Renthal Push-On Grip Ultra Tacky – Review

Apr 25, 2018
by Paul Aston  
Starling Murmur Review Renthal Ultra Tacky Push On grips

The latest Ultra Tacky version of Renthal's Push-On grip uses rubber that is, well, ultra tacky. This non-lock-on style grip may seem old-fashioned, but with a new quick drying glue and the fact that most modern handlebar controls are removable without taking off the grips, they really are a fit and forget solution. They are also cheaper than nearly any lock-on grip at $15.95 USD / €13.99 EUR.



Renthal Ultra Tacky
Push-On Grip Ultra Tacky Details

• Ultra Tacky compound
• Knurled grip section
• Block pattern outer edge
• Medium flange
• 135mm length
• Expander end-plugs
• Double grooved for grip-wire
• Made in the UK
• Weight: 108 grams (pair inc. bar end plugs)
• Price: $15.95 USD / €13.99 EUR
cycling.renthal.com


Installation

Gluing and wiring may seem like a hassle compared to sliding on a lock-on grip and turning a 3mm Allen key, but thanks to Renthal's quick drying grip glue (the previous glue needed hours to cure) your grips can be on and ready to use within minutes. Simply put some glue inside the grip and on the bar, then slide it on, wipe off the excess and install the expander plug. The glue bonds best to shot-peened alloy handlebars, but I also had good success with carbon bars.

The new version of the expanding bar plugs have a smaller outside diameter than the original versions, and are more comfortable for riders who like the palm of their hand overlapping the end of the bar. To remove, simply slide a narrow Allen key or screwdriver under the grip and pour in some isopropyl alcohol; this will remove the grip in seconds.

Renthal Ultra Tacky
Renthal Push On Review
The newer version of the end plugs have a smaller diameter to prevent them from digging into your hands.

Wiring? Adding wire to the grips motocross style is an option, but I found the new glue works so well I never had problems with water getting under the grips and loosening them. If I lived in a wetter climate, I would do this as a belt and braces approach.

The piéce de la resistance of the Push-On grips is customization – with a lock-on grip you have essentially no way to change the feel; the Push-On grips can easily be cut to shorter length, and more recently I have been experimenting with the shape. Some riders have wrapped tape around their bar first and then stretched the grip over for a thicker grip. I like the slim grip overall, but it never feels like there is enough material for my little fingers to clamp on to – enter Sugru. This moldable rubber is great to adjust the shape of the grip. I added some to the bar, then glued the grip over the top for a custom shape. Yes, it's super geeky, but I think it's worth it.

Renthal Push On Review
Renthal Push On Review
Playing around with Sugru to adjust the shape and feel of the grips.

When they're brand new, the Puch On grips' Ultra-Tacky rubber actually sticks to clean gloves. After some use, this effect wears off, but a wash with some simple detergent will bring them back to life. This is a reassuring feeling in rough sections and at high speeds.

The damping from the Push-On's is second to none, which makes them a good solution for hand or arm pump, as well as general comfort. I almost never get any arm pump or hand soreness with these grips.

The Ultra Tacky doesn't last as long as the original Kevlar Push On grip from Renthal, but they still seem to last for ages, wearing to the shape of your hands, with plenty of material compared to a lock-on of the same outer diameter, which would wear down to the plastic sheath more quickly.

Could they be any better in my eyes? Maybe if Renthal made a Push-On version of their Traction Grips, then yes. Until then, I think these are the best grips available.



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesThere are only a handful, or fewer, products that I would choose for every ride on any kind of bike, and the Ultra Tacky Push-On grips are one of them. Great damping, grip, and price. Paul Aston



101 Comments

  • + 55
 I can't handle these grip reviews.
  • + 30
 Oh get a grip on yourself..
  • - 21
flag Bizzam (Apr 25, 2018 at 0:20) (Below Threshold)
 Hold on, my pun will grab me any moment.
  • - 2
 @seraph has set the bar rather high here... the subject is tacky but it's hard to slide on something more
  • + 5
 This is a thin grip review. It has good feeling, and is gripping while being read. Recently picked up a thicker grip review - more substance, more thought provoking material.
  • - 3
 Really? I find them gripping.
  • - 10
flag WAKIdesigns (Apr 25, 2018 at 4:54) (Below Threshold)
 @euan91m: I think bottle cage bolts review would be too much for me to handle...
  • + 0
 I don't want to gripe about this grip review, but it may be time for Paul to push on to another subject. This one rubbered me the wrong way.
  • + 3
 They can be a handful for sure.
  • + 2
 I'm stuck to my Oury's.
  • + 1
 They've set the bar too high
  • + 25
 I used to think these were the best grips available until I tried the ESI chunkys...
  • + 4
 Same until they came unstuck on me when descending kinlochleven (yes with glue). I even talked down some peeps who said they didn’t stay put and then it happened to me. For that I’m sorry guys! They’re nice grips but you can’t beat a lock on for security and afaik the Renthal lock ons still have a horrid outboard lock?
  • + 1
 @ThomDawson: did the Renthals or the ESIs come unstuck? I had some issues with the former rotating close to the outboard edge (without glue), but the latter have stayed put no matter what.
  • + 3
 @ThomDawson: yes they do. I hate that outboard lock. That's why I like the Brendog grips, just a constant diameter right to the end, and the ends are rubberised for better leaning against your car or whatever.

I have never had a renthal grip move though, even without ever using glue, just a double wrap of wire. I hate those crappy plastic end plugs on the push ons.

Renthal if you're reading this, can I suggest you move to a Brendog style integrated end cap with interference fit on the bar, and closed end on your grips. It would definitely improve the design.
  • + 1
 @jaame: the death grip style grip has some issues. I broke 4 of the inner sheaths last year so I swapped back to odi. They’re great until you hit a tree or lay the bike out going fast. Honestly I don’t think a perfect grip exists but I’m loving my odi huckers right now (they have two durometers of rubber to help the grip not twist on the bar).
  • + 1
 Read all of these comments. The PadLoc grips from pivot are godly nice. Pretty soft. Especially the pad. And the wont ever move. Even if the ring is loose.
  • + 1
 @Daledenton: yeah the end of mine did get ripped off, but I think it's worth it for that lack of an outboard collar. Plus they're cheaper than most grips, plus Brendog gets paid £2.50 when you buy a set.
  • + 2
 @santoman: sorry was talking about the Renthal.
@jaame I think those Brendogs are made in the same factory as the Burgtec (and a few others) that I’m using. Really like em and haven’t experienced any issues yet, touch wood. I ride with my hands almost hanging off the bar so an outboard lock just doesn’t work at all, which is the reason I was using the Renthals previously. Still got em on the bmx but I just don’t fancy riding to the top of a mountain only for it to piss it down and both my grips come off again!
The Renthal caps are garbage imo, always just use a classic plug style end cap but much prefer the full wrap of the Brendog style ones
  • + 1
 ESI EXTRA CHUNKY! they pack in just right. just got the wolf fat paw grips which are supposed to be a few mm thicker, 36mm. not installed yet but the foam edges dont seem as clean as ESI, i am directly comparing them to the extra chunkies and and going to try to complain if there is any reason to since im a sucker for foam. i will get more, i just dont know which one yet
  • + 1
 The issue with ESI chunky is they aren't tough enough for uplift trailers, I've destroyed two pairs on uplift days and have given up on them on my enduro bike.
  • + 13
 So in the first paragraph under the first picture of the grip we have this:

"This non-lock-on style grip may seem old-fashioned, but with a new quick drying glue and the fact that most modern handlebar controls are removable without taking off the grips, they really are a fit and forget solution."

Right beside that grip, in that very first picture, is a Revive lever that requires you to take the grip off to remove....
  • + 1
 I have a revive post and ESI grips. I don't have to take them off to remove the remote lever.
  • + 11
 These look nice but just always end up coming back to Oury's. Not sure why but I just can't get use to smaller diameter grips - never could. My mits aren't that big either.
  • + 1
 I run Oury's on everything. I don't wear gloves so I love the thick sticky feel of the Oury grips. Pro tip for any non lock on grip, a single layer of electrical tape on the grip section of the bar, no glue necessary, blow the grip on over the electrical tape and they wont budge.
  • + 9
 I used to use hairspray on MX grips.......once that is dry they don't move a mm!
  • + 4
 I use it for MTB grips too
  • + 26
 also great for condoms
  • + 7
 @vhdh666: i am concerned
  • + 1
 @adrennan: yeah I guess I need some help :-) professional help
  • + 5
 @vhdh666: There's an organic sticky compound for that
  • - 10
flag adrennan (Apr 25, 2018 at 7:09) (Below Threshold)
 @vhdh666: trump can probably find you the kind of help that is into hairsprayed on condoms
  • + 2
 hair spray is for novices real riders use spray paint.
  • + 6
 Having smaller diameter end plugs is an improvement, but they still scratch up pretty quickly. Could they not have an end plug that you fit before the grip, and a slip on grip with a closed end, to completely cover the end cap?
  • + 3
 Seconded.
  • + 3
 This combo is available but normally it is only on kids bikes. The problem is that after a few knocks the rubber can get cut up instead so you still end up seeing the end plug.
  • + 5
 I bruised the heal of my palm last fall and went esi 33mm fat grips for while. After a week I was in love with my lyrik again then I realized that it was the grips that made for a smoother ride. I disliked how big and squishy the grips were but appreciated the cush feeling. Now I'm back on my familiar Ge-1's and love the connection with the bike but would like a little more cush. I'll try these or Rev grips next. When I think my tire is really stuck to the ground I'll push harder. What my hands tell me is a huge part of that equation for me.
  • + 6
 Paul,
What sort of residue is left after removing the grip and does isopropyl easily remove that as well or just get the grip loose to take off?
  • + 2
 Skip grip glue, it leaves to much mess. Use clear spray paint. Little moto trick. Dries quick and strong and then just cut the grip off and peel away when wanting to change.
  • + 1
 I use hairspray- gets very sticky and is very easy to remove with just water and soap
  • + 1
 Dry grip glue can usually be peeled off by hand once the grip is gone. Doesn't leave any permanent gunk marks, even if it did they would be under the grip anyway.
  • + 3
 I like closed ends on a push-on grip, it prevents dirt from getting under the grip. Just put a nickel in the end of the grip as a cap to prevent punch through, wire it up and go. Compressed air and wire cutters to take off, and you can reuse to your delight. That being said, I haven't used push ons in years on an MTB...
  • + 5
 Finally I agree with Paul about something! It had to happen one day.
Push on grips are better than lock ons
These are some of the best push ons you can buy
Big Grin Big Grin
  • + 14
 Get a room...
  • + 5
 Its a shame that in order to remove shimano shifters still you need to remove the grips.
  • + 4
 Not an issue with I spec 2 on Shimano Brake levers. Otherwise yes, a huge PITA.
  • + 2
 It is a PITA if you aren't running compatible brakes and shifters however there are brackets that allow you to mount various combinations.
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: ispec is great for cleaning up the bars. I wish there was a fox transfer remote that was ispec 2 compatible. I know there is the wolf tooth one but it ain't cheap.
  • + 1
 @jaame: I modded an XT to work with my Thomson. Its great
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: I thought about that but the fox post has the nipple in the end of the post, and the grub screw holding the tail end in the lever.
  • + 1
 @jaame: wolf tooth remote paired with transfer dropper and saint brakes works great. not to mention the stonck transfer lever sucks
  • + 1
 @adrennan: my shop didn't have the wolftooth so I had to go with the fox. 4 months of slop and still not sure why everyone says it sucks?
  • + 1
 @mollow: mine broke in no time. maybe they improved it but i much prefer the wolf tooth
  • + 2
 This business of lock-ons having thinner rubber than a slip-on; would it be possible to have thinner bars (at the contact point), so that we can have thicker lock-ons? I.e., the outer diameter of the lock-on sleeve is the same as the current bar diameter?
  • + 2
 There is a moto-handlebar-company doing this with alloy bars...so yeah the concept is there and a good one.
  • + 1
 seems sketchy
  • + 1
 Test mounted a pair of these in Kevlar, but took them off again for two reasons: 1) too short at 135mm 2) flange in the way. I like the feel and diamond pattern, though. Will try Chromag Wax next. Would like to see a longer flangeless version, keep the wire grooves.
  • + 1
 Grips are the fastest wearing part on most bikes. I get through 2-3 pairs a year and have tried all the big names and there seems to be little difference in feel but big changes in longevity. Give us something that is designed to last and I'll buy it at a premium.
  • + 1
 Push On's provide a different feel. Hard to describe, it almost feels more 'solid' maybe not the right word, but with out the plastic core and more rubber, it seems there's slightly less vibration and i get a little bit better overall feel. I've been runnin the new push on charger evo that lizardskins came out with. Really digging it.
  • + 1
 Renthal should make a tapered grip similar to the Moto ones. I found the tapered grips to significantly reduce arm pump and fit the natural shape of your hand, not that arm pump is a problem on a mtb. Not sure how the tester felt building up the pinky side felt better!? It’s the smallest finger, the grip should taper the opposite of what he did. Wtf
  • + 1
 I have had the natural rubber coloured renthal grips for a few years now, they wear out quite fast in certain areas, but who gives a fk? the only grips that dont wear quick are hard plastic ones.
  • + 1
 I assume its not a good idea to glue these to carbon bars? I've been wanting to try them and planned to use hair-spray and wire. Glue is such a pain when its time to remove the grips.
  • + 2
 I really appreciate regular grips being produced; they're more comfortable, cheaper, and use less plastic waste. Push-ons on all my bikes.
  • + 4
 Sounds like a messy pain in the arse. ODI Ruffians all day long.....
  • + 1
 Ditto... Lock on Ruffians.. hard to beat.
  • + 3
 That's not the same thing at all. He is just looking for something chunkier for the outside of his hand to grip, not a different hand position.
  • + 3
 Nothing like going back in time. :/
  • + 2
 They feel way better. I am going to go back to stick on grips once my current Sensus grips fail.
  • + 2
 Make in UK - doesn't show price in sterling. How odd.
  • + 4
 And they don't show the weight in stone. How odd.
  • + 1
 Regarding the traction grips, I've been using a pair for six weeks or so now. I can't make my mind up if I like them or not!
  • + 1
 ODI Longnecks on 2 of my bikes. Thin,confortable,hands don't slip even when sweaty.
  • + 1
 Pink bike reviews are officially short, shit, and soggy...much like these grips..
  • + 1
 I wouldn't say they are the best grip available but I can't argue the price.
  • + 1
 I'm using the Kevlar ones and they are comfortably and grippy but a bit of a faff to install compared to bolt on grips.
  • + 2
 I am after grips that help with damping and arm-pump so serious question, what do you think is better and why?
  • + 2
 @Racer951: I used to get a lot of pins and needles in my hands when riding with Ergon GE1 grips. I doesn't happen nearly as much with the Pushons. So yes I think they are better because there is more rubber and less plastic for the same overall diameter.

This nsmb.com/articles/ditch-your-lock-grips is where I initially read about the benefits of Pushon grips. They are relatively cheap so it's a no lose situation. It's a bit of a faff but I think worth it for the benefits.
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: How do you think they would work out for somebody with small hands who suffers pretty bad arm pump (no pins and needles though) - I currently use a WTB lock-on, cant think of what its called but it has 'fins' to help with damping etc, the ODI ruffians I took off were horrendous for me, nice and thin but super harsh.

Will give these a go I think, as you say for the price why not.
  • + 1
 @Racer951: I used to use Ruffians before the GE1s. The GE1s were better (not as harsh) but the Renthals are better again. The Renthals are super slim (29mm O/A) so I would say good for smaller hands.

Arm pump can also relate to brake lever angle. I have read / heard flatter is better. Also deadlifts are supposed to be good for grip strength.

Interested to hear how you get on.
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: Cheers, tried the brake angle stuff and I am fairly strong / weight lift weekly but have always suffered from pretty bad arm pump - A lot of it is because I use the brakes too much....haha.

Best things for me were raise front end a little, get rid of ruffian grips and decent brake lever position but its harder to get rid of potentially crap genetics / riding style......
  • + 1
 @Racer951: give the grips a try, im may just make the difference you are after. I'm lucky the decents in Surrey are 2 mins max as I would probably have the same problems.
  • + 2
 @Racer951: Remembering when we used to ride Cwn Carn a lot, on the first 2 runs you would get killer arm pump, then when you got up to speed and didn't brake as much it went away. Is hard if you are riding really steep stuff tho.

Also have you tried bigger brakes / rotors?
  • + 2
 @Racer951: I've had great luck with ESI foam (silicone?) grips. Chunky, lotsa damping. Don't last much more than 1 season at most though.
  • + 4
 @Racer951: Not sure if this will help, but it works for me....
I ride DH. I also do a lot of climbing (as in climbing rock faces with my arms and legs, not climbing hills on mountainbikes. f*ck riding up hills on a bike Big Grin )

Climbing is an absolute beast for the forearms. Riding DH is nothing in comparison. I often find if I don't warm up properly, I get mega arm pump from climbing. It comes on after a few minutes and in bad cases makes my hands completely un-useable. There is some scientific name for it that I can't remember, but basically its the result of going full on without warming up. If it happens to me the only solution is to stop climbing for about 20 minutes. My arms sort themselves out and I can then climb for hours with no more pump. So I'd suggest you try that. If you notice arm pump starting, AS SOON AS YOU NOTICE, stop riding. Sit down, have a drink, eat a little snack, check your facebook, chat with your mates, whatever. After about 10/20 mins try riding again. Hopefully you will find you can now ride for a few hours with no trouble at all.

Maybe not though, I'm not a doctor.
  • + 2
 @Racer951: Race face Good n Evil. I use these and at times when my friends all complain of arm pump and I'm still fine
  • + 2
 @Lee-Gee: I used to rock the red good n evil grips and I must say they were an awesome grip and they seemed to get stickier the more they worked in. They were really rhick though so probably not a great option for riders with small hands.
  • + 1
 @Lee-Gee: thick**
  • + 2
 oh really, this is just like mmm

bmx grips? (these dont need glue...)
  • + 1
 I've ridden the past year with Renthal Ultra Tacky grips. Best grip ever!
  • + 1
 One grip I have with these is that pesky glue.
  • + 0
 Has anyone else tried Renthal quick drying glue? I have read it is very similar to superglue.
  • + 2
 ESI, no comparison.
  • + 0
 There is no substitute for lock ons, period. ODI The Machines are the best I've ever used, especially for bigger hands!
  • + 1
 Soft "and" durable? Whoa...
  • + 1
 *made
  • - 3
 That was a very tacky read. Pinkbike should lock on to better reviews.
  • + 7
 Awful. Just awful.
  • - 1
 Revgrips for real geeks

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