Review: The ODI F-1 Float & Vapor grips might just be the perfect option for British XC riders

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Ah, the modest grip. It’s probably one of the cheapest parts on your bike and likely one of the most overlooked. But given a pair are responsible for 40% of the contact points between you and your two-wheeled machine, they’re something that we could all do with paying a little more attention to. Lock-on grips tend to be the modern mountain biker’s favourite option, as they’re easy to install and hold firmly in place – even when conditions are wet. They have their downsides though, namely extra weight due to the added grams from the lock rings and hardware. And because of the internal plastic sleeve, they also put less squishy material between your hands and the handlebar, which can reduce comfort. For the riders who value both comfort and light weight, that leads us to silicone or foam slide-on grips. Foam grips have been around for a good long while but aren’t that shock absorbent or particularly robust, even for XC or marathon riding. I had a set that lasted about five rides before...

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