Renthal Ultra Tacky Grips - Review

Oct 18, 2015
by Mike Levy  
The grip market has been pretty boring since lock-ons were introduced. Sure, you can choose between different diameters, durometers and even whether you prefer two collars or one collar, but all that's about as interesting as another tradeshow article about 27.5+ tires. Renthal has cooked up something worth looking at, though, with their new Ultra Tacky lock-on grips being sticky to the touch. They won't stick to the window when you throw them so don't try, but Ian Collins, the main man at Renthal, did say that the idea behind them is based on the same principle as old, sticky-hand toys that you might have played with as a kid. The toys are sticky enough to be amusing, but they'd eventually lose their grip as they got dusty. Washing the toy with water and letting it air dry allowed them to regain their powers, and Renthal says that it's the same for their Ultra Tacky grips.


Renthal Ultra Tacky grips review test
  With a sticky feel to them, especially when not wearing any gloves, Renthal's Ultra Tacky grips are unlike anything else out there.


So, why would you want your grips to be sticky? More traction between them and your hands, of course. You might think that would make for less hand and arm fatigue, or even shrink the chance of a hand slipping off the grip, but Renthal isn't making any of those claims about their new Ultra Tacky lock-ons. Instead, Collins is simply saying that their new sticky grip material means that you don't have to hold on as tight as you might be doing now. He also let slip that Troy Brosnan has actually been rocking the Ultra Tacky grips since the latter part of the 2014 World Cup season, although the only way anyone would have found out is if they had grabbed ahold of one of them - they're noticeably tacky to the touch, enough so that you might suspect something weird is going on.

The Ultra Tackys measure 133mm long when you include the clamps and endcap, with 110mm of that being soft grip. My calipers told me that they have a small-ish 30mm diameter, and Renthal says that they sport the same durometer as their softest grip. Retail price is $32.95 USD, which is the same as the company's Kevlar grips. cycling.renthal.com


Renthal Ultra Tacky grips review test
The material feels extremely soft and forgiving.
Renthal Ultra Tacky grips review test
Caps are held on by the outer collar and will keep your handlebar from taking a core sample from you.


Pinkbike’s Take:
bigquotesRenthal's Ultra Tacky lock-on grips go on just like, well, any other lock-on grip. Not much to talk about there; slide them on and snug up the two clamp bolts on each side and you're done. If you can tie up your own shoes, you can install a set of lock-ons. They do come with a nice set of bar plugs, which are actually more like caps and are held in place by the outer collar squeezing down on them. More importantly, though, do the Ultra Tacky grips really feel different in your hands? The stickiness isn't really noticeable when you're on the trail and wearing gloves, to be honest, and I never found myself thinking that my hands sure are staying put better than ever. Likewise, I've never suffered from arm pump and I continued to never suffer from arm pump while using the Renthal grips, although that's not to say that they aren't doing some good. At they very least, they are extremely comfortable and soft lock-on grips, and at the most it wouldn't be hard to see that their stickiness helps in at least some small way. Falling somewhere in the middle of those two things is the fact that at least you can joke with your buddies about why your grips are sticky, which surely has to be written down as a plus in favour of the Ultra Tackys.

Questionable jokes aside, these Renthal grips are just the ticket for anyone who rides without gloves on a regular basis. That's certainly not me, but I did go gloveless a few times in the name of science and found the grips to not just be more forgiving than my usual lock-ons, but that I could also discern how they were actually quite sticky, much more so than when I was wearing gloves. Even better is that they don't get slippery from your sweaty paws. I can't remember the last time I had a hand slip off a grip, and I doubt that these are going to help much when that does happen, but I'll certainly recommend them to anyone who prefers to go gloveless. They did seem to leave a very slight stickiness to my bare hands, but that was probably more to do with my sweat than anything else and it went away after a few minutes. They also cost the same as Renthal's Kevlar lock-ons, but I think I'd be more likely to pick up the Ultra Tacky grips instead simply due to the fact that they might be helping in some small way.. - Mike Levy



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88 Comments

  • + 264
 Life after rampage... Grip reviews...
  • + 65
 Everything feels lame after rampage, even my own riding...
  • + 10
 @MrEtnie ... but particularly the trails you & I have on offer
  • + 5
 @Chickenwithshovel I'm no longer in SG, but still fly the flag... Just been there for a year abroad... Happy to have quite okay trails over here in Germany, but nothing compared to Rampage or Whistler...

Here have a look at some of the stuff I ride when visiting the closest bike park (2h drive):
youtu.be/ajz0bUZRLGs
  • + 95
 Will these fit on a bike with 26" wheels
  • + 1
 Lol!!
  • + 4
 D-Day+1
  • + 4
 @properp nah sorry they're enduro specific. So no 26ers allowed.
  • + 7
 f*ck the grips, what kind of dropper remote is that??? me want Smile
  • + 7
 @viatch - It's for a 9point8 seat post. Review live in a few days Smile
  • + 1
 2 dropper post reviews, 2 weeks, 2 stoked
  • + 5
 @duckcrisps, I ride enduro on a 26in Devinci Dixon. Obligatory 26 ain't dead!
  • + 3
 Commencal, Kona, Transition, 26 is here to stay!
  • + 2
 My fave is the transition suppressor. I think it looks sweet Smile
  • + 1
 until they run out of 26" tyres in the warehouse, then your screwed!
  • + 1
 they're not going to stop providing 26 inch tires.
  • + 1
 You hope.....
  • + 49
 Ok, so what brand is the dropper lever?
  • + 6
 I was thinking the same.
  • + 14
 9point8
  • + 37
 @Pedro404 - It's a 9point8 Fall Line. Review up in a few days.
  • + 2
 where can i buy just the lever?
  • - 2
 Try [url="http://9point8.ca"]9point8.ca[/url]
  • - 2
 Well, that didn't work...

a href="http://9point8.ca" rel="nofollow">http://9point8.ca/a>
  • + 11
 Damn it PB...
  • + 1
 Same actuator I run on my pulse, only I put mine below the bars. Im anxious for the fallline review. The guys make some good stuff!
  • + 2
 Well I definitely want that lever now. I'm hoping it will run on a Lev Integra?
  • + 1
 I like some like that for my Thomson post, but the problem is the retention system of the cable...I can't fix that yet
  • + 1
 Can i use this kind of lever for my fork's cable actuated lock out?
  • + 3
 specialized makes a pretty cool remote lever. will work with lev, not with thomson.
  • + 2
 Yeah, but then you are giving the big red s money, not some small shop of engineers and machinists outside Hamilton some.
  • + 1
 i agree with you there.
  • - 2
 @mgolder Check out the KS southpaw lever, I just installed it and it's probably the best option if your running a 1x setup.
  • + 1
 the southpaw is kinda flimsy IMHO.
  • + 1
 @hallowing2000 Probably not, as the lever will not hold itself in the depressed position like a fork lockout does.
  • + 4
 @hollowing2000 - Nope, @HaydenBeck is correct. Most (all?) of the lockout remotes have the indexing built into them, whereas the 9point8 remote has no index in it to hold it in place.

@Triber66 - I'm using the KS Southpaw lever right now and it is awesome. Independently adjustable angle and in/out, and super comfy paddle. I've haven't had an issue with it, unlike their standard OE thumb remote and its plastic body - I've broken two of those recently.
  • + 1
 @hollowing2000 no, but you can probably use a shifter.
  • + 31
 I'm impressed you managed to stretch that over as many paragraphs as you did
  • + 18
 This article is tacky
  • + 13
 Really I thought it was very gripping!
  • + 1
 Bike parks should install this grip on renthal bikes.
  • + 5
 I feel like it gave me a good handle on Renthal's latest offering.
  • + 1
 This new grip is really grabbing my attention
  • + 2
 Renthal are doing well to keep the market in-hand
  • + 11
 I thought they'd give these at least 4 years before reviewing them!
  • + 5
 Renthal push-on Kevlar are the way to go: half the price of lock on, light, sticky, solid as a rock (on a carbon bar, you can use renthal glue on an aluminum), no metal locks at the end of the bar bothering your hands, and last for ages.
  • + 7
 looks like a ruffian
  • + 1
 I would like to know why the Pro Taper grips I just bought for my DRZ400 cost me $8.99 cad and these new Renthat grips for my Banshee Spitfire are going to cost me $32.95 usd? On that note, I just ordered a Kenda K270 rear tire for my moto at $80 which is cheaper than most of the tires available for my mtb which is a fraction of the size, weight and materials. No one is going to convince me that they are selling that many more grips and tires for the motos. Without a doubt we are being ripped off.
  • + 3
 Two completely different markets with two completely different types of customers
  • + 7
 Cant say much about the grips but that Kenda moto tire is on the lower end of tires for moto, buy a lower end MTB tire and they can be had pretty cheap. A new Schwalbe magic mary is going to cost you, and so is the new Dunlop for your moto.
  • + 1
 I think the point is being missed. Renthal makes moto grips that sell for $12 but the almost identical mtb grip costs 3 times as much? Yes, I realize that the kenda moto tire is on the low end of the price scale but have you ever held one in your hand? You could make 10 mtb tires out of one moto tire. We are being gouged bigtime
  • + 2
 Any sport, you want the latest and greatest, you're going to pay. We get gouged because it's what we are willing to pay.
  • + 3
 No point missed. Moto customers are very different than MTB customers in general. You don't have very many 40-50-60 year old rich dudes riding Moto.
  • + 0
 If you like the Kenda K270 check out the Shinko 244,a good tire and even cheaper.Depending on what size as cheap as $50 from Canadasmotorcycle and free shipping.No I don't work there.
  • + 2
 I agree 100% and have always wondered the same thing. I'm about to order a new Bridgestone M59 for my KTM, for $69, and Schwalbe wants $85 for a Hans Dampf that weights 800 grams. Sweet hell what is going on.

A better example that is more in-line with this review is the new ODI Emig Lock-On moto grip for $24.95 at full retail. And here's the best part - the Emig grip comes with an integrated cam for your throttle housing (because the grip is molded to the throttle tube.). If oranges were equal to apples here, the Emig grips would be $49.95.

I'm sure that the industry-itself just sets the bar and people pay it. I really do not think it directly hinges on the demographic, but the bar that is set from the beginning. Just like 4-stroke motorcycle exhaust - its easier to make than 2-stroke exhaust, costs less to make (other than titanium), but retails for about four times as much.

Bar set. People pay.
  • + 2
 I am beginning to see now from some of these replies why the pricing is so out of whack. Some people are just content to be ripped off. Things will never change while we as mtbers are willing to eat the sh"t being fed to us without questioning why we are paying so much.
  • + 6
 Odi Ruffian.
  • + 3
 Raceface half nelsons! Collar on the inside and they are very tacky/forever lasting.
Those lumps and bumps On the outside of the renthals are a big no for me..
  • + 3
 Let your OURY/ODI grips outside exposed to alternating weather for few months and they'll become sticky too Wink
  • + 3
 Made in the U.K ,i thought they were an American company,and i was using their sprockets in the 90's, what a cock lol
  • + 0
 I only ride gloveless. ODI Ruffians go mega tacky once worn in and sweat has penetrated the rubber. Metal collars give more feel. Renthal kevlars were the worst grips I've ever used. when your hands got sweaty they became slippy as. and they just didn't wear in like ODIs do.
  • + 1
 In a grip review how is the question of how do they last not answered? Generally the stickier/softer something is, the less it lasts... Compared to a Ruffian, what is the longevity?
  • + 4
 "They did seem to leave a very slight stickiness to my bare hands" hehehe
  • - 2
 It's because they are made of unicorns fore... Nevermind
  • + 3
 Will you guys get a grip!
  • + 15
 They're honestly just throwing things at a wall right now and seeing if it'll stick
  • + 4
 I cant handle these puns
  • + 1
 I dunno, I thought it was all very gripping to read about.
  • + 3
 TLD ODI is the best for gloveless riding.
  • + 10
 sensus grips are the best
  • - 7
flag jamescmy (Oct 18, 2015 at 4:08) (Below Threshold)
 But they’re not Chromag
  • + 1
 Sensus disisdaboss gum rubber are the best! They get more sticky with age, and that makes for some great jokes.
  • + 1
 The bolts on the grips are ridiculous.
  • + 1
 Wish they could do a push on
  • + 1
 whats all the hype with renthal?
  • + 1
 is that grip enduro specific?
  • + 1
 Could I use these for " free racing"?
  • + 0
 Wanna grips with silver Ti locks!
  • + 1
 At least there in black
  • - 1
 But don't the metal lock ons hurt the edges of your hands?
  • + 4
 They usually make it so it's so wide your hand won't touch either end. Unless you're one of those weird people who buys 800mm bars and puts their hands in super tight on their bars
  • + 8
 I guess I'm one of those weird people.
  • + 6
 @otty11 - The collars didn't hurt my hands at all while using these grips. That has been an issue with others, though. You should also check out Easton's lock-on grips as the rubber extends up and over the collars.
  • + 1
 Sensus grips also have 'lock cover technology'.. basically, grip over laps the collar and make you ride like a champion.
  • - 1
 or sensus grips
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