For most cyclists, mountain bike grips are a fit and forget item. They don’t give their grips much thought until they’re old and needs replacement. What most people fail to realize is that they are one of the most vital parts of a mountain bike. In fact, they are important for both comfort and control. They will greatly affect your comfort and performance.
Given the abundance of bike grips on the market, buying a good one can be a daunting task. They are available in varying designs, thickness, widths, and compounds. Besides the overwhelming number of choices, you also need to take into consideration your riding style, physical dimensions, and riding discipline. Getting the right grips will add comfort and control to your riding experience. Get the wrong one and you are likely to experience hand discomfort and even pain.
To make the buying process easier for you, we did a roundup of some of the best mountain bike grips in the market. Keep in mind, though, that shopping for grips is a personal process. Just because it works for me, it doesn’t mean that it is the right one for you. We suggest that you try out a number of models and styles before making a purchase.
Here are 6 of the best mountain bike grips of 2018.
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Race Face Half Nelson Grips
The Race Face Half Nelson grips features a lightweight, super slim design, with a diameter of only 28mm. It is 15 g lighter as compared to a set of full end-capped lock-on grips. This award-winning grip also comes with a plastic sleeve that runs the full-length from the inboard clamp. This is what sets it apart from other single-clamp models. The plastic sleeve is intended to keep the outboard end from twisting. These grips will work well with bare hands or with gloves.
Oury Mountain Bike Grips
If you grew up torn between twisting a throttle grip or mashing pedals, then the Oury Mountain Grips are sure to remind you of your youth.
Molded from soft, thick rubber, the Oury Mountain Grip is the ultimate standard in grip comfort. These grips provide a nice, anti-slip surface for safety while providing optimal comfort. They are thick enough to cushion your hands and remain comfortable even on long rides. But they are not to big that you’ll have a hard time controlling the handlebar.
These grips are ideal for those who like to add some flair to their rides. Oury Mountain Grips are available in a wide range of colors, so you are sure to find one that suits your taste and preference.
Schwinn Tri-Layer Gel Comfort Grips
If you usually strain your arms and shoulders on long bike rides, then getting the right mountain bike grips should be on top of your priority list. In this case, we recommended that you give the Schwinn tri-layer gel grip a try. These grips are equipped with an extra gel layer, which provides maximum comfort. You are less likely to experience any stress on your arms and shoulders. They also have a large palm pad area and textured pattern to provide improved traction. Overall, the Schwinn tri-layer gel comfort grips will meet all your cycling needs.
Lizard Skin Moab Lock-On Grips
The Moab grip has a raised texture, which is inspired by the famous delicate archs that exist in Moab, Utah. They have great feel in your hand and are recommended for those who want thin grips. They are also easy to install and will stay where they are.
Ergon GX1 Grips
Lightweight, control and comfort – these are all the features XC riders want. Luckily, all these features can be found in the Ergon GX1 Grips. Weighing 136.4g, these grips are definitely lightweight. As compared to Ergon’s original GP1, the GX1 has a slimmer, smaller wing and lower grip diameter, which allows for improved hand positioning. Ultimately, they provide great control and comfort, making it ideal for long distance bike rides. Overall, the Ergon GX1 Grips are intended for podium-chasing cross-country mountain bikes
Ergon grips usually come in two sizes – small and large. As such, you need to make sure that you get the right size when buying one.
If you think this isn’t the one for you, don’t worry. Ergon has expanded their bike grips collection. They are now offering 12 different grips, ranging from XC racing, trail, all mountain, freeride and touring. You are sure to find something that will fit your hand and application.
ODI Troy Lee Design Grips
ODI enlisted the help of the folks from Troy Lee Designs to develop the most innovative grip yet. After hundreds of drawings and designs, they were able to develop some amazing grips and even put an artistic spin on a quality design.
A great thing about these grips is that they have a very unique thumb and pinky flange that do not interfere with your braking or shifting. They help you feel where your hands are on the grip. These grips are also durable. They will show very little signs of wear even after a full season of riding dirty. ODI used their finest, most durable rubber on these mountain bike grips. You can really tell.
They provide outstanding performance and control even in wet, muddy conditions. They are particularly good for four-cross racers. These mountain bike grips are available in some ultra garish colors such as pink, orange, yellow, and red, which is great if you want to add pizzazz to your ride.