by Wil Barrett
August 3, 2016
The humble grip. Along with your saddle and pedals, grips are the first point of contact between you and your mountain bike. But how much attention do you actually pay to them? Are they the sort of thing that you agonise over, researching and sampling model after model until you find the right one? Or do you have about as much interest in the grips on your bike as you do about your washing machine? We want to find out, and we want you to cast your vote in this week’s Singletrack Reader Poll!
Being the kind of nerdy bike people we are here at Singletrack HQ, we know far too much about grips. We ride and test a lot of grips. Lock-on grips, stick-on grips, thick grips, thin grips, kevlar grips, silicone grips, rubber grips, dual-compound grips, ergonomic grips – whatever design is out there, chances are that we’ve had our hands wrapped around them at some point in time. In a strictly non-sexual way of course.
Many of us in the office have our own personal grip preferences, and we’re not going to lie; we’re fussy when it comes to mountain grips. But then we’re fussy about a lot of things. Such as coffee and beer. So that’s not exactly a surprise really. The question we want to know, is how fussy are you about your grips? Do you care what grips you use? Do they bother you when you ride if they’re not quite oriented at exactly 3.2-degrees towards the lunar eclipse?
You can cast your vote by the poll below, and tell us what’s important to you and your riding. Got a specific grip that you love above all else? Then tell us in the comments below – maybe there’s a grip we haven’t tried out yet? Oh and if you can’t see the poll, then head here to cast your vote!
How fussy are you about your grips?
- I don't mind as long as they're Lock-Ons (26%, 174 Votes)
- I have a few favourites (24%, 160 Votes)
- I'm fussy about diameter, not brand (15%, 101 Votes)
- There's only one particular grip I can run (11%, 72 Votes)
- Not at all. As long as the bike has some (10%, 68 Votes)
- I prefer something soft and foamy (9%, 60 Votes)
- I'm always swapping around to find the best (6%, 39 Votes)
Total Voters: 674