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Race Face Sniper Lock-On Grips

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Sniper lock-on grips provide universal pleasure

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The Good:

Narrow profile with extra plush mushroom fins.

The Bad:

End plugs are smaller diameter than the aluminum rings.

Overall Review:

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I recently purchased a set of RaceFace Sniper grips as a replacement for worn ODI Ruffians. The Snipers were on sale for half price so I took a chance. First impression out of the box was very good and the construction looks nearly identical to ODI grips which are considered one of the benchmarks for quality grips. The Snipers come in many different colors, but I went for bright white to break with trends.

The aluminum rings snap onto each end of the grips and there are 2.5 mm hex screws to hold them in place. I applied a tiny amount of bearing grease to the threads while assembling them for the first time. You don't want to over tighten these tiny screws or they will easily strip or seize. It only takes about one quarter turn after they are snug to torque them down. The screws should be orientated on the bottom of the bars so they don't collect water and dirt. This position also keeps those edges from catching your palms. 

The supplied end caps only cover the center hole and as a result the aluminum rings are exposed to dings and chips. I opted for a fuller coverage plug which happens to be old school ODI end plugs that I had in the tool box. Not sure if it makes a difference, but I orientated the arrows pointing inside when mounting them on the bars. 

The diameter of this grip is similar to Ruffians, but there is more padding thanks to the ribbed mushroom fin pattern. The texture and diameter is spot on and I am very happy with their design. This grip strikes a nice goldilocks balance (not too thin, not too soft) and they are a pleasurable upgrade that is suitable for any style of riding. Four stars – I took one star off for those dainty end caps!

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Specifications

Product Race Face Sniper Lock-On Grips
Riding Type Cross Country, Downhill, Enduro / All-Mountain, Freeride / Bike Park, Trail
Length
Material Proprietary dual-surface texture
Colors Black, Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Grey, White
Weight 0 lb 4 oz (114 g)
Miscellaneous 30mm diameter
Double Lock-On grip
Manufactured by ODI
Often overlooked, the value of a good set of grips should not be underestimated. It is one of the three important points of contact between you and your bike. A good set of grips will offer you more control and lessen hand fatigue while riding. Manufactured for Race Face by ODI in the USA these grips are compatible with the Lock-On Grip System.
Price $25.99
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