Review | The ODI Elite Flow lock-on grips have hidden comforts

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What are the best mountain bike grips? Wil’s tested a bunch over the years, and here he’s put together five of his current favourite lock-on grips. Over to Wil!


Having invented the concept some 25-years ago, ODI has long been the king of the lock-on, with the iconic Ruffian being the jewel in its crown. The Ruffian still exists (and continues to be copied by every other grip brand out there), but it’s the Elite series that has taken that has taken the design to the next stage of development.

odi elite flow lock-on grips
ODI’s Elite grips come in three versions. These are the middle-thickness option.

The Elite range comes in three options; the Motion (thinnest), the Flow (medium), and the Pro (thickest).

All three versions use a single locking clamp design, along with tapered outer flanges that encapsulate a durable hard plastic end cap. ODI builds the Elite grips in the US with its proprietary ‘Soft Pro’ rubber compound. The base diameter is actually the same for all three Elite models, with the key difference being the addition 3D tread patterns that increase the effective diameter.

ODI Elite Flow Grip Specs

  • Diameter: 30.2-31mm
  • Total length: 130mm
  • Grip area length: 123mm
  • Single locking clamp w/3mm hex screw
  • Confirmed weight: 100g
  • Colour options: Green, Blue, Black, Graphite, Red, Orange
  • RRP: £26.99 / $49.95
odi elite flow lock-on grips
The diameter is around 31mm for the Elite Flow grips.

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Review Info

Brand:ODI
Product:Elite Flow Grips
From:Ison-Distribution (UK) / Lusty Industries (AUD)
Price:£26.99 / $49.95 AUD
Tested:by Wil Barrett for 9 months

Comments (3)

    mine wore out pretty quickly. but i put that down to using muc off

    @andybrad – Interesting about the Muc-Off claim! I’ve not experienced rapid wear myself, and I’ve had these ODI Elites for well over a year, with a fair dose of bike washing in between. So far they’re fairing pretty well, though that softer compound will wear faster than a firmer compound. ‘Tis the tradeoff for the added comfort and traction.

    [ST Wil]

    I’m trying out the Pro version with the extra palm padding. It doesn’t look much but I found the grip a bit awkward until getting the orientation right with the pad on top so it sits behind the knuckles. Once sorted they are pretty comfy and very grippy.

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