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Old 05-14-05, 03:28 PM   #1
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I'm spoiled want comfort grips. :D review this.

Ok. I admit it....I'm weak, spoiled and in need of constant comfort.
Yet I want to try mountain biking.

I don't like the default mountain bike handlebar grips that come on the specialized hardrock sport entry level model. I don't like not only cause it doesn't have any padding at all but the way it feels on my fingers and skin isn't good.
I got the specialized bg gel cut off gloves and their GREAT for comfort. They pad the palms just right and I can ride for hours. However, while the finger tips cut outs make it very breatheable the open fingers against the rough grips kinda hurt.
So, then I bought the specialized ridge gloves. The fingertips are great but they took out almost all the padding. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

So while it feels good on the grips my palms get soar and I can't ride for very long. ARGH
Ultimately the ridge gloves suck cause of that. Maybe I could cut the tips off the ridge gloves and sew em on the bg gel gloves.
Anyways, I think I found my solution......replace the grips.

Can you guys come up with some cool and very comfortable alternative grips? And in the meantime what do you guys think of these grips.........the ergon mp1 grip here is the link of the review on mtbr.com

mtbr link for ERGON MP1 GRIP
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Ok.
However, while the finger tips cut outs make it very breatheable the open fingers against the rough grips kinda hurt.

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you are kiding right ?!
this might not be he right sport for you !
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Yes yes I am kidding exagerating.

But I would like to see if there are better grips out there than the default ones.
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Oury's are soft and thick but wear out if you stare at them hard enough, Specialized Body Geometry grips, the ones they use on their comfort bikes, are really ergo with some additional palm cushion. They are for comfort bikes but I know a guy who had them on his Blur and really liked them.
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More imput on grips please.

How about a debate on comfort vs control? More info on products. Would like to learn. :|
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You're insane. The stock specialized grips are great... the ODI Intense are better for traction, but not quite as comfortable.

Try breaking your hands in, and breaking the grips in. Ride a lot for a couple weeks, it'll get better.
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Maybe you should stop using hand lotion
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Maybe you should stop using hand lotion
LOL but I like hand lotion......along with my facials.

No seriously I'm not that much of a softie. But the palms do hurt a bit. And I've been riding for 3 weeks now. If it wasn't for those specialized bg gel gloves my rides woulda been less enjoyable.
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Quit being a girl. Seriously.
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You need better gloves, try fox sidewinders. As for grips, the Ritchey logic ones are good
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Quit being a girl. Seriously.
Don't get me mad I'm just kidding around trying to lighten the mood. But if you want I could get serious.....real quick. :|
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No please dont. I honestly dont know the names of softer grips, but I will tell you after another couple weeks of riding your hands are going to be rock hard with caluses. Then they will be very tough. Personally, I think you should wait and see, but if you cant wait, go down to your LBS at ask for opinions.
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No please dont. I honestly dont know the names of softer grips, but I will tell you after another couple weeks of riding your hands are going to be rock hard with caluses. Then they will be very tough. Personally, I think you should wait and see, but if you cant wait, go down to your LBS at ask for opinions.
I'll wait. I've been practicing with the new bike on city streets for 3 almost 4 weeks now. Gonna try a trail soon as soon as the weather cooperates and I get a chance to borrow the car. Gonna try a park in long island ny that is supposed to be good.
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I'd been riding quite a bit every day for several months before I got my bike, so I guess grips might be pretty bad after not riding for a while.
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try the S-Works grips and the gel gloves.
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Specialized gloves arent very good. I found that the quality was very poor. I had a pair and the finger grips peel off after a day.

My SixSixOne gloves have been great. The finger grips actually wear instead of peel off. They are much more comfortable too.
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Ditto, that's what I wear when riding my Hardrock and I don't feel uncomfortable at all. Sure, in the first month I got big callouses but then the pain more or less subsided.
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I hear where T.H.E. is releasing the new "Pansy" grips later this summer....
Supposedly has GEL, LOTION, FOAM, and SILK all wrapped-up into the grip.

Sounds like something you might wanna try.

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Dried up hands and calluses are a part of mountain biking that everyobdy has to endure, we may not like it, but we sacrifice it for the love of the sport.. I dont think there is a set of gloves, or grips that will stop any of this, no matter how much or how little riding you do.
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Yes, because I wear mace gloves, which I love, but still *** caluses. At the moment I dont reallt have any though, but my hands are all tore up because dumb me was picking them off.
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More imput on grips please.

How about a debate on comfort vs control? More info on products. Would like to learn. :|
Best thing to do, head on down to the lbs and check out all the grips they have on the shelf and the ones on the bikes. As for control and comfort... choose control over comfort if you are doing technical/rough trails and maybe a small jump now and then. If you are just hitting up the fire roads then you coulds get away with comfort.

ODI makes good grips in different sizes and compounds depending on your taste.

As for your facials, just pack some mud on your face while you ride and use your chain lube to keep your hands smooth

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I would recommend new gloves and maybe try riding without gloves until your hands develop calouses.
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I hear where T.H.E. is releasing the new "Pansy" grips later this summer....
Supposedly has GEL, LOTION, FOAM, and SILK all wrapped-up into the grip.

Sounds like something you might wanna try.
OMG sounds perfect!
I wonder if they could engineer a mini shiatsu hand massage device in it too.
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Best thing to do, head on down to the lbs and check out all the grips they have on the shelf and the ones on the bikes. As for control and comfort... choose control over comfort if you are doing technical/rough trails and maybe a small jump now and then. If you are just hitting up the fire roads then you coulds get away with comfort.

ODI makes good grips in different sizes and compounds depending on your taste.

As for your facials, just pack some mud on your face while you ride and use your chain lube to keep your hands smooth

Mud? didn't think about that. Hey, not one person yet has reviewed the ergon mp1 grips from the beginning of the thread? Someone check em out and let us know what they think?
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