Santa Cruz Palmdale Grip

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Santa Cruz Palmdale Grip
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Current version is great, V2 could be perfect!

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The Good:

Best in class length, great ergonomics, and solid shock adsorption

The Bad:

Ends tear easily in crash, not the tackiest rubber compound, wear rate could be better.

Overall Review:

What Santa Cruz got right:
If you're looking to reap the maximum hand-space benefit from single clamp grip design, look no further: the Palmdales feature a full 125mm of well-cushioned rubber grip, measured from end of grip to the inner edge of the alloy clamp. The shape is fantastic: there is a subtle flare at the outer end that is just pronounced enough to signal its presence, but not enough to be uncomfortable when your hand rests directly on it. The raised logo situated where the ends of your fingers wrap the bar provide tactile feedback and a touch of extra grip when brand new, but they tend to shred rather quickly, and I often found myself trimming bits of frayed logo off the grips when they became an annoyance.
What needs improvement for V2:
SC could follow competitors like Deity

Overall Review:

What Santa Cruz got right:
If you're looking to reap the maximum hand-space benefit from single clamp grip design, look no further: the Palmdales feature a full 125mm of well-cushioned rubber grip, measured from end of grip to the inner edge of the alloy clamp. The shape is fantastic: there is a subtle flare at the outer end that is just pronounced enough to signal its presence, but not enough to be uncomfortable when your hand rests directly on it. The raised logo situated where the ends of your fingers wrap the bar provide tactile feedback and a touch of extra grip when brand new, but they tend to shred rather quickly, and I often found myself trimming bits of frayed logo off the grips when they became an annoyance.
What needs improvement for V2:
SC could follow competitors like Deity & start selling replacement rubber w/o the alloy clamps for a reasonable rate: this would be a win for both consumers & the earth.  Santa Cruz' rubber compound could be grippier and wear could be better.  Deity's excellent Waypoint single-clamps are tackier than the Palmdale, yet they wear at a comparable rate.  Finally, Palmdales tend to tear easily in a crash. SC has bonded the rubber of these grips around the circumference of an underlying plastic chassis, but did not bond the comfy, flared 5mm rubber "bumper" at the outer end to the plastic end cap below. I have had 3 pairs of Palmdales, and all have failed the same way: the last 5mm of rubber at the outer end tore or came off completely after even low-speed contact with earth, wood, or rock.

Specifications

Product Santa Cruz Palmdale Grip
Riding Type Cross Country, Dirt Jump / Slopestyle, Downhill, Enduro / All-Mountain, Freeride / Bike Park, Trail
Length 125mm (4.9”)
Material 8mm (0.3”) of rubber with a subtle mushroom profile on the tip with waffle moto-knurl pattern
Colors Black, grey, white, red, orange, magenta, tennis yellow, green, mint, light blue, berry, light, blue, teal, yellow,
Weight
Miscellaneous Single lock-ring design with the staying power of dual lock-ring. A taper-lock core uses an internal sleeve that narrows towards the last 38mm (1.5”) of the grip, effectively clamping onto the end of the bar to eliminate twisting.
Price $18
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