Choosing the right mountain bike grips
January 14, 2021
January 14, 2021
Welcome to the 3rd article about contact points - grips.
In todays time - there is really no point of buying grips without the locking collar. That is, unless you decide to go with grips like ESI silicone grips. They are super light and comfortable. So if you are building weight-weenie xc whippet - go for it.
In order to install them, put some Isopropyl alcohol inside the grips and on the handlebar. Slide them on. Wait for it to dry. After that they should stick. In order to remove then - push something that will not damage your handlebar between handlebar and the grips, squeeze some alcohol/water inside and slide them out.
Or, just select one of many lock-on variation. Usually having the locking collar only on one side - is more then enough. And with the likes of ODI grips, when they wore out you can purchase only the rubbery part and reuse the collars - saving the money and the planet.
Installation is dead simple - loose the collar bolt and slide them on. Tighten the collar bolt. And this is it.
My favorite is lock-on grip would be ergonomic Ergon GA2.
Depends on personal preference and on the size of the hands. Try in the shop which one feels better. The fat one might provide better insulation from the trail chatter, but also some don't like this feeling of isolation from the trail chatter. Eh, people ... go figure them out ...
If you ride with gloves go for more rough ones - they will be less slippery. Sticky compound will stick to your hands better - but will also wear out faster.
Most of them is of standard length of 120mm. The shorter one of 90mm are for use with twist/grip shifters or RockShox twist lock. You can find them as combined pair: one long, one short, or now, less common as 2 short one in a pair.
Often used to bring some colour to the world and match with accent colours of the headset or seat collar or pedals. Why not?
Red grips as accent colour
Price: £ 19,99
You pay: £ 6,99
Price: £ 39,99
You pay: £ 19,25
Price: £ 18,95
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Price: £ 26,99
You pay: £ 12,99