Bontrager Race X Lite Grip

4.38/5 (8 Reviews)
Weight : 28 grams


Product Description

  • Length: 122mm
  • Material: Foam
  • Special EVA foam


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by excalibur1200

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2012

Strengths:    Comfy, grippy on the bars, looks

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
Who would have thought that lock ons would cost you about 100g ..well that's what I lost when I replaced my ODI lock ons with these and yet they are more comfy and look almost as good. Dont know how long they'll last but who cares they are only $13.00 anyways. Great product..Recommended!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by eneff a Weekend Warrior from NC

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2010

Strengths:    Very light. Look good.

Weaknesses:    Ends come apart quickly. Grips loosen and rotate around the handle bar which can be distracting.

Bottom Line:   
OK cushion. Get these if you're a weight weenie, otherwise get something with more padding that won't slide around.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel EX

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BruceBrown a Cross Country Rider from Des Moines, IA USA

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2009

Strengths:    Light weight, perfect fit with SRAM Twist Shifters, cushioned feel

Weaknesses:    they can tear on encounters with trees or a crash, you have to apply hair spray every now and then to keep them from rotating on the bars (is that a negative?)

Bottom Line:   
Grips and saddles are so unique in what might feel good to one person, feels terrible to another. These feel great for my hand size. I was a bit skeptical after trying many other foam grips that left my hands hurting and me disappointed, but these are not in that light foam category. They have a nice shape to them and do not collapse if you squeeze on them. They are the perfect size so when you trim them to use with a gripshift they match up with no height change between the rubber twist grip and the Bontrager Race X Lite grip.

They can tear on trees or crashes, but replacement costs are 8 or 9 bucks a pair which is not bad. I use hair spray to keep them from rotating on my bars.

Great grips for the price and performance. And sub 20g for the pair to boot...

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Favorite Trail:   Summerset

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $9.00

Purchased At:   Bike World

Similar Products Used:   Other foam grips from Giant, Bontrager

Bike Setup:   JET 9 with SRAM X.7 twist shifters
Dos Niner with SRAM X.0 twist shifters

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ventle a Cross Country Rider from Trondheim

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2008

Strengths:    Lightweight, comfortable, cheap, durable (so far), works in any weather condition

Weaknesses:    none at all!

Bottom Line:   
Probably the best grips ever made. Just as firm as I want them, provides great grip and full control of the bike in any weather, at any temperature, on any trail. Will never put anything else on any of my bikes.

Actual weight is less than claimed (18 grams/pair without the plugs that probably weighs 2 grams each).

Yes, they need to be glued or fixed to the handlebars, but that's really no big deal and not different from most other non-locking grips out there (at least foam grips). Hairspray works great as adhesive.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   evanscycles.co.uk

Similar Products Used:   Bontrager Race, Klein and Scott rubber grips

Bike Setup:   Klein Attitude, Bontrager Race XXX Lite carbon handlebar

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by scrubs a Racer from Oz

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2008

Strengths:    Very light, cheap. Reasonably soft & comfortable.

Weaknesses:    Like holding a piece of wet soap. Grips are very short. Will need to be glued to be held in place.

Bottom Line:   
I agree with the other reviewers with regards to comfort. But for racing, these are just too slippery. They are also the shortest grips I have ever used. Cyclingnews.com came to the same conclusion recently when reviewing the latest gary Fisher.
I had high hopes after reading the other reviews; mine have been consigned to the kid's bike after only a month's use.

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Favorite Trail:   cootha

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   Oury, etc

Bike Setup:   BMC 4 stroke, shimano XT, crossmax wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by f3rg a Cross Country Rider from Columbia, MO, USA

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2008

Strengths:    --Light! Claimed 28g, but mine were 22g out of the package.
--Comfy
--Install w/ a death grip


Weaknesses:    Too soon to tell

Bottom Line:   
I gave these a shot based solely on their low weight. Since I use Sram twist shifters, I cut them down to about 60% of their stock length and as a pair, they weigh 10g. My Salsa grips were 45g at the same length.

I go through 2 sets of rubber grips a year due to wear, so I'm hoping these will last longer than that.

I installed w/ Elmer's spray glue and they grip the bar like no rubber grip ever has! I am very impressed with how well they hold in place, so hopefully removal at a later date won't be nearly impossible.

I usually ride with gloves, but I don't seem to need them with these grips, as a long ride yesterday proved. I forgot my gloves and decided not to worry about it, and after a 2-hour ride, my hands were as fresh as when I left home. Rubber grips have always made my hands either hurt or go numb throughout the ride. I'm happy to find it was always the grips and not me.

WILL DEFINITELY BUY THESE AGAIN! I'm going to get a second pair for my wife's bike, too.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything new

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $12.00

Similar Products Used:   Salsa, Bontrager and lots of other rubber and dual compound grips

Bike Setup:   Rigid XC

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick Blalock a Cross Country Rider from St. Charles, MO, USA

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2008

Strengths:    Really light weight foam, very comfortable!

Weaknesses:    They aren't stock on all bikes as they should be.

Bottom Line:   
These grips are WELL worth the 10 dollars. They are super light, but more importantly to me they are comfortable and seem very durable thus far. I would highly recommend these grips to anyone.

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Favorite Trail:   Chubb Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Momentum Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Stock rubber grips

Bike Setup:   2008 Gary Fisher Cobia, Avid BB7s, 203/160, Race X Lite foam grips.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Johnny a Weekend Warrior from Vernon Hills, IL, USA

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2007

Strengths:    comfortable, cheap, look great

Weaknesses:    they wear down, but all grips do.

Bottom Line:   
I love these grips. After two years of riding with them, the only noticeable wear is that they have become a little smoother from my palms, but even this is minimal because they're tough foam, not cheap and squishy. I was looking to replace them with rubber grips which might wear even less, but after looking around I think I would prefer another pair of these because they offer great comfort both with and without gloves, something that not all rubber grips can do. Plus, they cost less than half of most lock-ons. Even if they wear faster than rubber, I can replace them 2-3 times and still save money. And they just look awesome!

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Favorite Trail:   John Muir Trails

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $9.00

Purchased At:   Machinery Row Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   any other grips

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher '05 Tassajara w/ Avid BB7 discs and Time ATAC XS Carbon clipless pedals

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