Poll: How fussy are you about your grips?

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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!

santa cruz mountain bike grips
There’s a little more to mountain bike grips than just colour. But is any of it important to you?

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.

And there's new grips on the way too
Silicone grips have been gaining popularity thanks to the likes of ESI. They slide onto your bars without need for clamps and such, but while they’re supple and great for vibration damping, they’re not for everyone.
TMR Grips Magnesium
What about custom-molded grips? These puppies use a lock-on design, with a clever material that can be molded to the shape of your very own hands. Or someone else’s if you’d prefer?
Neat little grip tape tweak
Ergon have made a name for themselves with ergonomically shaped mountain bike grips. These guys spend a lot of development time on what most would consider a relatively simple item.

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?

TMR Imprint Grips
Mountain bike grips: You’re doing it wrong.

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

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Comments (1)

    Due to problems with my wrists and hands – I both cycle a lot and work as a bike mechanic – the only grips I use are Ritchey foam ones, WCS Truegrips. They are simply excellent, I have them on all my bikes and a couple of spares just in case 🙂

    Combined them with handlebars like OnOne Mary or similar, angled a few degrees down, gives me good wrist position and they dampen vibration really well. Also good in the cold in winters (down to -30 C weather here).

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