Strengths: These grips look absolutely stunning on my bike, I don't know if you can tell from the picture but the crank brothers logo is all over the grip. These look stunning, they feel great if you like a hard grippy grip. I think the Foam ones are lighter, but for the XC riding I do, I like a firm responsive grip.
Weaknesses: The price is a bit much, but I dont mind spending $25 on grips, although some people would be opposed to that.
Great grip, kind of costly for what it is. Is is worth it? I think so.
a Weekend Warrior
from Walnut, CA USA
Date Reviewed: February 24, 2012
Strengths: I prefer a slimmer grip with great "stick" factor, and the Crank Brothers Iodine grips give me what I'm looking for. Compared to other lock-on grips I've tried, the Iodine's are very thin - so a five finger grip feels natural to me; in other words, it doesn't feel like my hands are open too wide (like holding a soda can) nor too narrow (like trying to hold a pencil). The texturized rubber center has some good grab for bare hands, but if you wear thin mountain biking gloves like I do, you get a surprisingly secure hold.
The thin grip design and aluminum lock-on clamps also make for an extremely low weight - over half the weight of some of the other lock-on grips I've tested. When you first lift the grips out of the packaging you'll be surprised at how light these are!
Oh yeah - the Iodine grips look great too. The aluminum lock-on clamps come in a few different colors to match your ride (more if you combine the colors of their Cobalt grips, which use the same design clamps) and the rubber grip itself features a pattern that uses the Crank Brothers logo. Two pairs of matching Crank Brothers bar ends are also included to fit practically any bar on the market.
Weaknesses: A Torx T-10 bit is included to tighten down the lock rings - which is nice, since the lock ring fasteners happen to be Torx screws. However, if you don't have this same tip on your multi-tool, you're out of luck if you need to remove or adjust the grips later. Also, the bar ends are not as sturdy as others. They have to be "popped" in, or trimmed to pop into place; any attempt at pounding them with tools will result in a broken bar end.
I had already used their Cobalt grips (foam centers) for over half a year, and I really liked the sizing and feel. When I wanted the same but with more "stick" for more difficult rides I gave the Iodine's a shot, and it turned out to be a good decision. The price is good, the "stick"factor is great, and they look sharp on any handle bar.
Similar Products Used: Crank Brothers Cobalt, Phoenix Lock-On, ODI Rogue
Bike Setup: 2012 Pivot Mach 5.7
a Weekend Warrior
from San Luis Obispo
Date Reviewed: June 16, 2011
Strengths: At first, I was stoked with how the locks matched my bike. They were a nice detail. These were some nice, low profile grips that seemed good for a little while.
After a few weeks of riding, the sides of the grips started to wear out. The end plugs were cheap and difficult to install. They seem too hard for all mountain & light freeride. Definitely not recommended for DH.
Ultimately, I took them off my bike and got some ODI Rouge grips.
Not many strengths. You have to install them with a Star-Hex key
Weaknesses: Wore out too quickly
star hex key needed to install
Get ODI Rogue or ODI Ruffian grips! They're a lot better!
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