Review | Vibration-Killing Pro Series RevGrips

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£99 for a pair of mountain bike grips? You read that correctly. But as David Hayward found out, the RevGrips ain’t no ordinary lock-on grips

Vibration is a well known cause of nerve injuries. I’ve personally suffered from the effects of a bad handlebar combined with a week of braking bumps. Worryingly, the tingling in my palms carried on for months afterward.

There are various things you can do to sort out bad vibrations on a bike. For me it was partly tyre and fork tweaks, but mainly getting rid of the cursed handlebars that bog witch gave me (some of my best friends are bog witches, she was just a bad ‘un).

RevGrips are ultra-high end grips aimed at damping vibrations. I was sceptical.

Not exactly your average lock-on grip.

How The RevGrips Work

If you’ve ever done any soundproofing, you’ll know that one of the best ways to thwart vibrations is to make them travel through different densities of material.

RevGrips achieve this by having an air gap between the handlebar and grip body, which is suspended from elastomers in the lock rings. This allows a certain amount of rotation, and I made this video to show it:

Its looks disconcerting, but it’s not. Notice my handmeat has more movement than the grip. It’s really not pronounced enough to be obvious while riding. On first grabbing them, they just feel sumptuous.




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Looking for a slightly less expensive set of lock-on grips for your mountain bike? Then check out our top-5 current favourite lock-on grips here.

Review Info

Product:Pro Series
Tested:by David Hayward for 3 months

David Hayward

Singletrack Contributor

David started mountain biking in the 90’s, by which he means “Ineptly jumping a Saracen Kili Racer off anything available in a nearby industrial estate”. After growing up and living in some extremely flat places, David moved to Yorkshire specifically for the mountain biking. This felt like a horrible mistake at first, because the hills are so steep, but you get used to them pretty quickly.

Previously, David trifled with road and BMX, but mountain bikes always won. He’s most at peace battering down a rough trail, quietly fixing everything that does to a bike, or trying to figure out if that one click of compression damping has made things marginally better or worse. The inept jumping continues to this day.

Comments (13)

    You would think that for £99 they would at least arrive assembled.

    I can’t help thinking that spending a little more on one of the fork upgrade products (MRP Ramp Control cartridge, Luftkappe, etc) to give better small bump sensitivity would be a better solution and getting to the cause of the vibration? Especially for people with smaller hands – and being one of those, I get hand cramps if I’m using larger diameter grips – which I’m guessing these must be.

    Sizes are 31mm, 32.5mm, and 34mm.

    can these be used with tyre plugs that you stick in the bars? the sahmurai type things?

    Vibration damage to the hands used to be a “feature” of certain British motorbikes.

    If you can’t eliminate it at source, the answer is to damp it down. The way we used to do it was to epoxy a small bit of lead on the inside end of the handlebar.

    Works wonders and is cheap…

    Yep, can be used with Sahmurai sword as I have been doing for months but they recommend using their own bar end plugs as a sort of failsafe I guess. I also don’t understand why nobody is importing the £40 cheaper race version which is exactly the same but with less tuning options and less pretty locking collars.

    “don’t understand why nobody is importing the £40 cheaper race version”

    These? Same importer and £69.99.

    @nickc Whatever the long German word is for that, I don’t know it 😛

    RB they are the ones. $59 dollars when I imported them. Back then Sick! Cycles was the only distributor though, and they er never turned up

    These look great, there’s a lot of very good user feedback about, hopefully not all fluff. I’m going to give the race versions a try. Cnud, hilarious about sick, in googling for a UK supplier I saw that Sick! had been involved, and **** it up.. Quel surprise.

    Tempted for my rigid bike, It’s a lot of money but if it’s more effective than spending the same on a springy carbon bar then it seems to make sense

    People are actually considering paying almost £100 for GRIPS? I’d rather give up biking than be suckered into such stupidity.

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