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Old 10-12-20, 10:22 PM
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Better grips?

The grips on my Trek Verve2 are functional. My main complaint is that they slip/turn on the bar easily. Is there such a thing as a grip that doesn't do this? Ideally if there was a grip that doesn't slip and was even more comfortable it would be ideal.
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Tons of companies make lock-on grips that use allen bolts to secure the grip to the bar; any local or online bike shop will carry them. They work great, but because they have a stiff inner core, I don't find them to be as comfortable as non-locking grips.





With proper installation, non-locking grips shouldn't twist. Swish some rubbing alcohol inside the grip, and slip them onto your bars. Once on, you can shoot some compressed air between the grip and the bar or use a hair dryer to accelerate the evaporation. Otherwise, wait a day and they should be solid.

I'm using ESI silicone grips these days, and using the method just described, they really stay on the bars, to the point where it's a bit of a pain to take them off!




Hope this helps!
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Originally Posted by MyRedTrek View Post
The grips on my Trek Verve2 are functional. My main complaint is that they slip/turn on the bar easily. Is there such a thing as a grip that doesn't do this? Ideally if there was a grip that doesn't slip and was even more comfortable it would be ideal.
Lockon grips are really nice.

But if you want to stabilize existing grips you can remove the grips, spray some hairspray (aquanet extra super is good stuff) in a grip and slide it onto the bar quickly, let sit for a couple hours. Some guys even go nuts and use spray paint. On the milder side, sometimes removing the grips, cleaning the bar with rubbing alcohol, then pouring a little rubbing alcohol into the grips and quickly pushing them on the bar and letting them sit for a while will sometimes be enough to make them stick.
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I use Ergon grips on all my flat-bar bikes - huge improvement over any other grips I've used.


https://smile.amazon.com/Ergon-42410...4-135149aa9081
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+1 for the Ergon grips.
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Hair spray.
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Iíve seen recommendations for using hair spray but Iíve always used cheap isopropyl alcohol and itís worked so well Iíve never needed to try the hairspray.

Also, since you have bars with only a small sweep back, Iíd give another nod to those excellent Ergon grips. Thatís exactly what they are made for.

I use bars with a lot of sweep and mainly use the grips for riding out of the saddle including braking, so I just need a grip that is grippy and a has a bit of cushion. The Oury mtn bike grips are perfect for that.

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+ 3 for the Ergon grips, mine are Ergon GP3's and have a small built in bar end, best grips I've ever had!
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I use this Rockbros lockon spongegrip which I got for $3.5 from a local online store ($6 in aliexpress).

https://www.aliexpress.com/i/32851515599.html

I put additional sponge foam at the ends to remove pressure from the carpal tunnel. Very comfortable even if you never use gloves.


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Originally Posted by Trocadile View Post
I use Ergon grips on all my flat-bar bikes - huge improvement over any other grips I've used.
Looks interesting. Will it accommodate a Cat Eye mirror that goes into the end of the bar? That's what I currently use. You have to be able to drill a hole in the end of the grip.
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Originally Posted by MyRedTrek View Post
Looks interesting. Will it accommodate a Cat Eye mirror that goes into the end of the bar? That's what I currently use. You have to be able to drill a hole in the end of the grip.
No need to drill. Ergons have a separate piece at the end which can either be inserted into the bar as a cap, or left out to leave the bar end open.
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Old 10-14-20, 05:46 AM
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I'm just here to say if you want to try Ergons try the cheap version first their "comfort" is very biased to one hand position.
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris View Post
I'm just here to say if you want to try Ergons try the cheap version first their "comfort" is very biased to one hand position.
...not if you get the versions with bar ends, I've found four different hand positions on mine...
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Originally Posted by trainchaser View Post
...not if you get the versions with bar ends, I've found four different hand positions on mine...
Bar ends give you another hand position not a different one on the grip itself
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my ergons give me several hand positions.
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I used to use Ergon grips, but switched to the Specialized equivalent. I find the Specialized grips very slightly softer rubber, and kinder to my hands.
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Another vote for Ergon grips, the real ones not the various knockoffs out there. I do not recommend trying cheaper grips to see if you like Ergons I recommend trying Ergons to see if you like Ergons.

The one thing with Ergon grips that I recommend is trying them in different positions. The owner of my shop loves to put them at a fairly extreme upward angle and it works quite well for him and his CTS. Experiment and you will find the right spot. Having tried a lot of different grips on different bikes I use Ergons exclusively on any flat/alt bar bikes I own and wouldn't do anything else. I like the support they give my hands and the better blood flow they provide to prevent numbness and discomfort.

If you have a swept back bar, I highly recommend using the GC1 version of the grips as they are designed for the more swept back bars to keep your hands in a more natural position.

RockBros is cheap knockoff stuff (even the name is knocked off from Crank Brothers) and the fact they needed to be modified to make them to make them comfortable is a good sign to avoid. ESI is probably the grip you are looking for in their Fit line (probably CR), they are higher quality and made right here in America.
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Originally Posted by Trocadile View Post
I use Ergon grips on all my flat-bar bikes - huge improvement over any other grips I've used.
Ordered a set of the Ergons - curious to see what they're like.

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I used ESI Grips chunky for a few years. Really comfortable and they don't slip.

I switched to Aliexpress Rockbros silicone grips as they're as comfortable, don't slip, they're cheaper, and I've discovered they're also more durable.
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Another vote for Ergon grips, the real ones not the various knockoffs out there. I do not recommend trying cheaper grips to see if you like Ergons I recommend trying Ergons to see if you like Ergons.

The one thing with Ergon grips that I recommend is trying them in different positions. The owner of my shop loves to put them at a fairly extreme upward angle and it works quite well for him and his CTS. Experiment and you will find the right spot. Having tried a lot of different grips on different bikes I use Ergons exclusively on any flat/alt bar bikes I own and wouldn't do anything else. I like the support they give my hands and the better blood flow they provide to prevent numbness and discomfort.

If you have a swept back bar, I highly recommend using the GC1 version of the grips as they are designed for the more swept back bars to keep your hands in a more natural position.

RockBros is cheap knockoff stuff (even the name is knocked off from Crank Brothers) and the fact they needed to be modified to make them to make them comfortable is a good sign to avoid. ESI is probably the grip you are looking for in their Fit line (probably CR), they are higher quality and made right here in America.
Thanks for sharing
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ESI Chunky. BEST FOR: BUDGET. i like!
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Like I said earlier, I have had both Specialized and Ergon, and find the Specialized far more comfortable. I have now switched out all of my Ergons for the Body Geometry ones, and like them a whole lot more. I gave the old ones to the neighborhood kids who needed grips. Win-win!

Bonus on the Specialized grips is they only cost $25, and even come in colors!

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Bonus on the Specialized grips is they only cost $25, and even come in colors!
I saw that - those red ones would be a nice match for my Trek.
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Originally Posted by MyRedTrek View Post
I saw that - those red ones would be a nice match for my Trek.
The ESI grips come in 11 different colors, at least 3 different thickness and can even be ordered in 2 and 3 color combinations. I have the Extra Chunky on several bikes and really like them. They can be a bit of a bear to put on but they stay put and they are thicker than youíll get with lock on grips.
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Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
Like I said earlier, I have had both Specialized and Ergon, and find the Specialized far more comfortable. I have now switched out all of my Ergons for the Body Geometry ones, and like them a whole lot more. I gave the old ones to the neighborhood kids who needed grips. Win-win!

Bonus on the Specialized grips is they only cost $25, and even come in colors!

I wish you had been my neighbor shoot I would happily trade Specialized grips for Ergons all day every day. Though mine are all black on black usually or occasionally the brown.
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