£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.
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.
|Tested:||by David Hayward for 3 months|