Bontrager Release Grips Made with Used Fishing Nets

Jul 27, 2020
by Ed Spratt  
Photo: Bontrager

The new XR Trail Grips from Bontrager uses a new core made in collaboration with Plastix, a recycling company that captures plastic waste that would otherwise end up being discarded.

Plastix's main source of plastic is fishing nets and ropes which normally end up either in the ocean or in a landfill. In 2018 the UN Environment Programme estimated that between 600,000–800,000 metric tonnes of fishing waste enter the world's oceans every year with each item taking up to 600 years to break down.

Once Plastix has collected the plastic waste they then sort, shred, wash, separate and then dry the material before creating green plastic pellets that can be used to manufacture products.

bigquotesA grip core is a small thing, but small things can add up to something meaningful. We believe in Plastix' vision for a circular economy for plastic, where this material is never considered waste, and we're excited to partner with them on this essential step.Michael Fitch, Trek's Director of Product for Essentials

This latest range of products is not a first for the bike industry as more and more companies are looking at different ways to create their products using alternative materials. Bontrager already makes their Bat Cage from fishing nets and Giro have a range of clothing that uses recycled nylon, polyester and elastane from fishing nets and ocean waste.

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Photo: Bontrager

The XR Trail Grip can be found in three different models. The first is the XR Trail Pro, this option is a dual lock-on grip with a wider 32mm diameter and it features the CoreLock design for more secure positioning.

Next up is the XR Trail Elite, it uses a 31mm diameter and an alloy CoreLock design with higher density endcaps to resist scraping. The final model is the XR Trail Comp which uses just a single nylon CoreLock design to offer a cheaper option in the range of grips.

You can find out more here.


105 Comments

  • 179 2
 Are you kidding me?!?! I JUST bought fishing nets made from used grips. I don't understand who's recycling, downcycling, or upcycling anymore.
  • 74 2
 All I know is I’m cycling and that’s all I care about
  • 14 7
 @philmtb99: How do you know someone's a cyclist? Don't worry they'll tell you.
  • 47 0
 I usually cycle up before I cycle down. And then I do it again. So, is that the kind of Recycling everyone’s talking about?
  • 8 18
flag me2menow (Jul 27, 2020 at 8:57) (Below Threshold)
 In the end both are wear parts that end up in the garbage, so it's really only adding one short step to the compound's life
  • 1 3
 @theobviousfaker: ????????????
  • 1 0
 @theobviousfaker: i hope so....made my day Big Grin
  • 6 2
 I just e-cycled all of the letters from this comment thread into a work email. Feels good to conserve.
  • 5 0
 Seems like you've got a grip on the circular economy thing!
  • 1 0
 this made me LOL
  • 2 0
 Yep. Sounds fishy to me.
  • 2 0
 All that matters is who's downcountrying
  • 1 0
 Stockings?? Whuh??
  • 1 0
 After they are done with the dentists. Now they are into fishermen!
  • 1 0
 @theobviousfaker: Recycling is making my tired.
  • 82 3
 Fish are part plastic thanks to you and me. Soon We can make parts from fish no nets needed. No need for mining. Tuna are rich in heavy metals.
  • 24 76
flag ybsurf (Jul 27, 2020 at 8:18) (Below Threshold)
 Not me, I'm vegan BUT I have been part of the problem for decades. You are right the best way to save the fish and ocean is don't eat fish, fishing net is a motor parts in plastic pollution in our oceans.
  • 47 1
 @ybsurf: Being vegan =/= using plastics
  • 115 7
 The vegan said he was vegan lol
  • 7 2
 @nskerb: Exactly. Almost everything we touch and do on a daily basis REGARDLESS of vegan or not involves plastics
  • 13 27
flag ybsurf (Jul 27, 2020 at 8:32) (Below Threshold)
 @nskerb: I do use plastic but it's an easy way to avoid lots of it in our oceans.
  • 16 9
 @ybsurf: shock horror! vegan feels the need to tell the world they are a vegan. Anyway, you can eat fish soon, they’ll be 99% plastic.
  • 9 0
 We've all got micro plastic inside us. Thanks, DuPont...
  • 35 0
 I think he's referring to point that almost 50% of plastic in the ocean is discarded fishing nets.
If he doesn't eat fish. Then he's not contributing to a one of the big causes.
  • 23 1
 @Allen82: thanks that was exactly my point.
  • 6 0
 @ybsurf: You can't tell people to do something differently for the benefit of others. Social responsiblity is only for companies.... right?
  • 7 6
 @ybsurf: Lol I feel you bro. Every time I make a comment on plastic / climate change / some other thing that is directly linked to veganism I get downvoted like mad. I guess mtbers say they love nature – only because/so they can "shred" it.
  • 2 2
 @Cord1: Plastic is made from petroleum...petroleum is made from fossilized plant matter and fossilized dead animals. So plastic = not vegan.
  • 3 1
 @gnarnaimo: cant tell if you're sarcastic or just plain stupid.
  • 2 0
 @Allen82: the way you said it is way better
  • 1 0
 @gnarnaimo: damn, that’s the last bit of plastic I chew on. Rubber only for me from now on. Next you’ll be telling me that it came from a tree..........
  • 43 1
 I've always wanted to dress up my dirty girl in fish nets
  • 2 0
 MOM Kooks needs you
  • 43 3
 All sounds a bit fishy to me????
  • 38 0
 Username checks out! I bet you've been waiting to say this from day 1 on here Smile
  • 7 1
 Now is your time to shine!!!
  • 9 0
 @RadBartTaylor: You caught him.
  • 7 3
 @RadBartTaylor: 8 comments since 2012. Two of those on this article. Fishy indeed.
  • 4 0
 This is an idea that might catch on
  • 3 0
 @mountaincross: I hope this is on a sustainable scale & doesn't tail off.
  • 1 0
 Hook, line and sinker.
  • 40 1
 Pinkbike releases grips made from Grim Donut remains.
  • 5 0
 More like made from the hopes and dreams of Pinkbike readers that we might get a grim donut review...
  • 30 0
 What a load of pollocks!
  • 28 0
 I’ve haddock with all these puns!
  • 19 0
 As soon as I read the headline I knew the puns would be off the hook!
  • 14 2
 Come on guys,you cod do better.
  • 10 1
 We love this kind of bait - hook, line and sinker. Wait, nets?!
  • 4 0
 This isn't the plaice for bad puns. How long before Finn Iles signs for Trek?
  • 5 0
 These comments have jumped the shark.
  • 2 0
 @commental: eel be looking to spawn something.
  • 2 0
 These grips will work well with my Pike.
  • 1 0
 You all need to look up Wet Dream by Kip Addotta...
  • 17 0
 Hard to know if the scale is there to make much impact or if the process overall is efficient enough to reel buyers in, but rest a shore'd its definitely a punnable pr.
  • 18 1
 Can't wait save the world using grips made from fish nets as I drive my Tacoma to the trailhead!
  • 11 0
 Is no one going to comment on the questionable wisdom of naming your grips "Release"?
  • 12 1
 And then people will put these grips on carbon bikes...
  • 26 0
 Carp-on?
  • 9 0
 Or Crabon?
  • 1 0
 next step: a full on fish net fibre frame
  • 11 2
 They seem like a good catch to me!
  • 5 0
 I have a box of my worn-down-to-no-tread-and-very-thin-yet-still-a-bit-of-life-left-in-them grips that I keep...."just in case" I'm in need and stuck somewhere(meaning they'll never get used).
What about recycling these Bontrager? Or the Plastix company? Seems like grips would make pretty good grips
  • 8 2
 If only there were a simple way to reduce or eliminate plastic pollution originating from the fishing industry...
  • 7 0
 soon Grips will be made from recycled N95 mask!!!
  • 9 2
 Gripping content.
  • 8 0
 Bontrager’s marketing department schooling us!
  • 7 1
 Came here to troll for comments. The fish are biting, but no keepers yet.
  • 2 0
 Oh men! I saved 5 grams of plastic buying these grips today! But it's been shipped from the other side of earth on a boat that burned tons of petrol... while I threw my old grips in the bin 'cause they weren't fashion anymore (wrong color)...

But meh! I'm now ready to go do some crazy DH, taking lifts and riding DH tracks! (these same lift that have been built by bulldozers and that have destroyed a lot of mountains...

Not to speak about my bike...

Please STOP this ecology-marketing bullshit...
I assume 100% that I am not doing an eco-friendly sport... that doesn't mean I do not take care of the environment in many ways... but bike is certainly one of the worst thing i do on this topic...
  • 2 0
 I'm holding out for the grips that smell like clams not that I have anything against fish.

I appreciate and support any and all "Real " recycling efforts big and small we need them all.
  • 1 0
 Recycled=market hype. Simple as that. Slap "recycled" on anything and people will buy. You want to recycle? Buy your clothes at goodwill and ride your bike and parts until they break. And that Prius? Larger carbon footprint than a Hummer. Get off of tiktok and read more.
  • 3 0
 Patagonia is also using recycled fish nets for their hats. www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LHMZmtpZdg
  • 1 0
 Specalized will be offering grips with rounded bar ends made from used marital aids. The styles will include ribbed, bumpy, and veiny. Avaliable in many colors diameters and lengths.
  • 3 0
 No pictures of that grip core??
  • 1 0
 @IRaphl: There are pics....... but they don't appear to be as big in real life as in the picsSmile lol
  • 1 1
 If they were more forward with the fact that they are made from fish net (with fishing related iconography for a grip pattern for example) people would be a lot more into it IMO.
  • 1 0
 I believe they have dredged up old tactics, trying to capitalize on the publicity of their recycling efforts to increase their NET profits......
  • 3 1
 Will my hands smell fishy?
  • 4 0
 are you asking PB or your wife.
  • 2 0
 @fabwizard: I'm asking my virtual wife. Do you know who she is? I don't.
  • 2 1
 Make them pushon instead of lockon if sustainability is really that important.
  • 2 0
 Seems like they are fishing for stuff to do during covid
  • 2 0
 Fishnets or fish nets. Very different thought process!
  • 1 0
 This is the kind of stuff we love to see! We really hope to get our product to the stage soon!
  • 1 0
 Michael Fitch, the creator of bontagers grips made from fitching nets
  • 1 1
 Look for the plastixxx recycling bin at your local brothel. Its black with an arrow logo that looks rather phallic.
  • 2 1
 What's next tires made from used dental floss?
  • 1 0
 I want some grips made out of a pair of fish nets
  • 1 0
 Great to hear, I'll be looking at these next time I need grips
  • 1 0
 Pattern looks like a lot of dongs -just saying
  • 1 0
 Just in time......I need new grips.
  • 1 0
 Hey dude smell my fingers..... BRUH...
  • 2 1
 Are you eating tuna?
  • 1 0
 Patagonia like this
  • 5 6
 Honey, were you cheating on me.... SMELL MY FINGERS....
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