Grips for the alps
Every time I go on biking trips with daily, sustained downhill action, I end up buying new, thicker grips to try to get some shock absorption.
My current halfway house are specialized Grappler
which they’ve now discontinued.
Spesh Enduro or spesh Rocca
grips are well cushioned so will go for them next time.
Posted 3 years agolegendMember
iolo – Member
Just take what your used to.
New grips might be awful as it’s personal preference.
Even replacing grips like or like feels crap until they’ve been worn in for a while. Certainly wouldn’t go thicker or thinner than the sort of grips I like, and are used to using, over here.
Shock absorption is one thing, and completely secondary to having the grip that fits in your hand properlyPosted 3 years agoportydaveMember
I use superstar size zero grips, and they are fine for everything, except when I went to the alps for the first time last year I got pretty bad hand cramps.
What are folks thoughts for improving the situation? Thicker and/or softer grips, and if so which ones, or just MTFU?
CheersPosted 3 years agosofatesterMember
I went to the alps for the first time last year I got pretty bad hand cramps.
Think this might have something to do with it.
Ride more rough trails, get in the gym to strengthen your upper body and MTFU.
Or just buy some new grips as we all know spending money on your bike makes you betterer!Posted 3 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
Sounds like you did loads more riding than you were used to. Look at setup on the bike too, was the fork to harsh? Were you holding on too hard?
Running some ESI foams (fixed on with window cleaner – leave 24hrs without touching) and they are great but that is more to do with some niggles my fixed thumb rather than anything else and the fact they are easier to chop for grip shift.
Edit: after that same advice as tyres, 2Posted 3 years agorobinlaidlawMember
FWIW, I tried the ESI chunky grips and found they made my hands sore, despite the recommendations and the fact I’ve got pretty big hands. I much prefer Ruffians and my new fave Race Face Half Nelsons.Posted 3 years ago
I’d 2nd the option of don’t change just before a big trip but it might be worth playing with the bar angle a little and making sure controls positions are as good as you can get them. Are you wearing arm armour? I used to find that having anything even slightly tight round my fore arms caused arm pump pretty quickly.weeksySubscriber
These are the ones I bought, contoured too so really nice, soft but not too soft and quite bulky. took me an hour or two to get used to them, but super now 🙂Posted 3 years ago
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