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ODI Elite Motion Lock-On Grip

“Abysmal ergonomics & no cushioning. ”

The Good:

N/A - grippy rubber wasted on unusable design

The Bad:

Totally unsuited for offroad use. Worst-in-class shock adsorption due to excessively firm plastic chassis below thin rubber. Sharp outer beveled edge of grip wastes last 5mm of grip surface & negates advantages of single-clamp design.

Overall Review:

Give these "Elite" grips a hard pass. ODI's grippy rubber compound has been wasted on a single-clamp grip that is built on a hard chassis with no give, and thus zero shock adsorption or long-term comfort. To make matters worse, the flared end is so abrupt, hard, and sharp edged that it is basically unusable as grip surface - you might as well have a second metal clamp there. Punchline: this is one of the poorest single-clamp options on the market. Santa Cruz Palmdales & Deity Waypoints (to name just two) are far superior in ergonomics, cushioning, and usable length.

DEITY Waypoint Grips

Featured Member Review

“Great value: a few mm longer & they'd be perfect!”

The Good:

Tacky, excellent cushioning for the diameter, decent durability, & replacement rubber (sans clamps) for $13

The Bad:

A few mm short of best-in-class rubber grip length for single-clamp designs.

Overall Review:

Kudos to Deity for selling us just the rubber replacement grips we need at a fair price, and letting us do the earth the favor of re-using the aluminum clamps!!! I've tested at least a half-dozen single-clamp grips on the market, and the Waypoints are the best overall design I've found. They offer best-in-class cushioning for the diameter, super-tacky rubber, respectable wear-life, and every last mm of the rubber grip is comfortable on the hand. In fact, there is only one way they could improve the grip, and that is to extend their usable rubber gripping surface from 122mm to meet or beat competitors like the Santa Cruz Palmdale which has 125mm of grippable rubber (FWIW, the Palmdales are longer, but not as tacky, and can only be replaced at full-pop w/ the aluminum clamp.)

DMR Deathgrip Grip

“Don't underestimate the importance of grips, it is one of your most important contact points. ”

The Good:

All day comfort
Loads of grip
No hot spots even without gloves
Cheaper at an LBS than Amazon
Envy of my fellow riders
A lot of color options and a couple girth sizes

The Bad:

Single clamp can get a bit of play at the speced NMs (left grip only for me)
Envy of my fellow riders

Overall Review:

I picked up a set of these sweet camo DMR Deathgrips at my LBS after looking around for a fresh set of single clamp grips with a flange. History: I have run a variety of grips girths over the year with my preference skewed towards thinner grips because I have relatively petite hands. For years I'd get raw spots under my middle and ring fingers with and without gloves. I tried Deity, Chromag, ODI SDG, ODI TLD and a number of other grips without much relief.So I after feeling these grips at my LBS I decided to give them a shot at sub $25 I can't complain. Install: Don't panic, it's easy. I used a torque wrench because I have carbon Read More »

ESI Racers Edge Grip

“Outstanding grip and comfort”

The Good:

shock absorbing, comfortable, works in all weather conditions, excellent grip

The Bad:

durability in a crash, not easy to remove and reinstall vs lock on grips

Overall Review:

I first started using ESI Racers Edge grips living in a resort town riding bike park 3 to 4 times a week.  The silicone construction significantly reduces hand fatigue versus lock-on grips.   Without a plastic sleeve this grip is softer and feels better than .   One side of the Racers Edge grip is thicker and is designed to face your palm for added cushioning.    Installation is not as fast as lock-ons but not difficult to install.    So what's bad?  Durability can be an issue in crashes since the silicone is susceptible to tears and gouges.   For trail riding, I highly recommend the Racer's Edge grips to riders looking for comfort, grip and prefer a thin grip.   

Ergon GA3 Grip

“Ergon GA3 blue grips”

The Good:

These do work for taking numbness out of the palm. They have a great feel to them, very grippy. I like the marking on them to show you how to place them. I wasn't sure after using round grips, but I like them very much. Good quality.

The Bad:

They seem to absorb dirt easily, although it cleans off easily too.

Overall Review:

I am very happy with the quality and feel of these grips. They help support my wrist and I have had no fatigue since getting them on.

Revolution Race Grips

“How To Fix Arm Pump for $60”

The Good:

These grips do exactly what you think they would. They dampen the vibrations transmitted from the handlebars, thus reducing arm pump and hand fatigue.

The Bad:

They are expensive, difficult to install and wear out easily.

Overall Review:

At first sight these grips seem like a WASTE of money. The base model is $60 and the "Pro" version is $90. There is no significant increase in performance between the two models, but it is nice to chose different colored grips and adjust the grip suspension which can only be accomplished with the "Pro" model. The grips come in a verity of sizes, so as long as you follow the sizing chart they should fit your hands.

Sensus Meaty Paw Grip

Featured Member Review

“Size does matter!”

The Good:

Larger diameter-don’t believe there’s only one size that you’re stuck with!
Good length

The Bad:

Rubber compound seems soft- durability is a concern
Single lock-on was tough to tighten enough to stop the grip from moving

Overall Review:

What can I say that Kyle Strait hasn’t already about these grips? They are a larger diameter, and I have seen a improvement in hand fatigue and arm pump after installing them on my Enduro. My previous go-to were the ODI x Vans grips (I don’t think my love for those will ever wane). Very long grips- I had to move my controls in slightly to fit them on the bar. I have found them to be comfortable in my grip- I do wear gloves, so bare knuckle riders, YMMV. Overall feel and style: 13 stars for the Gum rubber- if you get, you get it. Two points keep me from giving these grips five stars for function: 1. The grip pattern and Read More »

Sensus Swayze Grip

“Sensus Swayze Grip ”

The Good:

soft rubber makes it a great grip for ridding without gloves.

The Bad:

tears easily.

Overall Review:

These are the best grips i have ever used! the rubber is soft and very comfortable when descending. Also, the thickness of the grip is spot on its large enough to be comfortable while climbing but gives enough on the downs when your hanging on for your life. The grips are cheep and well done, the only downside which happens on most push on grips is the way they tear whenever contacted with rocks.

Ergon GD1 Factory Grip

“Ergon GD1 Factory Grip”

The Good:

The grip is very comfortable on the hands and really shines when the rides get longer. Around the two or three hour mark the grips are more comfortable than most.

The Bad:

The grips make my hands very sweaty and then the grip gets a little greasy feeling.

Overall Review:

Overall these grips are well built and have been performing as they should for the past 6 months. The grips are a nice width and fit my average sized hands well. this is nice because some grips are much too thin allowing your fingers to lap over each other which isn't the best felling. The few drawbacks to this grip are the price, I think it is about $10 too expensive than grips that perform the same. also the material is thick and makes my hands very sweaty within a few minutes of riding in the heat. but, on the flip side the material of the grip leads to great durability and i haven't taking a chunk out of the grip while crashing.

Renthal Push-On Grip

Featured Member Review

“The perfect grip”

The Good:

Great bar feel, wear and price

The Bad:

The installation and removal

Overall Review:

I've run race face half Nelson, ergon enduro factory and dmr deathgrips to try lock on as the ease of installation and removal were appealing. They had their hits and misses but were all too thick and stiff after push on grips, promoting arm pump and a vague feeling in comparison. I can totally understand how people may not have the same issues or may prefer a mushroom style push on but the kevlar compound renthal push on grips hit the spot for bar feel, vibration damping and size on the bar perfectly for me. I'm 6 feet 1 tall and they're not too thin on the bar at all and offer sensational grip and wear with gloves (I never Read More »