The unique cell structure of silicone creates an amazing dampening effect. Silicone conforms to your hands and shifts the pressure evenly across palms. ESI Silicone MTB Grips and Road grips are engineered one side thicker for absorbing shock and vibration, with the opposite side thinner for bulk-reducing comfort.
Strengths: ~dont fade in color
~socks up the vibration
~fells GREAT even with death grip
Weaknesses: ~if you throw your bike around, you will rip them.
I got mines for 13$ (USD) off ebay. You dont need gloves with these grips because the amount of everything is just so good.
Date Reviewed: March 14, 2013
Strengths: Comfy and nice looking "no logo" design. Perfect balance between cushion and good contact to the handlebar. Easy to install and don't know about how easy could be to remove since it's not in my plans due to the good experience with them.
Weaknesses: A bit expensive for what they really are. Blacks are not that black and mostly dark grey.
Coming from a neoprene pair of grips that served me quite well for the last year I thought it could be difficult to find grips that would beat them. Tryed a pair of ESI and since then they still being stuck on my handlebar and I'm keeping loving the feeling and the look.
Strengths: Soft and easy on the hands. I like riding with out gloves. Use them on a rigid SS and find them to give a little extra cushion. Also use them on a bike with suspension.
Weaknesses: Do get chewed up in the event of a crash.
I've owned about 4 or 5 pairs of pairs of these and have had the current 2 pairs on my bikes all year long. Will buy these again in the future.
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: December 13, 2012
Strengths: light, comfortable, solid feel and pretty cheap online direct from esi. super tight fit-great once on.
Weaknesses: bar plugs didn't fit my inner diameter of carbon bars-even when hammered in with a rubber mallet the retention fins just snapped off-ie useless. super tight to get on, no flange on outer edge so not as good a feel as ourys but considering the weight, hard to complain.
great weight and comfort, would recommend to weight Weenies wanting to shave 60+ grams from rubber grips-more for lock ons.
Using rubbing alcohol, they went on really easily. Look up the Youtube video on install if you're having issues. They're fairly comfortable, however, if you don't wear gloves, they get slippery when wet or when your hands sweat. They also made my hands sweat more than the stock grips did. My hands nearly slipped off on a couple occasions when riding on a somewhat humid morning.
Weaknesses: Too thin for me, the end caps are brittle, they break if you try to take them off ( the part that sticks in the bar end does ). Finding the "thin" spot is rather hard, especially how they "cut" the grip at an angle at the ends. A little pricey for some silicone!
I'd say it's a great grip for a smaller hand, I have big hands, and they're too thin. It might not be "thin", but they compress a little when you grip them, that's the problem.
Instillation is a breeze with 91% isopropyl alcohol. The end caps may need trimming for smaller diameter bars.
Strengths: The right size for a medium sized hand, never slick, never move, easy on and off. Reasonable price
They're the perfect diameter for my hand when coupled with a thin riding glove. Furthermore, they never move even without a locking collar - the lack of locking collar is one reason they're amazingly light. They're tough too, had one set going for several years of hard riding with no discernible wear or loss of squish.
Strengths: Somewhat comfortable, dont slip on the bar
Weaknesses: Installation and removal is a chore. I just cut mine off. Too expensive for what they are.
Not chunky enough, fall apart too easily. One crash will do them in. Took them off and put my Oury lock-ons back on, then switched to Velo foam lock-ons and now I'm satisfied.
a All Mountain Rider
from Kansas City, MO
Date Reviewed: February 21, 2012
Strengths: Comfy for large hands, lots of color options, don't "throttle", very ergonomic, light weight, great price.
Weaknesses: MIght tear if you shag a tree going fast
These grips are gnar-balls awesome. I love these grips because I have huge hands (you know what that means) and the large-diameter grips are the way to go to for us "large-handed" people. I like soft grips, and these fit the bill by being soft enough for comfort on all-day excursions, but still have the stiffness necessary to control your bike. Some people might be concerned because they aren't "lock-on" grips; don't be. From the day I installed them, they haven't moved a millimeter. I bought mine in bright orange, but there are 4 other colors to choose from. The only downside is that they might tear if you're hauling the mail downhill and shag a tree. I've been riding on these for a month and have yet to damage them, but I'm just saying it's possible. Even then, I would say they're the most durable silicon foam grips I've ever used. And if you do damage them? Who cares, they're $18!
a Cross Country Rider
from Norman, OK
Date Reviewed: January 5, 2012
Strengths: Fairly light weight, easy to install
Weaknesses: Heavy compared to foam grips, uncomfortable, too thin, overpriced, delicate
I really expected a nice product but these are just way overpriced for what they are. Also, I found the diameter suprisingly small. Oury grips in comparison feel much larger and much more comforable. The weight is heavy compared to foam grips like offering from Bontrager. Also, they feel larger. The small diameter really forced me to use more of a death grip compared to other grips where I could realx my grip more often thereby making longer rides comfortable. When these grips get wet they become dangerously slick. If ESI made a grip from this material in a much larger diameter I'd give them a try, if the price was reasonable. Do yourself a favor and stick to grips such as Oury, if you're used to those. If you're coming from an ergo grip these will really feel puny.
Weight weenies with small hands may want to give these a try. Or if you just prefer a small diameter grip these may suit you.
Bike Setup: Tallboy carbon, XT/XTR, Haven wheels, Easton controls, XL frame, 25.7lbs. total weight
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 12, 2011
Weaknesses: The spongy feel does not allow for solid grip of the bar, its like you are on auto steer when you hit tight singletrack, not good. Definitely slows down your steering.
What the ESI claims in their website is a complete gimmick. These are nothing but silicone tubes.... I dont get all the claims they make about it being so superior of a grip. These belong on a stationary bike.
I'm not really impressed with these after all the good reviews. I got them because I wanted something light and easy to cut down to work with my SRAM GripShift but they're not very durable. Mine had a couple knicks and chunks missing after my first crash and then during a marathon race I bumped a tree and it tore the grip basically in half after just a couple months of use.
I can't speak to the comments about their lack of grip with wet hands because I always wear full finger gloves.
They didn't rotate on the bar that I noticed during use but they did slide toward the center of the bar leaving a few millimeters of bar exposed at the outside of the bar. Not the biggest of deals but kind of frustrating given the installation is a PITA compared to locking grips.
Similar Products Used: Only rubber grips, this is the only foam grip I've used.
Bike Setup: 2010 Stumpjumper HT Experience Carbon 29er
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 23, 2010
Strengths: They are colorful.
Weaknesses: These grips are complete garbage. They have no grip, and get entirely slick just from sweat. Any light spattering of rain and you will be grabbing onto your brake levers just to keep ahold of your rig!
Also, the company's sales pitch is a lie. They provide no more padding/cushioning than any other set of squishy rubber grips I've used. And, your hands do not mold the grip as you ride. This is complete bs.
Finally, the workmanship of the products is sub par. It is very seldom that I buy things online and feel like I was taken for a ride. I bought these based on reviews, and now wished I had seen a pair first--I never would have forked out $20 plus for them. They are literally foam tubes roughly cut on either end. They look like someone took a long tube of foam, hacked away at the end of them with dull scissors, and called them bike grips. After only a few weeks of riding, holes were forming from the weakness of the foam. The truth is, these grips are pathetic, and are not grips at all.
Lastly, I e-mailed the company with my concerns, and didn't even receive so much as a reply.
In trying to keep market forces working, I submit this review to do everything in my power to steer you towards a different brand. Hopefully you find a company that is honest and knows customer service. I have purchased some OURY grips to replace these. I cannot speak for them yet, but the it is obvious already, that they are of a much higher quality.