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Recommendation on thick, super soft, and durable grips for a mountain bike

Old 07-25-14, 10:44 AM
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Recommendation on thick, super soft, and durable grips for a mountain bike

I manage a bike shop in upstate new york. I have a customer that has been pretty vague with his inquiry, but think we have it teased out. I'm wondering if anyone can help me out.

I'm looking to recommend to him: thick, super soft, and durable grips for a mountain bike. Cost non issue.

I understand that ergo grips may do the trick. I hace recommende4d these. Customer is more interested in softness and thickness.

Any recommendations?

Thank you in advanced!
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Old 07-25-14, 02:12 PM
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Easton 33mm carbon friendly lock on's, ESI Chunky, Oury Lock On's.

I had the Easton's on and they felt too big for my small hands. I switched back to the ESI Chunkys...and I'll never switch again.
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I Like Ergon's GR series

but there are silicon rubber grips and gel feature types the gel wears down quick, so you get to replace them for resales to same consumer..
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I've taken to buying leather handgrips for various bicycles. I've had several different brands that all seem to be identical except for brand label. Try googling Propalm or Alpha Dog. They come in both round and Ergon shape, lock on with screws and, though not squishy, have a real good feel.
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Originally Posted by bikingman View Post
I manage a bike shop in upstate new york. I have a customer that has been pretty vague with his inquiry, but think we have it teased out. I'm wondering if anyone can help me out.

I'm looking to recommend to him: thick, super soft, and durable grips for a mountain bike. Cost non issue.

I understand that ergo grips may do the trick. I hace recommende4d these. Customer is more interested in softness and thickness.

Any recommendations?

Thank you in advanced!
I've not found the Ergon nor the other lock-on grips to be all that soft. For a good, durable, soft grip, it's hard to beat Grab-on. Their "Leisure Sport" grips are the best choice.
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do 2 wraps of padded bartape with gel pillows underneath . perhaps?
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
I've not found the Ergon nor the other lock-on grips to be all that soft. For a good, durable, soft grip, it's hard to beat Grab-on. Their "Leisure Sport" grips are the best choice.
Yup. What is being asked for if the OP sounds like a description of Grab-On grips.
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Get a grip .

Originally Posted by bikingman View Post
I manage a bike shop in upstate new york. I have a customer that has been pretty vague with his inquiry, but think we have it teased out. I'm wondering if anyone can help me out.

I'm looking to recommend to him: thick, super soft, and durable grips for a mountain bike. Cost non issue.

I understand that ergo grips may do the trick. I hace recommende4d these. Customer is more interested in softness and thickness.

Any recommendations?

Thank you in advanced!
Deep sea fishing rod replacement handles work very well , colours etc . Try them .
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Is your customer 'older' ... like perhaps in his 50s? If so, then I wonder if he might be thinking about a type of handlebar cover that we used to have on some bicycles back in the late 1970s and early 1980s (that's when I encountered it). It was, more or less, foam. Imagine a small version of pool noodles, cut to size and placed over the handlebars. I think sometimes they were glued or taped.

I haven't seen them in decades (except on one of my bicycles which sported brown foam handlebar covers until about 2005).
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Kinda like these Machka?

Amazon.com : Sunlite MX 1 Foam Comfort Bicycle Grips, Black : Bike Grips And Accessories : Sports & Outdoors



I have a bad wrist from breaking every bone in it when I was a teen and I use the Ergon one's mentioned above. I'm 45 and my wrist bothers me a lot now but although these grips don't have that much cushion, they seem to work for me pretty well.
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What I'm familiar with was found on road bicycles before the days of mtn bikes, a lot like this ...

Make your own foam grips for drop handlebars



This place might have something similar for both road and mtn bikes. I have no idea who they are as a company, I've never dealt with them, but they appeared at the top of Google when I did a search for 'bicycle handlebar sponge covers'.
Bicycle Handlebar Grips, Bicycle Grips & Foam Sleeves

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Kinda like these Machka?

Amazon.com : Sunlite MX 1 Foam Comfort Bicycle Grips, Black : Bike Grips And Accessories : Sports & Outdoors



I have a bad wrist from breaking every bone in it when I was a teen and I use the Ergon one's mentioned above. I'm 45 and my wrist bothers me a lot now but although these grips don't have that much cushion, they seem to work for me pretty well.
I would suggest going with the Grab-ons over the Sunlites. Grab-on uses a better quality foam which is more UV resistant.
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Oury mountain grips are super soft and thick... not the lock on model, just the friction ones. I still use them on all my Mountain and flat-bar bikes.
I would not put the foam grips such as Grab-on in the 'Durable' category.

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On the tandem, my stoker uses foam pipe insulation over the bullhorn bars. I think it's the 3/4" pipe size.
That insulation does crush down, so you have to replace fairly regularly. But then again, it's like $2 for 8' of it, so it doesn't break the bank.
There are two kinds sold at Home Depot, etc. One kind is slit lengthwise and comes with glue on it. The other kind is slit almost, but not quite, all the way through, and that is the kind you want. Just slide it over the ends of the bars.
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Originally Posted by bikingman View Post
I manage a bike shop in upstate new york. I have a customer that has been pretty vague with his inquiry, but think we have it teased out. I'm wondering if anyone can help me out.

I'm looking to recommend to him: thick, super soft, and durable grips for a mountain bike. Cost non issue.

I understand that ergo grips may do the trick. I hace recommende4d these. Customer is more interested in softness and thickness.

Any recommendations?

Thank you in advanced!

So ... have any of us come up with the winning recommendation?
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