ODI AG1 Lock-On Grips - Review

Oct 7, 2014
by Mike Kazimer  
ODI AG1 grip review

ODI AG1 Lock-On Grips

ODI's new AG1 grip was developed in collaboration with Aaron Gwin (hence the AG in the name), and is billed as being 'designed for racers, by racers.' The AG1 measures just 28mm at its thinnest point, and uses a single sided lock-on design, with a fixed clamp located on the inboard portion of the grip that's tightened down with a 2.5mm hex bolt. Using only one lock-on clamp allows ODI to extend the grip's useable surface, which should appeal to riders who typically ride with their hands at the very outside of their bars. The AG1's surface is comprised of four raised ribs strategically placed amidst the diamond pattern that covers the grip, a feature meant to line up with the articulation points on a rider's hand for extra traction, especially in wet conditions. The end of the grips are made from aluminum that's then covered by plastic to help keep them from hanging up on rocks during a crash, and to decrease the chance of any sharp edges developing. Available in orange, red, blue, and black, the AG1 retails for $35 USD. Made in the USA. www.odigrips.com

ODI AG1 grip review

The AG1 grips are extremely thin, but were lacking slightly when it came to all day comfort..


Pinkbike's Take:

bigquotesI'm a fan of thin grips, and as the results of a recent poll showed, I'm not alone. Of course, grip diameter is a matter of personal preference, one that's related more to comfort than anything. Due to the shaping of the AG1, it took some time to find the best orientation of the grips' raised ribs against my palm, but after a bit of trial and error I settled on a position and stuck with it for the duration of the test period. Those raised portions do work as advertised, providing more traction in wet conditions than you'd find on a grip with a more uniform surface, and the slightly ramped outboard portion of the grip provides a good perch for the outside of the hand to rest on as well.

On the trail, the AG1 had a harsher feel than expected, not providing very much cushion or vibration damping. It's difficult to say whether that's due to the rubber durometer that ODI uses or some other factor, but this was especially noticeable on rides with long, sustained descents - by the end of a run my hands would feel more fatigued than they did when running ODI's tried-and-true Ruffian grip, which is roughly the same diameter but with a simpler profile. ODI markets the AG1 as being for DH racing, and while some racers may not mind giving up comfort in order to have a greater feel for what the bike is doing, in my mind, the less hand fatigue the better. Regarding durability, the grips have held up well, with no signs of excess wear, aside from some scuffs on the end caps caused by a couple of bike vs. ground incidents. While the AG1 falls slightly short of being able to knock the Ruffian off its perch as the king of thin lock-on grips, it could still be a viable option for riders looking for a thin grip with a little extra traction, or for those who prefer the simplicity of a one bolt design. - Mike Kazimer





73 Comments

  • + 60
 Gripping review!
  • + 30
 My eyes were locked onto the review!
  • + 13
 Aaron gwin made grips? this will defiantly make me faster, right?
  • + 8
 It really raised ribs with its fine articulation points!
  • + 7
 Do these grips also come with a Specialized sponsorship?
  • + 5
 So this is the anticipated Durex AG1 Performax.
  • + 25
 Chyu - I use condoms as grips since they wrote in Dirtmag that thin grips reduce arm pump. I use studded Durex Pleasure max on top of thickish Extrasafe. They are easy to put on and work as bar ends as well. Just remember to not reuse
  • + 2
 Make the ODI Vans without the outer lock!
  • + 2
 @somismtb I cut the outer lock off all my sensus/odi grips...works fine ive never had them move
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns - Just turn them inside out to reuse them.
  • + 9
 @Thustlewhumber - fk that! I have two kids already, i'm takin no risks in that department. I contemplate vasectomy every other day
  • + 3
 Sensus grips fuk the world
  • + 2
 Condom grips and be safe f*ck*ng the world. Get ribbed for extra grip.
  • + 3
 Had my vasectomy 8 weeks ago,its just a shame the swelling goes down,was walking around like a porn star for a while,not much fun when you get a saddle slap tho ! Go for it WAKI.
  • + 42
 No thin grips for me , ODI rouge on all my whips. Can't stand those skinny grips!!
  • + 33
 Ur a skinny grip
  • + 7
 You know what they say about small hands little Turqoise.....
  • + 14
 Small Gloves...?
  • + 24
 My favorite grips so far are the TLD ODIs pricey but my favorite ones, have ruffians on my bike at the moment didn't last very long as my TLD ones. might give these a shot or some Sensus grips since mine are gonna be replaced Friday.
  • + 11
 Wish I could give more props. ODI TLD's FTW.
  • + 3
 ODI Longnecks on my DH bike. Love 'em.
  • + 4
 Sensus!
  • + 2
 What diameter are the Swayzes? I fear they are too thin...
  • + 2
 odi x-trainer! like cleats for your hands.
  • + 14
 Ribbed for his pleasureā€¦? Wait a secondā€¦
  • + 7
 Oh my gwin.
  • + 9
 Gwin and bear it?
  • + 10
 I was gwinning when I saw these gwips...insert elmer fudd laugh here
  • + 4
 "Shhhhh. I'm huntin' wabbits."
  • + 3
 "Using only one lock-on clamp allows ODI to extend the grip's useable surface, which should appeal to riders who typically ride with their hands at the very outside of their bars."

So how long does the grip surface measure? I wish ODI (and everyone else) would make more models available in 140mm+.
  • + 1
 @Lornholio--my ODI Ruffians measure about 143-145mm total usable surface, 128mm grip surface--you know you could probably just remove your pinky fingers, they're superfluous anyway.
  • + 2
 @Forty130 Hurts your hand after a while
  • + 2
 Yeah I have abnormally short pinkies (yes, really) but my hands themselves are big. I switched to 143mm Sensus lock-ons this summer and I'll never go back to 130mm. Only a few lock-on models available in that width and the Sensus ones are the only grip pattern I like (I'm gloveless 95% of the time, all about the mushroom pattern) but they get shredded in one summer.
  • + 3
 Not true Forty130. Pinky's are a key component in a certain sexual act with your significant other Wink
  • + 3
 There are already tons of skinny grips. Find me some good fat ones. Drives me nuts when my fingers go all the way around and my palms overlap. Also I get way more arm pump with skinnies. I feel like I'm taking crazy pills when they are actually making the grips smaller
  • + 4
 i have had a bunch of lock on grips they look cool and there tough but damn i love ESI chunky grips they have helped out the arm pump and great grip.
  • + 3
 ESI chunky all the way......have them on my DH rig and my AM.......no need for a locking grip this aint no moto
  • + 1
 I concur. I gave up on odi years ago. ESI > *
  • + 2
 I thought the ODI/Troy Lee's were the best grips ever until I got my Stumpy this year. Not considering myself a fan of thin grips I hated the Sip's when I first felt them (without gloves) in the shop. I thought I'd end up swapping them out pretty quickly but I'm a massive fan of them now.
Being the kind of rider who likes to have his hands way out on the grips, I've found the outer clamp on most grips (even the TLD's) to get really uncomfortable after a while but the Sip's, with their single clamp design are nice and flat all the way to the end so my hands are happy. The Ruffianesque diamond/half-waffle combo is killer too. I found that the TLD's could get a bit slippery in the wet or when my gloves got soaked through with sweat.
  • + 2
 I honestly don't understand how the thin grip reduces arm pump. If you have to clench your fingers closer to your palm that requires more muscle effort than with a big grip. Every time I get on a bike with thin grips (never my own bike) my forearms pump real fast as compared with my bikes that all feature LS Northshores which are large diameter. I used to experience the same thing playing tennis, if I had a racket with too small a grip size I could never keep the proper racket and arm angle without my arm tiring quickly. I think you need to not follow a thin grip trend but find a grip that works well for your hand size. I'm sure people with small hands may not be able to hang on to a big barrel grip just the same as my big man hands can't hold on to a condom grip.
  • + 3
 What a gripper! Better ripper on Renthal Kevlar, lock ons comfort , grip and durability, pinner nah gwinner, Renthal is the winner!
  • + 1
 Hmm.. last time I used ruffians was 2007 and they are a mid thickness grip. A better comparison for a thin grip would be specialized sipe grips, or the chromag palm skin. I'm guessing the ag will not contour with everyone's different sized hands... worth a test though.
  • + 11
 Since they measure in at around 29mm I'd still put the Ruffians in the thin grip category. The Sip grip is 28.5mm, and the Chromag is 31mm.
  • + 1
 hmm wierd, they didn't feel nearly as thin as the specialized grips, my favourites by far for a thin grip. 28 is pretty damn thin! not much else comparable then.
  • + 9
 Dat shootdown
  • + 2
 My favorite grips so far are ODI longnecks. Super wide. Super thick. Super soft. Super durable. I have mode for like 9 months and there isn't really any noticeable wear
  • + 16
 Sound super.
  • + 1
 I know this topic is very specific to preference but honestly I demoed a Santa Cruz recently and the thing that I noticed the most was those Palmdale grips... Honestly changed my entire riding expectations..
  • + 1
 They look good! "All day comfort" is over-rated, you're not gonna be comfortable when you're in traction 'cause your hand slipped. Besides, isn't that why bikes have suspension?? Thin is the only way.
  • + 1
 Huge ODI fan with ruffians on 4 bikes but these grips sound too much like a marketing ploy playing off Gwin's popularity. more about money than any improvements in other words.
  • + 1
 too bad, I kinda like the idea of a grip that tapers inward. Guess I'll stick with the eastons I've been running. Probably forever since they seem to be invincible.
  • + 2
 The ODI ruffian MX grips are where it's at, lots of grip and thinner like these.
  • + 2
 ESI, try them you will be shocked!!!!
  • + 1
 Been thinking about them for a while. Old habits die hard.
  • + 1
 pssshhh... I tell you this, ESI = not durable. small cuts grow massive.
also, if you are gloveless and get sweaty hands, you will have no traction.
But they are light, and come in 45 colors. I tried to like them.
  • + 2
 What I've got now is thick, black and long lasting. Not sure how I can improve on that. Thanks for saving me the trouble.
  • + 1
 was considering getting these, but this review makes me unsure now. damn reviews.
  • + 1
 The lines on the grips not being level is making my OCD go crazy! Still sick though!
  • + 3
 OURY ONLY
  • + 0
 Most of the times I skip the article and read the comments the top ones are alway the best
  • + 3
 Yours is all the way down here ;-)
  • + 1
 BMX/ESI grips > lock-ons
  • + 1
 TLD ODI grips rule- well at least for my hand size!
  • + 1
 ODI SDG all the way doooooooowwwwwnnnnnn!
  • + 1
 soooooo, in other words...save my money?
  • + 0
 would have bought them if the designed by the chainsaw massacre himself but no AG1 grips are going near my bike..
  • + 1
 I was afraid of that...
  • - 1
 It's all about Sensus Grips baby!
  • + 2
 SENSUS rulz! The best grips on the planet.
  • - 2
 Great gription, I love that non word
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