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Birzman Studio Tool Box (v2)

Vital Review

“Tested: Birzman Studio Toolbox”

It’s been five years since we first discovered the range of toolboxes available from Birzman, and in that time we’ve put in many good hours continuing to use them both in the shop and on the road. The ergonomics of the tools as well as their longevity have turned them into trustworthy companions, but with evolving standards comes the need for new tools. For 2019, Birzman has revised the selection featured in its big Studio toolbox, intended for advanced home mechanics or those looking for a comprehensive mobile workshop solution. We took delivery of a first sample a couple of months ago, read on to learn Read More »

Renthal Push-On Grip

“the best grip ever ! ”

The Good:

the compound keeps getting better over the time no lock ons cheap

The Bad:

so easy to break not everyone install them correctly

Overall Review:

By far the best grips that are used, the compound is the best that exists and as you use it gets better. I had to stop using them after they broke me in an enduro race and I had to finish 4hrs without a grip,I would like Renthal to have a single lock grip as ODI with this compound. I ride gloveless.

DMR Deathgrip Grip

“Not for me ”

The Good:

color options. different sizes. single lock-on. designed by the dog.

The Bad:

bar end easy to break. too skinny or too big. break time of compound.

Overall Review:

I bought the two options, one was very large and the other very thin, the compound took a while to become comfortable for my hands, I ride gloveless, and I developed big calluses very soon after using them. I had to change them in a short time because after a couple of falls the ends broke and they became too uncomfortable to use them

DMR Deathgrip Grip

Featured Member Review

“Awesome grip for Gloveless riding”

The Good:

Super grippy, comfortable, single collar, flange option, multiple thickness options, loads of colour options and affordable

The Bad:

Durability

Overall Review:

Coming from Bmx I have always been a fan of mushroom style grips but found them lacking grip for mountain bike riding and there was never really a locking version either. The Deathgrip combines a mushroom, diamond and waffle style grip to create a grip that is just a pleasure to hold. I went with the thin ones with a flange and personally think the flange looks awesome. As a gloveless rider these instantly appealed with only an inside locking collar and a mushroom style pattern toward the inside of the grip. The outer two thirds of the grip are a diamond style pattern with a waffle design on the underside for added grip when Read More »

Renthal Lock-On Grip

“Nice durable grips but not amazing for gloveless riding ”

The Good:

Super soft, durable, match Renthal bars

The Bad:

Outside collar, not textured enough grip design for gloveless riding.

Overall Review:

I had a pair of these to match a renthal bar and stem. Overall the Grips are nice quality with dual locking collars and the signature kevlar compound. This grip is super soft and really forgiving on the hands an is really good for riding with gloves. The kevlar compound is really durable given how soft it is so if you use gloves and want a grip with a lot of "cush" this is a great option. I personally ride gloveless and with my hand right over the end of the bars and for me I just didn't get on with this grip. The grip pattern is a very subtle diamond pattern but is really not textured enough for riding without gloves. As soon Read More »

DMR Deathgrip Grip

“DMR Deathgrip ”

The Good:

Durable (I'm a gloveless rider)
super slippery with sweaty hands

The Bad:

The outer part gets damaged easily by clipping trees or just laying the bike on the ground

Overall Review:

- Super nice grips, they do not get disgustingly sticky. - I had to get used to the thicker inner part of the grip. - Slippery with sweaty hands - I would like the inner part to be thinner - the flange is really small, so there is no problem with shifter/brake/dropper-remote

DMR Deathgrip Flangeless Grip

Featured Member Review

“Deathgrip Flangeless race thick enduro-specific grip”

The Good:

Feature placement is on-point
3mm single clamp
size, compound and color options

The Bad:

not as much outer palm padding as some
soft ends get chewed up fast (duh)
soft compound wears fast (duh)

Overall Review:

Bought the grip for the location of the features and it did not disappoint. Mushroom inner for max comfort, Ruffian outer for max control and waffles under to keep your hands on when the claw sets in. I've not have good luck keeping other 2.5mm single clamps from spinning when bunny-hopping or other trials moves, but these 3mm bolt single clamps are solid and it's nice to let my hand hang off the end without a clamp digging in. Even with the soft compound and thick diameter it's not as damped as say an ODI Rouge, mostly due to the lack of squish under the outer bit of palm. however, with the features I felt like I Read More »

Ergon GE1 Evo Grip

“So Far So Good”

The Good:

- grippy
- comfortable grip angle
- softer compound

The Bad:

- takes more time to set up than traditional grips
- may not be for everyone

Overall Review:

I purchased the thin 30mm version of these grips and so far I'm really enjoying them. The texture that they have in combination with the soft durometer rubber adds tons of grip. The texture pattern is rather deep with "sharp" edges so if your a gloveless rider your opinion may differ but with gloves there is tons of grip with plenty of comfort. Some people may not like the additional pistol grip ridge that they added by the index finger but this is one of my favorite features! I rotated the grip back towards the rider a bit and it adds more support under my knuckle when my index finger is on the brake lever and my weight is over Read More »

ODI AG2 Lock-On Grip

“Gwinning AG2”

The Good:

Single Screw install

The Bad:

Price vs other ODI grips

Overall Review:

The design of the AG2 grips are interesting and it shows that there was a significant amount a thought and detail put into the R and D process. The quality in materials and fabrication meet or exceed anything else in the market. I enjoyed the flared out nubs on the ends. They worked our well in a few "hang on" sections of trail. While the grips are awesome for short DH work, for my needs of 1-2 hr trail rides I need some thing with a larger DIA and more cushion.

Santa Cruz Palmdale Grip

Featured Member Review

“Current version is great, V2 could be perfect!”

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, Read More »