Gripshift ESP 9.0 Brake Lever Brake Lever

4.38/5 (65 Reviews)


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Gripshift ESP 9.0 Brake Lever


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Carlos Mena a Cross Country Rider from Mexico city

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2001

Strengths:    Looks, White color sets them apart form shimano or avid, light, adjustments, strong braking power

Weaknesses:    A bit flexy, white color gets dirty easily but you just wipe the dirt off, not all of the adjustments are tool free, not sure about strenght.

Bottom Line:   
I was somehpw afraid that these levers were not going to be a big difference, they did, they are longer than my old avids so I don´t have to move my hands , they´re a bit flexy but braking power is incredible and they looook COOOOOOOOL, I love sram product´s and i wont go back to a shimano drivetrain, kudos to sram

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Favorite Trail:   Virgen

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $39.00

Purchased At:   pricepoint.com

Similar Products Used:   shimano xt levers, avid 1.9

Bike Setup:   Mountain cycle moho cxs, manitou mars 1 fork, sram 9.0 sl drivetrain, race face turbine lp cranks( big ass 48 t chainring)thomson seatpost, easton carbon bar.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by david a Cross Country Rider from tahoe

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2001

Strengths:    lightness and modulation

Weaknesses:    reach adjust

Bottom Line:   
these levers work well for the price. If they were beefier they'd be too bulky. why whine about not getting warranty action on some relatively inexpensive part that you snapped when you ate it on the bike path. Try getting warranty action out of shimano. What ever happened to reasons 7 and 5 in the reasons reviews are removed anyway. Rid the banter

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Favorite Trail:   long, alpine singletracks anywhere

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   rei

Similar Products Used:   xt/xtr, real, avid, coda (total crap)

Bike Setup:   Ti hardtail, sid sl, full sram/sachs running gear and brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pawel Szafruga a Racer from Pullman

Date Reviewed: January 27, 2001

Strengths:    Adjustability
Lever Shape


Weaknesses:    umm...color doesn't match with Rocket Shifters?

Bottom Line:   
For me these levers are great. They work perfectly with Rocket half pipe shifters. The power adjustment and reach adjustment let you customise the shifters anyway you like.

Some people complain about a "plasticy feel." At first this was noticable, but then I asked my bike shop and they recomended switching brake pads. So I got some Kool Stop pads and now they work great and are very precise.

I recomend these levers to any one looking for a performance lever, without spending 100's of dollars.

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Favorite Trail:   Skookam Flats

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   B&L Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   LX Levers, no names

Bike Setup:   2001 Sugar 3, bontrager race handlebar and stem, SRAM Rocket shifters, Avid 1.0 calipers

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Wyatt LeCade from Brooklyn

Date Reviewed: December 30, 2000

Strengths:    looks, design, easy setup & adjustable

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
These brakes work. A slight bit of flex but stopping on a dime is not a problem. These combined with the ONZA H.O.s is a great mix. After numerous crashes and spills (not due to braking) the brakes have never broken or became less effective. Adjusting pull leverage is easy just move or remove the orange tab. Never had a problem with them so I think they're a great buy. But like everything else it's all a matter of preference. If you need a set of levers that are easy to use, work great, and won't break your wallet, these are the ones to buy. If SRAM would reduce the flex in this design I would give it a perfect score. So until then it falls short by one.

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Favorite Trail:   anything fast

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Toga Bike Shop

Bike Setup:   Trek Y-22, RockShox Judy SL, RaceFace Next LP Crankset & SYStem, Easton CT2 Monkeylite & Race Seatpost, SRAM ESP 9.0SL shifters & derailluer, ONZA H.O. brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by woe a Cross Country Rider from Santa Cruz

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2000

Strengths:    Light, nice feel, quiet, good modulation

Weaknesses:    Can't buy replacement arms. 2000 model looks kinda funny.

Bottom Line:   
I got a pair of the '99 levers & really liked them. They were a major improvement over the Avid 1.0. I snapped a lever arm in a tumble & came to find you can't buy replacement arms. That sux. Soooo, bit the bullet & bought a pair of 2000's (no one has the 99's anymore). They are noticably superior to the 99s which I already really liked. Did I say quiet? I loooove quiet parts. Value rating of 4 cuz you can't get replacement parts.

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Favorite Trail:   UCSC

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Avid 1.0

Bike Setup:   Dean Duke

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Racer from Highlands Ranch, CO

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2000

Strengths:    Light weight and very effective brake modulation

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
These break levers in combination with the Avid 2.0s were a very nice improvement for me over the XTR/XTR combo I originally built the bike with. The XTR's just didn't give me the modulation needed to keep from skidding my Wildgripper Sprints on the somewhat loose downhills. Went to the new combo mostly for weight purposes but lucked into a big step up in performance also. Great product with great weight, I would reccomend it to anyone.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   XTR rapidfire brake/shift combo

Bike Setup:   Litespeed Tellico with all kinds of different parts (only the fr der. and cassette are japanese)

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jamie a Cross-Country Rider from Portage Ind.

Date Reviewed: November 6, 1999

Strengths:    
These levers rock .They stop me just fine remember were trying not to skid up the trail.just stop and they can do a good job of that.Nice size handel flex is just a little bit .


Weaknesses:    
none so far dont run them tight enough to break on a crash just turn same a my other levers they break to if to tight .


Bottom Line:   
Good levers nice set with esp9 brake's .
U S A all that needs to be said !

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Favorite Trail:   
Out back trail- portage

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
stx cants
xt to small levers


Bike Setup:   
Trek y super light 300 .
esp 9 shifters esp brake set

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Hanuman a Weekend Warrior from Oregon

Date Reviewed: October 21, 1999

Bottom Line:   
nice levers, although they aren't super stiff. just personal preference but i really like aluminum levers. anyways, these are really nicely designed. w/XTR v brakes the stopping power is really tight. the key is to remove the 'pie' in the lever... it comes stock in position 1. there's also a position 2 you can place it. remove for max leverage. 5 flaming lava drops for now, we'll see how they hold up to abuse.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month


Overall Rating:1
Submitted by J.A. a Weekend Warrior from NYC

Date Reviewed: October 14, 1999

Strengths:    
light


Weaknesses:    
the blade will snap off @ the Slightest hit(HARD OR SOFT)


Bottom Line:   
ONE SMALL HIT AND MY LEFT LEVER SNAPPED IN TWO AND I GOT THE SAME RESPONSE FROM SRAM CUSTOMER SUCKVICE THAT THE PERSON A FEW POSTINGS DOWN GOT YOUR ASSED OUT(SO TO SPEAK).ALL I WANTED WAS FOR THEM TO FIX THE PIECE THAT BROKE OFF, NOT TO HEAR GO BUY ANOTHER PAIR .DONT BUY THE HYPE ABOUT SUPER TUFF GRILON ITS JUST THE OPPOSITE.
AFTER HEARING SO MANY GREAT THINGS ABOUT THERE CUST.SERV. I AM NOW VERY PISSED THAT I HAVE TO WASTE MORE MONEY ON NEW LEVERS BECAUSE OF THERE POORLY CONSTRUCTED LEVER AND EVEN WORSE CUST,SERV..

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Favorite Trail:   
ALL

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
shimano


Bike Setup:   
95 Mongoose Rockadile,Answer/Manitou SX-R,SRAM:SHIFTERS,DERAILLER,
BRAKES AND WEAK LEVERS. NYTEX CRANK ,RACE FACE RINGS,SLT-99 CHAIN, WTB MOMENTUM /LASERBEAM WHEELS,HEADSET.XT COG.

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by P.D. Nick a Downhiller from Englewood, CO

Date Reviewed: September 7, 1999

Strengths:    
Very light, easy to adjust


Weaknesses:    
has way too much flex, fells like it's going to brake, and very expensive


Bottom Line:   
This lever is way too over priced. It is not smooth and has a lot of flex. When ever I used I thought it was going to brake into two. It was impossible to make this lever a one finger brake. I finally sold them to a retard and bought XT SL's. I really think Grip Shift is horrible. They have only one good set-up, XTR rear derailleur and GS Plasma. The 9.0's are not good escpecially the 9.0 rear derailleur

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Favorite Trail:   
Keystone DH

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Avid Ultimate L, Shimano XT SL


Bike Setup:   
K2 4000, Manitou X-Vert R front, Noleen NR-4 rear, full XT

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Galen Bowen a Cross-Country Rider from Quincy, CA

Date Reviewed: July 8, 1999

Strengths:    
Very light and inexpensive
Very little pivot slop
Look pretty good


Weaknesses:    
Leverage adjustment is kind of a pain
Not crazy about the plastic lever feel


Bottom Line:   
Very good, solid lever. Prefer the feel of a aluminum lever blade, but that's just personal opinion. One of the lightest levers out there, and such a deal!

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Favorite Trail:   
Keddie Cascade Trail

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
DiaCompe PC7EXA
Avid SD 2.0
Avid SD 1.9
Shimano XT


Bike Setup:   
DBR Aluminum Frame, Gripshift/XT Setup, Hyena brakes (manufactured locally)

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by markus a Weekend Warrior from vt

Date Reviewed: June 14, 1999

Strengths:    
Light, inexpensive.


Weaknesses:    
Break in a fall WAY too easy.


Bottom Line:   
Had my new bike built with all SRAM stuff. 9.0SL shifters, derailliuer, brake
levers and brakes. Why? I liked their stuff and their past support has been
excellent.Yesterday took a trip over the bars on my 3 week old bike and bang, left lever
snapped off. Seemed odd, old Avid levers been down hard dozens of times, never
broke.Called SRAM, ( a little challenge, they moved, new bigger company after
aquiring SACHS, number changed, not listed on their web site). I explained
that I broke the lever,( most likly 100% my fault ), and want to buy just the
mounting clamp, ( keeping the lever, pie parts, adjuster and all bolts off the
old one ). They said nope, no can do. I would have to buy a complete lever
from a local bike shop, ( order, wait a lifetime and pay a million ), Not the
answer I wanted. Maybe the original has a defect causing it to break, how did
he know? Didn't care.USA company, pride thamselves on being to get every little part for the
shifters, but brakes it's all or nothing. I don't like that, same as the big S
stuff IMHO. He could have gave me other options.Why would I buy another whole lever, knowing If, ( when ) I have any trouble I
will have to replace the complete unit.Over reacting, maybe, but SRAM has gotten their last $$$$ from me.....

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Avid 1.9L and ultimate, XT, XTR,


Bike Setup:   
Rocky Mountain Element TO, 9.0 SRAM levers and brakes, 9.0SL shifters , XTR front. Avid cables. RF stem, post, rings, crank, BB. WWB 98 saddle. XTR/517 wheels. Easton CF bar. Superfly fork.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Brian S. a Cross-Country Rider from East Wenatchee

Date Reviewed: May 16, 1999

Strengths:    
Light
$30 is and asome deal.
Power full
Good looks
Durable


Weaknesses:    
None


Bottom Line:   
Cheapest price componet made of carbon fiber you can put on your bike. Extremly light and looks really cool with Sram shifters.

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Favorite Trail:   
chicamin trail

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Avid 2.0
tekno


Bike Setup:   
XL Gary Fisher Ziggurat with plasma shifters.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Rob a Cross-Country Rider from N. Ontario

Date Reviewed: May 2, 1999

Strengths:    
-Light
-Good looks
-Verrrry durable, tough
-Ease of adjustment


Weaknesses:    
-Fairly 'slippery' lever, it's hard to get a good feel for it sometimes, and fingers tend to slip around


Bottom Line:   
So far I'm very pleased with these levers, they've taken hard hits and are no worse for the wear, you can't even tell that they've been abused in the first place. Again the only complaint I have is that the lever itself if kind of slippery and it's hard to get a positive feel sometimes. Otherwise an excellent product!

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Favorite Trail:   
too sweet to let the secret out...

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
-Avid sd1.9L (another great lever)
-Dia compe DP 7
-LX
-Curve (bar none, the WORST lever ever made)


Bike Setup:   
Blizzard

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by TC a Weekend Warrior from Hawley, TX

Date Reviewed: April 17, 1999

Strengths:    
light, good looking, durable even on impact


Weaknesses:    
could be stiffer


Bottom Line:   
Great looking and very light. I did a header over the bars and the handlebar drove into some rocks. It put a small gouge in the lever it hit so hard--no effect on the lever though--been working fine ever since. I have some 7.0 levers on my other bike and they work just as good--just don't have the 3rd optional cable pull position--and don't look quite as cool. The 9.0 could be a little stiffer, but really they modulate well with V-brakes. Very good, light levers.

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Favorite Trail:   
Porcupine Rim, Moab

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Sram 7.0, Diacompe PC7EXA, Avid


Bike Setup:   
Trek Y-33, Specialized FSR

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