Frequent question: How do I choose a mountain bike grip?

Riders looking for relief for their hands should go with softer grips; riders in search of a more reactive feel from their bikes should go with harder grips. Tacky grips work best with thin, tight-fitting gloves or for gloveless riders.

What size MTB grips should I use?

Most mountain bike grips range length from 90mm up to 150mm. For bikes equipped with grip shifters, the shorty 90mm grips are generally used. Many riders prefer to slide there hands inward and outward while in different riding positions and prefer the longer 150mm length to facilitate this.

What is the best MTB grips?

Best Overall: Race Face Half Nelson Locking Grips

Race Face is well-known in the mountain biking industry. And they earn their reputation with the Half Nelson Locking Grips ($24). The grip uses a metal lock ring to secure the grips to your handlebars, making sure that they stay put until you’ve worn them out.

Which handlebar grips should I buy?

Riders with larger hands should choose grips with a larger diameter, while riders with smaller hands should go with a smaller grip. If a grip is too large, it can lead to hand slippage and control issues. If a grip is too small, it could result in increased pain, particularly in the palm.

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Are MTB grips universal?

Grips are no longer a one-size-fits-all component. Take the time to select grips that feel right and fit your hands for improved comfort and control out on the trail. PRO’s mountain bike grips come in multiple diameters sizes with 30mm and 32mm being the most common.

How long should MTB grips last?

Whenever all the rubber wears off the plastic lock on sleeve. Depending on the grips, every 2-3 years.

Are all bike handle grips the same size?

Pretty much all flat bar bikes and cruisers have the same diameter handle bars where the grips and controls clamp on. There are a couple different sizes where the stem clamps the bar. That’s the 25.4. The 130 mm is the length of the grip.

What grips do pro MTB riders use?


  • DMR Deathgrip – BEST ALL ROUNDER.
  • Giant Swage – BEST TAPERED.
  • ODI Elite Pro – BEST THICK.
  • Sensus Lite – BEST THIN.
  • Fabric FunGuy.
  • Renthal Traction Ultra Tacky.
  • Ergon GE1 EVO.


Are lock on grips worth it?

The grips play a major role in your steering, braking, and shifting as well as your hand comfort. For most riders, lock on grips are the better choice. They are easy to install and adjust. They don’t slip around when they get wet.

Do MTB have gears?

Broadly speaking, mountain bikes have lots of low gears so you can climb steep hills more easily, while road bikes have more higher gears to boost top-end speed. More gears means more choices, but also more complexity for riders (and shop techs).

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How can I make my bike grips more comfortable?

Try rotating at the wrists a little, so pressure moves from your thumb ball to the outside and vise versa. Decreasing the overall pressure on your hands is going to help. Try pressing a bit harder on the pedals to take some weight off your hands. Or raise the bars so its not so far away.

Are lock on grips universal?

All lock on grips are proprietary, including ODIs. ODI just co-brands their grips with other companies. ODI is one of the few grips that offers just the rubber part to use with your current ODI lock rings.

What is a lock on grip?

Lock-on grips are designed with a locking collar system, keeping the grips secure until they are completely worn out.

Which Ergon grips are best?

Ergon GP1 Handlebar Grips

The GP1 is ideal for urban riders, commuters, and leisure cyclists of all ages. If you’re looking to kill your hand numbness and add more pleasure to your ride – this is the grip you should check out!