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Old 12-13-05, 05:43 PM
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Grips (boring question)

Ok - I need to replace my grips - I haven't a clue what is a good set of grips for XC. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-13-05, 05:45 PM
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If you are not a weight weenie go with some lock on grips. They make a bunch of different styles. The best part is the convenience though. Easy on, easy off. I'm using ODI's but there are a few other brands available.
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Old 12-13-05, 05:50 PM
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Lock on? How does that work?
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Old 12-13-05, 05:54 PM
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Please excuse my ingnorance... Just had a look on a retailers site... Does that Lock on business make a difference then?
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Old 12-13-05, 06:01 PM
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it makes it easier to take on and off and they dont slid on the bar. and they are heavier, that is why lowcel said if you dont care about weight look at them.

i personally dont find the need for lock on grips.
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Old 12-13-05, 06:10 PM
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The reason I went to them was I got tired of having grips slip (rotate) on me. My favorite grips are Salsa Juego de Fuegos, which are now available in a lock-on I believe. With the non lock-on Salsas I always had a problem with them slipping on me whenever there was a lot of moisture in the air.

On my hardtail I use foam grips. They are actually made for a road bike and I cut them down, total weight is 22 grams. They are pretty comfortable. Only downside is that I have to glue them on to keep them from slipping.

Grips are like saddles, what works for me may or may not work for you.
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Old 12-13-05, 06:12 PM
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i used to run pepperjacks, LOVED them. come in good colors, very grippy, no slipping on the bar, no slipping on my hands!



2 friends convinced me to try Oury grips on my new bike though, supposedly very cushion-y. haven't hit the trails yet, have to let you know. lots of colors too!



both can be found for a good price at speedgoat.com
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Old 12-13-05, 06:12 PM
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With lockon you replace the rubber grip when worn\keep using the lock collars.
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Old 12-13-05, 06:26 PM
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Lockons are nice, particularly if you ride in the wet much. They're also quite a bit easier to remove and install, as long as you use the proper size hex wrench.

I have the OURY's and like them. Downside: they're a bit heavier than regular grips, if that matters to you.
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Old 12-13-05, 06:35 PM
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I use the regular Ourys on my bike and I love them. They have never slipped on me because I use an air compressor to my grips on. I have tried the Oury Lock-ons and i hated them. They are too hard. The regular Ourys are nice and soft, but the Oury Lock-ons are too hard for my because of the plastic underneath the grip.
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Old 12-13-05, 06:58 PM
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I've try hairspray with my new Oury's, doesn't work at all. Slides all over the bars, even when left for 2 days. I'm getting an air compressor this week, it should definatly get the grips on for sure. Just by the feel of Oury grips makes you relise that they are a superb grip.
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Old 12-13-05, 07:00 PM
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When you use an air compressor do you put a hole in the end and blow air in that way or do you slip it under the grip and do it?
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i found it really hard to get grips on with a compressor, very easy to get off. but tiny bit of soapy water, just to coat the inside gets them on real easy.

you slip it under the grip, on the side closest to the stem.
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Originally Posted by zx108
you slip it under the grip, on the side closest to the stem.
Actually I poke a hole in the end, then I plug the other end of the bars with my hand and I let air into the bars slowly. The air fills up the grips and you can slide the grip wherever you want if you let the air out evenly. Be careful not to let too much air in, the grip will start to bubble and can pop. After the grip is where you want it, stop letting air in remove the tip of the hose. You may need to lift up on the ends of the grips facing the stem to drain some air that may be trapped. Works every time for me, easy on easy off.
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Old 12-13-05, 07:16 PM
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i use regular OURY grips because they're nice rubbererery and squishy too
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Old 12-13-05, 09:54 PM
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Another vote for the oury's. To get them on I use alcohol as the lube and then I use some compressed air intended to clean PC's with the long narrow red tube to force air under the grips and evaporate the alcohol. Works great.
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Since everyone has a different sized hands and preferences for a hard or soft rubber. Go to a LBS or two and try all of the grips they have in stock. I did this and found that I liked the dual density Specialized grips and the Lizard Skins.

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Yeah - I think it's the sort of thing that is good to buy at my LBS. Can't make a decision on something like this without getting them in your hands.
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ODI lock ons for me. they started off a little stiff but after a few rides they have gotten soft and very grippy. no slipping either. Ruffians I think they are called
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OURY! Get the normal ones not the DH ones though because the DH ones have an annoying rubber bit that gets in the way of shifting.

As for getting them on, just put the end of it onto the bar, make sure everything is dry and bang them on with your hand! Easy!
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A friend of mine got new grips and when i rode his bike, they felt too squishy and left my hands feeling stickyish.

Any suggestions that dont leave that sticky feeling?
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Originally Posted by Flak
A friend of mine got new grips and when i rode his bike, they felt too squishy and left my hands feeling stickyish.

Any suggestions that dont leave that sticky feeling?
He probably had gel grips. Sweat and or water turns the surface into a sticky mush. Be sure if you get gel grips, to wear gloves. Wear gloves even with Dual Density or plain rubber grips, too.
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Love my Ruffian lock-ons . They do wear out pretty fast & take up a lotta space though especially with barends but i don't care about the space as i love the Ruffian/ST lites combo.
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Oury Oury Oury
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What is the thing sticking off the oury grips that is sort of "slotted"? I just cut them off because they were too long.
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