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ODI Ruffian Lock-On Grips

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    Featured Review

    “My all-time favorite”

    The Good: Knurled pattern gives great traction in dry or wet conditions. Thin enough to provide a good feel for the bar. Sturdy lock-on collars.

    The Bad: Wear quicker than some other options

    Overall Review:

    The often-imitated ODI Ruffian is my favorite grip. The knurled pattern is simple and low-profile, and provides great grip without annoying logos or hard spots. They're thin enough to give you a good connection to the bar and bike, but still take some of the sting out of the ride. Whether the day is hot and dusty or chilly and wet, these grips will give you the traction you need. Many other brands have a similar pattern available, but ODI's lock collars are better than most.

    “Good Feeling Grip, Some Lock-On Ring Concerns”

    The Good: Knurled/diamond pattern, thin grip, great feel, plenty of grip space, no hand slippage

    The Bad: Lock-on bolts strip easily, thinness causes quicker wear, bar end caps pop off

    Overall Review:

    Switched from the ODI Rogue to the Ruffian for more feeling, which the Ruffian definitely offers. The Ruffian still sticks with ODIs' tradition of strong grips with great sticky rubber. The Ruffian is a thinner grip pattern that offers a lot of bar feeling, but you don't feel like you are ever going to lose your grip. Also with some thinner grips you feel like to have to hold on tighter since there is less material, but this isn't the case with the Ruffians. I have had these for a year and haven't seen a whole lot of wear, but imagine with less material there will be less life.

    One big complaint I do have is in the lock-on ring department. I got the Ruffian grips as refills because I already had the ODI lock-on rings. In my past experience the rings popped onto the grip easily and stayed on. With these Ruffians I actually couldn't just snap on the lock-on ring like in the past. I could get on side of the the lock-on ring on, but then the other side wouldn't snap in. I ended up using a rubber mallet to "massage" the lock-on ring on to grip. While not the greatest way to do it, it worked.

    Another issue I have is with the head size and strength of the lock-on ring bolts. While I know these need to be small and light it is really easy to strip these out. Definitely have to be very conscience of how your are tighten them and loosening them.

    “The classic thin grip”

    The Good: Easy To Install, Good grip

    The Bad: Odd Tool Size for install/removal

    Overall Review:

    The smallest of the ODI family, the Ruffian have stood the test of time and could be considered the standard bike grip against which others are judged. I personally like a bit thicker grip (but not too thick) so I go with the Ruffian MX. If the smaller size is your thing, you just can't go wrong with the classic. The only thing I can think to improve would be for ODI to have a bit more fun with the end-caps - add some color or something!

    “Thin and grippy favorites”

    The Good: Light, tacky, grip well, lock on tight, sweet lightweight end-caps.

    The Bad: Tiny bolts rust out

    Overall Review:

    A great grip, some will say the best. That is subjective as grips are like saddles or your taste in clothes, it's personal. I like these, but I find them a bit too thin and narrow so I wouldn't buy them again but I do like the tacky, grippy surface. Personally I prefer Peaty lock-ons and Rogues but I'd never mind riding a bike with these.

    “Your gonna get hooked on these!!”

    The Good: Consistent, not too expensive, great rider owned brand, the benchmark for grip design, durable rubber, etc.

    The Bad: these may tear up your hands when you first ride them but then again most new grips do anyways, I always loose the end caps so make sure you keep those lock rings tight.

    Overall Review:

    So ever since I rode Aaron Chase's hard tail one day while at a Mt. Snow race I noticed he had these grips on there and they really stuck out to me as a "universal pro grip" as almost ALL the pros there were using them (regardless if they were sponsored by them or not). If that wasn't enough of a reason to get them I don't know what is. I have these on all my bikes now and I will never use another grip again, I recommend black though, the white ones get pretty nasty looking after a few days of use but they still work fine. I am starting to like the ones with the checkers board pattern on the back too I think they are called the Ruffian MX or something.

    “ODI Ruffian Grips”

    The Good: 1. Very thin 2. No grip movement 3. Grippy

    The Bad: Not so cheap

    Overall Review:

    I am a huge fan of ODI grips. Buy a bike, get ODI's. I recently reviewed the ODI TLD grips and had nothing but good things to say. Those are great for me but these are a tough competitor. This review will mainly be a compare/ contrast between the two.

    The TLD lock on grips are great for riders with larger hands cause they are wider than these. In my opinion, the TLD's are more comfortable due to the flanges and the ramped texture but I'm sure I'll get some hate for that. If the Ruffians had flanges (apart from the BMX model which don't play well with shifters), they would be the best grips ever. The locking system is pretty much the same so nothing to talk about there except they both don't move at all. As far as grippiness goes, both are great. The Ruffians have vertical knobs so forward and backward motion is very limited. The TLD's have ramped knobs so there is no backward motion but forward motion is more so than the Ruffians.

    All in all, both are very similar. Ruffians for smaller handed users, TLD's for larger handed users. They weigh about the same. They also both cost about the so price shouldn't be a deciding factor. It's just that simple. I've tried many grips but I've narrowed it down to these two. However, if I had to choose a pair for forever, I would go with the Ruffians for the slimmer design but I would miss the flanges and impressive looks of the TLD's.

    “Simple and Tacky”

    The Good: Tacky Grips, Slightly Smaller so you can squeeze the life out of your bar

    The Bad: Will wear quickly

    Overall Review:

    These grips are the best ones from ODI in my opinion, I'm running them on 2 different bikes, allows you to feel the handlebar that much tighter especially if you don't wear gloves. The lock-ons are always a bonus and never fail.  The small diamond cuts into the grip add for a great amount of traction, but over a year or two, they can wear down and your rubber grip can get quite thin.  Be prepared to get new ones after a few seasons.  My friend had a set on a bighit for years and wore them down to the plastic/metal insides.

    “Get a grip”

    The Good: Tacky, feel great, just the right size, they never move on the bars - and they look great too (with loads of color options for the lockrings + the custom stuff that is also available).

    The Bad: There is nothing bad per se. They do wear out, I typically go through maybe 3-4 pairs per year (riding 2-3 times per week). Note that they still work every bit as well even when they're falling apart, I usually change them out just for that new feeling (and look).

    Overall Review:

    It's one of the few constant parts on my bikes over the years, I just never see the need to even try anything else. As good as it gets!

    “You know em. You Trust em.”

    The Good: Bad to the bone. Knurling is tackee and creates an 'as one' feeling Slightly smaller diameter than most.

    The Bad: ...still can't think of anything.

    Overall Review: Well, if your on the fence about some grips, wrap your greasy hands around a pair of these at your local bike shop and you'll fall in love. Buy them and lock'um on, worth the loot. Its all about control in a relationship. Slightly smaller diameter than most, if you prefer a more absorbing, thicker grip then try the Rogue. If you get the white ones, keep'um clean with watered down simple green habitually. what ever you do. ride bikes.

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    Riding Type Cross Country, Trail, Freeride, Downhill, Dirt Jump / Urban
    Length 130mm
    Material Rubber grip, aluminum clamps
    Colors Black, White, Lime with optional lock-on colors

    0 lb 3.7 oz (105 g)

    Miscellaneous Includes end caps. Custom laser-etched clamps available.
    Price $25.95
    More Info ODI website
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry