color they offer side by side with their grey/black unpigmented grips? Wanna know if it makes a real difference.

FERDA SCIENCE!
  • 9 1
 yeah and nothing from sensus either?
  • 5 0
 Yeah we missed that one. Seems to be a peanut gallery favorite. Next time.
  • 2 0
 @Marc2211: My grip of choice for years until I came across the Deathgrip! ODI's flange bolts got the better of me. Rogue still an all time grip for sure though - lasts long too!
  • 2 0
 @GBeard: I understood that reference. Wink
  • 1 0
 @Tripmo: Hey, it’s all subjective, so whatever. But man, I love Deathgrips and really dislike Knuckledusters. I can see the similarity at the inboard end of the grip, but not under the outboard side where most of my palm rests. The Deity grips are way too mushy/squirmy for me.
  • 2 0
 @mokydot: can't be putting those on a Yeti!
  • 5 1
 Errbody complaining that Deathgrips wear too quickly, note that they come in 3 different compounds. You're probably using one of the softer versions.
  • 3 1
 Death grips are great until you drop your bike and they get shredded up. I switched to some Chromag grips with steel end caps, they are much more resilient and feel great.
  • 2 2
 Or pilgirps
  • 3 1
 @GBeard: been workin way too much need to get out and ride some bikes
what's goin on
where's it at
downhill trails or the pump track let's see
i need coffee, bikes, and a ride to the spot with the sick trails inside
the mission
to get all of the above in a limited amount of time
i can do this and it's done
like that we're on our way
the bikes are on the rack,
caffeine in my brain
and we're mobbin to the trails like a runaway train
from rocks n roots, to DS and DJ's
got all these things and more just a short drive away
but anywaaaaaaay
  • 7 2
 Agree. DMR Deathgrips are the only grips to use.
  • 1 2
 @ImAManCheetah88: I run revgrips on my DH bike and love them. No arm pump or hand fatigue. Mine look like new after two weeks of Whistler, so unsure what you’re doing in a day....
  • 3 1
 @Drew-O: Absolutely, I find it laughable when MTBers want the most grip be it on grips, tyres or shoes, so we buy the softest compounds then bitch and moan when they where out quickly!
  • 1 1
 Madness
  • 2 1
 Grips are a matter of preference, just like saddles and pedals are. Some like DeathGrips, some don't, let's not be dicks about it! Except the difference of anatomy that COUNTS a lot when evaluating a grip, it is also a matter of how you use them. Some grip the bars tighter and others are more relaxed. For instance, I wear my left gloves and grips quicker tha my right ones. It makes no sense, but it's the way it is. I fell in love with DeathGrips since day one and super soft ones last me a full season, no problems. But to each his own, just like I was saying... And please let's not be dicks, they're just grips for chrissakes! Smile
  • 2 1
 only grips worth mentioning.
  • 8 2
 Hi everyone! Sorry to hear about broken grips. This is actually impossible to do unless the grip is not installed all the way on. We use a tapered design on our Deathgrips which allows us to use only a single clamp but have a rock solid connection with the bar. But because of the tapered design, the grips can be hard to push on and the use of a mallet helps greatly. It also essential that you line up the grips with the bar before installation to work out roughly where the lockring will be when the grips are fully on. We understand that this could be made clearer to our customers, and are figuring out ways to communicate the installation process more clearly. Until then, thanks for buying our grips!
  • 1 3
 @dmrbikes: hello there. I installed the DMR grips correctly. Mine crack/break at the end of the bars. The rubber peels off fast. Especially if you scrubbed it over the ground or crashed. It seems the rubber compound just hold up.

Hopefully in the future you can make this part of grip more lasting

Thank you for your reply though. Appreciate it a lot.
  • 1 1
 @dmrbikes: *just doesn't hold up
  • 1 1
 The holy grail of grips. DeathGrips are the best in my opinion~
  • 1 1
 @dmrbikes: Well done with the response. However, none of this makes sense or does anything for the people that have sinked money on your grips to date,
  • 1 1
 @dmrbikes: hi there! the first time this happened to me it could be possible that i did not push it all the way on the bar. the second time i guarantee that the grip was all the way on the bar but befor it (the plastic) broke i hit some tree with the bar/barend. I did not intend to spred rumors about your grips breaking - anyway i have already ordered another pair. cheers
  • 2 3
 Installation of grips is highly technical and best hahahahahaha left to the professionals, WOW!
  • 2 0
 @jorgeposada: after having tried to get my issues about a dropper post to register in the brain of an unnamed shop employee today, I would love to know where I could find said "professionals" in shop.

Instead of calling said shop, I've been abusing an acquaintance and his kindness, who is a qualified Professional Bike Mechanic, lately because he's the only person I would consider pro that I trust. Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @bizutch: Ya it's tough, I was a head mechanic for a big shop in Brooklyn years ago but always have done my own wrenching from brakes to suspension tuning. There is a pretty knowledgeable guy here in Hickory at Lightning Cycles. The Owner is young and head mechanic and very skilled rider. Haven't put his skills to the test yet but seems legit. I'm a trainee of Doc from BMW so learned from the mad scientist himself along with years of doing it the wrong way.
  • 52 3
 gripping article
  • 35 2
 Gotta hand it to them.
  • 22 2
 My eyes were really locked on to these reviews
  • 15 5
 I'm glued to this topic.
  • 9 2
 This article is a load of waffle
  • 36 2
 I would like to take a couple of these to the nearest bar.
  • 6 5
 Flange. 5 kniuckle shuffle. Ribbed for her pleasure. (Not sure I got the context of this thread right...)
  • 6 4
 Good in'FOAM'ation
  • 7 2
 working for the clampdown
  • 2 0
 Taking this far to serious , get a grip
  • 25 5
 Rev grips FTW.. I am one of those guys that always removes OEM alloy bars and puts on carbon bars to help with the vibrations in the hands.. My last 2 bikes have got Rev Grips and I never bothered with the carbon bars because the grips made such a difference.. Plus the guys are super helpful on the phone.
  • 2 0
 While I’m not a fan of having an outside clamp, it’s probably worth that minor drawback given what they claim. Maybe I’ll give them a try.
  • 24 11
 Except vast majority of carbon bars are stiff as hell and many people in the know claim your body takes more beating than average alloy bars. I heard it from several elite riders and from a handlebar maker. Compliant carbon bars are very rare. From my personal experience Renthal Fatbar lite is the most compliant bar that doesn't easily bend on impacts out there. Race Face carbon bars are the worst. Feel like the old original Renthal fatbar that had like 3mm thick wall and weighed 400g or something. Cool for XC racing or pumptrack/dirt but I stay away from them on anyhting involving uneven terrain and speed.
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 I tried them but just cannot ride. There's a big Cons not mentioned, those grips won't suit small hands even their smaller size, the suspension design is great but needs space volume to float then compromises grip diameter...
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 @WAKIdesigns: Renthal Fatbar Lite carbon or alloy? I was looking at them in 35mm to match the 35mm Renthal stem I already have.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Renthal fatbar carbon are really effective. I was really surprised how comfortable it is with vibration and braking holes. And I like the shape and size. With esi super chunky, perfect. By the way, put tons of alcool and esi grips will fit perfectly without effort.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Fatbar Lites are okay, Fatbar are the worst I've tried. Best are Spank Vibrocore.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Worth looking at the new One Up handlebar. The oval profile is supposed to make them more compliant.
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 Can agree to that. After swapping bars I noticed a lot more vibrations and switched to the Rev grips. Feels way more comfortable now and I like the bigger diameter as well. It's a bit of a plunge to get them because of the cost, but once you're commited you can just replace the parts that need replacing, so you're in the same price range as with other grips pretty much.
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 I got used to running a carbon chromag 35 bar, so when I built up another bike with an alloy 35mm bar, it was shocking how much hand pain I developed after just a few rides. Jenson has the pro rev grips on sale for $50, so I thought I'd give them a shot. After the first ride I was blown away. I haven't had hand pain since. Perhaps for those with more bar compliance, or younger hands, these don't feel much different, but I am very pleased with the relief they've provided.
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 @SoDiezl350: Sorry, forgot to add 31.8. 35mm is too stiff for possibly every alu bar.
@Smokey79: have you tried Renthal? How does one up compare in terms of angles? I do look at OneUp as the most promising carbon bar but i am not sure i am willing to give up the angles of Renthal. It is highly probably 99% in my head, but I just feel like on Renthals I can go faster. Somehow may shoulders and elbows align so well. I could highly possibly recognize them in a blind test. I just get on them and feel: aaaaah yes. Game on.
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 @Smokey79: installed the carbon One Up on my 130mm trail bike. Definitely better on the hands than the 35 mm stock aluminum bar.
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 there is a Rumour another Bike site had a in depth review recently @Smokey79:
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 @WAKIdesigns: You are not the only one with this. In my local riding group there's two of us on Renthal Fatbar Lites. The angles just seem to fit better our hands, probably also because these "only" go upto 760mm. Maybe for longer bars I would be ok with more backsweep, but for this width the 7° seem just right. Mate was running the alu 31.8 version on his previous bike and was really happy with it compared to the stock canyon branded bar. He bought a new bike last year and the carbon nukeproof bars on that were killing his hands. So he got him self the carbon fatbar lites and is super happy them as well. I'm running the 35 fatbar lite carbon. I don't think they are any stiffer than the 31.8 version but they are a hell lot of better/comfortable than the raceface atlas 35 I had before them. And for the weight weenies the weight on them is also very nice. Like 190g for the carbon ones.

One complaint though: the naming. Renthal Fatbar Lite Carbon 35. Seriously? Trim it down.
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 @WAKIdesigns: No sorry, I haven't tried either. I was looking at getting the One Up but maybe I should consider the 31.8 fatbar lite. I'm not convinced by 35mm
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 @BigballmcCall: Nice one, think I may go for it. Thanks
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 @gcrider: will have a search. Thanks
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 I've got the Rev grips and they weren't as comfortable as I was hoping - the design means that inside the grip is a plastic tube (this is what the grip rotates on), and the depth of the rubber isn't as great as other grips - this reduces some of the comfort that the movement of the grip may increase...
They're good, but I've not been blown away and the price is VERY high...
  • 5 0
 Has anyone tried vibrocore bars to reduce fatigue?
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 @Mac1987: Yes, I like them
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 Having never used em I could tell by their design they're probably the best. Very similar in nature to Pro Taper's Pillow Top grips which are arguably the best in the MX/ATV world. But the fact that they charge $90 for them is a crime. The design really isn't that complex or complicated. The Pro Tapers are like $12 for essentially the same thing. Maybe I'll try to run these on my mtb too haha.

www.protaper.com/product/55/mx-pillow-top-grips/black
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 @WAKIdesigns: Stiffness and vibration damping are two seperate qualities. A flat steel ruler is not stiff at all but transmits vibrations.
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 @Stanley-w: that’s engineering book taken out of context. Carbon products may decrease vibration induced fatigue on a road or gravel bike, but most arm fatigue coming from riding a mountain bike, in rough terrain in particular, comes from taking big hits. And less travel, thinner tyre casings we have the more important a compliant bar becomes.
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 @LemonadeMoney:
@Mac1987:
I didn't noticed any difference between vibrocore and regular aluminium bar.
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 Products like these are just band aids for bad fork setup.
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 @yoimaninja: I had those on my moto a few years back, a set of ATV ones with two in the same diameter and no flange on the inside for $12 sounds like a steal!
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 @ninjatarian: I've owned three Renthals. Renthal Fatbar Carbon 31.8mm, Renthal Fatbar Carbon 35 and Renthal Fatbar 35 Alu. So far the most compliant has been the Alu one and the least the Carbon 35. However, I have tried other brands and I can say all of the Renthals I've owned have been more compliant.
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 @SoDiezl350: i use the race version in xl diameter, as i have very large hands. i love them. if your trails are especially rough they are the bomb, otherwise probably overkill. they are very soft so are showing a lot of wear after a year, but i reckon i'll get close to another season on them. will buy again.
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 I too have got the Rev Grips and one thing I don't care for is the lock collars. In a perfect world, something similar would exist without the need for two lock collars, as the outside lock bothers me. That being said, when the going gets really rough, they are a major improvement, but ESI are still king for small bump compliance and varying hand positions.
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 @WAKIdesigns: I'm on the RaceFace Next 35 bars 800mm 35mm rise. More than one person has said they are pretty damn bad(OneUp alludes to this as well). I'm no expert on this but was thinking about moving to Enve M9 31.8 50mm rise (dropping stem for a touch more reach). What's your thoughts on those for a 6-4 lean guy?
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 @WAKIdesigns: Yes, my Race Face carbon 35mm bars were like concrete on a winter day. Sooo much hand pain.

One thing no one mentioned about the Revgrips is their durability. I've put close to a thousand miles on mine, and they still look almost new (except for the dirt). They aren't super hard rubber, but they still look great. Either they really are reducing my forearm fatigue as claimed so I'm not deathgripping onto my bars as much, or the movement of the grips means less movement between hand and grip, reducing wear.

Yes, these are expensive, but I can see them lasting 2-3 times as long as other grips, especially super soft ones. Something to consider.
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 @Svinyard: I don’t know, you’ll have to out your money on the line Smile But I heard good stuff about Enve bars from folks who had it all so less chance of post purchase rationalization. Just remember that there’s lots of factors in arm fatigue. This year I was not able to deadlift due to back injury, which evidently decreased my grip strength. Evidently! But then... this led me to braking less. I mean I had a choice: ride well or btch out and stop half way a thing I used to hammer out lap after lap with impunity... then I flatted a Double Down tyre... put on a DH casing and woooow, did I just gained 20mm travel in the rear?

Then... me and my fast buddy ended up after a few Jerrys a few times... man these people must have arms of steel. We were both cramping after few turns behind them... if you ever wonder how a 16yr old kid with no forearms and name in he ways of Kaos or Kade makes it down a WC DH track while you spend time in the gym and lose your bars half way down? It’s because they brake less and relax a lot compared to us...

So it depends... but some bars like old alu Renthals or RF Next SL are daaaamn harsh...
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 @Mac1987: I have two friends who ride with them and they say the bar makes a difference. Probably my next upgrade.
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 @hamncheez: I am so advanced that I want slim and hard grips these days because I am learning the tabletop so I want my hand rotate easily round the grip. Hahahah Smile
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 @Mac1987: yes works well on dh bike
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 Yes! Rev Grips for the win. They work for me, and are really a game changer. Totally took away all my arm pump issues. I have had mine for over a year now on my Scott Gambler DH bike. I plan to get them for my Enduro/Trail rigs when their grips wear out.
  • 4 0
 +1 for Revgrips. I’m a couple of years out from a distal radius ORIF and I couldn’t ride without them. I tried. It sucked. They are worth the money.
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 @Mac1987: Vibrocore rules... it works.
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 I have the smallest RevGrips on my DH bike and they rock (despite only having one shuttle day as I got them a week before wrist surgery and probably wont get to ride again for 8-12 months due to an upcoming shoulder reco) but these grips will definitely be on the new bike builds I am doing while I recover.
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 @Mac1987: Vibrocore bars plus revgrips = SUPER PLUSH!
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 In the review they say it is in negative for a large-diameter grip. Then at the bottom of the page they say that all the guys reviewing the grips wear medium gloves. Common Sense would tell you if you choose a large-diameter grip and wear small or medium gloves it's probably a stupid decision.
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 For starters, I'm a female and secondly some of the companies do not offer the grip in a smaller diameter.
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 So in theory if the industry had any Common Sense small bicycles and extra small bikes would have small diameter grips. Medium-sized bicycles would come with average size grips. Large bicycles would have large diameter grips. See where I'm going with this.
  • 2 1
 I wear medium gloves and use 32mm+ grips (currently Rogues and the Ergons), small grips give me hand cramps and then they go numb! Just because your hand is one arbitrary measurement doesn't mean you can only use one size of grip. Grips are like saddles: everyone has different preferences.
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 @DaMilkyBarKid: rogues my grip of choice. I use xl gloves. I do notice a bit of play in clamp/grip. This slop develops pretty quickly and bothers me. I never think about it when I'm riding the bike just standing there in the parking lot or shop. They last a long time and are a fair value.
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 @nkrohan: there is a whole product line from hayes and answer now meant for smaller riders. JUnit
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 @fruitsd79: and Manitou as well Smile
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 Rogues... Still have my first set from my 2003 RM7. Just installed some lizard skins Northshore grips... First time I've ventured out in a long time. I find that the rubber will last forever... But eventually, at least on newer grips, play will develop in the plastic to clamp interface. Not much, but it's noticeable.
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 It's funny, I don't think I've ever seen the Rogues in any comparison or review. I found them in one of the forums when I was looking for a larger diameter grip, so I tried the Ourys and the Rogues. I think I'll probably be using the Rogues as long as I'll still be riding, and then I'll be putting them on all my walking sticks and crutches. As you say, they last forever and are so compfortable.
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 I had the same experience with the Northshore grips. On two sets, even. I went back to ODI on one bike.
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 Ha! mine have that play as well. But Rogues are my favorite for sure. They start out feeling okay, then they get grippy and tacky even when wet and last forever. Super comfortable and crazy grippy
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 @yonderboy: Yeah I am stoked to try the Northshore, I think it will be one of those things that I can go with either, but the Rogues have never disappointed. And @ppp9911, yeah they do get way more grippy with time...but that's about the time that play starts to come in them. It's not a deal breaker at all though, I've actually remedied it by putting some teflon tape over the nub that interfaces with the clamp. Problem solved.
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 Another Rogue lover here, although one of mine always seems to have a little bit of play in it.
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 @preston67: I've had the same experience, thought it was just me. I seem to have cured the issue by putting a strip of electrical insulation tape (length ways, not around) on the bar and sliding the grip over it. Worked for me, might be worth trying as it's cheap. I use Easton Havoc carbon bars
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 @Blackers: The play for me has always developed between the interface of the plastic tube and the clamp (it snaps onto the tube). If you put a thin piece of teflon tape over that interface then snap it into the clamp, play goes away
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 @krashDH85: @Blackers: Good suggestions, I'll give them a try.
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 DEATHGRIPS would of won it...Handsdown
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 *would have
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 *You misspelt ODI Ruffian
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 The rubber is too soft. Fell apart faster than about 20 others.
  • 8 1
 How about OURY's and a can of hairspray or 3M spray mount glue? Never come off, never let you down. I've had ODI's separate from the plastic inner tube before after baking in the hot sun and totally rotate around on me during a landing. Never again. Clamp on grips just leave another hex bolt to snap off or strip out cause of ham fisting and dirt/water/corrosion. When the OURY's are done after a full season or more, just cut them off with a razor and put on new ones. Takes 5 seconds.
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 Oury makes a lock on too! I like 'em both, but I did have had to safety wire a set that didn't want to stay put.
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 Oury's... yes! Rode them exclusively for probably over 15 years. The non-locks have the best feel. Moved over to the lock ons, but the outer clamp can dig into your hand. Tried the brand new single clamp version and it lacked the feel of even the double clamp feel - sending them back. On the DH rig I may go back to the non-lock Oury's with hairspray and tie wire. This past season the Oury's were replaced with those Ergon Factory GE's. Wow. They are really nice. 99% as nice as the original Oury non-locks. Even better with bare hands as they still grip ok when damp.
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 @Sweatypants I use hairspray and AME grips for my kids bmx. Very small diameter.
I run bmx grips on my hardtail because of the big diameter and they are cheap. Lol.
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 Oury's are the best! I use a single layer of electrical tape on the bar, then blow the grip on over it. They don't budge after that, even if you get them wet. I
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 End plug lost? Stick a cork in it. Not sexy, but works like a charm and easily replaced after another 750ml Chimay or anything from Unibroue or Lost Abbey.

Oury’s and Aquanet FTW.

Now get off my lawn.
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 grip group test with no deathgrips?
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 Oury
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 Yes OURY's! Fat (but comfy), Soft, super Sticky all day!!! Always get same response from people-Big Grin amn these are so sticky, I like these!!! One product I don't ever have to change or worry about, thanks Oury!
  • 9 0
 The winner of this round should face off against the Sam Hill of grips - the ESI chunky.
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 I'd say so too. Riding the ESI chunkys since I couldn't open my hands anymore after a few bikepark laps. Will never go back to non-silicone grips. The vibration damping is just on another level. And the chunkys definitely offer even more damping than the thin XC ones tested here
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 They are fantastic grips, u would run them all day long except for the fact they're not very durable when it comes to uplift riding and crashing. I destroyed two pairs in as many days and it starts to get pricey.
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 @DC1988: I run the bmx style bar plugs that are like a flange that covers the end of the grip with ESIs, it helped with durability because it seemed like they always hit the edge and started tearing from there
  • 1 0
 Sm Hill's Signature Nukeproof grips are amazing.
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 @nfontanella: can you link a set of bar plugs like you use? I've been hoping to upgrade the set that comes with ESIs.
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 @k-n-i-x-o-n: www.jensonusa.com/ODI-Aluminum-End-Plug

I use those it seems like a lot for bar ends but they've lasted me through many sets of grips
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 @bashhard: I went from ESI to Renthal Kevlar glue ons and found I preferred the Renthals. A bit less damping than the ESI, but not much, a lot more hardwearing. Although I did end up adding some old Odi clamps to the inner edge of the grip to stop them slowly inch worming along the bars, which they did, glue be damned.
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 my regular ESI's are worn...size L hands...will I like riding the chunky? or should I stick to the standard.
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 @motard5: chunky is their standard one. I have large hands too and its what I like.
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 @motard5: I usually wear medium size gloves and chunkys work well for me so you'll probably like them
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 @Mas2: I see, guess I'm chunky. How bout dem Extra Chunks?
  • 5 0
 I like deity's latest grips (and their old ones though those are no longer available). The latest are only one clamp... I have never had one come loose, and it is handy at times to have the rubber outside edge when leaning the bike against your vehicle, etc...
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 Thanks for the love and support!
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 Rev Grips are not at all complicated. If you can figure out how to dress yourself in the morning, you'll figure out the installation pretty quickly. They are a bit fiddly, but not at all complicated.

Personally I used to get wrist and thumb pain in longer rides, especially when riding my hardtail where all rear end bumps may some rotational vibration through the bars in the front end. Rev Grips in the softest setting has made a 100% improvement. I can't tell that the grips move in use, other than my hands are less sore at the end of longer rides.
  • 5 1
 I took the revgrips to morzine this year. Had the worst arm pump ever. You are not in direct contact of the bars cause the levitate. Its wierd. For rookies who have big problems with arm pump its ok. For and serious rider going fast or doing big air I would avoid for your safety. Honestly if you wana dampen the vibes the spank 350 vibro rims I bought this year are worth every single penny. I can plough through rocks and roots like Frank Reynolds ploughs hoors. The mount tyres like nothing else too.
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 Good to hear. Was looking at getting a vibrocore wheel at the front and the handlebars to go with it. Thought I was immune to arm pump but I've ridden a lot this year and it's taking its toll.
  • 6 0
 No Deity Knuckleduster? Easily the most comfortable, grippy and long lasting grip I have used.
  • 4 0
 Stoked you love the Knuckleduster! Means a ton!
  • 1 0
 We missed a couple favorites! Thanks for the feedback.
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 @deityusa: yep, Knucledusters are my favorite. Recommended them to my buddies and they love them too!
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 ODI wins... no surprise as they are so good. I tried several grips when moving from the old ODI's as I wanted the single clamp design and ended up on the non waffle version of the ODI, they are just a class above the competition.
  • 3 0
 A couple tips for removing the ESI grips with no trouble. If the grip is done and going in the trash, cut a slice in it along the length. It doesn't need to go all the way through and risk scratching your bar. Any depth cut will allow you to rip it off pretty easily. If you want to pull the grip off and keep it, don't use a screwdriver, which will damage your bar. Stick a wooden chopstick in there along with the alcohol.
  • 6 0
 You've ridden a grip?? OK , can you review some lube for us next please?
  • 3 1
 On a hard landing I twisted one of my rev grips and lost all the pieces on the trail...after that I decided it wasnt worth the hastle. I've tried a lot of grips over the last few years, but always go back to chromag clutch grips. I love the width and feel of them, just can't beat them
  • 3 0
 I don't buy any grips that have small pieces. I paid $25 for the Easton lock-ons and lost an end cap in a crash the first month. Easton wouldn't let me buy another one. So that crash cost me $25 on top of the pain. Also never dealing with Easton again since they don't stand behind their products and have crap customer service.
  • 5 0
 I had this happen to me during a 60 mile marathon race, in the first 6 miles. I descended with no grip until the first checkpoint, borrowed a grip off someones bike, and finished the race. BUT I still run them on my bikes.

Why? Because I had 1 ergon paddle grip on my left side (the side that fell apart) and the REV grip on the right side. Not shitting you, my left arm pumped out, was sore for a few days after, and my right was fine. I bought the REV grips because both arms pumped out the year before during the same race.

They work. I think they "failed" due to me not torquing high enough, and regardless REV sent me all new parts for free. Haven't had the same issue yet, and the ones on my DH bike look like they have been run through a meat grinder.

If you have hand/arm fatigue, this isn't some fix-all miracle, but every little bit helps. Definitely have helped more than bar switches, Spank vibrocore and/or carbon don't work as well as these.
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 These issues are definitely due to under torquing and potential due to not using the proper carbon grip paste if you are on carbon. Running rev grips all season, zero issues, massive improvement in comfort. Initially I was very skeptical about these. I may have even poked fun at the idea. But I was dead wrong - they are a great product.
  • 1 0
 Rev Grips just needs to develop a single lock-on version that doesn't require a huge bar plug. I like to ride further out on the bars and the Rev grips force to keep my hinds in static position - not ideal for longer rides.
  • 2 0
 @PHeller: I think they just need a wider version to allow some movement.
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 @privateer-wheels: Yea that would probably help too. I'm surpised they aren't making an Ergo version with paddles - I could see this grip working for some bikepacking/long distance folks.
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 @PHeller: I think with the paddles you would end up leaning on them and bottom them out just by doing so? Mayne with larger finer bumpers it could work well?

Definitely wider would be great though!
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 @privateer-wheels: I agree- thats the one complaint I have with mine.
  • 2 0
 I had DMR Deathgrips before. Loved them, best feeling grips ever. Only issue with Deathgrips is they don't last. 3 months I needed to replace them already. I decided to try LizardSkins. Do not like these at all, feeling not nice. I will go for the the Deity Knuckleduster next. They feel very similar to the Deathgrips, and reviews say they last very well.
  • 2 0
 Like most people, I have tried at least a half dozen pairs of grips. One thing not mentioned though was how much glove choice matters. I have a pair of gloves from 100% that don't have much grip on Deity Knuckledusters and I get arm pump with them constantly since I need to hold on tighter. With Giro DNA gloves but the same grips the problem mostly disappears.

FWIW my current favorite grips are the Ergon GD1. I liked the GE1 as well and the Deity Knuckledusters, but not as much as the GD1.
  • 5 0
 Recently went slip ons, on all but the DH bike. Best thing I ever did
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 loafers?
  • 3 1
 Renthal and sensus push ons all the way
  • 5 0
 @tobiusmaximum: Moccasins YO!
  • 1 0
 Still looking for a new set of lizard skins aaron chase grips, best grips I’ve ever had maybe together with fit eddie clevelands.
  • 1 0
 @nojzilla Why not the DH bike?
  • 1 0
 @tobiusmaximum @nojzilla have you tried double monk straps though!?
  • 2 0
 @acali: DH bike got ODI Rogues that are gonna take years to wear out! An also pretty good for hand cramp wether lock on or not and, funnily enough I never get hand cramp or arm pump on the DH....
  • 4 0
 missing the best ever Renthal push on cheap - durable - good grip - confortable
  • 1 0
 Been using odi ruffian for the last 5 years. I got small hands and the slim profile suits me. Also the rubber has amazing grip riding gloveless. Tried some deathgrips, while confy I didn’t like it very much, it even distracted me on the trail, so i went back to my beated ruffians
Might try the ergon....
  • 2 0
 the coolest thing about deity grips is being able to buy replacement collars without having to buy the clamp. replacement collars cost about $13 on jenson usa. they only come in black, though...
  • 4 0
 Grips are such a personal preference. Hard to test and rate all of them. I like the ESI foam, myself.
  • 1 0
 Had some Fabric lock on silicone grips, slightly larger and I loved them. Tried the DMR Deathgrips when I needed some new grips and wasn't a fan. Two rides on the Ergon GA3 (whichever ones have the small wings) and I love love love them.
  • 1 0
 My go to grip used to be ODI Ruffians. But after I severely fracturing my right wrist in 2016( now have a titanium plate install) I always came back from a ride with wrist pain. I tried the Ergon GE1 Evo's, which were nice, but still had wrist pain. I finally tried the Rev Grips,with a Ruffian like pattern, and I gotta say, these grips work extremely well and finally no wrist pain.
  • 1 0
 I love the red monkeys. I have a jank finger that didn't heal well after surgery, and the fat grips fits it perfectly. A slimmer grip would never work, and my non janky hand feels great as well. If you have baby hands, I could see how these would not work well for you
  • 1 0
 There ARE so many grip options out there, and I'm fairly picky but these TLD grips I kind of bought on a whim but they are unreal. They have this directional traction thing going where I feel like the grip bites when the conditions get rougher and they just don't slip with gloves: shop.troyleedesigns.com/tld-odi-mtb-grip
  • 1 0
 ireally like ODI Elite Flow Lock-On Grips, i have installed them on all my bikes and i think they help with my tendonitis, but the biggest flaw and surprisingly it is not listed is the rubber ends, for us mortals that we crash frequently the rubber ends do not hold and they rip on the first crash, please PLEASE ODI make a dh version with metal end caps!!!
  • 3 0
 Please review the OURY grips! They're significantly different from anything here and would be very interesting to see pitted against them. I run them and couldn't be happier.
  • 1 0
 Chromag basis I like! Inverted profile (dimples; still reminds of my old man's hammer I liked so much) that is great in all conditions (vacumes in wet or sweaty). They are wide, but a bit thinner near to ends, so you can play with position but you know where you are. First feeling is firm, but rubber is quite thick and soft so it comfortable for rouhg riding. The outer teardrop clamp is great. Takes all abuse (just leaves scars) & is few mm thinner than plastic endcaps (these 2mm on each side can count on edge scenarios near threes or rocks, +steel slides much better when it's over the edge).
  • 1 0
 Installed two sets of REVS they feel cheap as hell. Plastic soft aluminum you could strip then with your fingers. Wouldn't blink an eye if someone told me they were Ali Express and 5$. Both were removed in less then 3 months. In terms of vibration damping both people said no noticable difference.
  • 2 0
 Lizardskin Northsore grips, for anyone without hobbit hands. Seriously idk how there isn't a greater demand for wider/thicker grips for bigger riders, the popular grips kill my hands.
  • 1 0
 After years of running ODI, Oury, and Lizardskins, I began getting some serious hand fatigue and soreness every time I rode for longer than an hour. I just recently switched to a pair of Ergon GA3's in an attempt to relieve some of that pain. Unfortunately, though, the Ergons seem to be even worse and I'm now getting some pretty sever numbness and tingling in the outer half of my hands with the Ergons. It's actually pretty terrible, which really surprised me.

Any ideas what I can try next?
  • 4 2
 ODI Troy Lee Designs are the best.
ODI Longneck Flanged (If you can find them anymore)
ODI Ruffian
WTB Waffle

These are all you need!
  • 1 1
 ODI makes Sensus - those are all you need.
  • 1 0
 I totally agree, ODI Troy Lee are my all time favorites!!
  • 1 0
 Had some ODI Floats. Best feeling grip ever, but lasted 10 rides only. Is there a foam grip that lasts? On Ergon GA2 Fats now, single clamp, easy to instal, also a great feel but not like the Floats.
  • 1 0
 Here are the grips I use, why would you pay double or treble, great grip, last for ages, cheap. Had no problems with staying on the bars.

DMR Sect £7.50

www.chainreactioncycles.com/dmr-sect-grip/rp-prod118180
  • 2 0
 You should really get 2 reviewers with different sized hands. Both riding a medium glove, at least get someone with some normal sized hands in there.
  • 2 0
 In a perfect world...
  • 3 0
 or a glove and gloveless review. because people who don't use gloves exist too #noglovelove
  • 2 0
 I agree that reviews from people with different size hands would be a good idea but surely medium sized hands is by definition also normal size?
  • 5 0
 No MEATY PAWS?
  • 1 0
 Meaty paws for the win
  • 5 1
 Nothing from Sensus???!?! Even Specialized has realized they kick a$$!
  • 1 0
 My favorite part about the Ergons is the angle on the outer edge. You can hold onto the grip all the way to the end and I think it has kept me from hooking a grip on a tree and/or smashing a pinky more than once.
  • 1 0
 I’ve been looking for a lock-on grip with an open bar-end because I use a removable plug for tire bacons. Been using Fabric mushroom grips but they wear quick. Anyone have any recommendations?
  • 4 0
 All you need to know.... ESI Super Chunky! For life!
  • 1 0
 I got a sweet deal on multiple pairs of the race face (which are made by odi I think) on clearance for something like 6 bucks a pair. Who cares about durablility at those prices!
  • 4 0
 #deathgripsgotrobbed.
  • 4 0
 deathgrips got barred
  • 2 0
 What about Pierce's women's sized gloves (typically)? Inquiring minds want to know.
  • 2 0
 Reviewer must have small hands. Any grip with a flange on the outer end is a big NO for me
  • 3 0
 Same here. Esi grip super chunky ftw
  • 1 1
 @fracasnoxteam: Unless it's raining. Then you might die . Slippery as fvvk when they are wet.
  • 2 0
 @BeerGuzlinFool: No problem with rain for now, are your wearing gloves ?
  • 1 0
 @BeerGuzlinFool: ESI super chunky and a good pair of gloves (100% iTrack currently), I’m glued to my grips no matter how wet. Recent wet race and this was the only part of my setup that wasn’t affected by the rain. Hard to beat these grips for where and how I ride.
  • 1 0
 @fracasnoxteam: Yes I was wearing gloves. I love these grips when it's dry but I have used them a couple of times in the rain and after about an hour it's hard to keep from slipping.. and I have tried different gloves.
  • 1 0
 @BeerGuzlinFool: strange, I never had this problem with gloves.
  • 2 0
 Dual lock on, nope
  • 1 0
 @fracasnoxteam: What's wrong with dual lock on?

I get them for like £4 on ebay

Want a known brand? Fine, even superstar can undercut the overpriced nonsense above Smile
  • 1 0
 @sideshowb: Dual lock on is wrong when you have big hands. And I hate superstar grips too! ESI is the best for me.
  • 1 1
 @fracasnoxteam: because you end up gripping the lock ring? wow, you must have big hands indeed. *cough*
  • 1 0
 @sideshowb: how funny! No. Because I need bigger grips.
  • 1 0
 @fracasnoxteam: Ridden dual lock on's since I started serious riding. Never even noticed the outer clamp. Not sure what all the fuss is about that. I ride 33mm grips too
  • 1 0
 @sideshowb: I wanted to get a new Superstar Grinder grip keeping the locks, but apparently they are running out of stock, maybe forever, as they focus on UK made stuff?:

www.superstarcomponents.com/en/lock-on-grips-grinder.htm
  • 2 0
 Esi - If you dont want scratch your fancy bar immediately replace caps,fall off after light contact with the soil.
  • 1 0
 Rocked the ODI Flows since last year. They are falling apart now from significant abuse. No end caps to fall off. Feel super grippy and great. Could not recommend more.
  • 1 0
 Whoops, I lied. I have the Pro single-clamp, not the Flow. Very similar but with a bit more padding under the palms. I love them on a carbon bike/bars combo.
  • 1 0
 I know there are a lot of grips out there but no test is complete without the Renthal Ultra Tacky! Nothing hooks you up to your bike like these, best grips by far.
  • 3 0
 Oury’s simply the best!
  • 1 0
 @nkrohan I'm genetically prone to arthritis and have messed up a couple of fingers at the joints. Would you go for the ergons or rev grips in my situation?
  • 4 1
 Sensus meaty paws. Best grip ever.
  • 1 0
 Revgrips ALL DAY FOR THE WIN!!!!!! No question about it. You can close this article now and go directly to their website to place your order.
  • 1 0
 ODI Elite Flow are the best. so easy to install and so insanely grippy and comfy. although there isnt much difference with grips as long as they work
  • 4 1
 Sensus only
  • 2 1
 If you havent tried sensus disdaboss grips you are missing out. Hands down the best.
  • 2 0
 The new PNW Loam grips are the shit!
  • 1 0
 Red Monkey grips are pretty awesome. One downside is they pack down after a bit but you can rotate and continue the cush.
  • 1 0
 Just go with some titanium bars then you can use whatever grips you want, DUH.
  • 1 0
 The best way to get ESIs off, as long as you don't want to reuse them, is to just score them with a knife and tear them off.
  • 2 0
 blast compressed air between grip and bar and they slide off easy. Get some good end plugs such as Hope Grip Doctor...
  • 2 0
 Love my ODI's. Definitely my first choice.
  • 2 0
 No Cult/Vans waffle, no style points.
/ragequit
  • 2 0
 Ergon GE1 grip, best grip I've ever had.
  • 1 0
 Ergon GE1 Evo (non Factory) solves the cons: more colors and slightly firmer & longer lasting rubber.
  • 2 0
 People still use lock on grips? Silly Mtn bikers
  • 2 0
 plastic grips suck. glue on or go home
  • 1 0
 No Renthal..? Come on......!!

And I just installed TAG Metals Section grips. Those feel great!
  • 1 0
 Still Odi tld only. Has flanges for indexing other than only lasting 2 seasons they’re great.
  • 1 0
 Love ESI, extra chunky. They absorb so much sweat i stopped using gloves. Some savings there for sure.
  • 2 1
 With regard to the RedMonkey Grips, how big are your hands/glove size?
  • 1 0
 hand dimensions at the bottom of the article
  • 2 2
 Looks like they both have Trump sized hands. I wear a XL glove and use the Redmonkey grips and they are the only grips I've ever been comfortable with.
  • 2 0
 @hizzity: I think the grips would work great with larger hands or if they offered a smaller diameter. I loved the feel but I can't change the size of my hands, and I do in fact have larger hands than most women.
  • 1 1
 I just leave my standard grips loose to get revgrip like rotational travel.
  • 1 0
 Love ESI grips but they need to be change every month ... it's expensive
  • 1 0
 Yeah, they don't last very long but they are pretty good about warranty replacement. Shoot them an email with a photos, they may mail you another pair.
  • 1 0
 @tunnel-vision: will try it, thank you Wink
  • 2 0
 90$ for grips??? Yikes.
  • 3 0
 Na. Its $20 for grips and $70 for no arm pump. Best $$ I have ever spent on my bike
  • 1 0
 @gcrider: Nice, then it's 100% worth it. Just always skeptical. The bike industry is notorious for greasing people
  • 1 0
 Where's the love for the big ass ergonomic wide grips? Cause I love em.
  • 1 1
 I'm disappointed the lizard skins dsp wasn't reviewed. 33g lighter than any of these (and quite comfy/grippy).
  • 1 0
 I really like my Sam Hill signature grips!
  • 1 0
 Only available in black is not a "con"!
  • 1 0
 No Deathgrip? Not interested
  • 2 0
 DEITY
  • 1 0
 Oh man, get a grip already.
  • 1 0
 No 'bars-wrapped-in-25-layers-of-gorilla-tape'?
  • 2 0
 ESI 4ever!
  • 2 1
 We ride conSensus, amigos.
  • 1 0
 There is no better grip in the world than a flanged, thick, DMR deathgrip
  • 1 0
 I like the orange ones and the blue ones.
  • 1 0
 I just wrap my bars with tennis tape
  • 2 0
 WHERE ARE THE PILGRIPS
  • 1 0
 Where's the deathgrips you bockers?
  • 1 0
 DMR Death grips for the win. Runner up - ODI Ruffians
  • 3 1
 SENSUS SENSUS SENSUS !!!
  • 1 0
 I only ride using Lizard Skins grips. The best.
  • 1 0
 Red Monkey look nice as I want a large diameter grip.
  • 1 0
 All the cool kids ride gripless. Gives you more feel and better control.
  • 2 0
 Chromag SquareWave XL.
  • 1 0
 Big hand brag? I love my Squarewave (normal size), my wife has the basis, which seem comfortable, but they don't have the grip of the Squarewave. I haven't ridden her bike in the rain but I doubt they work as well (especially with gloves) but what do I know.

Once you find grips that work you stick with them. I ran ODI before, but the model was discontinued so I tried something different.
  • 1 0
 No love for Oury? No love for you.
  • 1 0
 Lizard Skins logo for the win.
  • 1 0
 I'll take my death grips over all these.
  • 1 0
 No grip tested is prone to motocross slac?
  • 1 0
 Get a grip.
  • 1 0
 Now hold on a minute !
  • 1 0
 No Renthal?
  • 3 0
 Renthal Ultratacky ftw! They don't last longer then 3 months though.
  • 2 0
 Renthal Kevlars ! It’s seems like no one runs them, but they are amazing.
  • 1 0
 @ccrtech: that what i run on 3 of my bikes. soft grippy low buzz and last a season. whats not to like?
  • 2 1
 Sensus. That is all.
  • 1 0
 Bockers
  • 4 5
 Ridiculously incomplete grip test if there ever was one.

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