If your days off are filled with dirt trails, downhill tracks, mountain climbs or cross country rides, you want to get the best of each and every moment on your bike. Your handlebars are one of your main contact points on the bike and have a huge impact on how it handles. One of the most basic upgrades or changes you can make to improve your handling is your mountain bike grips. We've compiled a list of the best mountain bike grips below.
Lock-on vs Slide-on
Changing your bike grips may seem trivial but having the right type can really up your performance and control of your ride. Back in the day, the only types of grip available were 'slide-on' grips, which believe it or not, just slide on the bars (with a bit of brute force). These grips can, unfortunately, move about when gripping the bars and so now the most popular type of grip is a 'lock-on'. Lock-on grips are made with a firm inner sleeve and are secured at one or both ends with a metal collar. These do as they say on the tin and really lock the grip in place, meaning your hands are less likely to slip out of position when tackling challenging terrain.
Fat vs. Thin
As with saddles, thicker grips doesn't necessarily mean more comfort. If you have smaller hands, fat grips can be difficult to get your whole hand around comfortably and can make joints feel tired. Vise versa for those with large hands, thin grips may not take as much impact as you'd like.
Best Mountain Bike Grips
The Nukeproof Neutron Half Waffle Lock-On Grip are easy to put on your bars, which is an initial tick in the box. They are also thin so are particularly comfortable for smaller hands. They are grippy which is what you need for control and lastly, durable.
A25 Kraton Rubber
Length - 142mm
Weight - 110g (pair)
The ODI Elite Pro Lock-On Grips provide extra padding to absorb shock without being too fat that you start to ache. The grips feel soft but is durable and the flange fits well for that added comfort, without getting in the way of your controls.
Soft Pro compound
Length - 130mm
Single clamp lock
If you're after a super slim feel, the Race Face Half Nelson Lock-On Grips are the way to go. They are also made of a tacky material to help you grip the bars better. They are one of the lightest grips on the market and are extremely durable.
Length - 134mm
Weight - 92.5g
The Race Face Love Handle Lock-On Handlebar Grips are made from durable silicone and have a knurled (contoured) underside which provides riders even more grip and less slippage. The pattern on the grip is designed to give you comfort whilst they remain super slim.
Durable Silicone Compound
The DMR Brendog Death Grip nails many different features for such a reasonable price. The grips have ribbed/mushroom section at the inboard, a diamond knurled wrap around the whole grip as well as a waffle section. The combination here provide true comfort and comes in both a thick and thin version.
Soft Kraton Rubber
Length - 133mm
Weight - 100g