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  • MarkyG82
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    Go for loc-ons whatever pattern you end up with.

    If anything it makes removing easier when you need access to shifters and brake levers.

    Its definately a personal thing as my bro and me have the same size hands but completely different grips.

    Go into a shop and grab as many bars as you like and see what you feel comfortable with.

    ODI Intense LockOns. They have a semi flange.

    z1ppy
    Member

    Kinda depends, ODI lock-on or a generic copy are great for convenience.
    I loved my (std) RF Good and evil but were a pain in the ass to remove, ODI yeti’s were great but a bit thin, though ODI Rogue now seem excessively fat! (not sure if I like em or hate em!).

    Otherwise you also get the Ergon grips that help some ppl wrist issues.

    So really a grip is not “just” a grip

    Premier Icon binners
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    Like z1ppy, I’m a big fan of RF Good and Evils. Nice and chunky, Lock on’s are more convenient though. I go for Bontrager one’s now as they’re a bit meatier than the ODI’s

    jontydewolfe
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    Lock ons can be over rated. Some nice super thin grips available like Aaron chase lizard skins or esi racers edge. Never slipped. Yet…

    jontydewolfe
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    Oh and it really depends on hand size. My hands are wee like a kittens paw

    geetee1972
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    They might seem like a pain in the ass because they are not loco-ons but the Renthal Kevlar grips are really good. Super comfy and soft but with great wear and loads of grip. If you suffer from pins and needles in your hands or pains otherwise, these can make a difference. At least they have for me.

    The downside is that they are bit of a pain to get sorted. Grip glue from Renthal will keep them in place but they will be a nightmare to remove. I use carpet glue which is much easier to get off if it does mean that it’s also not as immedaitely secure as grip glue.

    One other good point about them though is that they are about half the price of Lock-Ons.

    z1ppy
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    Lock ons can be over rated …. Never slipped. Yet…

    To me they were never about “not slipping” more about being able to remove them in seconds.

    Oh and we’ve all forgotten the weight weenie option of foam grips – the biggest weight loss for the least money, normally.

    jontydewolfe
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    Chop sticks plus soapy water to remove non lock on grips. Easy

    nigpay1
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    also, to bar end or not to bar end?! Useful and comfortable or not cool?!

    jontydewolfe
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    Can be comfy on long rides just so you can change position.

    MRanger156
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    ODI Ruffian – The copies are cheaper but not as good and don’t last as long.

    I agree to grabbing lots of bars and feeling them. I tend to hold the ends of the bars when descending (I don’t want even bigger bars). I got a bit uncomfortable with the hard collars of various lockons I tried. So I sacrificed convenience and went back to lusciously long, tight, ribbed, sticky Sunline BMX grips.

    Correct diameter seems to be important. I found the Charge ones too thin to grasp firmly which made my hands tired. Too fat might be the same.

    I recently saw some lock on grips with a collar only on the inside. Might try these at some point.

    nigpay1
    Member

    Need to replace my grips on my Specialised. Any recommendations for the best grips around at a decent price?

    a grip is a grip to me!
    cheers

    mrbump
    Member

    deity enoki lock on grips.ive tried loads and nothing else compares. super comfortable with or with out gloves.

    headfirst
    Member

    Question: why do you need to remove grips in seconds?

    geetee1972
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    You don’t but if you’ve ever wrestled with a pair of grips so firmly stuck fast that you need the persuasive powers of Derren Brown to remove them you’ll know why lock-ons changed peoples’ lives forever!

    z1ppy
    Member

    +1

    If you ever done a quick job for a m8 (gear changer/new brakes/bars) where you’d spent half the time, struggling with the grips (using chop sticks or otherwise), you’d have em too 😉

    headfirst
    Member

    Fairy nuff then.

    jontydewolfe
    Member

    as i said, lube up a chopstick and ram it in…. ooo er!

    gets grips off quick smart

    geetee1972
    Member

    Also a good way to perform a back street abortion.

    Sorry that probably crosses the line really…. 😳

    Premier Icon p7rich
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    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=33270

    Click. Buy. Wait. Fit. Ride.

    Had them on both bikes for ages. Good diameter, no sore hands, good feel, etc, etc.

    Jeffus
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    24seven lock on grips £10 on ebay

    Premier Icon Wally
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    ESI – awesome.

    Premier Icon kiwijohn
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    Just replaced my Ritchey foam grips with Crank Bros foam. Going back to Ritchey as soon as I find some.

    liggster
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    Lock-ons are great! Sooooo easy to change! 😀

    cows_in_cars
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    Second ESI’s apart from the ease of fitting removal they cover the benefit of lock on’s ie not moving in the wet, without having to put up with hand pain from the metal clamps…But I do tend to use the ends of the bars a fair bit and ride without gloves from time to time, plus have always liked foam style grips.
    Do like lock on’s for the ease of fitting removal, but only see them as useful if your changing bars set up (or shifters) regularly, i.e when you get a new bike, once sorted really can’t see the point.

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