ESI Grips Racers Edge Grip

4.9/5 (29 Reviews)
MSRP : $17.00


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Product Description

Professional racers are very meticulous about their equipment selection. They compulsively seek out the ways to shave a few extra grams from their bikes, but also understand the importance of comfort and durability. Some places they are willing to compromise comfort for weight savings and others not. When items like the ESI Racer's Edge grip consistently adorns the bikes of pros, especially those that are unsponsored, it speaks volumes of the product's merit. ESI grips have swept the Elite Cross County ranks with force. The 100% Silicone grips are substantially lighter than your standard rubber grip, do not slip, and offer much better comfort and shock absorption than foam or bar tape! The grips are UV resistant so the bold colors will not fade or harden with time. The ESI Racer's Edge grip is the thinner of the two. It saves around 10 grams from the ESI Chunky grip for the weight obsessed and a good choice for those who prefer the feel of thin grips. The Racer's Edge weighs in at 48g. Installed, the grips measure 5-1/8" in length and 30mm in diameter. ESI grips include bar end plugs. We recommend using rubbing alcohol and/or compressed air for installation and removal.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Arkku

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2013

Strengths:    • Very comfortable
• Lightweight
• Smooth grip, no pointless patterns or weird shape
• Doesn't move or slip
• Durable


Weaknesses:    • “Black” grips are not black but charcoal grey
• Hard to get off the bike


Bottom Line:   
These are excellent grips, my only real gripe is that the so-called black grips are not nowhere near black in colour (unless wet), so they look out of place on a black bike. But other than that, the grips are very comfortable and they stay put (so much so that they are hard to get off). Very lightweight as well, and seem very durable (no sign of wear in mine that have been used for a year now).

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Similar Products Used:   Various locking MTB grips, non-locking rubber grips, “ergo” grips, etc.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by icsloppl a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2013

Strengths:    Light weight, reduce vibration, good grip, not squishy.

Weaknesses:    Kinda spendy, probably won't last as long as regular grips

Bottom Line:   
They work well, feel good, provide nice control, and weigh less in a location on your bike that weight reduction may actually matter. As a basic upgrade from a cheap or heavy grip they're a great solution.
They may not be as crash-worthy or long-lasting as a regular grip but not like the majority of super-light foam grips.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $16.00

Purchased At:   Universal Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Answer, WTB

Bike Setup:   TallboyC

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by wonny a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2012

Strengths:    Shock absorption, grip, comfort, weight

Weaknesses:    Installation

Bottom Line:   
Based on mtbr reviews, I gave these grips a go. Glad I did because the racer's edge grip is the best I have ever used.
The silicone material absorbs vibration and conforms to the shape of your hand.
ESI grips are more plush than odi grips because there is no hard plastic core.
The difference is remarkable. I recommend these grips for xc, all mountain, freeride and dh.

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Similar Products Used:   Odi ruffian, lizard skins


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PeT

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2012

Strengths:    Good price, light weight, never slip.

Weaknesses:    A little thin/hard if not reinforced with some cork bar tape.

Bottom Line:   
I've got the Chunky version on one bike, unadulterated. On the single speed, I've got the Racers Edge version but have wrapped it with some old cork road bar tape I had laying around. I love the combination -- it's a little bigger in the hand, but since I'm climb on the single speed using the bar ends almost exclusively, it doesn't both me that it's a bit big that way. I also am rigid on the SS and the extra cush of the bar tape wrapped around the ESI Racers Edge is welcomed on the rocky downhills around here.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chantheman84 a Cross Country Rider from Lakeland, FL

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2012

Strengths:    Very light and comfy. absorbs shock like no other. works good wet or dry.

Weaknesses:    Clipping trees rip them apart LOL

Bottom Line:   
I love these things so I had to get another pair for my second bike and buying another pair as a backup, love the funky colors and very simple product. Highly recomended for all!

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Favorite Trail:   Carter RD,Fl.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   Leroy's Bikeworks

Similar Products Used:   Specialized foamys

Bike Setup:   09' FSR xc, SID race forks, 1x9 Sram x9 , and Ritchey all over.
09' Motobecane Fantom HT, Fox F100 32 rl forks, 1x8 Sram X4, and ESI on both!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by xmessenger a Weekend Warrior from Vic, BC Canada

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2011

Strengths:    Light,comfy,sticky and doesn't slide around.

Weaknesses:    Finding the thicker part to angle properly. Price.

Bottom Line:   
I really like the feel of these which is what matters with grips.They feel effective at removing any buzz while giving great feedback/control. These "lock-on" w/o hardware or weight. They are pricey though and , frankly I couldn't really see where exactly the thicker part was but ultimately it doesn't matter because they feel great as I have them set up.

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Favorite Trail:   dunno

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $17.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Other rubber grips and Yeti lock-ons.

Bike Setup:   1992 RM Team Comp(Prestige Ultralight)for street use.Rigid-96 Project 2 TB. DX Thumbies.99 XTR rd on 7sp.WCS bar ends, Gatorskin 1 1/8" slicks. Avid Rollamajig.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tahoe6 a Cross Country Rider from Auburn, CA

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2011

Strengths:    Light, tacky, and comfortable wet or dry.

Weaknesses:    None yet, we'll see how durable they are.

Bottom Line:   
As an admitted weight weenie (and cheapskate), I bought these to replace the clunky bolt-ons I had that were starting to come apart. Not a lot to these grips, but they grip better, weight less and feel more comfortable than the Lizard Skins I had before or any of the grips on my older bikes. I raced Xterra Tahoe City in June and realized about a quarter mile into the bike that I had forgotten my gloves, but didn't want to go back. I was worried my hands were going to get hammered. They didn't... at all. Super comfy grips. I forgot all about not having gloves. Until bombing the downhill at the end and thinking I really should be wearing gloves. No wrecks, all good. If they hold up for a season or two, they're perfect.

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Favorite Trail:   Hole-in-the-Ground, Foresthill Divide, TRT

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $13.00

Purchased At:   somewhere online

Similar Products Used:   Lizard Skins, ODI, Cannondale grips.

Bike Setup:   Felt Virtue 1, SRAM XO 2x10, Dave's Dream Wheel setup (Stan's ZTR 355, White Industry hubs, WTB Wolverines - tubless), Formula RX breaks, Rotor 3D cranks, XT pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bennymtb a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2011

Strengths:    Easy of use. Simplicity. Great feel and comfort.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Great grips get some :)

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $18.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Lock on grips of all types.

Bike Setup:   Yeti asr alloy.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mojo Troll a Cross Country Rider from AR

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2011

Strengths:    Lite, comfy, stay put.

Weaknesses:    none. I don't care if my white grips get dirt, Add's charecter. Easy to clean with alchol anyways.

Bottom Line:   
These grips are awesome. They are comfy. Do'nt slip. Not to bad to install with compressed air. 100 grams liter than lock ons. I've never liked lock ons. They have that void hollow feel. The ESI's keep you connected to the bars. Also, I have smallish hnads. If you have bigpaws. Might consider the Chunkies.

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Favorite Trail:   any with dirt

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $16.00

Purchased At:   Price Point

Similar Products Used:   to many to list.

Bike Setup:   XC HT 29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rhodesie a Racer from Auckland, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2011

Strengths:    Super light, comfortable, have never moved

Weaknesses:    haven't found any yet

Bottom Line:   
Have just changed to a new set but only because the old ones were starting to look dirty. These are the only choice if you are looking for light comfortable and durable grips.

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Favorite Trail:   W2K

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   various lock on grips

Bike Setup:   various bits of carbon and XTR bling on a 2010 Anthem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bzzz a Cross Country Rider from Netherlands

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2010

Strengths:    grip, damping. easy to install.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This is the best and cheapest upgrade for your bike.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   handvatten.be

Bike Setup:   Giant Anthem X1

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pulse- a Cross Country Rider from Tuchola, Poland

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2010

Strengths:    Very good grip. Well look, great shock absorb. You can use it without gloves. Used it for over 2 years.

Weaknesses:    Price, could be cheaper on the other hand last pretty long.
hard to buy in Europe not to mention Poland.


Bottom Line:   
These are awesome grips. Quite light, very durable, nice in touch, range of colors, lasting about 9.000km. Easy to install. I installed it once! Over two years ago and there was no movement! I have already installed new pair of grips and old will be used on winter bike. Guess this will be my grips. Simplicity is perfect, just like esi grips.

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Favorite Trail:   around

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Allegro-polishebayal

Similar Products Used:   Accent x-lite foam grips (light but not comfortable, moving arround, irritating), standard grips

Bike Setup:   simplon mythos, reba, xt crank, xt rear and front, avid sd7, slr xc gel flow

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by endo33 a Cross Country Rider from Scottsdale, AZ

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2010

Strengths:    Easy to install, no slip grip - rain, sweat etc.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Best grip I have used so far period.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Bont, serfas others


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Iron Mountain

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2008

Strengths:    Great grip, shock absorption, smells like silly-putty, light, understated appearance, gloveless=OK

Weaknesses:    They tear easily when you hit trees (mostly my fault)

Bottom Line:   
These are an excellent upgrade. They are light, which is just dandy. I used to have tingling issues in my hands during long rides, and these grips have been very helpful. Combined with Bontrager Big Sweep bars, my hands and wrists have lately been much more chipper after rocky joyrides of death.

A few caveats for this otherwise perfect product: They get kind of slippery when I sweat on them, but not as bad as many grips I've used. I suppose I only notice because I ride them without gloves so much, they're that comfy. They also tear much easier than Kraton grips when you misjudge tree spacing at speed. Despite these slight flaws, these are a significant performance upgrade if you are sick of sore hands or just want light stuff on yer bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Yellow Jacket at Levis; Fumee north ridge

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   All sorts from way back

Bike Setup:   Gunnar Ruffian SS with bicycle components on it

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Mermentau

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2007

Strengths:    simple, simple, simple...no locks, allen screws, or goofy raised rubber graphics that you can't see anyway unless you are trail riding with no hands staring at your grips. in three months they have not budged, I have removed them twice, once to change a shifter and again to cut my bar, they are easy enough to remove and put back on. Price is also a plus. I use fingerless thin leather palm gloves and wet nor sweat can get my hand to throttle on them.

Weaknesses:    I would like them thicker. Weight is not an issue when it comes to 51 grams a pair. They could be 0.0125" thicker for a few extra grams and be even sweeter.

Bottom Line:   
The only reason I can think of why this product isn't a "Best Choice" is that it lacks "bling-factor". It beats all of the other grips in every area that really counts, except graphics and raised lettering. I can see someone with iced gloves needing some raised grips, but what fraction is that.

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Favorite Trail:   Sam Houston

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $15.00

Purchased At:   ESI website

Similar Products Used:   yeti, race face, ODI, double-stick duct tape over roadbike tape (I was in a bind, and this is a great dry weather setup)

Bike Setup:   1999 Trek 6500 - 2 wheels,a frame, and a rider(along with other parts)

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