The number of grips on the market today is simply crazy. Tons of brands, tons of types, styles, colors, compounds, colors... it never ends! We took the time to line up our top 5 favorites. These grips are a combination of what we like and what our customers like and really what is popular and what riders are loving right now.
There is no perfect grip. There are just different grips and different hands. As with most things in the bike world, personal preference is everything so get out there and grip some grips and see what you like!
Based on the popular GA2 grip, the GA3 is an extension of the GA series. Taking comfort to the next level, the Ergon GA3 sports a small “wing” to support the wrist. If you ever have pain in the wrist, your hands go numb, or you just prefer the support, the GA3 is a great option. Whether you are taking on some five-hour rides or just enjoying the weekend on the bike, the GA3 provides the comfort needed to get the job done.
When Brendog sits down to design a product, you sure as hell should pay attention. The Death Grip from DMR is a well-executed grip. With features pulled from some of his favorite grips on the market, Brendan Fairclough designed a really great all-around grip. With two different thicknesses and compounds, the Deathgrip should feel great under a range of hands. On the inner side of the grip, near the single clamp, is a ribbed area for comfort, followed by knurled area on the other end of the bar. On the bottom is a waffle pattern for grip on the fingers. With the combination of comfort and grip, Brendog has certainly delivered an amazing upgrade to one of your bike’s most vital touch points.
Made from 100% silicone, the Wolf Tooth Fat Paw grip offers great comfort and damping on the trail. Installed, the size ranges from 36-37mm, making it one of the largest grips on the market. It works great with or without gloves and in all weather conditions. The Fat Paw is offered in 10 different colors and includes a matching Wolf Tooth bar end. Made in the USA.
We love the Renthal Lock-on grips with Ultra Tacky compound. The Ultra Tacky compound provides a extremely sticky texture that provides consistent grip in all conditions. It works well with the use of gloves or going raw. The small Diamond Knurl pattern is easy to get used to and is smooth on the hands. Having a small, smooth transition to the lock on clamps creates maximum comfort.
A new addition to the classic ODI grip line is the Elite Pro Lock On. Similar to the classic ODI Ruffian grip, the Elite Pro adds some comfort and waffle pattern to key parts of the grip to add riding performance. On top, you will find some ergonomic padding that is raised and shaped like the inside of your palm. This provides a comfortable place for your hands to sit on the roughest downhills. On the bottom and towards the front, you will find a waffle pattern to provide the grip needed to keep the fingers in place. A single clamp design creates more grip space, and at the end of the grip, you will find a tapered and smooth rubber end to keep the edge of the hand on the grip. While all of these grips are our favorite grips, this one finds itself on my personal bike often. It gives the perfect balance between padded comfort and a thin grip feel, great with or without gloves.
© 2018 Worldwide Cyclery