Tested: SDG Lock-On Grips by ODI
Not every company logo will make for a good grip, but SDG Components must have planned ahead. Known for their saddles and seat posts, SDG teamed up with ODI last fall to create their own signature grip. Those familiar with the SDG brand will immediately recognize the logo that covers the majority of the grip. According to the specs, these "circular iconic dampeners absorb shock and spread pressure evenly across palm while providing additional traction."
That's fine and dandy, but how do they feel? We ran them with and without gloves, and in both cases we were pleasantly surprised. Size wise, it's right in-between the super thin ODI Ruffians and the slightly bulky ODI Rogue grips. The logos are small and frequent enough that you don't feel irregularities (a common fault of other company branded grips), and non-callused hands will rejoice thanks to the super flexible circular portions that add some nice cushion. Simply put, these grips feel great.
They're built around ODI's tried and true lock-on system. If you're not running some variation of ODI grips, you're missing out. Over the years they've refined their system into the most compact and dialed grip system we've ever used. The grip is locked onto the bars using aluminum lock rings, and the lock rings, grips, and durable plastic end plugs all snap together securely. Installed correctly, there is no play and they'll never slip.
Really the only thing we can gripe about is the small portion of the bolt head that protrudes from the lock rings. If oriented incorrectly, it has the potential to rub your hand the wrong way. It's also fairly easy to strip the 2.5mm allen if you have careless man hands.
If you're a fan of half-waffle style grips, you'll really appreciate this final feature. About one quarter of the grip surface uses only half of SDG's logo. If you look closely at the photo above you'll see how the half icon is taller on one side than the other. They intentionally ramped them to provide some additional grip for your fingers. Just be sure to install them the correct way.
What's the bottom line? These grips are soft enough to be comfortable but hard enough to know you're in control. Combined with ODI's lock-on system, they're definite winners in our book.
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